One Month Old

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All snuggled up on my chest as I write this post 🙂

How old: One month exactly!

Stats: 9 pounds and 2.5 ounces, and 22 inches long. Since her lowest weight during the loss after birth she has gained more than 3 pounds! She also grew two inches. She’s in the 80th percentile for height and the 48th for weight.

Milestones: She can hold her head up for a little bit during tummy time, and looks around a lot when she’s in her baby carrier. She’s starting to become more aware of her surroundings in general, especially in the last few days. She watches the mobile above her bassinet, studies our faces, and responds to music.

Clothes/Diapers: She graduated from newborn to size 1 diapers last week. They’re a bit big on her but they contain the messes much better! She wears mostly 0-3 month or 3 month clothing because she’s a long girl, but it’s a bit baggy on her.

Eating: As you might guess from her weight gain, she’s a good eater! She’s come a long way from the early days of falling asleep practically as soon as she latched on. She also latches like a champ now – no more scabbed up, bruised nipples (ouch!). I feed her on demand, which usually works out to around every 2-3 hours during the day and every 3-4 hours at night. She is still exclusively breast fed, and takes her evening feeding from a bottle given by her Dad. He likes bonding with her that way and it also gives her a chance to take her vitamin D drops and probiotics mixed with the pumped milk.

Sleeping: She’s a pretty good sleeper, though her sleep has actually gotten a bit worse lately. In weeks 2-3 she would fall asleep pretty much as soon as we swaddled her and put her in her bassinet, and she slept solid 4 hours stretches at night. I had to wake her up to eat. Now that she’s a bit older and less sleepy it’s harder to get her to go to sleep. We still swaddle her, but we also have to do some singing and rocking. We’ve tried using a pacifier at bedtime but it hasn’t been a big hit, honestly. She likes it but it falls out within a few minutes, usually before she falls asleep. However, once she’s finally asleep she sleeps 3-4 hours stretches and wakes on her own to eat.

Likes: Cuddling, looking at her mobile, the feeling of a clean diaper, being sung to, riding in her boba wrap, eating

Dislikes: Tummy time, getting dressed/undressed, having her face wiped, feeling gassy, getting buckled into her car seat

Undecided About: Everything else!

Fun Events: Visits from her grandparents, attending mommy-and-baby group

Looking Forward To: Her first social smiles! She’s so close to smiling at us. She’s at her most cheerful first thing in the morning, and for the last few days she’s been smiling a bit at her toys when she wakes up. She’s getting more alert and interactive by the day. It’s amazing to see.

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