One Month

15 Oct

Dear Charlotte,

It’s hard for me to believe that you are already one month old. You are growing so quickly, we can even see changes from morning to night! I’m will be writing you monthly letters so that when you get older, you will be able to look back and really know what happened in the first part of your life.

You came into the world with a bang on 9/7/11, 5 days late. You have your own schedule, and you’re sticking to it. We started breastfeeding within 1 hour of your birth, and you took to it like a champ. When my milk came in 3 days after you were born, you were ready! A marathon nurser, I have spent many hours on the couch watching old episodes of Friends and Gilmore Girls while you slurp away. All that nursing paid off. At your two week pediatrician appointment, you weighed in at 7 pounds 6 ounces and 20 inches long!

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We came home from the hospital and Daddy was promptly called away to an urgent work meeting. He wanted so badly to stay with us, but he also knows that he is our provider now. He loves you so much, and will do whatever it takes to make sure he provides a stable home. We may not be the richest of people, but we will always provide you with what you need. In your first week of life you also took your first car ride, which you slept through. I feel lucky that you sleep through car rides – it makes it much easier to get places! You also had your first spongue bath this week in the big master suite bathtub. You did not enjoy it, mostly because you got cold. We switched up our routine to make sure you stay warm, and now you really enjoy baths.

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1 week
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In your second week of life, your umbilical stump fell off. Your Dad being who he is, kept it…. You might stumble across it someday in our home. We went to a baby shower for Miss Laura’s baby, Clare. Everyone there promptly fell in love with you, and you spent a lot of time being passed around. Hit of the party! You also went to Children’s Hospital this week to be measured and have a bone density scan for the research study we have been participating in. You looked so cute for the pea pod measurements, like a little astronaut about to take off into space!

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During week three, you had your first Skype session with Aunt Christine. She lives in California and was so excited to finally see you moving and squirming around. This week we also started using the various carriers we have – the Ergo, the Moby, and the sling wrap. You really love cuddling up next to Mommy in the Moby wrap, and you take many of your naps in there while I get things done around the house. You got your first real bath this week, and you truly loved it. As long as we keep you nice and warm, you’re a happy girl. Sleeping is still hit or miss, but you slept for a 5 hour stretch this week! This week Oma headed back to Massachusetts, but don’t worry – she’ll be back to spoil you at Christmas.

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3 weeks

Week four brought the addition of a cosleeper to Mom and Dad’s room, which makes our life a little easier at night. You mastered the art of swaddle escape this week. We also went downtown and picked Daddy up from work to go get lunch. You were a good girl and slept the entire time, making it easy on us for our first restaurant experience post-baby.

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At the end of your first month, Aunt Christine arrived for a visit. You impressed her with your ability to fill a diaper with one big fart. 🙂

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One Month:

Eating: exclusively breastfed, you nurse about 8 times per 24 hour period, 10-15 minutes on each breast.

Sleeping: Still a little sporadic, but starting to sleep longer stretches at night with the help of swaddling.

Diapers: You are still in newborn disposable diapers, but we are hoping to be able to make the switch to cloth once you get big enough for them. You go through about 9 diapers per day on average.

Playtime: You love getting back rubs from Daddy. You blow bubbles whenever he blows on your face. You stare at areas of high contrast, and one of your favorites is Mommy and Daddy’s headboard on the bed. You like sitting in the bouncy seat, but only if the buzzing is turned on and you have your paci.

Measurements: As of two weeks, you were 7 pounds 6 ounces, and 20 inches long. We won’t get updated stats until your two month pediatrician visit.

Nicknames: Charlie, Charlie Beth, BooBoo Face, Bubby.

This first month of being your Mommy has been perfect. Despite the challenges and sleep deprivation, I wouldn’t change a single thing. You really are my sunshine. Thank you for coming into our lives – we are better off because of you.

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Love you to the moon and back,

-Mommy

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