How has it already been one month?! I feel like I completely missed the month of October and the first half of November has been a blur. And now, here we are at almost Thanksgiving! My blog has definitely turned into a baby blog for the time being, but only because I haven’t had much brain capacity to think about much else. The blog has been a good place to decompress, when time allows. I truly can’t wait to get back into my usual routine, start exercising and running regularly, and blogging about things other than newborn life. In good time though! If you’re a regular reader, thanks for being patient!
Ok so, I really just can’t believe I’m actually writing this post! Somehow Adeline is one month old! As of Sunday! It’s been both the fastest and slowest month of my life, but I think I’m finally feeling like I’m getting the hang of things around here. I feel like I’m learning more and more about Adeline every day, and am loving all of her little changes. She makes the cutest noises and faces, and I wish I could bottle them up and keep them forever! Here are a few high points from the past month:
We had her one month check up yesterday, and she is a growing girl! I was so worried about her weight gain, but can rest easy knowing that she is now doing great! She went from 7 lbs 9 oz (when she finally got back to her birth weight) to 8 lbs 13 oz in 2 weeks. Yay for milk!
She’s in the 35th percentile for weight, so she’s a little on the petite size, and probably will never be the chunkiest monkey on the block. She’s also 22″ long now, and oh how obvious that is! She’s outgrown her newborn sleepers with those pretty little legs of hers!
- Eating (seriously she would eat all day if allowed)
- White noise or classical music, like soft lullaby music
- Warm sunshine
- Baths (but only during the bath, not before or after)
- Soft blankets, or being wrapped up tight in them
- Riding in the car (for now, knock on wood!)
- Being bounced/rocked/moved, she likes to be moving while she falls asleep
- Being hungry
- Having gas (lord have mercy it’s a bad day when she’s extra gassy!)
- Dirty diapers
- Our ice machine
- The process of being swaddled
- Getting dressed (especially putting anything over her head)
- Being put in her car seat, or being in her car seat when it’s not moving
- Tummy time
- Putting bows on
During the day, we pretty much just hang out! She feeds about every 3 hours, then will either fall right asleep after the feeding, or she’ll be wide awake and want to just look around or lay on her play mat or boppy lounger until she starts getting tired again. If we take a walk, I try and get us out before lunch, but sometimes that’s just impossible. I also try and squeeze in tummy time, but it’s so hard to do because she’s only awake for so long, and is only happy for so long. Plus, I don’t want to lay her on her stomach right after she’s eaten.
For nights, I wouldn’t say we have anything dead set by any means but we are trying to do something similar every night. I’ve been trying to give her a bath every other night, so on bath nights, I try to give her a bath around 8/8:30 or so, then nurse her, then hopefully get her down to sleep by 9:30 or 10. Then, if it’s a good night she’ll sleep until 1:00-2:00 ish. She typically has a 4 or 5 hour stretch right at the beginning of the night. After that, I’ll get her up, change her diaper, nurse her, then get her back down by 3:00-3:30 ish. Then, she’ll sleep until 5:00-5:30 or so. Then I’ll changer her, nurse her, get her down again by 6:30 or 7 at the latest when Adam leaves for work, and we’ll usually both go back to sleep until about 8:30 or so. That’s a good day, so it doesn’t happen like that all the time, but that’s what we’ve fallen into currently!
BUT, the past few days she’s decided that that early early morning feeding around 5 is actually party time. There’s been a few nights recently where she’s woken up at 4 ish and then again at like 5:30, which is really inconvenient! And then she just wants to stay up and be held or rocked. I’m thinking these past few days though she was going through a growth spurt, which would explain the extra wake ups and fussiness. And, she’s been wanting to eat constantly, which I’m hoping is now slowing down. She’s also been REALLY gassy the past few days, which apparently is the norm for the 4-6 week time frame. I think all three of us are more than ready for these gassy days to be over!
- Stroller walks around the neighborhood and at the lake
- Doctor’s appointments
- Shopping for the first time, to Target and Chick Fil A with Adam
- First Sunday morning at church
- Outlet mall date night
- First photo shoot (newborn photos)
- First time up to my work
- First bath and first fingernail clipping (both a little scary!)
Adeline is a pretty good eater. Well, she likes to eat, but in the beginning we did have trouble getting her back up to her birth weight. I’ve noticed that in the past two weeks she has very obviously gained weight, and her little thighs are getting bigger by the day! She’s a long nurser, and usually eats for about 45 minutes. (Which we learned at our check up yesterday that I should start cutting her off at 30 minutes or so and just teach her to be quicker, because we think I may be over-feeding her, which is probably why she’s been spitting up lately.) We’ve also introduced bottles, so she’s had a few bottle feedings. I’m not sure she loves them yet, but as long as she gets all the milk she wants she’s usually pretty happy afterwards. It’s been nice for Adam to be able to help out with a few feedings here and there, plus I think it’s helps he and Adeline bond a little more.
Little Things I Want to Always Remember
- When she sneezes she makes the cutest sigh afterwards, like it was so hard to sneeze.
- When she hiccups, it takes her entire body and she acts so exhausted after each one.
- Her burps after a feeding are hilarious and so manly sounding!
- I love the look on her face after she’s done eating, she looks like a little old woman. She has her eyes closed, and kind of smiles with her mouth closed, sticks her head forward and lets out this big dramatic sigh as she shrugs her shoulders.
- Her legs and thighs.
- How tiny her fingers are and how strong her little grasp is. Also, she has the longest fingernails!
- The noises she makes when she sleeps. Sometimes she grunts, moans, screams, or just really sounds like a little gremlin. I actually call her my little gremlin at least once a day.
- When all she wants is to cuddle up close with me, and I can hold her in a tiny ball and she’s completely relaxed.
- Her freckle on her left shin.
- When she stretches her entire body out and reaches her arms way up over head.
- How hilarious it is when we change her diaper, only to have her dirty it as soon as we get a new one on.
- Sleeping in her crib for the first time. Such a big girl!
- The first outfit she wore to church, and I cried at how beautiful she looked (see pink dress above). It was the dress I wore home from the hospital, and the dress she wore home from the hospital.
- When she smiles in her sleep. I can’t wait for a real smile!!
We are so thankful for our sweet Adeline, and I can’t help but feel more and more protective of her every day. And when I’m away from her for a few hours, or if she’s been sleeping for a while, I can feel this overwhelming urge to want to just pick her up and hold her immediately! Mama Bear instincts I guess.
Thanks for all your well wishes for our sweet girl! We are so blessed!