Archive for April 2010

Making the Switch to Cloth Diapers

We did some math and realized just how much money you can blow on disposable diapers.  We decided to try cloth diapers when Chloe was about a month old.  Cloth diapers have come a long way since our moms used them on us… here is Chloe on the first day she wore them.  (04/19/2010)

It was a little bulky on her, but she has since grown into them.  Andy’s parents coined the term “bowling ball butt” which, as you can see, is an accurate description!

Chloe’s First Bottle

Once Chloe was a month old we decided to start having Andy feed her a bottle at night.  Andy really enjoyed this because he finally got the chance play an important role in feeding her.  (04/18/2010)

Chloe ate from the bottle with ease and had no problem understanding that milk can come from a bottle too :)  You can see a closeup of her enjoying the bottle below.  (04/18/2010)

Here is Andy burping Chloe after a good meal.  (04/18/2010)

Chloe’s Fourth Week

This week was a big week!  Grandpa and Grandma Hanson came to Milwaukee to visit and help out.  Then Chloe went on her first road trip to Grandpa and Grandma Nelsen’s.  She was a great traveler and slept for the entire car ride.

Chloe having some tummy time.  (04/14/2010)

Chloe getting some sleep.  (04/14/2010)

Chloe chilling out on our bed.  (04/15/2010)

At Grandma and Grandpa Nelsen’s house Chloe got to sleep in the same cradle that Andy slept in when he was a baby.  (04/17/2010)

Here is Chloe playing with Daddy and Uncle Adam.  (04/17/2010)

Chloe’s Third Week

This week was Andy’s first time back at work, which is why we are a little light on the pictures ;)

Here is a picture of Chloe when she was actually awake.  (04/06/2010)

Andy’s mom came over to help out around the house and do some Chloe holding.  This is good shot of her catching some zzz’s on Grandma.  (04/06/2010)

Grandma Nelsen holding Chloe.  (04/08/2010)

Later in the week we took a short video of Chloe kissing Kristen.  This is the first video we took of her.  (04/09/2010)

Another shot of Chloe catching some zzz’s, but this time it’s on Mommy.  (04/11/2010)

Chloe’s Second Week

Chloe looks so tiny in her car seat!  (03/31/2010)

Chloe looking so peaceful as she sleeps.  (04/01/2010)

As we got settled into life at home with Chloe, we found that she was most likely to sleep if she was being held.  Here she is sleeping on Daddy.  (04/02/2010)

We couldn’t get enough of her amusing facial expressions!  Check out these faces.  (04/02/2010)

Another funny facial expression.  (04/03/2010)

Here she is looking all cute!  (04/03/2010)

Yawn!!!  (04/03/2010)

Chloe slept a lot in those early days of her life.  Here’s one more shot of her sleeping – she’s catching some flies here!  (04/03/2010)

Another picture of sleeping beauty.  (04/03/2010)

Chloe’s First Stroller Ride

We had some nice weather so we decided to show Chloe the neighborhood.  She seemed pretty relaxed in the stroller.  (04/01/2010)

Chloe’s Battle with Jaundice

Chloe left the hospital slightly jaundiced, but at her first doctor appointment when she was four days old she had it badly enough to need UV treatment with an at-home “bili blanket.”

This is a picture of the entire unit.  (03/26/2010)

This is a close-up of Chloe on the UV pad.  (03/26/2010)

A couple days later, we had to take her to the hospital because the jaundice was getting worse.  The hospital had UV lights that were more powerful than the bili blanket.  We were pretty bummed that she had to be there, but she showed improvement after one night in the hospital and we were able to take her home again.

This is a picture of Andy holding Chloe – check out those awesome shades!  (03/28/2010)

Here is Chloe in the incubator under the UV lights.  (03/28/2010)

Once we got home we had to still use the bili blanket for a while.  This is a cute picture of Chloe during one of her UV treatments at home.  (04/01/2010)

After some use of the bili blanket, Chloe’s bilirubin levels started to slowly decline so we decided to stop using it.  A few more blood tests later it was confirmed that her levels were decreasing on their own so we were really happy to be done with the hassle of the bili blanket and I imagine so was Chloe.