Happy 1 month!
June 8th, 2014
Where did time go? I have no idea! I can honestly say this firth month went FAST! I hope the rest of your life doesn’t go this fast for me but I have a feeling it will. This past month has been a learning curve for all 3 of us. I will say your Daddy and I love you more than you will ever know. We have all meshed and become a great family of 3 and I can not wait to see how you develop into your own little person. You already have quite the little personality. You make such funny little sounds and Daddy and I love to sit and listen to you.
This past month has been full of first for you and us. After you were born you spent the first 5 days of your life in the NICU. You were such the little trooper. Mommy and Daddy HATED leaving you there but we knew you were in the best hands available next to ours. We loved the nurses who took care of you while you were there. While we were in the hospital Mommy and Daddy’s family came to meet you. Grandma and Grandpa on both Mommy and Daddy’s side of the family came to see you along with some of your uncles and your aunt. Some of Mommy’s friends -Melissa, Ali, Judy, Erik, Tyler, Jessica and Dylan- even came to meet you. Everyone said how gorgeous you are.
After you and I were released from the hospital we went home and got to bond as a new family of 3. The first week was a little rough. I like to say that it was ever man for themselves that week. Mommy was exhausted, Daddy went back to work and luckily Grandma came over everyday to help out. Mommy was not allowed to drive but she had to take you to the doctor for weight checks and a well visit so Grandma took us. We found out that you were not gaining weight but rather you were losing weight. When we left the hospital you were 6 pounds 2 ounces and after we got home you dropped as low as 5 pounds 12 ounces. Mommy was not thrilled when she heard this. A lot of it had to do with the fact that I was not producing enough breast milk for you. I was pumping, letting you latch on, drinking Mothers Milk Tea and taking More Milk Plus and still I was only getting 1.5 ounces all day. I was not happy about this but I knew that every little bit of breast milk that you were getting was beneficial for you. I pumped and let you latch on for the first 3 weeks. One morning I got up and pumped like I did every morning and I got NOTHING. That morning was the straw that broke the camels back so to speak. That is when I decided that it was time to stop pumping and straight up formula feed you. I was heartbroken but I know I did everything I could. I called and spoke with a lactation consultant, talked to my doctor, did all kinds of research online and nothing. I wont lie I felt like I failed you as your mommy. Daddy was my absolute rock during this. He was one million percent behind every decision I made and when I told him I was done he was supportive. He never once was upset with me and for that I am so thankful. He would tell me all the time that he was proud of me for doing what I did and he would constantly remind me that I did the best I could and I did give you what I could and that is all that mattered.
After things settled down that first week we started to settle into a nice little routine. You started to get more and more familar with your surroundings and the next thing we knew you were giving us a solid 4 to 5 hours a night of sleep. When you do get up you are only up for about 30 to 45 minutes. Just enough time to have your diaper changed, have a bottle and go back to bed.
Speaking of diapers, let me tell you kid you have one active behind. I swear just about every diaper we change you have pooped in it. Daddy and I look at each other sometimes and wonder where in the world you are getting all this poop from. For such a little human you sure are full of poop! Speaking of bodily functions you also burp like a truck driver. I will never forget when we were in the doctors office one day waiting for Daddy and you let one rip. Everyone stopped and asked me if that came from you. Needless to say everyone was impressed.
Other things that happened the past month, you went to the lake for Grandpas birthday! Which happens to be a week after yours!
You seemed to enjoy your time with Grandpa and Grandma. Grandpa was shocked at how much you slept. I am sure he will be happy to see how much you are staying awake now this coming weekend when we go to visit.
You and I had a girls day of shopping at the mall with Aunt Ali too.
And of course we had to take a group selfie!
We also spent some time on Grandma and Grandpas deck while Daddy helped put up the gazebos for your dedication party.
Every Sunday we have gotten up gotten you pretty and gone to church as a family too. Everyone at church absolutely loves you! We even went to the Ladies Secret Encourager reveal party. Everyone there was super surprised to see us there considering you were all of a week old at the time.
We have been on many walks to. Family walks and walks just you and I. We try to get out of the house daily even if it is for an hour.
Some things this month I do not want to forget, we started tummy time on your activity mat. You seem to enjoy it. You chill out on your mat for a good hour just kicking away and babbling. We have come to find out that you are a total belly baby. You LOVE to be on your belly. You sleep on your belly like a champ. You also love the Baby Bjorn. You love to cuddle on Mommy and Daddy’s chest and just relax and cuddle. You are also a champ in the car. You are quite the little wiggle worm and I have learned that if I put you down in one spot you will wiggle to another. You are not a fan of getting your diaper changed but I think that is starting to subside. You love sleeping and you sleep like a rock. You are actually sleeping on my chest as I write this. We had your newborn pictures taken a few days after we got home from the hospital and I absolutely love the way they came out. Rylie and Zoe absolutely love you. They have adapted so well to you. Even when you cry. When you cry for a long time they actually cry with you it’s cute. We went to all of Daddy’s softball games and you were a trooper during them all. Every morning during your tummy time we also listen to praise and worship on Pandora. You tend to sleep with your mouth open and you make some weird sounds when you sleep. You are not a huge fan of the binky but will take it from time to time.
This picture is one of my favorites from this past month. You have a habit of falling asleep in some of the most awkward positions. I had Daddy snap pictures of it a couple times because all I could do was laugh.
June 9th we took you for your 1 month well visit and we were very happy with your stats considering what we went through when we first got home. You weight 8 pounds 6 ounces and you are 20 and a quarter inches long. You head is 14.5″ around. You are in the 50th percentile for your head, 25th percentile for your weight and 10th percentile for your length. You are a growing little girl and we can not wait till our next well visit to get your new stats! You got your second HepB shot at your 1 month well visit and you were NOT happy about it. I think it was the reddest I have ever see your face. You screamed like I had never heard you scream before and all you did after the appointment was sleep on Mommy.
You are still wearing newborn size clothing and diapers although we are getting ready to move you into size 1 diapers. You can only use Honest Co wipes because any other ones break you out in a nasty diaper rash which we learned the hard way. We also use Honest Co diaper cream and A&D ointment to help prevent diaper rashes. Thankfully the only diaper rash you have had was when we tried to switch you to Huggies wipes which we clearly will never change your wipes again. You eat 3.5 ounces of formula at each feeding and eat every 2 to 3 hours during the day. You get up usually 2 times a night to eat typically anywhere between 12 and 2am and then again between 4 and 6am.
Overall it has been a great month and I can not wait to see how you grow and develop over the next month. Mommy and Daddy love you so so much. We are honored and blessed that God picked us to be your parents.