Somehow, my baby girl turned a month old on Saturday. It seems like time has flown, yet I can’t remember life without her. I can’t remember being pregnant, the rib pain, or labor and delivery. Sadly, I don’t even remember what a full night sleep is Here’s an update on where we’re at at one month!
Weight: 10 lb 15 1/2 oz. She’s a chunky girl! 90 percentile
Height: 20 3/4 inches; 25th percentile
Head circumference: 37 cm; 75th percentile
She is currently wearing size 0-3 clothing and size 1 diapers.
Annabelle has been an eating queen and great since day one. I mean, look at her weight! haha I knew she gained weight, but did not expect almost 3 lb in 2 weeks! I am only breastfeeding, which I’m thankful for. I always said I would give it a try and if it worked, great, and if not, I wasn’t worried. Thankfully, she latched on right away at the hospital, did great, was back at her birth weight 3 days after she was born, and surpassed it in 2 weeks. I, personally, am worried she’s gaining too much, but the doctor was very pleased! She eats for about 5-10 minutes on both sides. It was hard at the beginning to keep her awake, but she got better. Of course, I dealt with sore nipples at the beginning (I cringed when she latched on!), engorged boobs that hurt to touch, and still can’t really lay on my stomach at night because they hurt.
She eats every 2-3 hours. It’s usually more towards the 3 hour mark, but the evenings have been closer together, typically 2- 2 1/2 hours. I feel like my life is in 3 hour chunks, but whatever works. I was waking her up at night to eat for the first week, but once she had gained enough, I let her sleep.
I do pump twice a day. I pump once in the morning because my boobs are usually still full from night, and then I pump before I go to bed because Aaron feeds her. We started with the bottle a few days after my milk came in. It took a couple tries to get her used to it (we bought the Calma nipple so it didn’t interfere with breastfeeding!) but she does great now. Aaron loves feeling like he’s doing something, and I like that he gets that time with her. So, since he feeds her at night (like 9ish), I pump instead. We have left her twice so we’ve had to leave a bottle, and it’s been no problem!
She hardly spits up. She’s done it more in the past week, but it’s not much. She did have two incidents with throwing up. I felt so bad when she puked up everything all over me. It made for a rough night! I had no idea how much food she had in her or what she needed (and what I still had in me to give her!) Thankfully it’s not a typical occurrence.
Annabelle was a champ at sleeping, and I guess she still is. In the beginning,she napped after each feeding. I tried to keep her awake for just a few minutes if I could, but not always possible. I still try to do this. Her days and nights were confused for a few weeks, and her evenings are still crazy. She typically wakes up right at 9 pm (it’s comical how precise she is) and then has her fussy time. Aaron usually has her from this shift on. It was from like 9-12 and has shortened a bit. This is also when she would clusterfeed. Just the past few days, we’ve been working on getting her to sleep earlier for bed to get her used to it. We tried at 2 weeks to let her cry it out (doctor told us to, which was so stupid and after one try and 5-10 minutes, we quit).
She has had a few nights where she’d sleep 4-5 hour stretches, but the typical is 3-4 hours. It all depends on her last feeding as to when she wakes up at night. Sometimes it’s 2-3 and then 6-7. Seven is a typical time she wakes up for the day, but not always.
She has been struggling with the naps the last week or so. I’m not sure if she’s getting overtired or what, but it’s been a struggle. Yesterday was awful and I felt so bad. She naps mostly in her crib and sleeps in her crib every night. I do give in on her naps sometimes when the crib doesn’t work. She is typically swaddled, but sometimes I’m not sure if she hates that. Annabelle loves to stretch and move her arms and legs, so I am contemplating whether we shouldn’t swaddle her.
It was tough at first with her in the crib. The first few nights were rough as we kept getting up to put the binky in or getting her to sleep. I’m glad we never gave in and she’s remained in there. Some nights it’d be easier for her to be beside me, but with all the noises she makes, I’m glad she’s not!
For the first few weeks, I’d feed her at night and then she’d go right to sleep. The last week or two has been a different story. She usually fusses for a while after I feed her and put her down, which keeps me up for a while. Our feeding sessions are no longer than 20 minutes, but adding in the fussiness and it can be an hour that I’m up.
- Tummy Time
- Holding her head up
- Kicking and moving her arms
- Her changing pad
- Looking around
- Fresh air
- the Ergo
- Her swing
- Baths (loves!)
- Skin to Skin contact
- Her gym mat
- Getting changed
- Putting clothes on and off
- Her carseat if we aren’t moving
- Being overtired
- Not eating fast enough
- Poop in her diaper (but that’s a given!)
- Feeling gassy
I aim to get out of the house daily, unless it’s been a rough day napping for her or she needs to just stay home. We’ve made it to church, a few family functions, and grandma and grandpa’s house multiple times. She’s been piglet for Halloween and loved meeting all our friends! We’ve gone on walks, run errands, or gone shopping. We’ve had two incidents in the car where she has screamed bloody murder. Both were when Aaron and I were in the car so I could jump in the back. One time she was so hot. We had to pull over and try to get her calmed down and strip her down to her diaper. Another time she was just was fighting sleep.
The past week or so she’s been showing her personality a bit more. She’s been staying awake at times longer, and is making a few new noises. Smiling is the cutest thing and I never get enough of it!
I am going to work on a schedule and routine this month. I thrive better on a schedule, and she typically is on one if she wakes up at 7. My first action is to get her bedtime earlier. Once we get that down, then I’ll work on finding a schedule that works for us. If anyone has tips or anything on a routine, please let me know! I’ve been going nuts trying to figure out what to do with eating, sleeping, playing, extending her sleep at night, etc. I’ll take any pointers you can give!
We’ve loved being her mom and dad for the past month and can’t wait to see more of her personality shine! We love her baby girl!