Saturday, November 27, 2010

1 Month Old-November 27th, 2010

Karleigh, you are 1 month old!  
You are quickly changing right before my eyes!  You had a very busy 1st month and actually made your very first out of town trip!   2 trips to be exact!  You had lots of 1st this month...
1st restaurant excursion-Olive Garden with Granna
1st shopping trip-Target with Mom & Dad
1st Halloween
1st Real Bath
1st Thanksgiving
1st Diaper Rash-nothing bad but we discovered we need sensitive wipes!  
1st professional photo session

Your umbilical cord finally fell off on sometime during the night of November 12th.  You were 2 weeks & 3 days old and we were all so happy to be able to hold you and diaper you easier.  You have the most adorable little belly button.  It is a good thing that the cord fell off when it did because the next morning you did something that surprised everyone!  You rolled over from you stomach to your back!  Momma & Daddy were letting you try some tummy time now that we didn't have to worry about the cord but you didn't like it.  You starting pitching a fit by lifting your head up and looking side to side while screaming.  You managed to get your feet up off the ground and the next thing we new you had thrown your whole body over!  We were so surprised!  We had known you were strong but didn't realize you were that strong.  You had been lifting & holding your head up for short times since we were in the hospital but that was incredible.  
Since your umbilical cord was off, we were finally able to give you your first real bath.  We brought your pink bathtub to Granna's house.  Mommy, Daddy, & Granna gave you the bath and you seemed to really enjoy it.  You relaxed down in the warm water while we washed your front but when we went to wash your back you tried to stand up in the tub!   Afterwards we wrapped you up and you snuggled with your Pappaw.  
Your first out of town trip was a quick trip to Midland on November 19th, 2010.  You were 3 weeks old.  Momma needed to get a few things for nursing that they don't have in our town.  You did fantastic and let momma and daddy get their errands done and even eat lunch at On the Border.  You did manage to completely blow out a brand new outfit while you sat in your car seat during lunch.  We quickly changed you in the back seat & then went to Babies R Us where I believe we bought the whole store!  We just want you to have everything and have to hold ourselves back sometimes.  You did so great during the shopping trip that momma & dad made probably the last spontaneous decision of their life & decided at the last minute to go to the Drive-in theater!  You saw your very first movie that night, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows.  You mostly snuggled with momma and nursed during the movie but at least you attended!  Lol 
You’re second out of town trip was to Abilene for your 1st Thanksgiving!  You met tons of Daddy’s relatives at Grandma Wanda’s house during lunch and later at Bennie & Jackie’s house for dinner.  Everyone just doted over you and said how pretty you were. That evening got a little rough when you got a belly ache.  You were very unhappy and it took momma a good while to get you calmed down.  This was the beginning of several fussy evenings but it doesn't happen every day.  
On Nov. 27th, we had a family get-together at Granna's house with some of momma's extended family.  You were able to meet several of momma's cousins.  Most came to see you at the hospital when you were born but this is the first time that they were able to hold you.  
You were so cute all dressed up with a big flower on your head but when Granna went to take you out of your carseat she discovered that your diaper had blown out everywhere!  While we were trying to clean you up you decided you needed to tee-tee and it ran all the way up to your neck!  It was quite a traumatic experience for your Granna but your Momma just laughed!  I had already been up to my elbows in several of your poopy diapers! 
At your 1 month check up we were so surprised by your stats! 
You weighed 8 lbs 2 oz and were 21 inches long!  Momma could tell you had grown because you were actually beginning to fit in the newborn diapers!  Your starting to fill out the newborn clothing now.  We've had a few rough evening where you've been very fussy.  Dr. Sawyer believes you have a bit of colic and recommended we try to give you an ounce of chamomile tea in a bottle.  (BTW: You don't like the tea. lol)  It was also time for us to try and introduce breastmilk in a bottle so hopefully you'll switch back & forth between breastmilk in a bottles & nursing while momma goes back to work.  Daddy gave you your first bottle & you did great!  You latched right on and sucked it down quickly.  
You still nurse the majority of the time but we usually give you one feeding a day with the bottle so you'll stay used to it.  You also like to pick your head up and slam it back down on momma's shoulder when you decide it is time to eat.  You're not very patient when you decide it is dinner time. lol  You're still eating about 15 minutes each side every 4 hours.  Sometimes you will decide you need to eat more often during the day but not much. 
Some Bullet Points:
  • You love the little travel swing at Granna's house but HATE the nice big one that we have at home!  Swinging is the only way you will let momma take showers most days.  
  • You still wake up at night to eat about every 4 hours.  One night you slept for 6 hours straight and we were so surprised!  Momma felt like a new woman after that much sleep!  
  • You have smiled several times but mostly while sleeping.  You have the most beautiful smile and I can't wait until you smile at me someday.  
  • You're just now growing into the newborn size clothing we had for you.  
  • You wear Pampers Sensitive diapers because they are small enough & soft enough to go around your little legs and keep everything inside.  
  • You and the puppies have been getting along well.  Y'all all kind of ignore each other at this point.  Reese gets a little jealous because your in Mommy's lap all of the time but she sits beside us & snuggles while you nurse.  Tootsie likes to lay next to your pack n play sometimes while you sleep.  
  • You still only take the paci on very rare occasions.  Usually it just makes your more mad.  
  • You have worn a bit of a bald spot on the back of your head.  You like to throw your head back & forth when you fuss so it has slowly gotten bigger.  
  • The birthmark on your back has gotten a little redder & larger like Dr. Sawyer said it would.  He said not to worry about it but I can't help it.  Dr. Sawyer is very pleased with your growth and is so helpful answering all of mommy's questions.  
  • You're hands still are always up in the air or by your face!  You sometimes lace your fingers and hold your hands under your chin.  It is so cute!
  • Your funny faces just crack us up!   
 
We have enjoyed having you in our lives so much!  This first month has been wonderful and we cannot wait to see how much better it will get!   We never dreamed that we would have such a beautiful, sweet little girl and are so blessed!  I love you baby girl...
Love,
Mom

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