Dear baby girl Jadzia,
How has a whole month passed already since you joined our lives?! It has been such a treat to see you adjusting from life inside the womb to life on the outside. You have added another level of love to our lives!! Your Daddy and I are so lucky to have you and your sister as our special little girls. I could never imagine life without you!!
Immediately out of the gate you loved to eat. You latched perfectly and have rarely let go since! Mommy milk must be your favourite thing. You were well past your original birth weight at your 2 week appointment and have kept growing perfectly since. You just weighed in at 8lbs 13oz this week. That’s almost 2lbs gained in a month!! Way to go girl!
It was tentative in your first couple days of life that we might need to take you to the hospital for phototherapy due to jaundice. We were somewhat prepared for this as your sister needed therapy when she was born. However, thanks to your love of milk and plenty of bowel movements, your levels didn’t get too high. So, in the end, phototherapy wasn’t needed. Yay!
You sleep fairly well and have already given me a 5 hour sleep stretch! You wake up 2-3 times per night for a quick feeding then go right back to sleep. Since you were about 2 weeks old, it’s been rare that we are up for more than 1/2 an hour at a time at night. You have also been sleeping in your bassinet beside our bed pretty well since then too!
At only 1 week old, you somehow got a little cold and it lasted about 2.5 weeks. It was so sad to hear you sniffle and struggle to breathe through your nose. You still managed to eat and it didn’t seem to bother you. Hopefully you don’t get sick again for a long time.
It seems you aren’t a super chill baby, yet. You do like to cry. You also don’t like to just sit still with anyone or anywhere. You are fine being immobile if you’re sleeping or eating but otherwise you like movement. Bouncing or walking around or anything but just sitting still when you’re awake. Hopefully one day you will start to enjoy just staying still and looking around. For now we will continue using the exercise ball to bounce, bounce, bounce!
You celebrated your first Christmas! It was pretty low key and you managed to sleep through all the gift opening festivities. You were awake for Christmas dinner though so that’s something. You also slept through meeting Santa Claus, all while your big sister protested. She’s not a fan of the big guy yet either. Maybe next year?
Warmth is one of your favourite things. You don’t like to be cold and your little bottom lip quivers whenever we change your diaper. It’s totally adorable and I’ll be a little sad when your body adjusts to the cold temperatures.
Hiccups seem to be your enemy. You get them all the time. Multiple times a day. They usually happen when we burp you. Hopefully your little body will continue to mature and the hiccups will cease. Your little body just convulses with each and every one. Break my heart to see it and you sure hate it!
You have rewarded us some beautiful baby smiles already! They are still involuntary but I am enjoying them every time they pop onto your face. I have managed to get some photos and videos of them so I can keep them forever!!!
It’s quite funny because you’re not quite sure what to make of your big sister yet. She adores you and loves hugging and kissing you and always tries to share her toys with you. I’m sure one day you will be chasing after her! For now, you just like to give her some crazy looks.
Already you’re quite the adventurer. You’ve been to 3 different malls, the zoo, a few restaurants and various other places. I like to try to go out with you and your sister each day to keep things interesting! You mostly like to sleep but once in awhile you open your eyes to the outside world.
You’re neck control is quite amazing. You do very well at tummy time already. Although you don’t have 100% control, you will give a good effort to hold your head up. You can change the direction you’re looking while doing tummy time so that’s pretty great. When help upright you also make great effort to hold your head. It’s quite impressive!!
Both your Daddy and I are looking forward to all the new and exciting things you have in store for us! But for now I love you and am so happy you are in our lives.
Love your Mommy.
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