Wow, Adele is 4 weeks old today – Happy One Month, little one! You have grown leaps and bounds since we first brought you home. You fit in so well in our little family. We can’t imagine life without you now. You are the most beautiful little girl we have ever seen. We fall more and more in love with you with each hour that passes. You continue to amaze us with your growth. We can see your body and mind developing at rapid speeds.
Your newborn clothes no longer fit you. Especially the ones with leggings or long sleeves. You are now wearing the 3 month size. It’s a race to make sure you get to wear all the cute clothes your friends and family have sent to us. I have to go through your drawers this week to see what new clothes you can wear now.
Your favorite thing in the whole world is bath time. Even on your fussiest days, the bath calms you like nothing else can. You love the water! I’m so excited to have a water baby. We have years of swimming ahead of us, my love. I love seeing your face light up when your piggies touch the warm water. You could probably sleep in there if I’d let you.
You now love your playmat! You stare up at the little animals and bat them with your hands. You like to coo at them and watch them bounce back and forth. Right now, you only stay there for ten minutes or so before you get bored, but you seem more and more interested each day. It’s amazing to watch your curiosity as you gaze up at them.
You love story time now too, it’s become part of our nightly routine. You love to listen to my voice and stare at the pages. The more colorful the better! Grammie loved reading to you as well this week! You stayed fixated on the book long enough for her to read it to you twice!
You still hate the car seat when we first put you in it. But usually you fall asleep quickly and will stay asleep for a long time. One thing we learned is that you still do NOT like to have your hands free in there…
Hair bows are also new in the past week, thanks to Aunty Laurie and Mikaela. But this one might still be a little too big. Irving lovingly referred to it as a satellite dish on your head. (For the record, we really thought you were going to be a boy, and were not prepared for girly things like this. But you wear them well.)
Speaking of hair, it’s amazing how fast yours is growing! Your eyelashes are super long now, and your hair grows a little bit more each day. It’s beautiful, soft hair and I love to feel it against my cheek when I hug you.
You started sleeping through the night at three weeks old!! You usually have a 5-7 hour stretch of sleep from 11pm til 6am. We are greatly appreciating all the sleep you are giving us! You are on a really great schedule now. You eat every three hours during the day, like clockwork. You do have a fussy time for two hours or so in the evening sometimes, but since you’re sleeping so great during the night, we forgive you. From what I read, a lot of babies will feed constantly during this time so they can “tank it up” for the long night of sleep ahead.
You still love being swaddled. It’s the only way you can fall asleep right now. You also love white noise. I have an app on my phone that sounds like a loud fan is blowing and you sleep with that noise all night long.
Your daddy loves you so much too. He is so wonderful with you. He takes care of both of us. He is an amazing father and you are so very lucky. You love to cuddle with him. His voice calms you down too. You turn and look at him when he talks, it’s so cute to watch.
You started smiling at us at 3.5 weeks too. I have yet to capture it on camera, but you definitely give us deliberate smiles when we sing to you. It’s a beautiful, joyous smile that fills my heart. You are a very happy baby! You make the funniest faces all day long too. My favorite ones are the milk drunk ones we get when we burp you. I love those little cheeks!
Everyone said that life with a newborn becomes increasingly easier once you hit the 4-6 week mark. It’s so true that everything feels so RIGHT now. We’re sleeping a lot, breastfeeding has become pretty simple, you have more predictable behaviors and I feel like myself again. I’ve been so happy lately. The baby blues have been gone for over a week now and I feel excited to start each day and see how much you’ve changed. Even though I still can’t believe I have a daughter, I definitely feel like a mom, and I’m so proud to fill that role.
We have her one month appointment today, so I’ll report back with all her stats. She’s supposed to be getting some vaccinations too, and I am NOT looking forward to that. She will be getting extra cuddles this afternoon for sure!