A little late on the 1 month post, but here’s our sweet pea on this monumental milestone.
And one more, where it looks like she’s “gonna give me one of these” if I keep snapping pictures.
Oh, and one more, because I cannot resist. Blue makes her mama’s eyes pop and I think it does the same for her.
So, what are her memorable milestones this first month?
- Beating her mama at Words with Friends
- Working on the original score of a future Tony-winning play
- Defending her thesis on the Theory of Everything
Or at least this is what her grandfather thinks she should be up to by now. Her Abuelo calls literally every day…often up to 3 times a day. He asks what she is doing now and gets mad at me when I tell him that she’s really still just eating, sleeping and pooping. He’s convinced that I’m holding back on all the wonders of her achievements.
Seriously though, it’s been a wonderful magical month. Here’s what’s really happening:
- We’re still staring at her (as I’ve noted several times before), memorizing every inch of her and trying to interpret every squeak, grunt and wail.
- We’re learning her schedule. She’s ready for bed around 6 or 7. She’ll often have her longest stretch between feedings from 10 until about 2. After that though, she wants to eat every two hours on the dot. That internal clock is incredible. By 6am she’s up for the day.
- She’s alert for much longer periods. She’s gone 5+ hours without a nap, which is scary, but those are the gassy, colicky, unhappy days. In general though, she’ll stay awake and alert for a while taking everything in and then doze off in our arms or in the wrap. She LOVES the wrap. It’s like 20 feet of pure magic.
- Her movements are a little more purposeful now. She’ll grab and hold on to my shirt or necklace while nursing, and will find her arm or knuckles to suck when she’s upset. Poor little thing has given herself several hickeys on her arms from sucking on them.
- The BEST though is her long, glorious stretching sessions. She’ll slowly and deliberately go through her stretching routine after every nap and after every breast. After she wakes up or is done nursing on one side, I’ll hold her in my lap while she stretches – as long as it takes – and it often takes a long while. She’ll then be burped, put on the other breast and then we repeat the process. She pouts, wrinkles her forehead, smiles, “talks” and just generally enjoys these stretches. Sometimes, she’ll end with the back of her hand against her forehead and fingers gently curled in a true southern belle “life is so hard” position. Other times she’ll end by clasping her hands under her chin and just sigh. Oh, it KILLS, it really does.
- We are thinking and hoping that her eyes remain blue. Not that anything is wrong with brown, but it would be great if she had some traits that favor Ashley.
- She’s a whopping 6lbs, 12oz! That’s the 5th – 10th percentile depending upon which chart you’re using, but it’s a 25% increase in 3 weeks (was 5lbs, 6.2ozs). GO B00BIES! She’s up 21″ from 18.5″. That puts her in the 50th percentile for length. She’s our little string bean.
Elia, you’ve blown our minds and filled our hearts. We love seeing your little personality develop and getting to know you every day. We love you!