Wow, where did the time go? Jill is officially five weeks, two days old as of today but it took me awhile to order the monthly onesie decals and find a great time to take her picture. Hopefully next month will go a little more smoothly!!!! I ordered the onesie decals from here, the style is Missy Fissy.
So much has happened the first month, I honestly don't know where to begin. We are starting to see first smiles, especially at bath time. Jill loves her bath. The expressions on her face are so precious, I wish I could take a million pictures and videos because she is at her absolute cutest during bath time. She loves when we splash water on her body and wash her hair. Her favorite time is when Jeff or I brush her hair once we dry her off. We witnessed her first true smile during that time and it just melted our hearts.
Jill still wakes up once a night to feed and we finally have her on a bedtime routine. We bring her up to bed no later than 10pm, 9pm if it's a bath night, and she is typically swaddled and asleep by midnight. We try to put her down around 10pm but this is her most alert time of the day so she needs a little help from the pacifier to get her to relax. She no longer is really fussy like she was during the first few weeks, but will cry if the pacifier pops out of her mouth. We have been taking turns getting out of bed and popping the pacifier back into her mouth. She is still sleeping in her pack and play in our room. We are thinking about transitioning her to her crib this weekend since her cold is finally gone. I am a little sad about this so we will see if I actually go through with it!!!
Breastfeeding for the most part has gone well, however, there have been a few bumps in the road. I am probably considered a "milk goddess" to coin a term from my breast feeding class and sometimes have too much milk and too much of a let down. Jill sometimes can't handle the strong flow so lately I have been performing a circus act trying to contort my back so she is laying on me and that the milk is flowing up, not down. That has been interesting!!!! The strong flow gives her more gas and projectile vomiting which I feel terrible about. The situation comes and goes, sometimes the flow resolves itself, and other times, it comes back with a vengeance. She also is having tongue issues on the right side so I am thinking of attending our a lactation support group meeting on Friday to have a specialist analyze her. I have been in a lot of pain so I am hoping it's not thrush or an infection, just a latch problem that can hopefully be resolved. I love how in the beginning of a feeding Jill's eyes get all intense and her two little fists are clenched. My sister calls them "drinking fists" since my niece Nicole did the same thing. She then will slowly relax after a few minutes and will either grab my finger or touch the material of my shirt. It's so cute.
Jill still gets the hiccups several times a day, usually when I switch sides while I am breast feeding her. Usually a good burp gets them going. It amazes me that she used to have hiccups all of the time when I was pregnant. They would typically happen after I would eat, and she is still having them now. Jill is also starting to make little cooing noises, especially at night. She started to make this new noise that sounds almost like a wheeze. It scared the crap out of Jeff and I at first but we think it's her just trying out new sounds.
Jill is still in newborn clothing but is not able to fit into many of her fleece sleepers. She is in the 75th percentile in height so the sleepers cramp her legs. She has been wearing a lot of two piece newborn outfits during the day since they fit her better and give her more leg room. She wears 0-3 month sleepers at night. I went to Babies R Us this weekend to buy a shower gift and to pick her up a few more cotton sleepers. I was so sad that I had to pass by the newborn clothing section, how is she this big already??? At Jill's pediatrician appointment two weeks ago, she weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, which was considered the 45th percentile. So far, we have a tall, skinny little girl, just like her Mom. At least I used to be before infertility and pregnancy. I will get back there though in due time hopefully!!! Jill is also still in newborn diapers but you can tell they are becoming a bit snug on her. We have one large box of them left so we are trying to make those last as long as possible!!!!
Jeff has been such an amazing Dad so far and I don't know what I would do without him. He took two weeks off of work to help me out with all of our nigh time feedings and daytime doctors appointments. I would have probably been even more disheveled without him during those crazy first few weeks!!!! Jeff loves coming home at night and hangs out with Jill pretty much until bedtime. It's been so awesome finally seeing Jeff as a Dad, we are so thankful to finally have our little girl.
Becoming a Mom has been such an amazing journey so far. You have so much to learn and you have to do it all on no sleep!!!! It is quite a roller coaster ride of so many emotions. One minute you are on top of the world for a small victory, the next minute, your confidence is shaken by something else. I don't think any words of advice could have compared me for what motherhood was going to be like. One thing is for sure, I love my little girl so much, I could cuddle with her all day long. She is such a beautiful, amazing gift from God, that I thank him for every day. I look forward to all the things that I will learn with her next month and will hopefully be an even better Mommy than I am today.
Here is a picture of Jill on her actualy one month birthday visiting with her Aunt Debbie, my sister. Debbie stopped by on her lunch break to give her niece a little bithday cuddle.