It is hard to believe our sweet girl is already a little over one month old. In our first month together as a family of four, we have definitely grown both literally and figuratively. While this may be our second time having a newborn and going through the rigorous first two weeks home, this is our first time having a toddler AND a newborn and let me tell you – that is a whole new ballgame. I am, however, very grateful for a much smoother c-section recovery this time around which has helped so much with being able to move more quickly and being in less pain in general!
The first few weeks home were quite an adjustment for our first born. Thankfully, Emmy is now getting along very nicely with her sister whom she has dubbed “Mary Mac Rainbow.” We are all still learning to adjust to our newest member and sweet Emmy was trying VERY hard to help in the beginning…Maybe a little TOO hard. In fact, early in our second week home, I was washing bottles one afternoon and Emmy rounded the corner into the kitchen holding one of the two bottle brushes I typically use. She very proudly announced she had just “wet the brush in the toilet so I can help clean the baby’s bottles.” I know she knew instantly from my response that she had done something wrong, but her intention was actually good. How can you get mad when your two-year-old just wants so desperately to help? Fortunately, I was able to rationally explain to her why that would NOT be a good thing and now every time I wash bottles, she announces “We do NOT put bottle brushes in the toilet, right Mommy?” :)
Thankfully, Mary Mac appears to tolerate her sister and sometimes maybe even enjoys her loud, touchy-feely, toddler self. And Mary Mac has been such a good newborn, eating and growing like a super star! At two weeks of age she was still not back up to birth weight, but she was already well into the 90th percentile in weight given her impressive starting point. So, I wasn’t worried. When Emmy was born, I was so nervous about her weight gain (and lack thereof) in the beginning. I can honestly say this time I have been so much more relaxed about weight gain and I think it has benefited not only my mental health, but my breastmilk supply and ability to breastfeed in general. Right now I am doing a mix of pumping and breastfeeding and things are going very well. I already have a freezer full of back-up supply and after getting over the initial difficulties with latching, baby girl has really got the hang of it nursing. And her weight gain certainly shows! She gained 1.5lbs in the last 2 weeks which I am super happy about!
Mary Mac is very sweet and loves to cuddle – but when she wants milk she wants it STAT and will let you know right away if she is unhappy that she has to wait. Mary Mac also loves soft textures, especially minky fabrics, and so we have added a few new minky blankets to our collection. She loves hanging out on her activity mat staring up at the fun animals, colors and patterns. She has done so well with tummy time and doesn’t appear to hate it as much as her sister did. We are still on a schedule of eating every 3-4 hours during the day and night, although she did let us sleep for 7 consecutive hours a few nights ago. We are hopeful that she will continue sleeping longer and longer stretches at night soon although we just aren’t there yet!
Our daily schedule looks a little like this –
6:15-6:30AM MM wakes up with big sister EM shortly following. I will nurse or Dustin will give her a bottle while Emmy watches cartoons and one of us showers.
6:30-7:30AM – Pump then wash bottles and pump supplies from previous night
7:30-8:30 – Get Emmy ready, change Mary Mac’s diaper and get her dressed, make breakfast, start a load of laundry/fold laundry and/or pick up things around the house, pack the pump bag, diaper bag, and milk bag, and run out the door to get Emmy to daycare.
9:00 – 10:30AM – run errands with MM after dropping off EM
10:30-11:00AM – Nurse or feed a bottle and change MM’s diaper
11:00-11:30AM – Pump
11:30-3:00PM – Awake time for MM so tummy time, walking around the house together, walking outside some, listening to music. Pump again. Feed, diaper, and get ready for a nap.
3:00-5:00PM – Naptime for both me and MM
5:00-7:00PM – My mom or Dustin will usually pick up Emmy, come home, eat supper and hang out together as a family then bathtime for Emmy, pump again. Feed, diaper MM, short nap.
8:00PM – Nighttime for Emmy
8:00-10:00PM – MM is usually awake or eating during this time. She will go to sleep from 10pm until about midnight or sometimes until 2AM. Pump at 10pm.
2:00AM – feed, diaper, back to bed. Pump again.
6:15-6:30AM – And then repeat!
MM @ One Month
Weight: 11lbs, 1 oz – 90th percentile
Length: 22.25 inches – 65th percentile
Head circ: 38.75cm – 96th percentile
Firsts: Everything :) Her first outing was to Babies-R-Us on the way home from the hospital at 4 days old (just like her big sister!). Her first smiles were while feeding and she has started to have some responsive smiling, most often when I change her diaper. She is very happy when she has a clean diaper. :) She went to Surf City for the first time at 10 days old for Labor Day weekend. We went for the day and to drop big sister off with GiGi so she could enjoy the holiday with her cousins. Mary Mac was also part of her first photo shoot at 12 days of age and she did GREAT! ;)
Likes: Minky blankets, her big sister’s pacis, the activity pad, and interacting with her big sister!
Dislikes: Wet diapers, waiting for a meal!
Sizes: She was instantly too large for newborn size clothes and she graduated from Newborn diapers to Size 1 after the first day in the hospital. She is currently fitting into 3 months and a few 3-6 months onesies.
Sweet Memories: Yesterday morning I started pumping while MM had just gone back to sleep after her first morning feed. She started crying right away, but given I had only pumped for 5-10 minutes, I was going to let her cry for a few minutes. Her big sister must not have liked that because she stopped watching cartoons and walked into my room stating “I think she wants me to give her the paci, mommy.” I told Emmy she could try to give her the paci, but that I doubted it would work since she was spitting it out when I tried to give it to her a few minutes prior. Of course, when Emmy put the paci in MM’s mouth, she instantly took it without any issue. Emmy, feeling very proud of herself, looked at me and said “Mommy, I’m going to watch my shows now. If she spits out her paci again, YOU will have to put it in, ok?”. I couldn’t hold back the laughter. My little Emmy has become quite the little mommy to her sister!
Photo credit: Cynthia Rose Photography