It’s hard to believe that Sarah is already a month old! After spending 5 days in the NICU for treatment for a possible infection, Sarah came home and John and I have been adjusting to our new normal with a baby in the house. It’s been a very challenging month, for sure, with the stress of the NICU stay, feeding challenges, healing from a difficult 30-hour labor and delivery, and the lack of sleep we’ve both been getting, but we love her more than we ever thought we could!
SIZE: Sarah’s 8 pounds (she was 8lbs. 3 oz. at the last doctor’s appointment) and is wearing newborn clothes still, though they’re definitely getting smaller and probably won’t fit much longer. She had graduated into size 1 diapers when we had her in disposables and her Fuzzibunz are set at 3 on the waist and 7 on the legs. The legs are going to need to be moved soon though! I know she’s probably on the smaller side for her age, but I think she looks so big – especially when you compare her with her early photos!
DEVELOPMENT: She’s been growing like crazy and hit a couple of big developmental milestones this month. She began lifting her head at about 10 days and her neck muscles keep getting stronger. The pediatrician even commented on how strong her neck was at her two-week appointment! She’s also started smiling at us on occasion. The first time we were sure she was doing it in response to us was on Easter (3.5 weeks) when Grandpa was tickling her face with his beard.
PERSONALITY: I’ve noticed that Sarah is very independent in that she knows what she wants and wants it now. She doesn’t have much patience (wonder where that comes from J). She does love to cuddle and be held. She also likes to be in the middle of things and doesn’t want to go to sleep and miss anything (“much like her Mom” says Grammie).
LIKES: Sarah loves to be held, even when she’s sleeping. And it’s usually on her stomach or side. She loves to lay on her stomach on the chest of whoever is holding her or on her side with her head hanging slightly over their arm, which gets heavy really quick! Car rides are mostly good and usually put her to sleep. She also likes to lay in bed with Dad and is quite content in the Moby as I do chores around the house. Even though I originally did not want to use a pacifier, she loves hers and it’s a lifesaver when she just wants to suck and isn’t hungry. Sarah’s a big fan of Grammie – she almost always will settle down and/or go to sleep when Grammie is holding her. She enjoys being swaddled with blankets (the actual Swaddlers weren’t a big hit) with her arms fairly loose so she has access to her hands. She also loves bath time. So far, we’ve had no crying before, during, or after baths!
DISLIKES: Sarah does not like to be left in a room by herself. If we try to lay her down in the pack-n-play napper (she’s not a fan of the cradle) after she’s fallen asleep and we’re not in the room, she will usually wake up shortly after. She does not like being in her car seat, unless she’s asleep or we’re moving. The one attempt we had at taking a walk with the stroller didn’t go so well.
EATING: After her stay during the first week with formula supplements in the NICU and a challenge with establishing my supply, feedings have finally started to become regular, usually every 3-4 hours, though we did have a growth spurt during week 3 when she wanted to eat almost constantly for about 8 hours! She seems to eat well, but her latch has gotten a bit shallow in the past week or so. Hopefully a visit to the feeding clinic will help remedy that so feedings are pleasant for both her and me.
SLEEPING: We’ve been pretty lucky when it comes to her sleeping “schedule.” With the exception of the growth spurt, she sleeps for 2-4 hours between feedings and even slept for 9 hours one night! She’s usually waking up just once during the night, around 3:00 a.m. to eat after going to sleep between 10:00 p.m. and midnight. She wakes up again around 5:00 a.m. when Dad leaves for work before going back to sleep again until around 9:00 a.m. when she’s “awake” for the day. Looks like she’s a night owl like Mom! She loves to sleep on her back with both of her hands up over her head in a “touchdown” position. Guess she’s gonna be a football fan – fitting right in!
OUTINGS/CELEBRATIONS: We’ve been lots of places this month. We’ve conquered our first shopping trip with both of us to Costco and our first restaurant experience with Grammie and Grandpa at Lucille’s. Sarah did really well on both trips and I got my first experience at breastfeeding in public just as I finished eating my dinner at Lucille’s. We also went to Bible Study, though there weren’t very many people there. Sarah did get to meet the only other girl, Ellie, in our group. We’ve been to Mom’s Group in Upland a couple of times and a few more shopping trips alone with me. We celebrated Easter at our house with Grammie, Grandpa, Aunt Cassie, Uncle Greg, and Theresa. She got a basket from Grammie with some books, clothes, and toys, and a VeggieTales Easter movie from us. Sarah also went to her first wedding on her one-month birthday for a life-long friend of mine, in Temecula. She did amazing during the wedding (which was outside in really cold weather) and the reception with the loud music!