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We’ve made it through your first month of life and I must say it’s been delightful. While you’ve been such a good baby, it’s still been mostly a blur. I’ll do my best to tell you all the little (and big) moments we’ve shared.
You were baptized on the 16th by Monsignor at our church. Since the moment you were only just a thought and a hope, you’ve been surrounded by so many prayers. Your baptism seemed to radiate that love as we were joined by many friends and family. You were a little fussy during the ceremony but calmed right down when the water was poured on your head… Not usually how it works but we’ll take it as a good sign.
So far you’ve been sleeping pretty well for us! From the beginning you’ve been sleeping at least 3 hours at a time at night, but more recently you’re getting closer to 5.5-6 hours. I think part of this is you’re a big baby and also the fact you’re in the bed with us. As long as you’re snuggled in nice and tight next to me you’re good to go. I’m hoping to transition you out of our bed soon though. Sorry! You some how manage to take up half the bed! However the few times we’ve tried you wake up about an hour later, so I have a feeling this is going to be a bit of a process.
Despite your excellent sleeping, you seem to think the hour between 5 and 6 am is a great time to talk to me. You don’t want to nurse and you aren’t crying, you’re just wide awake and chatty. I’m sorry I fall asleep halfway through our conversations sometimes. I’m not exactly a morning person. I do try though because you’re pretty darn cute. Usually by the time Daddy’s alarm goes off at 6, I’m able to convince you to nurse back to sleep. We snuggle until Damian comes charging in to inform us that we are done sleeping.
Almost since birth, you’ve had great head control but in the last week you’ve gotten so much better. You love looking around over my shoulder or being held on my hip “like a big kid.” You’re growing up too fast!
Damian is, by far, your favorite. I was not expecting you two to have such a bond already but you light up when you see him. And he LOVES you. I’ve never seen him give anyone else as many hugs and kisses as he pours on you. One of your favorite thing is to have me hold you so you can sit up and see him face-to-face. Last night he read you books–as if y’all hadn’t melted my heart already.
Nursing has gone surprisingly well. There was some pain in the beginning but that’s gotten much better. You only nurse for about 15 minutes before falling asleep so I was a bit worried you weren’t eating enough. However, you’re gaining plenty of weight. Right now you nurse about every 2-3 hours during the day, with some cluster feeding in the evening. I’m really enjoying being able to nurse you since I didn’t get this experience with Damian. It’s such a wonderful moment to bond with you.
Speaking of weight gain, we went to the doctor two days ago and you were 11 pounds 13 oz. and 23.5 inches long (your head circumference was 15 inches.) Yep, you’ve grown about 2 pounds this month and have officially outgrown most of your 3 month clothes. I can’t believe at 4 weeks you’re wearing mostly 6 month clothing. I’m just so thankful you’re growing!
When you aren’t eating or sleeping, you’re pretty content hanging out with us. You’ve started coo-ing and smiling more. You’ve been a grunter and snorter since day one though. You do have a ‘fussy time’ in the evening which is pretty typical for you newborns. But honestly, it’s not been that bad. As long as I can hold and nurse you, you’re ok. It makes it hard to do anything else, but that’s ok. I know it’s only a phase.
Thankfully, you love being in the Maya sling and Boba carrier. Most of your morning naps happen while we are out running errands and you’re snug as a bug in one of them. It also helps me to be present to Damian or get some things done around the house. You’re only little once, so I don’t mind holding you a lot–especially because I can still have two hands. I guess that’s one of the benefits of being the second child–Mama realizes how quickly this time goes.
We’ve already taken a road trip together to see your godparents get married. It was quite the experience and I think Daddy and I have been officially initiated into the parents of multiple children club, but you did really well all things considered. We are both so appreciative of you and Damian sleeping the whole time in the car. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being a good car baby.
You’ve rolled over once from your back to your belly. Well technically twice but once was on the sofa which is kinda slanted, so you had some help. The other time was on the bed, and I missed it! But I know I put you down on your back and when I came back in, you were on your belly. You’ve not done it again, but I’m still impressed.
I’ve really been loving every minute with you sweet girl. I can’t wait to see what the next month has in store for us!
Love you always,