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What happened to my sweet snuggly little newborn??? During the past month Annabelle has changed SO MUCH. She’s still sweet, of course, but no longer my snuggly little baby who stays where I put her. We’ve hit some major milestones since our last update!
Annabelle weighs 10 lbs 6oz and measures 24 inches long. Still such a peanut! She’s still wearing a mix between newborn and 0-3 month size clothing. She needs the length in the bigger sizes, but most clothing is a little baggy around her waist. At her last pediatrician appointment she was at the 50th percentile for height, weight and head circumference.
Status quo! Still breastfeeding about 8 times a day. We cluster feed in the mornings and evenings, and most of her feedings are about 2.5 hours apart during the day. My supply has regulated to her needs at this point, so I’m pumping infrequently – only late at night after she’s gone to bed, if I’m not too lazy to get to it. I’ve got a small supply in the freezer that I’d like to increase so I can have some alone time soon. I haven’t been away from her for more than 3 hours since she was born! Mama is going to need an afternoon to herself, and soon.
Belle sleeps every night from 8pm-5am, almost without fail. Occasionally she’ll wake up around 3am, and I’ll give her a paci and she falls right back to sleep. Just this week we’ve transitioned her from the bassinet to a pack n’ play, still in our bedroom. She just started scooting herself around, so she needed more room to move! We swaddle her every night and I think she knows it’s her cue for bedtime. I thank our lucky stars every single day that she’s such a great sleeper!
Naps… oh, naps. She positively hates them. Some days she takes three 15-minute naps and that’s all I get out of her. Other days she’ll nap for 3 hours in the afternoon. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to it! I’ve noticed that on days J is home and if we have visitors, she naps less – she just can’t stand the thought of missing out on anything. So we’re still taking most of our naps in the carseat, stroller, swing or Ergo. The thing is, she’s usually not fussy and doesn’t seem tired, and she consistently gets 9+ hours of sleep at night, so I don’t worry about it too much.
She is officially rolling over! Right before 12 weeks she rolled from tummy to back during tummy time on the floor… and 3 days later she rolled from back to front. It took her about a week to master both, so now she rolls back and forth while playing on the floor. She is SO strong and holds her head up well while on her tummy. (This is nothing new, she’s rolled a few times from tummy to back since she was one month old, but only if she had leverage or was on a soft surface – it wasn’t until 12 weeks that she really mastered it.)
She also loves to push up on hard surfaces with her feet and prefers that we now hold her standing up. She also likes to arch her back to scoot herself out of whatever I’ve set her in (carseat, swing, my lap) so now we have to be sure to buckle her in tight. Quite the difference when your baby realizes she can move on her own! Some days I feel like she wants to get right up and walk out of the room. Here’s a good example of what she usually does when I set her down:
She’s also started to focus more intently on her toys, and has even managed to grab ahold of a few things and bring them to her mouth. She’s so curious and loves to look around at everything happening around her. She’s quite the nosy baby!
Likes: rolling over, being held standing up, her giraffe lovey, car rides, stroller walks, swimming, playtime on the floor, being naked, bathtime, chewing on her hands, watching tv (even though she’s not supposed to), ceiling fans, lights
Dislikes: when we lock her into her carseat, swing or bouncy seat, getting stuck on her tummy after rolling over, naps, losing her paci, too much time in any one place, being held lying down like a baby (unless she’s super sleepy)
Can you tell she loved this photo shoot? She seems totally exasperated by me. This little munchkin has a LOT of personality and she’s getting sassier every day. And quite fiesty! She’s my little sidekick and our days are so much fun. I don’t know how it’s possible, but I truly love her more and more each day.
my baby sleeps. the night we brought annabelle home, she slept for 6 hours that night. and every night after that. at around 6 weeks, we put her to bed and gave her a paci and hoped for the best. she slept 8 or 9 hours and has done so every night since.
breastfeeding is easy. it took us one day to figure out the latch, 5 days for my milk to come in, 2 weeks to deal with engorgement and 6 weeks to settle into a routine. i never had cracked or bleeding nipples. annabelle gained back all of her lost birth weight within one week. i can eat dairy, soy and spicy food. it just works.
annabelle doesn’t cry very much. she never has. she doesn’t seem to be a terribly hungry baby and when it’s time to eat, she’s usually content to wait a bit if she needs to. she never cries when we put her down to sleep. we leave the house every day, usually to lunch with friends and she either naps or hangs out quietly in her carseat. i’m not afraid to bring her places because i know she’ll just chill. i did not teach her to do these things.
i didn’t get the baby blues. not at all. i waited for it… but it didn’t happen to me. my heart goes out to women who struggle with postpartum depression.
i write this post not to brag about how easy everything is for us, but to share my experience honestly. parenting is not a battle to see who among us is the biggest martyr… we’re all just doing our best and hoping for the best at the same time. annabelle happens to be a relaxed, easy-going baby. she has been from day one and while i’d love to take credit for our successes, i know that it’s largely just luck of the draw.
i also want to shine light on the fact that while having a baby changes everything (literally, everything) you can still enjoy parts of your old life. when annabelle goes to bed, jason and i drink wine, talk and catch up on shows we like. we love trying new restaurants, but instead of dinners, we try them for lunch with the baby in tow. we make it work.
i hesitated to write this post because A) i don’t want to jinx this wonderful thing we have going and B) i don’t want to offend any new mothers who aren’t having as lovely of a time. parenting and motherhood is HARD no matter what. and while they don’t hand out medals, i think moms who’s babies aren’t so easy on them certainly deserve one.
at the same time, my experience has been a great one and i want to be sure to capture that here. i love being a mom and motherhood is better than i ever expected.
i’m lucky and i’m grateful.
this is us hanging out before bedtime, reading books, singing songs and being silly on a typical saturday night. just me and my little sidekick, doing what we do.