One month stats…weight: 9 lbs, 3 oz; height 21.5”
Catelin has smiled quite a few times, but it is usually as she is falling asleep (so I don’t think that counts as her first “real” smile). It is adorable, though! She loves to look at fans and turns her head to voices or loud noises. She is not the biggest fan of tummy time and has even rolled over a few times because she was so mad! Her big brothers absolutely adore her…
We are starting to work on her day time schedule, but I am mostly feeding her on demand right now. The first couple of weeks, she was waking up 2-3 times a night; after she got up to her birth weight, I started doing the moms on call evening/night routine (bath, swaddle, white noise, etc). She has done really well with it - most nights, she goes to bed around 9:30 and sleeps until some time between 2:30 and 3:45. Her final wake up time is usually around 8:00.
Needless to say, I am thankful that she is doing well with the sleeping. Her nursing, however, has been a real struggle. For the past few weeks, she would nurse 15-20 minutes on each side and about 10 minutes after finishing, she screamed like I never fed her. I would end up pumping and giving her the rest in a bottle. I really don’t have time to do that with two toddlers running around, so I decided to go to a lactation consult. After a 2 hour long session with the lactation nurse, the bottom line is she has an “immature suck”…in other words, she is lazy. Now I am trying to nurse her when I have time, but for most feedings I have to pump and give her a bottle. On top of that, I got mastitis last week (UGH!!). I feel so blessed to have a healthy baby, and I know in the grand scheme of things this is a very small problem, but it is still incredibly frustrating. I am hoping and praying that it will get better as she gets older.
On the fourth of July, we took the boys to the Dunwoody Country Club carnival (Lisa was kind enough to watch Catelin for the evening). The club really went all out- they had carnival rides, 6 different bounce houses, tons of bubbles, snow cones, and cotton candy. They even let the kids play in a sand trap like it was an enormous sandbox! The night concluded with an impressive fireworks show – MJ absolutely loved it (Ty was a little scared of how loud they were and had his arms wrapped around me the entire time)!