Friday, March 22, 2013

1 Month with Rebecca

Rebecca,

It's hard to believe that you are one month old today.  Of course, I could point out that February is such a short month, that of course, it doesn't feel that long.  Yesterday we missed your doctor's appointment because she had her little boy the night before.  I'm guessing you weighed in about 9 lbs now.  At a little over 2 weeks old, I packed up your newborn clothes, because you had already gotten too long for them.  You are wearing 0-3 month stuff now.  When we finish up using the last of the newborn diapers, I'm going to go ahead and put you in size ones.  You could still wear the newborn a little while longer, but I don't want to buy more, and waste them.  I think the size 1 will be more uncomfortable for you, because you have such a noticeable outtie right now.

We still don't have much of a routine around here, and probably won't for a while yet.  For the first week Ahna was here to manage the other heathens while we tried to sleep when you were sleeping (and they weren't).  Then Grumps, Grandma, and Unca Benji came to pick her up.  After that I was on my own for a few days with the three of you while Daddy went for interviews.  I locked down the house, and we survived.  haha.  Then Memaw and Mister came, and Memaw stayed almost a week.  This past week we got ready for Alabama, and now we are here visiting Grandmother and Granddaddy.  We are going down to Florida for Easter, and getting ready to move to Pennsylvania, some time soon.

You are quieter than I remember the other two being.  When you are awake you just stare around as if you are watching the world in wonder.  You are actually noisiest when you are sleeping, and you still sleep alot.  You grunt constantly, unless you are good and asleep.  You regularly go 3.5 or 4 hours between feedings.  We get a 5 hour stretch out of you from time to time, normally between 4 and 10 am or 9 and 2.  You are most alert between 8 and midnight or 10 and 2am.  I would prefer you sleep longer at night, and be more alert during the day.  Right now we are staying up till you eat at 11 or 12 and then trying to go to bed for the night, so that we only have to wake up once to feed you.  A couple of nights this week you have slept from about 1:30 or 2 until 7:30 or 8.  It does make it easier to get the other two going in the morning with you still asleep, but I will be happy to get more night time sleep out of you.  We are still having mixed results with you sleeping in the cradle.  You sleep during the day in the swing quiet a bit, and like to sleep upright in the car seat.  At night you seem to do better in the bed with us.  I think part of the problem is that the cradle doesn't have a real mattress, because you don't seem to have a problem with the crib.

You are holding your head up really well, for your age.  You never really went through the bobble head stage that Ruth did.  You would lift up your head for a little bit, and then sit it down.  You are holding it up longer and longer.  You seem to know where your limit is, and lay back down before you falling/bobbling all over the place.  Daddy managed to get two real smiles out of you last week.  I haven't yet, but I did get to see one of them.  I tell you a baby smiling, is infectious.  Britt loves to sing to you and kiss you.  Ruth likes to push the swing when you cry.  They both smile at you and talk to you.  You seem to be easier than the other two were for me.  Your latch isn't as rough, you seem to be pretty quiet and content, and I'm not feeling as zombified from lack of sleep.  We are enjoying life as a family of five.

We love you, little bit,
Momma

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