When I was expecting Evan he came early at 35 weeks and caught us completely by surprise. He weighed 5 lbs, 7.8 oz but was strong and ready to go right out of the gate. I was able to carry him out of the OR back to our room and spend time with him immediately.
With Liana, I was well prepared and just sitting around waiting until 39 weeks, 2 days when she decided to arrive, right on her scheduled due date. She weighed a whopping 8 lbs, 12.5 oz but had fluid in her lungs and spent the whole first night in special care in the nursery. Although she was born at 12:24 am, I wasn’t able to hold her until after 9 am that following morning. It was so different!
When we brought Evan home from the hospital, he weighed 5 lbs and was jaundiced. We had difficulty nursing because he was so tiny and battled with Thrush and I had complications with my incision from the C-section delivery. We mastered the nursing routine by 4 weeks old and Evan had gained 1 lb in the first month. He then went on to gain a pound a week during his second month and was 10 lbs at his 2 month appointment.
Liana weighed 8 lbs, 7 oz when we brought her home from the hospital. She was considerably longer than Evan at 21 inches to his 18.5 inches. She was a very strong baby and had no problem nursing (I’m sure it helped that I knew better what I was doing this time around too!) and no jaundice. We didn’t have Thrush this time around and I had no complications from the C-section. By one month Liana had gained 3 lbs already and was up to 11 lbs!! Now, at 6 weeks, I just measured her length and she’s already 23 inches long!
Because she’s growing so tall so fast, I had to move the shoulder straps on her infant car seat already. I’m pretty sure she weighs about 12 lbs now too. I’m looking forward to her 2 month appointment to get her actual stats, but it’s already looking like she’s going to be bigger than her brother. We were able to keep Evan in the infant car seat until he was 8 months old, but I’m guessing we won’t make it that far with this big, little girl!
With some of the differences outlined, what can I say is the same? Well, Liana is very laid back and mellow like her big brother. I instantly fell in love with her just like I did with him and I’m truly enjoying having maternity leave during the summer months. 🙂
Just for fun, here is a comparison of the kids when they were both 1 month old: