I'm already 3 days late posting this, but....
Happy 1 Month Reaghan Eileen!
I can hardly believe my precious little one has been with us for 1 month already! We were so blessed by Mark's ability to take 3 weeks off of work following her birth! We thoroughly enjoyed spending those 3 weeks together as a family. We spent a lot of time at home cuddling and loving on our little girl and then eventually started venturing out into the world with her. We took our time before going anywhere, not because we were super afraid of Reaghan meeting new germs (though we have been cautious) but mostly because you never get an excuse to just stay home! We didn't do any running around or errands and it was so nice! We were so extremely blessed to have family and people from our church bring us meals the first 2 weeks we were home as well. I didn't know how nice it would be not to have to worry about fixing dinners!
A lot of learning has taken place in the last month - diaper messes, nursing struggles, sleep deprivation, etc. It has definitely been a life changing experience! Its been stressful at times as we learn Reaghan's wants and needs, but we have relished every new moment of being parents! I still can't fully wrap my head around the fact that Mark and I created this life! We look at her sometimes and just think "Wow! She's ours!". We are head over heels in love with her and so very thankful that God has given her to us.
Here are some highlights from Reaghan's first month:
- She had her 2 week appointment. She weighed 8 lbs and 13 oz. 75th percentile for weight, 50th for head size and 40th for height.
- She is starting to fill out a little bit but still fits into her newborn size clothes. 0-3 month clothes are still a bit too big for her, especially the pants because she has little short legs!
- She is starting to outgrow her newborn diapers though and we've started using size 1's even though they are still a bit too big.
- She is a good sleeper! She has been sleeping 3-4 hours at a time since she came home from the hospital and now it is changing to 4-5 hours at a time.
- The sound machine works wonders to help her fall asleep initially when its bed time!
- She is starting to fight being swaddled.
- She is bipolar when it comes to bath time. Some nights she loves the warm water other nights she acts like it is pure torture!
- She has kept her blue eyes so far! We are hoping they stay that way!
- She loves to be held! She isn't too fond of staying in her swing or on a blanket for too long. But doesn't mind hanging out with mommy in the sling or the ergo carrier.
- She prefers to be walked around while being held! And also loves to be bounced and patted.
- She's gone a whole week of breast feeding without the nipple shield! (nursing struggles!) So we are declaring ourselves 100% weaned from that thing!
- We think she gets gassy when I eat dairy products. This is sad for me because I love milk and there is literally cheese on everything!
- She has been out to the doctors, both of her grandparents houses, her Aunt Erin and Uncle Adam's house, church, the grocery store, shopping at malls and a few random shops, a Beach Breakers volleyball game, a couple of restaurants and a picnic at the Botanical Gardens.
- She smiles a lot as she is falling asleep and is cooing and making other noises more and more. We can't wait until she starts interacting with us!
- She is holding her head up more and more! She's a little wobbly and somewhat of a bobble head but she's getting better!
This has been the best month of our lives so far! Time is going by so fast already, and while I just want to freeze time and keep her this little forever, I also look forward to seeing her grow and change!
She is adorable even when she is crying!