Thursday, September 1, 2016

Emma Joy: One Month Old

Our sweet Emma turned one month old on Tuesday! This last month has been incredible. We've received such an outpouring of love and support from friends, family, neighbors and clients of Jonathan's. Emma is so loved and Jonathan and I have been grateful to have so much support and encouragement during this time. 

The last few weeks have flown by and we are trying to soak in every fleeting moment because our little lady has already changed so much. 

Emma Joy, 

You're one month old already! How is that possible? Every day you become more alert and aware of your surroundings. Your daddy and I love watching you as you take in our faces and the little world around you. We can't believe how quickly you've already grown. 

You're still wearing newborn size diapers and most of your newborn size clothes. You have such long, skinny limbs that most newborn pants are too short for you but anything bigger is super loose around your tiny waist. 

You've been such a trooper as we've had visitor after visitor the past few weeks - all people we love coming by to love on you. You are loved by so many, sweet girl. You don't mind all the attention and you snuggle up in the arms of whoever wants to hold you. You've been sleeping great since we brought you home and you manage to sleep through whatever chaos surrounds you, which is usually Abby barking or chasing Taylor cat through the house. You'll have a lot of fun with Abby later, but for right now, we're glad you can sleep through her noise. 

You're nursing so well now and at your one month appointment yesterday, your doctor and I were so relieved to see you're up to 8 lbs, 14.5 oz which is right where you should be. You lost so much weight after we left the hospital, your doctor had mommy supplement your feedings with formula or breastmilk from a bottle. I feared if you didn't start gaining some weight back, we might need to switch you to formula completely but it looks like that won't be necessary now. Your doctor even said we can start cutting back a only give you a bottle every other feeding. Mommy is so happy to know you're getting what you need from me and I hope we can keep this up. We're figuring it out together, little girl but my goodness I am relieved to know you are growing like you should be.

Mommy has been waking you up every few hours at night to feed you because if I didn't, you might sleep right through a meal. Now that you're where the doctor says you should be, she says I can let you sleep at night until you wake up on your own. Thank goodness because it's hard to see you sleeping so peacefully and having to be the one to wake you up. Last night we let you sleep until you woke on your own and you made it to 4:30 AM! Waking up to your sweet little sounds at 4:30 this morning was a joy and I'm one well rested mommy today. You might flip the script on us and wake up several times tonight, but right now I'm going to celebrate what a great little sleeper you are.

You love being swaddled and if you're fussy, we can typically count on a good swaddle to calm you down and you'll be sleeping within minutes. You love to snuggle but usually don't mind being in your bouncer or swing. You have the hiccups quite often and you are not a fan. You don't exactly love bath time but you never scream at us. You mostly just look a little disgruntled and uncomfortable but as soon we wrap you up in a towel, you're a happy girl again. Daddy and I love bathing you and getting you in your jammies together and snuggling with you after a bath is our favorite.

You make so many adorable little noises that we can't get enough of - little squeaks come out when you yawn and you make lots of little grunting noises when you're hungry or gassy. We can't get over your chubby cheeks. Your daddy and I kiss them so many times a day - we just can't resist!

The last month with you has been a dream come true for your daddy and I. We're soaking up every sweet second with you. We love you, Emma Joy!