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Hi, I'm Allison! I'm a thirtysomething, freshly baked, stay-at-home mom. I'm originally from Connecticut, now living in Germany, hence the name of the blog. I live in southern Germany with my German husband and our baby boy. Life has turned out to be nothing I ever expected, and am so incredibly happy with it! We certainly do have a lot of laughs! I hope you will enjoy following our new experiences raising a little half American/ half German in a little German town.

Dienstag, 10. Januar 2012

Where is my little baby?

So, one day this blog will not be only baby, but please bear with me, right now, my life is only baby.

I mentioned in my last post that little Erbse was eating like a champ.  Well, he is growing like a champ as well! 
I guess a little backstory is in order.  Ryan came home 2 weeks ago.  Although he was not eating the specified 480 ml per day, nor was he even eating 70- 80 ml six times a day, he was regaining some of the weight that he lost from his birthweight.  Ryan was released from the hospital weighing a whopping 2900 g, which was up from his lowest of 2840 g.  The requirements for release were that he was eating, and that he started gaining weight, both of which he was slowly doing.  We still had the problem that Ryan was falling asleep during feeds, so that he was eating about 30- 50 ml per feed, which left him with a feeding defecit at the end of every day. Yet despite this, he was gaining weight, and the doctors did not believe he needed a feeding tube again, so he was released.

Somehow, I thought that because Ryan was a preemie, and wearing preemie clothes when he came home, that we would have a little while in his super-cutie newborn outfits.  Since we have been home, Ryan has become an eating machine!  And, he has been growing!  On his second day home, I put Ryan in his brand new "Born to Play for VfB" outfit (VfB is the Stuttgart professional soccer team.)  Here is my two week old super-cutie in his outfit:

And, last week, I put on the same outfit, and realized it was the last day he was going to be able to wear the outfit, it was just long enough but the feet were a little snug.

I have such mixed emotions about retiring my little Erbse's newborn clothes.  


Steffi hat gesagt…

As I Watch You Grow -Daughter Poem (sorry! But I would say the same to my little, big boy.)
© Kay Theese
Do you know how much you mean to me?
As you grow into what you will be.
You came from within, from just beneath my heart
it's there you'll always be though your own life will now start.
You're growing so fast it sends me awhirl,
With misty eyes I ask, Where's my little girl?
I know sometimes to you I seem harsh and so unfair,
But one day you will see, I taught you well because I care.
The next few years will so quickly fly,
With laughter and joy, mixed with a few tears to cry.
As you begin your growth to womanhood, this fact you must know,
You'll always be my source of pride, no matter where you go.
You must stand up tall and proud, within you feel no fear,
For all you dreams and goals, sit before you very near.
With god's love in your heart and the world by its tail,
You'll always be my winner, and victory will prevail.
For you this poem was written, with help from above,
To tell you in a rhythm of your Mother's heartfelt Love!


It's so nice to see them grow and being part of it. Enjoy! Stefanie

JoernandAllison hat gesagt…

Oh wow, that is beautiful. Will I ever be able to read things like this without dissolving into tears?
Thank you Stefanie :)
Yes, it is absolutely amazing to be part of a little person's life- completely different from working in a school!