When we brought the buddy home over 2.5 years ago we had to write monthly updates for our agency. Even though it seemed kind of stressful at the time to sit down and write it all out, it really was a great opportunity to check out milestones each month and make a record of how much he had grown and changed. The agency that placed us with Sweet P doesn't have the same requirement, but I'd like to do the same again! Of course, I'm a full week behind, but at least she isn't two months old yet, so I'm not yet that behind.
Weight & Length: We had a check-up 4 days before she turned one month old and she was 20 inches long (up from 18.5) and weighed 6lbs 15oz (up from 5lbs 5oz at birth), so she's growing like a weed!
Sleeping: Little Piñata was such a good sleeper from the beginning, so figuring out sleep for our little girl has been more of a challenge than it was the first time around. She naps well in the morning and early afternoon, but hardly sleeps much at all from about 5pm until 11pm or so, and then she sleeps in 4 hours stretches between feedings the rest of the night, so that's exciting! I'm grateful for the longer stretches in the night, but I'm hoping we can figure out a way for her to sleep well in the evening so I can start going to bed earlier.
Eating: Sweet P's diet the first 2 weeks of life was soy formula they started her on in the NICU. However, she seemed pretty uncomfortable eating it from the time we brought her home, so we quickly switched to donated breastmilk! We have had donations from a handful of amazing women, and one woman who has given over 500 oz and plans to give more! So, we are very grateful to be well stocked for now. Little P has 8 feedings a day, usually taking 3-4 ounces at a time, so she's a good eater, which would explain the good weight gain!
Diapers: Sweet P started in Preemie diapers, but at about 2 weeks old moved up to the newborn size, which she was in the rest of her first month.
Clothing: We never had any preemie sized clothing, so our sweet girl went from swimming in her newborn sized clothes to fitting in them perfectly.
Personality: It's so amazing how babies have their own little personalities right from the start! We kind of missed out on the first 9 days of her life, but were told she had a strong personality and was quite stubborn. We can kind of see this. If she doesn't want to sleep she does not want to sleep. But, when she's awake she is just the sweetest. She has made amazing eye contact from the start and loves staring at our faces, which is just so sweet. She definitely has her fussy moments where she wants thing "just so", which has led us to determine she's more of a sensitive baby ('touchy' baby in the "Baby Whisperer" personality types).
Milestones & Firsts: Sweet P had all kinds of firsts this months, like first time meeting her family, going to the doctor, trying breastmilk, getting pictures taken, etc., but that would be long and tedious to share. But, some of the milestones for one month olds include smiling and making good eye contact, and she does both of those well!