Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mia: 4 Month Update

Height/Weight: As of her 4 month check up, Mia is 14 lbs and 9 oz and a whopping 25-3/4". She's consistently marked on the 90th/50th percentile breastfeeding chart. I love it! My little lamb isn't so little anymore!

Sleeping: Mia's naps are still kinda all over the place, but are becoming more and more predictable. I thought I'd be able to get her accustomed to a schedule (awake for 1.5 hours, asleep for 1.5 hours and repeat), but I guess she doesn't flow to that sorta rhythm. I've been following her and reading her signs... Hopefully I'll have her following some sort of routine by the time she's 6 months old.

Social: My little one is great when handled by familiar and unfamiliar faces. If you say her favorite word (which is, "hi!" by the way) she'll undoubtedly laugh and laugh and laugh. It's really silly and endearing!

Likes: Her Wubbanub pacifiers (specifically Rupert the Lamb, Jorge the Monkey and Ellie the Elephant), sucking on her fingers/hands... including her thumb!, playing on her Kick 'N' Play, O-Ball Blue and Orange and playing with Yeay C.

Dislikes: Include changing outfits... ! Well, she'll let you know if she doesn't like something. She's still wicked particular!

Crying: Lately, she doesn't cry so much. It's a big difference from what I've been accustomed to! (Or maybe I've misread her cries? Possibly.) Understandably, the only times she's shed tears was when she got her recent vaccinations and also on a 6-turned-9 hour car ride to Pennsylvania. She still fusses (no tears!) when being put down for a nap, but otherwise, she's pretty content overall.

Feeding: We've gotten her nursing schedule down to a science. Depending on if she wakes up at 7/8a, she'll eat at 10/11a, 4/5p and 7/8p with a dream feed at 9/10p and she'll wake up at 12/1a and 5/5:30a to comfort nurse (As soon as she hits the nipple, she's out! Should we be sleep training? I can't bare the thought of letting her cry it out though.).

Clothes: My little monster is in 6 and 6-9 month clothing!! It's insane how long she's gotten since birth! She's in size 3 diapers, too, now.

Milestones: She rolls from back to tummy, has good head control and gnaws on hands!

Postpartum: I've gotten sooo much better. I can now say that I've completely passed my postpartum depression and can fully enjoy my daughter. My self-image can be better... but oh well. On that note, I'm 20 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight. TMI: I got my first postpartum period! It was heavy for the first day and was progressively lighter and lighter with occasional spotting here and there. //sigh Ohhhhh if only I were like some women whose weight whisked away with breastfeeding and whose periods were delayed a full year!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mia: 3 Month Update

Height/Weight: Thanks to all the breastmilk she receives, Mia has grown exponentially! As of her last weight visit, she's 12 lbs 15 oz and is 25" long! I can't believe how much my little love bug has grown in such a short span!

Sleeping: Mia's naps are still off the wall... At the first sign of tiredness, I try to get her down for a nap. It's a good 10-15 minute struggle. Plus, if I try to place her in her bassinet, she'll wake up within 15 minutes (swaddled or not, it's the same!)... and she's SO cranky! The only way she naps until satiated is if it's in my, or someone else's, arms. I need a better strategy! On the other hand, nighttime sleeping has been a dream! She goes down at 9, dream feeds at 10:30/11 and 4:30/5, then goes back to sleep until 7/8.

Social: Mia Bear is extremely receptive to those around her. She stares at Kuro, Otie and Zorro when they walk by. She even listens and bobbles her head when hearing her grandparents or daddy talk. She loves to coo as well! She's recently started entertaining herself by babbling and playing with her fingers. It's so funny!

Likes: Mia LOVES her pacifiers... LOVES them!, sucking on her hands/gagging herself (ugh!), singing and story time with mommy, talking with her grandparents, staring at daddy, kicking any and everything she can.

Dislikes: This little girl HATES being put down for a nap, being startled, being cradled in one's arms, lying down a certain way, being left alone for more than 5 minutes... She kinda doesn't like most things. She's a very particular baby! She WILL let you know if she doesn't like what you're doing.

Crying: I would say Mia cries for 40% of our day. My parents tell me that Mia cries so much more than I ever did.

Feeding: She still nurses on one breast at a time for 5-10 minutes. It's hard to imagine she gains weight so well with such little feeds, but she does!

Clothes: Mia is currently sporting size 6 months clothing! She wears some 6-9 months, but 6 months fits her perfectly at the moment. I can't believe how big she is! She's is in between sizes for diapers. In 2s, she has far-reaching poop explosions and in 3s, she... just looks so dang weird!

Postpartum: I'm nearly completely over my postpartum issues. Things are slowly coming together and I can't be happier about that.

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