Little Peanut. This month was a blast, and I think it’s fair to say it was better/easier than last month. We were a little more in the swing of things as parents, and I think you are growing more and more comfortable with your surroundings, our day to day, etc. There was definitely more proactive parenting rather than reactive this month, and we all benefited from that.
You are growing a ton (details below), and everyone comments constantly about how much you’re changing all the time. Everyone also always comments on how alert you are for such a tiny little human. You have big round eyes, just like me, but yours are big and blue like your dad’s. I don’t know if they will stay that way (we think they’ll eventually turn green-ish), but so far, they’re not budging.
Noteworthy news this month is that it’s official. Mom called her boss and let them know that I’d decided to submit my resignation and stay home with you. It was a big decision, but honestly, not a hard one. I love my job, my coworkers, and career. The company I work for is amazing. But nothing compared to spending my days with you. I can’t imagine having someone besides me watch you 50 hours a week. No. Thank you. I may continue to do some work here and there, but we’ll see.
Weight: 10 pounds 6 ounces
Height: 22.75 inches.
The doctor said as far as size goes, you’re tall, but quite petite in the weight department. They assured us that you’re still healthy though, and gaining weight consistently, so the amount you’re eating is fine. Also worth mentioning is that your head circumference skyrocketed at a much higher rate than your height or weight. I thought you may have an average size head like your dad, but looks like you’ve inherited the big noggins that run in my family. Note the too small hat below.
Nicknames: Pea, Pea Pod, Peanut Butter, Nori, Nor
Eating: You’re eating six times a day, at around the same times every day, including one middle of the night feeding. Praise the Lord for that one. The amount you eat per feeding is all over the board. Usually anywhere between just under three ounces, to just over four ounces. We’ve been doing a lot of pumped bottles as opposed to nursing and that’s working out pretty well. I feel a little bit of guilt about not nursing all the time, but frankly, it just stressed me out. Maybe we’ll go back to it. Maybe not. We’ll see.
Sleeping: This is getting so much better. I wanted you in our room for a while longer, but I was getting NO sleep with all the noises you make. Your little sound effects had me awake every 30 minutes, and a chronically exhausted Momma just is not a good thing. We moved you to your crib, and things are so much happier. You go to bed sometime in the 8 o’clock hour, then wake up at 1:30am for medicine and a bottle, then go back to sleep till around 7:00am. The bedtime and wake time are flexible, but the 1:30am wake up is consistent. I think if we didn’t have to wake you for your meds, you would sleep much longer, so I can’t wait for the day we get to find out.
You were/are doing this thing where around 5am you wake up fussing. You’re not hungry, you just want your paci, or you’ve busted out of your swaddle. We’ve noticed if we unswaddle you you’ll go right back to sleep. I think you get a little gassy and cant really work yourself out when you’re all bundled up. I’ve been bringing you into our room at this time so we can keep an eye on you for the rest of the morning as you doze in and out of sleep.
We’d had you in the Halo Sleep Sacks, which you busted out of consistently at this early morning wake up. Last night we tried the Miracle Blanket and it worked like a charm! I will be retiring the sleep sacks for now for sure. We also bought you a bat suit, aka the Love to Dream swaddle, and you love this one too. I feel like it’s weird to use all night, but you love to sleep with your hands up, so this is the go to now for naps and the last few hours of the morning when you are uncomfortable from being all wrapped up all night.
Long story short, you still aren’t a fan of being swaddled, but you wake constantly otherwise, so we’ve almost figured out what works for us.
You are also all about the white noise. Static sounds or ocean wives instantly calm you and usually put you right out.
Naps are still kind of all over the place, but we’re getting there. Still napping better in the mornings than you do in the afternoon.
Diapers: Still rocking Pampers Swaddlers in the daytime and Pampers Baby Dry at night, both in size 1. I want to try out Target brand diapers the next time we run out of Pampers, so we’ll see how that goes.
Clothing: I had to pack up most of your newborn clothes, and it was quite sad. You still fit better in newborn onesies, but you’re up to 0-3 months when it comes to pajamas/sleep and plays and any full body outfits. Pants it depends on the pair. Honestly you’re in between, so most of the time your pants are too big or too small.
Social: You are still pretty happy no matter who holds you, unless you’re over stimulated or need a diaper change. You went through a little phase where I think you preferred to be laid down rather than being held. Or maybe I just try and hold you too much? Is there such a thing? Maybe you’re just an independent little lady. We’ll see! We’re having some family and friends over Sunday after your baptism, and I have to admit I’m a little nervous. I don’t think you appreciate being held by a lot of people in a short period of time, and I know everyone will want their turn. Hopefully there aren’t any melt downs!
Likes: The Kick n Play piano gym is your jam right now. You are content there for up to maybe 45 minutes at a time, and love to bat your hands at all the hanging animals. The swing is growing on you too. You’re a fan of anything hanging around you that you can hit/look at like your crib mobile, fans, overhead lights, etc. I can tell you’re really starting to notice your surroundings, which is so cool.
Dislikes: Still not a fan of your medication, but I’m getting more efficient at giving it to you, so it’s not so bad. Naps. You always fight sleep when we try and put you down during the day. Your number one hated activity is still being strapped into the car seat.
Firsts: Met more friends. Trip to Dayton for a birthday party. Sleeping all night in your own room. Intentional smiles and expressions (I think).
Mama: I think I’m starting to get into the swing of things and feel like a normal person again. Most of the time. Mostly just loving you and all of your cuteness.
Daddy: Loves playing with you after work, dressing you up in UC clothes, and taking silly pictures with you. He is a rock star dad, as expected.
What we're looking forward to: The holidays. You becoming more alert and just enjoying all your firsts.
We love you Little Pea and there is no way in the world anyone could be happier about anything than I am to be your mamma. I can’t wait to spend every day of the next 18 years, God willing, playing with you and helping you and watching you grow!
One Month Update
One Month Update