One Month | The Life of K: One Month

Thursday, March 17, 2011

One Month

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That's Baby K with her bear Manni. We hope she comes to love it as much as Baby J loves his bear JD (aka Stinky). The plan is to take a picture of her with her bear every month. The early months are challenging because babies are so floppy and then it gets a little easier. Then you get to Baby J's age and it's near impossible again. Always an adventure.

Baby K is a pretty little girl. She is long and skinny and has dark blue eyes. She has brown silky hair with a blond patch on the left side. Her eyebrows are so pale you can hardly see them and her eyelashes, which weren't there when she was born, have grown in. She looks cranky all the time but is just starting to smile. She actually looks a lot like Baby J did.

Her face is covered in baby acne and she's taken to screaming for hours a day so we call her our teenaged newborn. We're really not sure why she screams so much, but it could be the typical evening fussiness amped up a few (hundred) notches.

Baby K is a good baby. She's eating well and sleeping well. She's good in the car, the stroller and in the snugli. She doesn't like to lie on her back though and will roll on to her side when you put her down. She doesn't get swaddled to sleep and doesn't like a soother.

Baby J absolutely adores her. J has been dropping him off and picking him up from daycare most days and when they get home in the afternoons, Baby J doesn't care about me but he wants to give his baby sister a hug. He is constantly trying to hug her and kiss her, he always gives her her hat, blanket or whatever toy he has in his hands. He likes to pat her head and is always trying to touch her eyes and her mouth. Thankfully he doesn't seem to notice when she's crying and actually sleeps through even the worst nights. Baby K on the other hand starts crying as soon as Baby J does.

I'm so happy and proud to say that Baby K is 100% breastfed. Feeding Baby J was not fun right from day 1, but Baby K took to breastfeeding really well and my body adjusted decently and here we are, one month in, and things are going well. It isn't perfect but she's eating and gaining weight. We'll work on getting her to latch better and hopefully that will help stop her from gulping and swallowing so much air. Thankfully she is great at burping and she doesn't spit up often.

At night she wakes up every 3 hours to eat and during the day she sometimes wants to eat more often and sometimes less often. Because I'm feeding her on demand, there is no schedule yet and I'm not sure there ever will be.

Right now she sleeps after every time she eats pretty much, but in the past few days she's been awake more during the day. At night she tends to wake up every 3 hours but goes back to sleep right after eating. She's been sleeping in our bed, something I never thought I would do with a baby, but there it is. It's working for us for now. During the day she sleeps on the nursing pillow on my lap (after eating), in the bouncer or the swing, in someone's arms, on the bed, in the car... pretty much anywhere. She sleeps unswaddled on her sides.

Baby K weighed in at 9 pounds 5 ounces at her appointment earlier this week. She has gained just over a pound this month. The midwives didn't measure how long she is or how big her head is, but I expect the doctor will do that at her 2-month appointment, which is her first appointment with our family doctor. She is wearing size 1 diapers after starting out in newborns, and is wearing mostly newborn sleepers, but some 0-3 month ones. We only dress her in sleepers.

Baby K came into the world with a flourish and even though things have calmed down since her birth day, the days are passing so quickly. I don't know if it's because of the easy labour and delivery or an easy (easier than Baby J) baby, or a great recovery or having been-there-done-that, but it's nice this time. J and I are so much more relaxed, we're sleeping more, laughing more and having more fun. We're really enjoying Baby K and our new little family. Life is good.

1 comment:

  1. Happy to hear everything is going well with your cute little family! Clara always ends up in our bed too...I always said I'd never do that...then I had Ethan and was tired and would do what it takes....then Kar, then Clara...eventually we may get our bed to ourselves, but you do what you gotta do to get some sleep!