Where has the time gone? I was so intentional about soaking up every moment with this girl in her first month, which left me wondering how it could have possibly gone so fast?
I should have known I was in for a doozy of a first few weeks when she had her days and nights mixed up in the hospital… because that seemed to be a trend for the first few weeks. We were doing a whole lot of eat, sleep, poop, minus the sleep part at night. And since I am absolutely terrified of co-sleeping and she didn’t want to be set down, the sleep for momma was reeeeeally limited in the beginning. She’s sleeping in the pack-and-play basinet at the side of our bed in a SwaddleMe wrap for now. I offered 100 times to the hubby to relocate us girls to Aubrey’s nursery (we have the guest bed in there!) since he really needs his sleep for the endless training he has been in, but he insisted the midnight feedings and diaper changes didn’t bother him. I think he loves us. 🙂 By the end of the first month, Aubrey’s sleep is a whole lot more predictable, going down somewhere around 10:00-11:00pm, waking somewhere between 3:30-4:00am, to feed and then back to sleep. On a not-so-Aubrey note, the hubby has been in some very intense training. Nearly all of his classmates were completing the training here at this base from other places and housed in the barracks, so they could focus 100% on their training. I can’t tell you how proud and grateful I am that my hubby not only was a rockstar in his training, but also juggled a commute to and from work, pregnant wife, birth, two toddlers, and adjusting to a newborn, cooking dinner, the end of soccer season, house guests, and all kinds of craziness at the same time! We were so lucky to have the hubby home for a few days when she was born (I really didn’t even expect him to get the day off that they gave him!). Goodness, I love that man. While my recovery was pretty darn smooth and I’d bounced back to normal in about four days, I forgot that newborns are pretty demanding and Aubrey would be soaking up a whole bunch of my days! I was grateful that the big kids had preschool to keep them entertained and active during the day so I could spend the mornings and afternoons bonding with this sweet girl. We got into a routine of of dropping the big kids off in time for breakfast and picking them up for a trip to the park with our bible study friends just after nap time. What a sweet routine it was. Alas, the endless internal debate of whether to work or stay home with the babes continues, and how I’ll miss these days when I go back to work.
Aubrey was 7 pounds 10 ounces when she was born. By the time we went to her three day check she was down to 7 pounds 2 ounces. The nurses put on the pressure to get that weight gain going, and so began the marathon feeding to get that weight back up to her birth weight. By the time she was five days old, she was back up to 7 pounds 8 ounces (after literally four poops on the scale that the nurse wouldn’t count towards her weight, ha!), so we knew she was in the right direction packing on the ounces. And before we know it, she’ll be packing on the pounds! As of a six week check in, she is up to 9 pounds 8 ounces, so she’s right on track with the weight gain now and we’ve been hovering in the forties for her weight percentile since birth! She got her first bottle around two weeks and has had no issues when we switch things up! In her entire first month of life, she spit up maybe two times, which is a total (and welcomed!) change of pace from the first two babies! They spit up nearly every meal, and it was quite a bit! I don’t even keep a burp cloth when we feed! Not sure how the height has developed, but for the sake of record keeping, she was 19 1/2 inches (our shortest baby!) at birth. Aubrey’s eyes are blue as can be and I’m hoping that they’ll stay this way like her sister’s! I’m just swooning over the thought of two red-headed blue-eyed curly-haired sisters! She has SO much hair! I don’t want to jinx it, but no balding as of yet, except a tiny spot where they had to attach an internal fetal monitor during labor. Cradle cap is pretty minimal, and it only took me four weeks to figure out that her yucky yellowish dry skin on her forehead could be wiped off so easily with a baby wipe. You’d think I’d have this baby thing figured out by now, ha!
One of my very, very, tip top of the list, favorite things about newborns is when they fall asleep on your chest. Sadly, I only got a few of these moments with Aubrey because she just doesn’t seem to fall asleep that way like the others did! I’m holding out hope that she’ll turn into my first cuddle bug baby, and hoping that I get a few more chest naps even though we are out of the sleepy newborn stage. By the end of the first month, Aubrey started flashing smiles here and there, but she’s holding out on me when I have the camera out so you’ll have to wait on those! Speaking of the camera, all of my picture have been so spur of the moment and impromptu little mini-sessions. I completely dropped the ball on planning out perfect newborn pictures (lesson learned – even if you can do the pictures, sometimes it’s better to hire someone! – next time!). But looking through my pictures, I got plenty sweet pictures of our Aubrey girl, and those every day pictures are sometimes the best. I took these running out the door to pick up the kids from school, only because I was thinking about how I love seeing how tiny brand new babies look in their carseats, and how they fill them up so quickly. I never wanted to forget this! Fun fact – that was Julia’s little newborn onesie Aubrey is wearing. How is that even possible?!
So there’s a scatterbrained update of our first month, right on par with our crazy month and the inner-workings of my brain lately! We’re well into month two, but I’ll be back – hopefully on time – with some more on this month!