Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Elyse Love ~ 1 Month Old

Weight: Probably about 8 lbs...but it's just a guess from Hubby stepping on the scale with her! She is still wearing all newborn diapers...I can't see her moving to size 1s really anytime soon. We definitely have a petite little darling!

Clothes: Elyse is mainly still wearing all newborn clothes, but some of her sleepers are starting to get quite small! Last night she did sleep in a 0-3 month sleeper and it fit her quite well. I would say that several of her newborn outfits will be stored away very soon...awwww, my growing baby girl!

Food: Elyse is my little piglet! She is eating like a champ! Nursing has never been a struggle for her and she got the routine down right away. I'm so thankful for this, and even though I had the typical new-mom concerns in the beginning about being able to provide for her, those concerns were wiped away when she gained almost a pound and a half in the 11 days after we left the hospital! Last night we gave her her first bottle of pumped milk & it went so well! This will allow Hubby to help out with the feedings or also to free us up if nursing her isn't an option due to the circumstances.

Sleep: For a newborn baby, I really can't complain about Elyse's sleep schedule. She normally goes down after her last feeding at about 10:30, will sleep until about 2:00-3:00 am before waking up for a feeding and then will sleep again until 6:30-7:00 am. After being home for 2 weeks or so, I started putting her in her crib for naps and then quickly transitioned her to the crib for her nighttime sleep as well. The past few days have been a little rough when it comes to sleeping during the night and naptime...but I'm really convinced that she's going through a growth spurt; or at least I hope that's what it is! One overnight feeding was definitely nice!
Activity: I guess Elyse has as much activity as any newborn baby. I have really tried to focus on letting her be as independent as possible from the time we brought her home. During her waketime we are trying not to hold her ALL the time, but sometimes the precious girl just wants some good quality cuddling! We have an activity mat & Mamaroo that she enjoys being in which is certainly helpful when I need to get a few things done around the house. She has had strong neck & back muscles from the time she was born but we are still working on tummy time as well. She seems to HATE it most times, but there are times when she doesn't seem to mind. I do love to put her on her tummy and put our hands behind her legs...she pushes off like a champ & just scoots across the floor...sometimes screaming her head off the entire time! It's really quite pitiful! ha!

Personality: Elyse change so much everyday & while she obviousy doesn't have a ton of personality quite yet, it's certainly starting to make an appearance every once in awhile. She has a very happy disposition most of the time...mainly only crying when she's hungry or just really, really wants to be held. She also seems to think she may miss out on something so sometimes, even at a month old, she fights taking a nap even though I know she must be tired!


*her pacifier~thankfully it doesn't seem to matter which one

*music~she's got her own playlist on the iPad!

*movement~anytime she is REALLY mad, we can normally calm her down with rocking, swaying, butt-patting, or some combination of the above

*changing clothes~I wish all baby clothes had buttons and didn't have to go over her head!

*diaper changes~although sometimes she stays incredibly calm during this process

One Month Milestones:

*First Missouri State Bears basketball game~12/31/11

*First Walk around the subdivision~12/31/11

*First Sunday @ Our Church~1/1/12 with Mommy, Daddy, Papa, & Gigi

*First Shopping Trip~1/11/12 Out with mommy & Gigi to lunch, Babies R Us, & Target

*First Smile~1/13/12 @ mommy & daddy before daddy left for work


Lindsey said...

Such a cutie!!!!

Amanda said...


Ria @ Life as a Wife! said...

YAY! I love it... she is BEAUTIFUL! :)

Mrs. Pancakes said...

oh she is adorable!!

Tiffany said...

I'm sorry but that photo of her crying is so funny! It's hard to believe it's already been a month! She is so precious.

Courtney said...

She is adorable! I like how you have all the firsts she's done in her first month of life. I'm sure you'll appreciate being able to read them again as she gets older.

Mrs. A said...

oh she is just precious! I know you are enjoying every minute of her!

Recently Roached said...

She is so cute!! That bow is just too darling!