My little girl is already 2 days shy of 6 weeks old. HOW did that happen?? Halfway done with maternity leave and I cannot believe it. We’re having a blast with Dagny and learning so much about her and our parenting methods (hint: not much different than parenting two fur babies at this point). I’m finally starting to feel more human now that we’ve worked towards a nursing / sleeping schedule that seems to work best for all of us and we love seeing new personality traits peek through when she’s awake and alert.
If I’ve learned one thing in these first 6 weeks, it’s that all of my efforts to simplify our lives before she arrived are paying off via less stress for me as I focus on Dagny and our new life together.
Age: One Month
Weight: 8 pounds, 8 ounces (gain of 1 lb, 10 oz from birth)
Height: 20.75 inches (gain of 1.75 inches from birth – who knew babies grew this fast??)
Sleep: Longest stretch of sleep was 5.5 hours towards the end of the month. Mommy didn’t sleep quite as long with the frequent checks for breathing. Little one grunts and cries out at least 3-4 times a night but doesn’t officially wake up.
Clothes: Still in newborn size but some of her footy PJs are too short.
Diapers: Currently wearing Kanga Care’s Lil’ Joey newborn cloth diapers. She’s developed a rash we have to attack and will be switching to disposables for the duration but we love the ease of cloth diapers and washing daily is not as difficult as it might seem.
Firsts: Her first official holiday was Christmas 2015 at two days old. We gave her first bottle the day before she turned one month. I don’t love to pump so we try not to give unnecessary bottles but it’s a great relief that she took the bottle easily and has no issues nursing still. We pretty much followed the 4 week rule. She also smiled for the first time on her one month birthday. I had been gone most of the afternoon (hence the bottle – she needed one that day) and when I got home she was alert in her crib, saw me when I came in, and gave the biggest smile! My heart totally melted to pieces.
Personality: She isn’t fazed AT ALL by Kate & Trudy’s loud barks and craziness. They all love each other at this point. It took Kate zero seconds to be all over Dagny but Trudy needed a little more time; finally warming up around 2-3 weeks. She cries after every big yawn, loves staring at the sunlight through window blinds and the watercolor above her crib, and being in the car as long as it’s moving and she isn’t hungry or wet. Her cry reminds me of the scene where Buddy the Elf sprays perfume in his mouth and I recorded it so I’ll never ever forget it! We think she may have developed some mild colic but I’m not convinced and will try everything before settling for that word. She’s been consistently crabby between 1-5pm for a week or so. Gripe water hasn’t really helped so we’re trying the next option of simethicone drops. Overall, she’s your typical newborn this month and we’re really excited to see how she grows and changes month to month!
Must Have: We couldn’t live without our Little Unicorn swaddles this month. They are huge and thick and make amazing nighttime swaddle blankets. They have a ton of new sets too and my eyes are getting bigger than my wallet!