The first month always is the fastest when you have a baby. From the whirlwind of delivery and being in the hospital to those first weeks stuck at home because you’re a walking zombie. It all just ends up being a blur. Evelyn turned one month on Tuesday (she is 5 weeks today) and it feels like just yesterday we were rushing to the hospital to meet our sweet girl. You can read about her birth story here.
She still loves to sleep and recently has been loving the swaddle for night time. It has made such a difference. (you can read about her previous sleeping troubles here). When we first came home, she hated the swaddle so we didn’t push it and I just accepted that I would never sleep at night again. However we tried it again once she got a little bigger and she loves it. It’s been 9 days now and she is going for 6 hour stretches at night (which to a new mom might as well be 20 solid hours). She is still wearing newborn clothes and newborn diapers (at 5 weeks). She is eating every 3-4 hours and sleeping the majority of the day still (I’m not complaining because I am able to get so much done).
Her weight is still an issue which we are still trying to get back up to her birth weight. When she was born she was 8lbs and 8 ounces but dropped 8 ounces when we left the hospital and still hasn’t gained it back (she was drinking breast milk only) so the doctors have put her on a “feeding” plan which consists of 40 ML breastmilk, 50 ML powered formula and one tablespoon of rice cereal at every feeding. They are hoping that this will help her constant spit up issues. However I will say that she is a happy spitter and it doesn’t seem to bother her. She is still gassy as hell and that gives her some pain in her tummy. We go back on Tuesday for a weight check to see if this has made a difference. I’m hoping it has because I don’t want to have to put her on medication at this young.
She loves to stare at her big brother and he just loves his baby sister. He is so sweet and gentle with her, always asking where she is and wanting to make sure she is okay. He probably asks me 100 times a day “where’s that baby?” even though he knows her name is Evelyn and likes to correct people when they say baby 🙂 She also likes laying on her stomach/side and immediately falls asleep in this position. I think it feels good on her tummy and helps with her gassiness.
A few other activities she enjoys lately: spitting out her paci and screaming until I put it back in. Then repeat 100 times, scratching her face with her baby talons, having a blowout at the same time we start the car to leave and throwing up breastmilk that I have spent hours pumping (this is my favorite too).
In one hour (at 11:38 pm she will be 5 weeks old. SO CRAZY!)