It is hard to believe that I have a one month old daughter and an almost 14 month old son. I couldn’t have imagined this even a year ago, but it really is fabulous. Tiring – so, SO tiring, but so amazing. It’s also hard to believe that I have a one month old daughter because we haven’t even reached her ACTUAL due date. This little resilient girl was supposed to be born September 26th – exactly 14 months from her brother’s birthday, but she joined us on August 18th in quite the dramatic way…. I will save that story for another day though. For now, check out how our sweet Lilly is doing in her first month of life.
Height and Weight: Due to her being a 34 week preemie – the doctor had us do a 3 week check-up to make sure she was growing and she clocked in at 7 lbs, 2 oz which was huge since she was born 5 lbs, 13 oz and dropped down to 5 lbs, 4 oz in her first week. Grow baby grow! Her last length measurement was 19.5 inches.
Health: Her first week was spent in the NICU just to make sure that her respiratory system was fully developed and that she could eat and breathe with no issues. They originally expected her to have to stay in the NICU between 3 and 6 weeks, and she was only there for 6 days. SIX DAYS!! She is such a little miracle and amazes me every day. Ever since she has been home, she has been great. Right now the only issue is her abdomen muscles haven’t fully grown together, so she has an outie belly button, but the doctor says this should grow together and be fine by 4 months.
Sleep: Lilly slept a LOT during her first two weeks. I am told this is normal for preemies, but the last week and a half, she has been awake a lot more during the day. She has also started staying up between 3 and 5 AM, which makes for one tired mommy when SJ likes to get up between 6:30 and 7 AM. We are working on getting her on a better bedtime schedule to help her sleep during this time, but for right now, she wakes up every 3-4 hours at night to eat.
Diet: Lilly is bottle fed expressed breast milk although we are practicing nursing! Since she was so premature, it was difficult getting her to latch and even harder with her being strong enough to suck, so I stayed with the bottles since I was so nervous about her eating enough and gaining enough weight. Since the weight gain is going so well, I am working harder with nursing and she seems to do better every time. I am also really lucky to have a supportive husband, because it is way more frustrating than I ever dealt with nursing SJ.
Clothes: When Lilly came home, her 0-3 month onesies engulfed her, so I went out and bought newborn sized clothes. The past week though, she has grown into her 0-3 month outfits and this mommy is SO happy since I went a little crazy buying adorable girl clothes.
Baby gear love: Lilly sleeps in the bassinet on top of our pack and play next to the bed, just like SJ did. We also LOVE the mamaroo (obsessed, as we were with SJ).
Crying: She just started crying over the past week and a half. I was used to her fretting a bit around the time she was supposed to eat, or if she was gassy, but now we have the little newborn cries and every time it breaks my heart!
Likes: Eating, sleeping, and being held are currently her favorite things. She loves when her parents or grandparents snuggle her after she finishes a bottle.
Dislikes: Wet diapers and going longer than 3 hours between feedings.
Postpartum: Things were really tough the first week while she was in the NICU. We still have so much to unpack in the house, and we downsized significantly, so I feel like everything is unorganized and I broke down several times over it. Now that she is home and we are getting used to life with two sweet babies, it’s getting better. Like I said before, I am tired almost every day and definitely in survival mode, so sometimes SJ and I watch more TV than we do read books and sing songs, but we are getting there!
Social: Not much with being social, but she does get plenty of “play time” with her brother!
Milestones: She is growing SO well and is very active for a one month old. We work on tummy time a little each day, and she can hold her head up when someone is holding her on their chest. Also, she is just gorgeous, DUH!
If you are wondering how SJ is handling being a big brother, he is doing great. He loves her so much and always wants to touch her and kiss her. However, he also wants to hit her and head butt her, so we are working on decreasing the frequency of those events and increasing the times when he rubs and kisses her head. I don’t think he still fully understands that she is his little sister, but when someone is feeding her or playing with her, he wants to be right next to her. He also seems very concerned whenever we go to the doctor as to what they are doing to her. The below picture may make your heart explode, so consider yourself warned.
We are so in love with our sweet, adorable, blue-eyed babies!!