November 15th, 2013

Effie – Month One

Well, I can’t believe I’m typing this, but Effie is one month old today!

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Month One

Milestones: Effie is making eye contact more and more, and searching out faces. She’s using her little legs to kick up and climb when we have her doing tummy time on us while lounging. She can move across “Mt. Daddy” like a pro- it’s adorable! She has been reaching for her paci when it falls out now and sometimes is able to shove it back in her mouth, or at least move it awkwardly towards the direction of her mouth. A big improvement from the “drop and cry” paci move she would do a few weeks ago. And my favorite, she is lifting up her head and controlling it more and more. I love seeing her gain neck muscle control and look around.

Sleep: Since we started supplementing on the fourth day of Effie’s life, she’s been a pretty decent sleeper. I wish I had her going down earlier… we go to bed anywhere from 10:30 to 11:30 or so at night. She’ll sleep 3 to 5 hours, wake up again, then usually another 2 or so hours. Sometimes I can get another short stretch out of her if her second wake up is early enough. And two nights ago she even slept through the night! Went down around 11:30 and woke up at 7! Now if I can just get her to bed earlier I wouldn’t mind so much doing a wake up or two.

Eating: Effie’s doing a great job! Breastfeeding didn’t work out for us, but I am exclusively pumping. When our ped told us she had lost too much weight and needed to be formula supplemented, I started pumping about a week later after many failed attempts (including professionals) to get her to take anything from breastfeeding. When I started pumping I was getting 2-3 oz a day, and now I’m up to 7-8 oz a day. I hope to keep improving my supply, but right now E is getting about 1/3 breast milk and 2/3 formula.

Health: Little bit is happy and healthy! Her 2 week appointment (her next one isn’t until 2 months) she clocked in at 50th percentile for weight, 90th percentile for height, and 80th percentile for her head. She has had some issues with dry skin and baby acne, but nothing horrible that a little lotion and breast milk couldn’t help. She’s also had a few fussy stretches and can be pretty gassy, but we seem to be on top of that now.

Worst Moment: The first 24 hours home were hell. We were still attempting to exclusively breastfeed, and E barely slept. She’d “eat,” sleep for 5-10 minutes, then wake up screaming. I was up all night and waited until 7am to wake up B so at least one of us got sleep. I got less than an hour before she was screaming bloody murder and needed to “eat” again. (I say “eat” because in our multiple weighted feedings- where they would weigh her before and after eating- she gained less than a half ounce, if that.) That morning was her first pediatrician visit and that’s when we found out she had lost way too much weight and that she wasn’t really effectively eating. A hard appointment. I cried and cried. Luckily after she had formula and was able to fill her tiny belly she turned into the sweet, happy baby she is now. Homegirl just needs to be full!

Best Moment: Probably having Effie put on my chest right after she was born. I couldn’t stop (ugly) crying. It was the most amazing moment, looking at her, and seeing B meeting her and crying too. I also love so many little moments. Her bright eyes and smiley face when she wakes up for good for the day and I take her out of her swaddle. Her little pout when she stretches. Her satisfied “smack” noise when she’s done eating. I also loved seeing my mom and sister with her. Too many “best” moments to pick just one!

None of this parenting stuff has really turned out how I thought it would, but I’m loving it. I definitely am not looking forward to going back to work (a week from this coming Tuesday. Thanks America for your awesome maternity leave policies.) I love my job but I will miss having nothing to worry about except little miss E!

I promise my next post will be her newborn pictures- they’re too amazing not to share! Check back soon – I’m going to try to slowly but surely amp up the posting!

9 comments to Effie – Month One

  • One month – whoo hoo! Effie is so cute! Can’t wait to see the newborn pictures!

    If Hubby and I end up having little ones, I most likely won’t be able to breastfeed due a breast reduction surgery I had at 18. I think I’m mostly relieved about that, because it seems so distressing and heartbreaking for the people who plan to breastfeed that struggle with it. I’m glad you’re finding a medium that’s working out well so far, and maybe you’ll keep improving your supply!

  • Sounds like you guys are doing great! And booo to going back to work so soon. by the way, we have the same stickers!

  • Terri

    So, I wasn’t very successful with breastfeeding either. I had to supplement, but found out my son was getting constipated with the change…we ended up giving him all formula. Anyway, does she nap a lot during the day? If so, you can try keeping her up from the latest nap she takes…then you should be able to get her down earlier. I know you didn’t ask for the advice, but after 4 babies I thought I could help. LOL! I’m so glad you are enjoying mommyhood! It’s the greatest!!! Well, at that age it is. BEWARE of the teenage years. hahahahahaha

  • She’s just adorable!! :)
    Glad you had one night of good sleep! We always put Mackenzie down once at 7/8 and I’d go to sleep too and then she’s wake up around 11 and Erin would feed her since he’d still be up playing games. Then when she started day care she didn’t nap and guess who went to sleep at 6 and slept 12 hours?!
    Any tips on exclusively breast feeding? My cousin is doing it and because of her success I’m going to try it. Mackenzie was formula fed, so if it doesn’t work I’m not opposed to formula. However I’m doing lots of searching on the internet for tips and have found some good ones.
    Can’t wait to see newborn pictures!! Parenting is amazing, I told my mom just yesterday that I wasn’t sure what type of mom I’d be….but now I’m happy with the mom I am, but it’s nothing like I thought I’d be. :)

  • She is so beautiful and I can’t believe she’s already been here for a month. I’ve loved seeing her on Instagram all the time and I’m just so happy/excited for you!!

  • Kelly J

    Glad I wasn’t the only ugly crier in the delivery room. Hah. It was so hard to explain to everyone the moment I saw his little chub face for the first time. It was so amazing and surreal. Parenting is definitely hard, but I think that’s why they’re so freakin’ adorable. One day recently Cam decided to act like a total fool/brat/inconsolable mess in public, I had dressed him in a cute, preppy sweater vest and some teeny tiny Toms. Problem solved. Can’t be mad at that. ;)

    And my first 24 hours (or so) home was the worst ever. I cried more than I ever have in my life and desperately wanted to take my nurse home with me. LOL

  • One month already?!

    She is so adorable and I love seeing all the pics on Instagram!

  • The first few days were not fun for us either. Jacob didn’t really want to breast feed, and luckily I haven’t had to supplement, but he’s running me almost dry now! We wanted to get to bed earlier too, and part of it is his schedule naturally adjusting, and some of it is going to sleep if she sleeps before the 10 feeding. I know that’s really early, but that’s about the only option.

  • She is too sweet!! Those first few days are so hard but I’m glad to see that everyone survived :)

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