It still hasn't hit me that I have a 1-month-old baby! She really is growing faster than I could have imagined, time seems to fly by so fast when it sees like nearly every day she is reaching a new milestone. I'm trying to live in the present and ingrain each moment in my memory when I hold her and look at her face. On one hand, I feel like I have way too many photos and videos of her on my phone/computer/camera, but on the other hand I am afraid to miss any new thing she does. That is a big reason I'm really going to put an effort into taking photos on my actual camera, print them, and also put together these monthly blog posts with highlights of what is going on each month. Even if no one looked at these, I will love looking back on them as she grows up.
Memories from her first month:
- Hearing pure joy in Brian's tearful voice saying "that's our baby" when he first heard her cry as they pulled her out in the operating room.
- Seeing her suddenly calm down and open her eyes when they laid her on my chest to meet each other face-to-face.
- Lying skin-to-skin with her that first night in our postpartum room and watching her clumsily figuring out how to suck in order to nurse.
- Seeing the emotion on our parents' and siblings' happy faces when they first met Lacey.
- Finally leaving the hospital on the 5th day and seeing her look so snuggly and content in her carseat.
- Watching her becoming more alert every day. The first few days, I would get excited when she would open her eyes. Now she is looking around and even follows my face from side to side! It's really cute because her eyes are still uncoordinated and jumpy, so there is a bit of a delay when she tracks someone moving.
- Her getting startled in her sleep. It happened a lot more frequently during the first couple of weeks. I didn't know it was a thing that just automatically happened as a reflex, but it is my favorite! So adorable!
- Her smiles. Right now they still seem a bit unintentional, but I love when she smiles while she sleeps right after nursing. Sometimes if I'm lucky, she'll smile with her eyes open if I kiss her cheek or upper lip :)
- The noises she makes! She makes the funniest moans and groans when people move her around or while sleeping. I had heard that newborns are noisier than you would think, but I think it is hilarious. She snores sometimes and is just starting to make cooing sounds, melts my heart!
- She smells so good. I remember smelling newborns before her and thinking it was just how a freshly bathed baby smells, but she seems to smell better each day after a bath so I really think I just enjoy the essence of her smell. My mom said it smells like innocence and I really do agree.
- Her pouty lower lip when she cries. Her crying can be unsettling, but sometimes I think it is so cute, especially because it isn't super loud right now.
- Seeing her look so calm and happy even when she is naked in just her diaper at the pediatrician's office. A naked baby is so fun to watch because those jerky, uncoordinated arms and legs are the cutest in just a diaper!
- Watching her grow. Since I'm breastfeeding, it does make me a little nervous not knowing how much milk she is actually getting, but every appointment she has is so reassuring. At a 1-week lactation consultant appointment, they weighed her before and after a feeding and figured out that she was already getting 3 ounces! It was also great to see her surpass her 9 lb 9 oz birth weight by weighing in at 10 lb 14.5 oz at a 3 week pediatrician appointment.
- Seeing her lift her head during tummy time. My big girl impresses me everyday with her strength! haha
- Her umbilical cord stump fell off at 3 weeks. Her belly button was sort of raw looking when it came off, but some ointment from the pediatrician helped it heal nicely.
- Having my mom stay over to help us during my recovery. She has been the biggest help this past month and it is great to see her bond with Lacey. It has been a blessing to be able to hand Lacey to her early in the morning after nursing every 2-3 hours at night and take good 2-3 hour naps during the day. Her delicious Filipino cooking is a huge bonus!
- Learning how to nurse Lacey and watching her learn too. Getting a good latch has been a big challenge for us and was harder than I thought it would be, but I have been trying different strategies, techniques, and positions with her and I think we are starting to get the hang of it at 4 weeks. Also, I had no idea how much of a challenge it would be on the 5th day when my milk arrived! I am so thankful for having a local community of breastfeeding women and women like my mother-in-law to answer my questions and brainstorm solutions.
Lacey's favorite things:
- Her dad's voice. Brian has been able to calm her down even since the first days in the hospital. At times she has been crying hard, but Brian has brought her to silence by just humming "ooooohmmmmmmm" at a low pitch. It's pretty funny to see, hopefully I will get it on video one day. She also seems to like when my mom speaks or sings Tagalog to her.
- She loves her newborn rocker and it has been so so helpful to be able to safely put her down in it in the living room while we do chores and other things while being able to keep an eye on her. Thank you to my cousin Tracy for recommending we put it on our registry and to Sage for getting it for us! I'll be a little sad when she outgrows it.
- She loves to stare at our push-pin world map that Brian gave to me as an anniversary present that is hanging on the wall above our couch. Maybe she'll love traveling like her parents!
- Bath time. As long as she isn't surprised by not-so-warm water on the colder side, she loves the water. She always is zonked out afterwards.
- Her carseat. We are so grateful that she falls asleep right away in her carseat! It has allowed us to be able to get out of the house a few times already now.
- Wrapped and carried on my chest, most of the time... Once I made the mistake of trying to put her in the wrap while she was crying to calm her down, and that made her VERY upset. As long as she is calm when I wrap her on my chest, she falls asleep or doesn't mind it. This is and will continue to be very helpful to free up my hands and help me avoid hurting myself from carrying her just with my hands and arms.
- Sleeping on her stomach on people's chests. I've been surprised with how she really doesn't mind being on her stomach.
- Peeing and pooing with her diaper off... We call it her poop/pee surprise, so we have to be ready every diaper change. We are thankful she is a girl when it comes to diaper changes so we don't have to deal with a fountain aimed at our faces!
- Music. I like to play worship music when I hang out with her alone, but she also has liked (or been calmed by) other music that my family plays for her like the rock-a-bye baby lullaby on our sound machine, my mom and I's singing, Brian playing guitar, Gabbi playing Lauryn Hill and my dad playing Kenny G. In general she gets upset in a quiet room, so we play beach sounds at night on our sound machine while she sleeps in the pack n' play next to our bed (the beach sounds are also nice for us to listen to at night, more so than the heart beat or white noise modes which she also likes).
Those are the highlights from her first month that I can think of, but here are photos I took on my camera this past month!
After a being separated about half of the time from Lacey while she was getting an IV in the nursery, we were happy to be home. She was only 4 days old and already rocking tummy time!
She loved visits from her grandparents during her first week :)
Brian and I dressed her up in some props to attempt some newborn photos when she was 11 days old.
She is growing fast, so I'm going to take photos with her next to a letter board (for size reference) every month. Here she is 5 days on the left and 1 month on the right :)
She isn't very happy with me when I pose her sometimes though...
She has so many people that love her <3
Especially her mommy and daddy!
I told you she likes to stare at our world map, haha!
I love my little cutie!!
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