How in the world is our baby girl one month old? It seems like we just brought her home from the hospital. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had some long days (and nights) but February has flown by in a blink of an eye.
Blakely Gray loves snuggling with Daddy in the mornings, her rock ‘n play, staring at her palm print wallpaper, baths and grunting. She’s not a fan of socks, having her legs covered and waking up in the morning.
Blakely Gray’s Nicknames: BG, Nugget or Nugs (that’s what Big Guy calls her), Little Love, Baby Girl, Sweetheart.
It seems as though the past month as been a continuous three hour cycle of eating, being awake for a little bit and sleeping. She eats every 2 1/2 to 3 hours and we’re just starting to work on merging her two middle-of-the-night feedings so that everyone can get a little more sleep (we’ve had several successful nights so I’m hopeful we’re turning the corner!). And we are loosely following the Baby Wise schedule though I’m hoping to be a little more stricter once she is six weeks old.
Wake-time is not very long these days but in the past several days she’s been much more alert after eating (though she really needs to work on staying awake to eat) and while she’s awake we like to cuddle, practice tummy time and stare at the ceiling. I’m excited for her to be more interactive as she gets older.
Sleep is a wildcard. We’ve recently starting implementing bedtime after her 7pm feeding. We give her a dream-feed at 10:30pm and then pray she only wakes up once between then and 6:30pm. Like I said, we’ve been successful a handful of times and it’s nice to know she’s capable of stretching that long.
I’m currently pumping exclusively and while I’m successful at producing plenty of milk for Little Miss, it’s frustrating to have to spend 20 minutes, 8 times a day hooked up to a machine. In fact, it’s the most challenging thing I’ve encountered this past month. My short term goal: feed her breastmilk for another month. My long term goal: continue on this journey of pumping and feeding until she’s four months old. A fed baby is a happy baby and I will quit pumping when it begins to become more of a chore and sucks the joy out of my everyday.
As far as my recovery goes, I feel 95% back to normal. I am living proof that exercise and eating healthy during pregnancy leads to a much quicker recovery. The first few days following birth, I was extremely sore and moving around was difficult but once I hit the two week mark, I felt so much better. You might hate me for this but I actually weighed less when I left the hospital than I did when I found out I was pregnant. I only gained 9 pounds and was back in my pre-baby clothes a week after she was born. Obviously this is not the norm and know that this might not be the case if I were to have another baby. The past two weeks I’ve been walking 3 miles almost daily and this past Saturday I started adding back some strength exercise. I look forward to getting back into my normal workouts after my six week follow-up later this month.
We’ve experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in the past month. One of my favorite moments is seeing Big Guy turn to mush when he holds her and watching him sing and gaze into her eyes. He is going to spoil her rotten. We were so blessed that he didn’t have to travel the first three weeks after she was born and I know now that he’s back on the road, our time together will be even more special.
Oh, Blakely Gray, you are so loved and we can’t wait to fall more in love with you over the next month.