Ok so this post is SUPER LATE!!! Brooke is actually almost 2 months old but I need to document her 1 month pictures and her stats and all that jazz so let's pretend that she is 1 month old :) I am in no hurry to have her grow up anyway :)
I have decided that I am going to take my own pictures of her each month accept for 6 months, 1 year... you know important ones like that I will take her in to get shots done :) I wish I would have taken her in for newborn ones :( I never even got as many of her as I do for my friends and family when she was newborn. Isn't that sad? Now I can never go back :(
( I am going to write this as if I was writing at her 1 month mark )
Well here is our little Brooke at 1 month old!
Her stats when she was born were 8 lbs 9 oz and 21 inches long!
Her stats at her 1 week appointment were 8 lbs 9 oz and 21 inches long!
Her stats at her 1 month appointment were 9 lbs 14 oz and 21 inches long!
They did not give me what percentile she is, I do not think they do that until the 2 month mark? I am going to ask next time what percentile she is because I am super curious! I thought that she was doing a great job at growing and all BUT my mom and sister seemed to be worried that she had not gained enough weight :) They are used to chubby and rolly babies because my mom's kids were chubby and rolly and so were Amanda's and little Brooke is not chubby or rolly. I think that she has her daddy's body type as a little baby and not mine. I have been feeding her regularly, the only thing is that she has been sleeping for LONG hours at a time at night. I let her sleep until she wakes up because I have been told by MANY people that you DO NOT wake a sleeping baby. So that is what I have been doing. Brooke goes about 4 hour gaps at night so I end up feeding her at about 8 pm, 12 am, 4 am, and then 8 am. NOT TOO BAD!!! I usually go to bed between 12 and 1 am so I really only wake up 1 time in the middle of the night to feed her. I feel super lucky to have such a good sleeper! There has been a night or two where she has skipped her 4 am feeding and has gone about 8-9 hours at night! When Brooke is awake she is super duper alert and has just started smiling as a reaction to me or her daddy at about 4 weeks of age. I LOVE to see her smile and react to me. She even does this little trying to laugh sound that just melts my heart! I totally, totally LOVE this kid! She is such a blessing to our home and to our family and I already can not even imagine our lives without her!
Our first month has been pretty positive, not much at all to complain about. The only struggles we have had is suddenly with breast feeding! In the hospital Brooke was the model breast feeder. The lactation consultant even jokingly asked if she could take Brooke around to teach the other kids how to latch on so well. WELL.... suddenly at about the end of the first week of age she started deciding to have issues latching on. It is not that she does not know how to latch on, she just won't even try or even allow herself to get close to trying. She just screams, and screams and will not even get close to my boob to try to latch on. It is not every single time and I can not even find a pattern to her madness so it is hard and has been a struggle for us. I am refusing to give in and am determined to breast feed her! I usually hold out till she will finally latch on, but there have been a few times I have given her bottles of breast milk which she takes like a champ! It is hard for me to not get my feelings hurt at moments like that when she will not even get close to my boob but sucks down a bottle like a champ. I am determined to work it out!
I have also had a really hard time adjusting to being a mom and doing all of the other every day life stuff like blogging for instance, or making her birth announcement (which I have given up on), cleaning, grocery shopping, all of that stuff! I feel like I am being a good mom but sucking at every other aspect of life and that makes me sad! I am working on it but it is taking more time than I would like it to. Am I the only one that struggles with this with their first?? I feel like I am the only one that struggles with this because all of you other women make it look like it was never ever a struggle. Anyway, I am working on it, it is taking time, but I am learning slowly but surely!
O and I still have a nasty gut and it is making me sick and sad because I can't even work out till after my knee surgery. I just can't wait to be thin again!
Well all of this jazz is SO SO SO worth having this beautiful little baby girl in our family!!!
I promise to keep you better posted from now on and I will actually post her monthly stats at the month instead of a month late :)