My sweet Gwendolyn turned one month old on Sunday!
She's grown so much in one month! She passed her birth weight at her one week checkup, and I'm curious to see how much she weighs the next time we go in. She's generally starting to outgrow some of her newborn outfits - the other day I found a sleeper that I forgot I had, and I put her in it only to realize that it was pretty much too small - so she only got to wear it once! I just look at her, and I can tell she's gotten so much bigger. They grow so fast.
Some fun happenings this month . . .
Gwen had her first real bath shortly after we came home.
(She obviously is not a fan of baths.)
Gwen's cord fell off on January 2nd.
Gwen got her first piece of mail!
We had our first family outing (you know, somewhere besides church, errands or visits to people's houses) to a stock show.
I wouldn't say she's had her first real, intentional smile yet, but she sure has some cute fake ones.
As I mentioned in her two week update, Gwen's first few nights home were pretty rough, but since then she's been sleeping pretty well. She usually goes at least four hours between feedings at night, 4-5 hours on average. The other night she actually went 7 hours between feedings! I looked at the clock and then went to check on her because she had me worried - she might have slept longer, but I woke her up. It must have been a fluke, because she hasn't done that since, but I'm hopeful that she'll start stretching out her night feedings more soon.
I think the poor thing has some sort of food sensitivity/allergy. Around two and a half weeks old (on the 15th, I think) her diapers turned a funny color - and they've been going back and forth between that and normal ever since. I cut out milk about a week and a half ago, trying to see if that was it, but it hadn't cleared anything up - then it occurred to me that it might be peanuts, so I cut out that a few days ago, and she seems to be doing better so far. So I'm thinking it might be peanuts. I ate dairy again and now I'm waiting to see if that affects her, and if it doesn't I'll try having a little peanut butter to see if that's it.
I honestly wouldn't even have thought "allergy" when I saw the change in her diapers, but I googled it and then it made sense - one of my young family members has food allergies as well and her mom said changes in the diapers can be one of the first signs. I'm hoping that if it is an allergy we caught it early enough that we can avoid the allergen, and hopefully she'll grow out of it or only have a mild allergy. We shall see.
On a completely different note, I'm so curious to see who she looks like as she grows! I think she has Derek's eye shape, and she'll probably have his eye color. But several people have declared that she looks like me, and it makes me feel good! I feel like she has such delicate, pretty little features. I can't imagine her face as a boy - she just looks so girly to me. I hope she never feels like she's not pretty (even though I know at some point she probably will), because I think she's so beautiful.
She's so alert - she just looks around at everything with this quizzical expression on her face. It's so cute! She's also aware of who is holding her - I handed her off to Derek the other day, and she leaned back and looked at him, and then once she realized she was with her dad she snuggled her little face into his neck. It was adorable. It's fun to me to watch Derek with her - he's so protective of her already.
She'll turn her head when she hears my voice, or sometimes she'll be fine until I walk into the room, and then she'll give out a cry to let me know she's hungry - she knows who feeds her! She'll just stare into my eyes sometimes, and I'll stare back, like we're trying to memorize each others' faces (which I actually am trying to memorize her face). She's precious.
It's interesting to me to see how different Gwen is from Wyatt as a newborn, and also how they've been the same. Wyatt ate a lot more. Gwen eats less, more often. They both got stomach aches in the first month, but Wyatt's were more related to gas bubbles, and I think Gwen's are related to the food sensitivity issue. They're both pretty good sleepers, but it's a little harder to get Gwen to go to sleep initially. Wyatt didn't really care if his diaper was dirty - Gwen will let us know. Gwen has more sensitive skin. They both were snuggly, and they both do/did okay being by themselves for periods of time as well, but Gwen definitely prefers being held (more noticeable with Wyatt).
They both have good heads of hair, but Wyatt's was blond and more fluffy (can't think of a better way to describe it), and hers is darker and lays in perfect swirls against her head. I think her hair might have a slight wave to it too.
They both are so expressive, and when I look at pictures of Wyatt and then look at Gwen, I can definitely see the resemblance - their bright eyes, their little noses, their facial expressions. It's so fun to see the similarities and differences coming through at such a young age. I love every way they are different, and every way they are the same.
Speaking of Wyatt, he has been such a good big brother, and it's fun to see him interact with Gwen. Mostly Gwen just stares at Wyatt right now (obviously), but Wyatt tries to give her the pacifier, rocks her carseat, pats her back to help burp her. He still likes to puts his face really close to hers and stare at her. The other day I was holding Gwen and Wyatt came over, and I told him he could give her a kiss - he pursed his lips and leaned forward like he was going to, and then he got a little shy, grinned, and backed away. Watching them together melts my heart.
I can't believe she's already a month old. I keep thinking back to Wyatt's one-month picture that I took with his elephant, and when I think of that picture I think about every other monthly picture I took his first year - and it reminds me how fast babies change. She's already changed a lot from when she was first born - her face looks different to me, she's most definitely gotten bigger, and when I watch her looking at the world around her it just strikes me again. It's hard to see them grow so fast, but it's also exciting - each stage is so much fun. I can't wait to watch her little personality develop, and I love getting to know my sweet daughter as she grows!
My Precious Gwendolyn,
You are a month old, Pretty Girl! On the one hand the last month seemed to fly by, but on the other hand you fit so naturally into our family that it seems that you've been here longer than that. Your sweet, just-born self is still fresh in my mind, and I look at you now and it strikes me how much you've changed already. You are so precious to me. I love the way you snuggle into my neck when I pick you up. I love the way you lean back and stare up at me with your beautiful eyes. I love the way you still curl your little legs up to your chest when we snuggle. I love that you can be so upset, but I'll pick you up and within minutes you are fast asleep in my arms. I love your sweet little cheeks and button nose. I love the way you look when you're sleeping, and I love the way you look when you're awake. I love the sweet little noises you make. I feel so blessed to have you as my daughter, and I thank God every day for giving you to me. So grateful you are mine, Pretty Girl, and we're just soaking up this time while you're so little. I love you more than I can tell you.