Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Baby Update-1 month!

My baby girl is a month old today! Can you believe it?
In some ways it flew by as I watched her go from 7 to 10 pounds and grow some adorable chubby cheeks. 
In other ways, it feels like Sweet pea has been part of our family forever! 
I can honestly say, it has been one of the happiest months of my life. 
I love getting to know my baby girl!

I wish you all could meet her! She makes the most adorable faces and has the prettiest smiles! Her yawns are the most contagious you've ever seen and the little noises she makes just melt my heart. I love it the most at the end of a long day when she lays her head on my chest and lets out a high pitch sigh. 
I love her!

Age: 1 month
Height: 21.5 inches 61.39 %tile
Weight: 10.06 pounds 83.37 %tile
Head: 15.16 in 98.27 %tile (She's got a lot going on up there!)

Milestones: She has been holding her head up since day one, but is gaining more control every day! She also responds to us when we talk with little noises and even the occasional little smile. 

Sleep: She hates sleeping. HATES it! Who knew? She cries every time she starts to fall asleep, like she's afraid she's going to miss something. Sometimes it takes a good hour to get her to fall asleep. I'm definitely looking for tips and advice in this area so if you've got any, please share them!

 At night she usually goes on average from 2.5 hours to 3.5 hours and then wakes up to eat. I enjoy the time with her, but I'm definitely looking forward to sleeping more than 2 hours at a time!
She's the most adorable little thing when she's asleep. She likes to be swaddled but have her arms free and up on either side of her head. I can't help but smile every time I look at her like that. She's so stinkin' cute!

Best Moment: I don't think I can pick just one moment...I enjoy so many moments with my sweet baby girl. She makes me smile so often with her cute little faces and the things she does! Some of my favorite moments are seeing her with her daddy. He is so good with her!


Worst Moment: There have been several terrible moments when she is crying and I don't know why. We think she has acid reflex because it seems like her belly is hurting her. We haven't quite figured it out yet.

Another terrible, but funny moment was right before her one month checkup. I was out in the car feeding her before we had to go in when right then and there she had a world record blowout! It went through her clothes and even got on my clothes! I've never seen anything like it. I'm talking up her back and down to her socks! Needless to say, our doctors visit started out a little rough. Good thing I had this spare outfit:) 
Look at that innocent face...she would never!

Health:  We did have a scare with her belly button bleeding around 3 weeks but it all turned out fine. She also has a little rash on the side of her face but from what I've been reading, that's pretty common. 
Overall, sweet pea is a very healthy little girl and we thank God for that every day!

Eating: Hanging in there with the breastfeeding. It's much harder than I realized it would be, but she's apparently doing great and definitely getting enough because she gets chubbier every day!

Things I want to remember: 

*Sweet pea already loves looking at books. Maybe it's the English teacher coming out in me, but I started reading to her from the very beginning! She either looks up at me as I read to her, or she looks at the pictures. It's one of my favorite parts of the day. I read out of her little picture Bible and then one or two other books every day!

*Sweet pea loves lights, especially Christmas lights, so it was perfect that she was born right around Christmas! I just put up some pink lights in her room and whenever she's cranky, we take her in there and she's mesmerized!

 *When she's looking at something that especially fascinates her, she makes the cutest little face. Her eyes get really round and she pulls her lips together in the tiniest "o". We haven't quite captured it's full effect, but here's an idea:)

*Sweet pea also loves her bath time! I put the little space heater in the bathroom to warm it up and then give her a little lotion massage afterwards. Who wouldn't love that? I love it too because she smells so yummy afterwards:)
Here she is after her first bath!

*We tried tummy time last week. Here's how it turned out!

*Everyone says that sweet pea is one of the most alert babies they've ever seen. She is always looking around and seems very observant! That might be part of the problem when it comes to trying to get her to go to sleep!
*Her favorite place to sleep is right on my chest with her head above my heart. Sometimes that's the only place she will sleep. When I try to put her in her swing or bassinet she wakes right up. Little stinker:)
*We are still learning to trust God with our daughter The first week she was home with us, we must have taken her temperature at least 50 times. Her breathing really freaks us out! We were not prepared for the way newborns breathe. She stops and starts and then breathes really fast! Her poor daddy has stayed up several nights just to make sure she keeps breathing. 

There are just so many things I want to remember about this past month. I have been trying to cherish every moment...even the tired ones in the middle of the night;)
Our baby girl is so full of personality already and there isn't a day that goes by that she doesn't bring a smile to our faces. We are so blessed!
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29 comments:

  1. She has grown so much! She look adorable. Newborns are natural mouth breathers so they do have a hard time breathing from the nose, breast feeding helps a lot with that!

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  2. What a doll! She is absolutely adorable! Congrats!

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  3. Breastfeeding is hard but it gets easier and easier! Hang in there! She looks like she is definitely doing well!

    We had an acid reflux baby and we put her on meds but eventually found out that she's allergic to milk, eggs, and peanuts and I was eating those and causing her reflux...you might want talk to your pediatrician about an elimination diet or using meds. I was hesitant on the meds but at 6 weeks she lost her voice...her cry changed and once we went on the meds it was like night and day!

    You could also try sleeping her inclined...that's why she likes sleeping on you so much becuase when they lie down with acid reflux it becomes worse! My daughter slept in her swing for weeks while we figured stuff out but she slept better upright so that's what worked for us! Also you could try a rock n play sleeper those are inclined and I heard amazing!

    Just some ideas for you! glad all is going well!

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  4. so precious!!!

    oooh the newborn breathing freaked me out with my first too!!! I had similar sleeping issues with him and ended up putting him in our bed to sleep with me just so I could sleep at night! I always said I would NEVER co-sleep but I ended up finding creative ways to make it work and where I felt like the baby was safe, and I would roll over onto it or cover it with a blanket. I won't write a novel for you on your comments but if you are interested you can message me and I can tell you some tips about how we made co-sleeping work for us (beautythroughimperfection(at)gmail(dot)com) I would love to help however I can!!! It does get easier though! As they get older they can play etc as they are falling asleep. I have a big stuffed animal that I let both kids sleep with. It's awkwardly shaped so it would never just rest on the face and smother them, but they both LOVE cuddling with it. my 2 year old still sleeps with his and my baby girl (6 mos) loves hers too. <3 Wishing you lots of sleep tonight ;)

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  5. Congrats Faith, she is beautiful!

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  6. She is so precious Faith! I promise you my little girl was just that small and now she's 6 months old. It goes freakishly fast. I think the first 6 weeks are the hardest when it comes to breastfeeding and getting them to sleep.Just keep at it and do what you think is best. I was so concerned with getting her to sleep at a certain time those early weeks and I quickly learned to be more relaxed about it...they are so little and have plenty of time to get better. Anyways, I wish you the best

    Tiffany

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  7. Studies show that gifted babies need less sleep than the average babe. Just a thought! She's gorgeous and clearly smart just like her momma!

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  8. She's so cute, I lov eher fuzzy hair!

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  9. Oh wow she is simply precious! You are doing an amazing job! My favourite photo is her "tummy time" photo hehe super cute! Enoy these special moments Faith x

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  10. This makes me remember when my little one was a just a month old. The time just flies. She is so absolutely adorable and trust me the sleep thing gets better. I remember I used to fret about every single thing but it DOES get better.

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  11. Mommyhood is great isnt it?!?! I loved when Makayla would fall asleep on mine or Damon's chest (near our heart to hear it beating)..sweet moments for sure!! Get yourself some Gripe Water (found in the baby dept at Walmart and/or also in the antacid section like near tums, etc)..gets rid of belly aches like nothing I've ever seen! I always had a bottle at home, at my parents house, and in the diaper bag!!!! Its a MUST HAVE! ;-)

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  12. Newborn breathing scared me with my first two as well. I'd have my husband get up and check on them throughout the night just to make sure they were still breathing. I'm more relaxed with my daughter, although I do still check on her frequently. :-)

    Kaleigh is adorable!

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  13. Awwww, she is so adorable!!!! My little one just started smiling too, isn't it the best?? :) You are lucky yours likes bath time, mine just hates it. :(

    From what I have heard and judging by my first daughter, a lot of the newborn problems let up by 3 months or before. Like the unexplained crying, belly aches, rashes, breastfeeding difficulties, wakefulness, and a few other things. I think that's why they call it the fourth trimester.

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  14. She is so sweet! I am cracking up about the blow out...that seems to be a right of passage or something. I'm sure I'll see my fair share in a few months. Also, stealing your idea on the space heater in the bathroom--brillant!

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  15. She is so beautiful! And I love the little glimpse you give me for when our little girl is her in March!

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  16. Funny you say that about the blowout at the peds office! I remember my first one had a massive one and I did NOT have a change of outfit. Fortunately it was in the dead of summer so I could get away with putting her back in the carseat and wrapping her in the blanket... well I have not forgotten outfits since AND I like to 'hide' outfits and diapers in the car for emergency situations. Found your blog on the M3 bloghop : )

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  17. She's super cute, Faith! Love that hoodie owl towel. What a find. Hope you and your family have a lovely week. Visiting you from the Moms Mingle.

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  18. So sweet. Those first few weeks are so precious. It looks like you are treasuring them.
    Keep up the God work.

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  19. Found you on the Monday Mingle. I'm with you, sometimes it's hard to tell what the baby needs when she is crying. Someone sent me this link and it helped me out so much. There are still sometimes that I don't understand quite why my baby is crying but at least I have nailed down the hunger cry, the sleep cry, and the I need to burp cry.
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    I hope this helps you as much as it did for me!

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  20. Such a sweetie! I loved how when my kids came, it felt like they were ALWAYS here. It's an amazing thing!

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  21. She is too beautiful! Congratulations. I love how she is already developing a love for books :)

    Thanks for linking up with the Tuesday Baby Link-Up!

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  22. Safety tips are so important. Great reminders for the baby. Thanks for such a nice post,its really informational...Thanks

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