I’m sure I’ll find myself saying this over and over again in the coming years, but how in the world is my baby a month old already?! It feels like we just came home from the hospital, but at the same time I can’t remember what life was like before Annie.
We’re slowly figuring out what our new ‘normal’ looks like, but so far Annie has made it pretty easy on us. I think we’re adapting pretty quickly to life with a baby; sink or swim, right?
Similar to my monthly pregnancy posts, I’m hoping to do monthly Annie updates since she’s changing so quickly already! If you’re not into baby stuff, check back later this week for a new recipe, but if you’re interested, prepare yourself for baby photo and info overload. 😉
There seems to be some unwritten rule that the first question to ask new parents is “how is the baby sleeping?” Luckily, we have a good answer!
Annie has been an excellent sleeper from day 1. She goes down easily at night and is now down to one wakeup (on average) between 1-2 a.m. She usually eats pretty quickly, gets a diaper change and re-swaddled and passes back out until around 6-6:30. I guess she got the message that we like our sleep around here. 😉
Nap time is a little trickier as I try to figure out her schedule and we’ve had a rough day or two here and there. I’m starting to learn that I need to get her down for a nap before she gets fussy or it’s no good for anyone!
I’ve been calling her a little piranha, because Annie is quite the efficient eater! She rarely nurses for longer than 10 minutes and often closer to 5. That’s not to say she’s eating a small meal; she just gets the job done quickly and is on to the next thing! I’m anxious to find out how much weight she’s gained later this week at her 1 month check up.
We’re primarily breastfeeding, but she gets 1-2 pumped bottles per day and goes easily back and forth between the two. I think the key to that is giving her a bottle pretty early on. So many of the books and blogs that I read did not recommend introducing a bottle until weeks 3-4, but it hasn’t been a problem for Annie. It’s nice to let Jim (or whoever is holding her) help out with feeding, and it also allows me to have a glass of wine!
Breastfeeding is definitely hard! But it’s gotten easier as the weeks pass and I think having the bottle option has helped to keep me sane about the whole thing. I do not enjoy pumping (which I’ve been doing twice per day) but I try to look at it as a little time to myself and it’s fun to see the freezer stash growing, too.
I know I’m only a month in, but so far my advice about feeding a baby is to ditch the books and advice and just do what works and keeps baby fed! I stressed myself out a bit the first week that we weren’t doing things ‘the right way’, and then I realized that our way is the right way for Annie.
Playtime with a month-old baby is pretty limited, but so far Annie loves to be a ham, cracking us up with her funny faces and expressions. She also enjoys walks and time on her play mat. We’re slowly introducing books, too.
She’s been a sport about tagging along on any errand or outing we have on the books, and has been to church, 2 family date nights, shopping and strawberry picking, among other things.
Our philosophy is where we go, she goes in the hopes that she’ll get used to being out and about and continues to be easy-going about the whole thing! Having a pumped bottle is definitely crucial to these trips (especially restaurants) because I’m not up for nursing in public.
A month out I’m feeling 100% back to normal, or what I remember normal to be (minus the new stuff that comes with breastfeeding and just being a mother). It’s hard to believe that a month ago today I was in the middle of labor and still felt like I was going to be pregnant forever.
I’m trying not to get caught up with the ‘body after baby’ pressure, but I have to admit that I’m anxious to tone up a little bit. I kept up my usual healthy eating habits during pregnancy but allowed myself a few more treats than I normally would, so now I’m back to keeping things 80% clean and it feels great! Just as during pregnancy I’m aware that what I’m eating is going to nourish Annie, so that’s incentive enough to make sure I’m getting enough veggies, fruits and protein. It helps that we’re surrounded by fresh produce this time of year!
We’ve been taking lots of walks, but I’m itching to get back to running and hopefully will get the go-ahead at my appointment next week. I’ve been doing some light body-weight exercises with the stroller a few times a week (lunges, squats, calf raises, etc) but keeping it pretty easy.
As far as being a new mom, I think I’m living in a false kind of reality right now on maternity leave. It’s not so stressful having an extra little person to take care of when I’ve got no real schedule for the day; I’m sure that will change in a few weeks. In the meantime, I’m trying to focus on being present with Annie and let some other things fall down on the priority list so I’m not stressing myself out trying to do it all.
The past month has without a doubt been the best month of my life, and everyone tells me it just gets better and better. While I’m wishing that Annie would stay this little forever, I also can’t wait to see what month 2 has in store!