I can’t believe we have officially been parents for over a month. It has gone so fast, but at the same time the days of being a family of two seen like ages ago.
Here are a few details about Leighton’s first month…
She eats every 2-3 hours during the day and about every 4-5 at night. She is great about taking a bottle and latching on.
It took a while for my milk to come in and while we were in the hospital Leighton’s weight started dropping, so we stayed an extra day to make a plan. We began supplementing with formula as well as nursing and pumping regularly. We still supplement some when she seems to need more than I can give her.
The hospital I delivered at has a free breastfeeding clinic that you have access to for the first six months and I went to appointments with an LC twice during the first couple weeks back at home. I’m pretty sure without that help I would have given up on breastfeeding all together.
I’m convinced Leighton has FOMO and does not want to miss anything during the day. Unfortunately this makes for a super fussy baby. She got pretty spoiled having her grandparents around the first month to hold her all the time and got to where she did not want to be put down, especially when she was sleeping.
The one place she will nap during the day is on her playmat, but only on her tummy. If only she could sleep on her stomach at night…
Once she falls asleep at night she will sleep for good stretches up to 5 or 6 hours, going to bed around 7 and waking up at 1 then 5 to eat.
Now that things are settling down and it’s just the three of us we are trying to get into a routine and get her napping during the day in her bassinet or crib. I’m trying to follow the routines in the book Save Our Sleep, but she fights that last afternoon nap pretty hard.
Her WubbaNub, Being carried in the Solly or Ergo , morning walks in her stroller, sleeping on her daddy’s chest, being sung to, her lamb playmat, sitting up in the Boppy, baths (only in the Tummy Tub)
Naps, waiting to eat, getting her diaper or clothes changed, evenings (the witching hour is very real), having her arms in the swaddle
One big highlight was having my parents around. My mom was here for Leighton’s entire first month and my dad for two weeks. I am not sure what I would have done without them and they aren’t sure what they are going to do without Leighton.
So many firsts this month (obviously), first farmers market, winery, ferry ride… all of which she slept through. We are learning that any outings need to be done in the morning or early afternoon (her first trip to the city taught us that ?).
We celebrated Trav’s first Father’s Day on Sunday. We went to brunch at the best middle eastern inspired cafe followed by hanging out on the patio of a local brewery.
She’s been lifting her head and moving it side to side since she was one week.
She loves to use her legs to scoot around, we put her in the middle of the playmat and by the end of her nap she will be all the way off.
I’m still working on getting that first (non-gas) smile.
That picture has nothing to do with anything but it is my favorite.
What’s up next…
Now that my parents are back in Texas, we are getting into the routine of daily life. Nap boot camp is going to be happening.
We have an appointment at the children’s hospital this week to get an ultrasound on her hips. Since she was breech it is a requirement by the hospital to make sure there aren’t any issues. Both the pediatricians that saw her at the hospital said they looked good though.
Next Friday she will be six weeks and both of us have appointments with our doctors and she will be getting her vaccines (I’m SO not looking forward to them).
And now for the outtakes from the one month “shoot”…
It is safe to say we are pretty infatuated with our little firecracker of a daughter (as evidenced by the 328 pictures on my phone and in this post). I can’t wait to see how she grows and changes in the next month.