One Month

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Dear Lucy,
I can’t believe you’re a month old. It seems like just yesterday we were meeting you and holding you for the first time. This month has been an interesting one for us as we get to know you and learn your various mannerisms. You always keep us laughing with your numerous expressions. My favorite is when you grip both sides of your face while you’re eating as if you’re thinking, oh my gosh, this formula is SO GOOD!

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You’ve had a busy first month. You celebrated your first Thanksgiving and first Hanukkah, and went to pick out your first Christmas tree, and you slept through all of it! Your first Christmas is coming up, and I’m sure you’ll sleep through that too. That’s OK. We still are so excited to be sharing everything with you. One thing you didn’t sleep through was your first trip to see Santa. Everyone has been amazed by how alert you were. I think you had fun! 🙂

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I’ve really seen changes in you in the last month. You’re much more alert now, though you do get in several good naps during the day, and when you look at us I think you might be starting to recognize who we are. You have started trying to lift your head, especially when we’re holding you, and you love your hands! You constantly have your hands on your face or in your mouth. I’ve even caught you sucking your thumb!

You really are a good baby. Sure, you have your fussy moments, but they’re few and far between when compared to other babies we know. They mainly happen when you need your diaper changed, you’re hungry or you’re tired of the HUNDREDS of pictures we’ve taken of you or I try to put blocks on you. 🙂

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You’re a great sleeper, and you only get up once a night, which thrills us. In fact, your daddy and I have said we may not have another child because there’s no way we’ll have another one that’s as great as you are. And, do you know what your favorite thing is? Napping with Daddy. It’s the cutest thing in the world. You definitely are a daddy’s girl!

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We love you, Smudgers, and we can’t wait to see what the next month has in store for you!


Visit with Santa

We took Lucy to see Santa today. She was the youngest one in line, and everyone just “oohed” and “ahhed” over small she was! Santa even said, “She’s dressed like me!”

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I was a little concerned about how she would act since she got a little fussy while we were in line, but she was perfect when it was her turn. She kind of looked toward the camera, and they took a really cute shot of Santa looking at her, but since we only bought one pose we picked the one in which she was looking toward the camera the most. When I gave her to Santa and saw him holding her, I got teary because it was just so much fun to be able to visit Santa with my own child.


Wow, I didn’t think I would become one of “those” bloggers who rarely updates once they become a mommy, but that’s exactly what’s happened. When Lucy is sleeping, I’m either trying to catch a quick nap as well or get things done around the house. Hopefully I’ll be around more than once a week from now on.

Here’s what’s going on in our world:

  • Lucy is still a great sleeper. She usually wakes up only once a night, twice on bad nights. Her gas seems to be going away, which makes sleeping much better for all of us.
  • I am still recovering from the labor and delivery, and I am blessed that even though Joe has gone back to work, he still gets up with Lucy at night. I am so lucky to have him as a husband.
  • I am no longer breastfeeding. I wasn’t producing much to begin with and was getting only 4 oz. *a day* on a good day. I know babies get more when they nurse, but last week I pumped absolutely nothing. To me, trying to continue breastfeeding and pumping wasn’t worth the hassle. Even though I stopped nursing and pumping cold turkey, I didn’t go through the pain and engorgement most women say occurs. That also makes me think that I really wasn’t producing anything. I’m so happy with the way things have gone. I wasn’t passionate enough about breastfeeding to begin with. I was only doing it so Lucy could get the nutrients and antibodies and to hopefully help me lose weight faster. I feel so much less stressed now that Lucy’s on formula. I know it was the right decision for us.
  • Lucy has a *horrible* diaper rash. It’s started to crack and bleed, and now I know why she screams so much when we change her. I feel *so* awful for her because I know she’s in pain. We’re coating her with Desitin, and I hope the rash goes away soon!
  • We went out without Lucy for the first time Wednesday night. Joe’s mom came up to babysit, and even though Grandma was here, it was still *so* hard for me. I cried all the way to the restaurant! I was definitely ready to get home by the time the party was over.
  • Staying home with Lucy is harder than I thought it would be. It’s very demanding, and I feel bad because I don’t seem to have time to get anything done around the house. By the time Joe gets home, I’m exhausted and ready to hand Lucy off to him for a bit. However, I would not trade this time for anything, and I am relishing every bit of my maternity leave. I am planning on going back to work around the beginning of February, and I am already dreading it. I feel like time is moving way too fast!
  • That’s about all that’s up with us right now. My next topic? Recovering from labor and delivery: why doesn’t anyone warn you about that??

    Two Weeks

    Dear Lucy,
    Your second week of life was filled with all sorts of fun for your daddy and me (and, yes, that is laced with sarcasm!). You were much fussier this week, which we discovered was due to you being quite a gassy girl. We could tell you were in pain, which hurt us to see, but luckily the gas drops we got you seem to be helping. This was a common expression this week:

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    We also got to experience the fun that is exploding diapers. And you got to have extra baths, which was oh-so-much fun for you (again with the sarcasm!)! And, your umbilical cord stump fell off this week!

    We continue to be entertained by your hilarious facial expressions, and we try our best to document them all in pictures (complete with funny captions), though sometimes you’re too fast for us and we miss our chance.

    So I was thinking … I’m ridiculously cute!
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    Thumbs up for cuteness!
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    Daddy loves your pouty lip, which you sport quite often. I think it’s pretty cute, too.

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    But the best part of this week? Cuddling you. But then again, that’s the best part of every day of every week.

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    I can’t wait to see what week 3 has in store for us, though I do think the time is flying by *way* too fast!


    Growing Girl

    We had another weight check today at the pediatrician’s office. Lucy gained another 4 ounces, putting her 4 ounces shy of her birth weight. It wasn’t as fast of a weight gain as the first 4 ounces, but we were supplementing with formula at that time and have since stopped doing so. The doctor seemed pleased with the weight gain and said that Lucy is definitely getting enough to eat. That makes me feel a lot better about myself. Even if I only produce as much as I am now, I know that she’s getting plenty and I am able to pump a bit for later.

    The doctor told us at that at Lucy’s 6-week checkup she will get her first round of shots — five in all. He said we can split them up and do three then and two a week or two later, but I think I’m leaning toward doing them all at once. I figure if there was a problem giving that many shots at one time then it wouldn’t be done, and why have her go through it twice when we can get them all done at once.

    How did you have your child’s vaccines done — all at once or at separate appointments?


    It’s been 8 days now since I’ve been nursing and pumping, and I’m getting really frustrated and discouraged. It looks like my milk has come in and, while Lucy nurses a minimum of 15 minutes and sometimes closer to 30 minutes, she still seems hungry afterward. And, when I pump, I’m lucky if I can get 1 ounce per side. Usually, it’s more along the lines of 1/2 ounce per side. I wonder if at this point, this is the best I will be able to do. It’s very discouraging. I suppose I should look at it as being able to provide for her a little, but I wish I could produce more.