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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Rose-1 Month!

Date: March 20, 2020

Height: 21.26 inches (as of her appointment on Monday)

Weight: 10 lbs. 8 oz. (^as of Monday)

Sleeping Pattern: We're doing a loose Babywise schedule again. She eats (hopefully) every 2-3 hours during the day, could go longer at night (rarely does) and then has very little awake time. She mostly sleeps lol. We've been working on napping in her crib but she also will happily nap when held or put in the rock 'n play (only under close supervision does she do that). Night's are somewhat variable, she usually gives me one stretch where it's 3-4 hours between a feed, maybe another 2.5-3 hours then until the next one. Sometimes she has trouble after that before morning.

Eating Habits: Rose is a super good eater! And, luckily, much better at not overeating than her brother was. She usually nurses on just 1 side for approximately 10 minutes (with the occasional exception of like 20-30 minutes) every 2-3 hours, longer if I'm lucky during the night. She's got a great latch and is always delighted when it's feeding time (really, her face lights up with delight lol).

Development & Firsts: She held her head up for the first time within her first day of life (my babies have good head control, probably because they have tiny heads haha) and can push up onto her arms sometimes. When she's awake she just stares and will track with her eyes (she's started becoming more alert recently!). She also has figured out that her hands affect change-namely by grabbing at me and my hair and hitting the elephant on the activity gym. She also has tears :(. And of course everything is a first when you're a month old. She slept in her crib for the first time when she was a couple weeks old. She had her first smile, her first tummy time, first bath in her infant tub...lots of firsts! First pandemic too, ha ha....ha. Ugh.

Mischief: She's not terribly mischievous yet, just getting her little hands out of her swaddle is the biggest thing!

Cuteness: She is just so sweet and cute. Rose sleeps most of the time and I adore the way her little mouth will hang open (just like James did when he was a newborn). And almost every time she falls asleep she smiles. But then when she's awake her eyes are so wide open and pretty (and might go blue. Still too early to say) and she makes the cutest faces. She has a ton of hair (it's everyone's first thing they comment on...literally starting with the midwife when she was crowning lol) and it's so soft! After she's had a bath it's especially fuzzy and adorable. Rose LOOOVES kisses. Like...she smiles when you kiss her. She will literally move her head and press it into your mouth (or move it so if you just kissed her cheek now you're kissing her mouth). Her favorite kisses are from daddy, I'm saying it's because his beard must be tickly but he also just might be the favorite *harumph* She loves to stare at him, and James, and me, and outside, and the elephant on her activity gym...And she gets a cute little coy expression that is almost flirty, it's insanely cute. Unsurprisingly she also loves cuddles and if you've been holding her and then put her down her arms will be reaching up like she's hugging the air and just waiting for you to fill in the space. And the way she reacts to getting to eat is so funny, she gets all lit up and excited and her sweet little hands will come up almost like "oh my oh gosh little old me gets to eat??!" I can't take her. She's just the sweetest cutest little cutie girl.

Nicknames: Rosie, Cozy Rosie, Rosie Posy, Baby Rose, Baby girl, Lady, Ladybug, Squeaks (Michael calls her this), Fuzzy Head, Sweetling, Sweetie-girl, Cutie-girl, Honey girl, Little miss, Sweetness, Love, combinations of all of the above...

Talking: Just an occasional coo/gurgle (which are SO CUTE), some Abu (from Aladdin)-like sounds, crying, and gassy grunting lol.

Favorites: Sleeping, being warm and cozy, being held, being kissed, eating, activity gym and tummy time, her brother, daddy (like-a lot), and mommy.

Dislikes: Being cold (especially if it's a cold wet thing touching baths must be quite warm or she is displeased), being taken from daddy (seriously she usually frowns or gives me an angry look), diaper changes, and generally having her coziness messed up in any way.

Concerns: Honestly...not much. My biggest concern is that I'm not able to give her as much attention and focus as I'd like since I'm not also dealing with her very demanding toddler brother. I also feel bad that she has that painful newborn gassy-ness but I know it should hopefully pass soon. Having done this before helps with all the worry, I feel much more calm about stuff than when James was new. I'm concerned about the COVID-19 stuff but honestly more in a big picture way and how it will affect the world.

A Day in the Life: 6:30 is the preferable wake up time for Rose, anywhere from 6-7 is possible, though. I nurse her, change her diaper, say hi to James (who wakes up around 7) and daddy, then I put her down for her 1st nap. Then somewhere around 9:30 she nurses again, has a bit of awake time and back down for a nap. Eats again around 12:30 (after big brother has been put down for his nap, hopefully), then I usually keep her downstairs with me/Michael to avoid messing up James' nap and she sleeps while held or in the rock 'n' play. Eats again at like 2:30/3ish, has awake time (usually some tummy time with an enthusiastic James) then nap again. Nurses at like 5:30/5:45ish (hopefully after I've eaten dinner) then she's awake for a little bit before we do her short bedtime routine (mostly just putting her in her sleepsack and then singing a song while I nurse her again). I then hold her for a bit to make sure she burps/is really asleep and then I put her in her crib. She then hopefully sleeps until about 9:30-10 and I change her into her overnight diaper then nurse her in our bedroom and put her down to sleep in the cradle next to our bed and I go to sleep too. She usually wakes up twice in the night to nurse and then right back to the cradle after being held for a bit to help with her tummy (12:30ish and 3:30ish). Sometimes after the 2nd night waking she has trouble and is up a lot until her wake time but every day is a little different!

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