ONE MONTH?! How did this happen? It scares me how fast the days move. You change every day but you are still my (not-so-tiny) newborn. We are still learning quite a bit. Thankfully, we have lots of help from your grandparents and aunts and uncles and our friends!
Eating & Sleeping
Throughout the day we spend a lot of time together. You were a wonderful nurser right from the beginning. Right now, you are nursing every 2 hours. I really treasure that time. When you were just two weeks old, you seemed to really wake up! Instead of just looking at me, you seem to really see me. After you nurse, I continue to hold you as we dance around the room until you fall asleep. Starting at one week, every morning, I use the breast pump. I am building a nice supply for you and Daddy gets to give you a bottle and experience that special time that we share!
After just 3 nights, you started sleeping 5-7 hours at a time! Unfortunately, that only lasted a couple of weeks because now it has gone down to 3-4 hours at a time.
You are (almost) off the charts with your growth! At 2 weeks, you were 10 pounds and 23 inches (90th and 99th percentile, respectively)!
At your 1 month mark, you are 11.5 pounds (I went to Bed Bath and Beyond specifically to weigh you, no shame).
You lasted just 2 weeks in newborn diapers and 4 weeks in newborn clothes because you are oddly very tall (which is a surprise because your parents are both short)!
You are already so strong. You had great neck strength at only a few days old which put me at ease when picking you up and holding you! You love being on your tummy and you pick up your head and look all around with ease (especially at any type of light)! You found your arms recently but don’t quite know how to use them. Sometimes you accidentally punch yourself in the face! You respond well to sound but the dogs barking doesn’t wake you up (best of both worlds)! You love when I read you books (you’re favorite book was a gift from Grandma Lori, it is called “LMNO Peas”)! and you fall asleep right away when we lay skin to skin with you on my chest.
We have to be quick when we change your diaper. As soon as your bottom hits air, you like to go just one more time! You like to be naked but you can’t be trusted. Unfortunately, you inherited your gassiness from your father. Loud farts and poops. Sometimes when you poop, the dogs start barking and run to the door because they think someone is there. I am not kidding. Those aren’t the only noises you make (thankfully). You snort when you’re looking for a boob and when you whimper, my heart melts. Starting last week, we look at you and say “hi” over and over and you give us a huge smile!
You don’t understand the concept of the pacifier yet, you get a strong suck on it then spit it a few feet away. You are still unsure about the bath (you don’t cry, but you don’t smile either). Your sneezes are the best! You sneeze 3 times in a row (just like your Aunt Shelley) and it is the CUTEST!
Your puppy brother Harley loves you so much! He is your protector. He always lays by you and goes to you when you cry. Your puppy sister River was a little unsure about you in the beginning but now she loves you from afar.
Daddy and I are absolutely fascinated by you. Even though we don’t want it to happen too fast, we cannot wait to watch you grow.
Love always, Mommy
[Thank you to Katy for the idea to address these posts to my daughter. My pregnancy and her updates are something I am going to love sharing with her when she is older.]