My sweet, sweet babycakes…you are one month old today! I can’t hardly believe it and as happy as I am to celebrate this milestone, I’m also a little sad that time is flying by so quickly.
We have had such a great time getting to know one another this month. After the steady flow of visitors ceased, it’s been just you and me all day and I am happy as a clam to have you all to myself! It didn’t take long for us to get into a routine since you do little more than sleep, eat, and poop. I have noticed however, that you are most alert in the morning and evening with long stretches of sleep in the middle of the day and at night.
Breastfeeding came easy to both of us. After a little assistance in the hospital you became an expert at latching and this mama has had very little pain or discomfort during mealtimes. You are not a picky eater at all – in fact, you’re a little piggy and will suckle until you either fall asleep or I remove you. I pumped for the first time last weekend so your dad could get in on the action and guess what? You downed 3 ounces in about 3 minutes. You had no problem transitioning to an artificial nipple and apparently, you enjoy your milk ice cold – way to make it easy on us, little girl!
You’re also a good sleeper. Hallelujah! I prayed for a baby who would enjoy sleeping as much as I do and so far, it looks like those prayers were answered. Very early on, you started sleeping for four hour blocks at night and your naps are nearly that long as well. When you do wake up in the middle of the night, it’s only long enough for a quick diaper change and a feeding and your back to sleep again. We’ve definitely had a couple of rough nights here and there but I’m pretty sure they were due to gas and honestly, they’re few and far between so I can’t complain too much.
Our bedtime ritual is one of my favorite parts of the day. We head down for bathtime around 9:00. Either your dad or I give you a bath which you enjoy most of the time (unless it’s too cold in the house and then you scream your head off!). Then, you get dressed in your pjs and wrapped in your swaddle. From there, we snuggle up in your rocker and read a bedtime story and listen to some music. I nurse you and we rock until you’re nearly asleep and then I move you into your co-sleeper in our bedroom where, get this…you actually fall asleep on your own! It’s awesome to watch you laying there looking around, sucking away on your paci, until your eyelids start to droop and you drift off to sleep. I’m truly blessed.
That being said, you do not like to fall asleep anywhere but in my arms the rest of the time. In fact, you don’t really like to be anywhere but in our arms at anytime. You do enjoy your car seat and will happily hangout in the stroller as long as it’s moving but otherwise, we are baby wearers whether we wanted to be or not. Thank God for baby carriers because the only break my arms get is when you’re snuggled up in the Ergo (hence why these posts have been so infrequent this month).
We had a bout with jaundice and you spent your first few weeks the color of a pumpkin. We had to wrap you in a biliblanket for a few days and unfortunately, you’re little feet got pricked about five times before they determined that your levels were dropping and you were on the road to recovery. As a result, we’re not really sure whether you’ll remain as fair skinned as when you were born or if you’re really more of an olive complexion like your mom. Only time will tell.
Your one month checkup went perfectly – you even decided to show off for the doctor and rolled over from your belly to your back for the first time. I don’t know who was more surprised – you or us. Your little foot has healed nicely and there’s no reason to think you’ll have to see an ortho at any point in the future. You’re long and lean but gaining weight steadily. All your reflexes are in order and everything is at it should be. We got an A+ – way to go baby girl!
You and Lola have become fast friends. She was protective over you from the day you came home from the hospital and while she’s getting more used to it, she really hates to hear you cry. She actually comes running from the other room and stares at us accusingly as if we’re pinching you or inflicting some other type of torture. She tries to snuggle up next to you as often as possible even if that means climbing up on the nursing pillow alongside you – which is no easy feat since these pillows aren’t very large. She’s the best furbaby ever and I’m so proud of how well she’s accepted your role in the family.
Despite the exhaustion and adjustment to parenthood, you are a dream come true for me and your daddy. We’re definitely biased – no doubt about it – but as far as we’re concerned, you are the most perfect baby ever! You sleep well, eat well, and only fuss a little. Not too bad for a one month old. We love watching your funny faces and laughing at all of the great noises you make (out of both ends). You make us happy beyond belief and you were well worth the wait!
1 Month At A Glance
Weight: 9 lbs. 3.5 ozs.
Length: 22.5″ (95th percentile)
Head Circumference: 14.5″
Cool Things You’re Doing: You just rolled over from your belly to your back, you’re sleeping in four hour blocks at night, you’re beginning to discover your toys and enjoy laying on your playmat and staring at the mobile hanging above you
Likes: Breastmilk (all day, everyday), baths before bed, walks in your stroller, car rides, sucking on your paci, loud music
Dislikes: Diaper changes, anything around your head (including headbands – damn!), and getting (un)dressed
Nicknames: Popeye (you’re a big winker), Bonzo (oddly enough, the same nickname as Lola), Savs, and Savvy Girl
I love you like crazy, little bird, and I can’t wait to see what you do next!