Friday

Aspen 1 Month

We have all loved having a baby in the house again. Having a newborn always makes life a bit chaotic and clouded I think, but because of the time of year Aspen was born, things have been even crazier than I anticipated! Because of that time seems to fly by much faster than I would like for it to. I wish we could just keep you small forever baby girl.

By the end of your first week you were starting to wake up a bit more. You still get hiccups all the time! It must be something that carried over from before you were born, because I noticed your hiccups when you were in my tummy more than I did with the other kiddos. I'm afraid that we're starting to spoil you already, because we can't put you down, and you definitely prefer to be held when you sleep. Even the first night we brought you home daddy slept with you in the crook of his arm, in your "safety spot". You sleep in our bed almost every night, and I love it.  You took to your binky right away. I was devastated to leave you with grandma while daddy came to help me with a photo shoot just the day after we brought you home, but when we came back she was holding you close and you were going to town on your purple pacifier. I was delighted to see that you liked it so much! And since you have continued to take it well. You found our cry around 2 weeks old. You seem to be pretty strong already, and are starting to hold your head up a bit. You also don't seem quite as upset about being on your tummy as your brother and sister always were! Right at the end of the month you were starting to focus on things and follow our voices around a bit. A few funny things are you are great at burping after eating, and you are the blowout queen of the world! You even pooped all over mom, the nurse, and the exam table at one of your weight checks. We had to take you to several weight checks this month, as the doctors were a little concerned about your size. You are just teeny tiny, none of your clothes seem to fit yet! Each time we took you in here is how you measured up:

Nov 28th
5 lbs 13 oz

Dec 2nd
5 lbs 13 oz
19" long
34 cm head circumference

December 4th
6 lbs 1.5 oz

December 9th
6 lbs 9.5 oz
19.25" long
35 cm head circumference

December 16th (at home scale)
7 lbs 6.4 oz

December 22nd
8 lbs 2 oz
19.5" or 20.5" long depending on who measured
36 cm head circumference

You had your first at home bath on December 18th - I'm sorry it was so long!! Grandma Lolli came to visit, and helped as I tried to take your newborn pictures (numerous times, you were quite a champ!) You also celebrated your first Christmas on the day you turned one month old. You slept through it, a lot, and spent some of the time in the wrap carrier (which you tried for the first time on December 2nd). You also got to "play" baby Jesus in our Christmas nativity! The most important thing from this month, though is just to know that mommy, daddy, and your brother and sister love you SO much!