Even if the rest of my blogging has fallen a bit by the wayside, I still intend to do monthly updates for the first year of Naomi's life, just as I did for Josiah. If for no other reason, so that I can print them out and include them in her baby book - it is amazing how quickly you forget certain things, so I know I will treasure having these little updates.
Unfortch, I am pretty sure I am not going to be able to keep up with weekly photos of baby sister. It doesn't seem like that onerous of a chore, but I definitely never got around to it for Week 3, and I barely remembered Week 4. So once a month photos it will be - much more manageable. Sorry Naomi, just one of the first instances of getting the shaft being a second child!
- Your first month of life has FLOWN by, my goodness. All in all, the adjustment to two kiddos has been easier than I expected, and that is due in large part to the fact that you are a pretty easy going girl. You generally only cry when you are VERY hungry. And up until the last few days, you have been pretty content to sit in your swing or propped in the Boppy pillow. I say "up until the last few days" because you are on a streak of wanting to be held a lot more. Not sure if something is bothering you, or if it is just because you are starting to be awake more and therefore want more interaction.
- Speaking of sleep - so far you have been awesome! Up until the last week or so, you have slept nearly all day, and then slept at night as well! We had a couple of kind of tough nights the first week home, but I think that was mostly due to the fact that I was rusty in my parenting-a-newborn skills. Now all I have to do is wrap you in the Miracle Blanket (aptly named) and bounce you a few times, and then put you in the pack & play, and you sleep great. You might have to grunt and fuss a bit, but I know now that you will usually settle yourself down. You are only waking up ONCE a night, usually around 2am. Thanks, girl, getting up once a night I can definitely handle!
- You took to nursing like a champ - even more quickly than your brother. You tend to cluster feed - eating every one to two hours for a while, then taking long snoozes.
- One major difference between you and your brother is that you spit up UH-LOT. Thankfully, you are a happy spitter and don't seem to have reflux. But I still forget to carry a burp cloth around all the time, and therefore you frequently drench me and yourself. I am now one of those moms who walks around all day with sour-smelling whitish stains all over my clothes. Nice.
- While you don't seem to have reflux, your spitting up is likely the culprit for the only issue that you have been having - serious congestion. Since about day three in the hospital, you have been congested on and off every day! Understandably, it makes me worry to hear you snorf and snort and at times struggle to breathe. There is often mucus in your spit-up, and once you even choked on drainage so much that you vomited - not spit-up, but full on puke. Poor baby. The pediatrician in the hospital, and your pediatrician Dr. Z all say the same thing - you don't show any signs of infection and your lungs are clear. The likely explanation is that all the spit-up is irritating your nasal passages and causing the congestion. That combined with having the tiniest nostrils in the whole world. So, if that is the case, you will probably continue to be congested until you grow out of spitting-up, hopefully around 3-4 months old. Bummer. In the meantime, you get the daily indignity of saline drops up your nose and suctioning from the NoseFrida with daddy. (He loves doing it, I'm not such a big fan.)
- When you were first born, I thought I was seeing a clone of Josiah, you looked so much like your big brother. But over time, your unique features have become more and more obvious. And while I still think you and your brother are clearly siblings, Josiah favors me and you look more like your daddy. Which is fine with me, you have some gorgeous aunts and cousins on your daddy's side of the family who I wouldn't mind you taking after!
- You smiled your first smile on your one month birthday, May 16th, but I am still waiting for a repeat performance. You also rolled over from front to back when you were only about 3 weeks old - so either you are a prodigy, or that was a total fluke!
- You were 9lb 3oz at your one month doctor's appointment - I thought that was some impressive weight gain. Then I checked what your brother was at his one month - 11lb 11oz! But I shouldn't compare - after all, he is a boy and you weren't the same weight at birth. Anyway, you are following the growth curve perfectly, so I am more than pleased that you are very healthy.
- You have had so many visitors and have already been so many places this first month - having a big brother means that we couldn't hide out at home as long but had to be on the go. You've already been to the park a zillion times, Target a zillion times, Costco, as well as the mall, the Zoo, church, a couple of restaurants, and several playdates. You aren't a fan of the carseat, but overall you are a cooperative traveller.
I've loved falling in love with you this month, Naomi - your sweet nature, your abundance of blonde hair, your funny faces and tiny little self. Daddy and big brother love you so much too, we are so happy you've joined us!!
(For comparison: Josiah's One Month)