|Our nickname for Caroline is Miss Bright Eyes.|
Weight/Length: I'm not exactly sure, since she didn't have an appointment this week, but as of last Wednesday, she was up to 6 lbs. 12 oz. and 19 inches long. Our petite little lady is filling out quite nicely! My guess is that she's up to 7 lbs. 2 or 3 oz. this week, since she's gaining about one ounce per day.
Hair: Miss Caroline was born with a ton of dark hair, which has gotten even longer and thicker during her first month. We can even put her hair in a teeny ponytail in the back - crazy!
Diapers: Preemie diapers still fit her best, as our girl has a tiny heiney ; ) Newborn dipes are easier to find though, so they'll work in a pinch. We still love our Pampers Swaddlers!
|This photo tells such a story of their relationship. Ruby ADORES Caroline. She is always by her side and works herself into a tizzy when Caroline cries. I call her my "shadow mama" because she's always next to the baby and me.|
Clothing: A mixture of preemies and NBs.
Favorite Things: She loves her Humpty Dumpty doll, which was mine as a baby. Her other favorite thing? Being naked! She loves when we take off her jammies to dress her in the morning, and likes to move her little bare legs and booty : )
|It really is exhausting being a newborn : )|
Likes: Her activity mat, tummy time, riding in the car, nursing, having her hair brushed, being carried in the Moby wrap and music, (she loves David Crowder, Jason Gray and Hillsong, all of whom we are frequently played during our car rides!)
Dislikes: Having to get out of the bathtub (or sink, in her case), having her arms in the swaddle, getting strapped into her carseat (although she loves to ride in the car) and silence, (our girl loves noise and music).
Mama Thoughts: Like I said in yesterday's post, our lady is such a content little gal! Thanks to Moms on Call and the help of the Labor and Delivery staff at the hospital, we stick to a loose schedule with feeding and napping and it has helped tremendously.
I'm also very thankful that breastfeeding has worked for us. My milk production has increased as her intake needs have increased, which is great. Breastfeeding takes a lot of patience and a lot of effort, and there were definitely some trying days in the first couple weeks. She's gotten the hang of it now and I'm glad we stuck it out. I credit the Good Lord, my husband and our lactation consultant Cyrece for making breastfeeding a possibility for us. It sounds silly, but I prayed to God during the last days of the pregnancy to make breastfeeding work for us, if it was in His plan. As always, He made a way.
I was very fortunate not to have had any issues with regulating my hormones and was lucky to have avoided post-partum blues of any sort. (Although I can definitely see how that could easily happen with such a huge life change.) But personally, I don't know if I've ever been happier or more at peace. I love being a mom and look forward to seeing what each day brings us.