March 14, 2015
Elle Evergreen: 1 month old
Little Elle! I can't believe it's been a whole month since you joined our family! Your dad and I thought we remembered what it was like to have a newborn, but you have managed to surprise us. You are definitely your own little person, and you're already making sure things are done your way. :) Below are a few highlights from your first four weeks with us...
The first couple of weeks, all you did was eat, sleep and poop, and you were barely ever awake. We learned quick that you like to be swaddled up super tight in order to sleep or be content when you are awake. You're our little burrito baby. When your arms and hands are free, they don't stop moving and you get worked up really quickly because of them. (Even one month in, we still prefer to cover your hands either with your sleeves or mittens or your swaddle to keep you the calmest. Your hands are so tiny - little wrinkly old lady hands - but they are crazy. You already sliced your cheek with your razor nails even though I've cut and filed them - sad!)
Around the third week, you started staying awake for longer periods of time, and that's when your gremlin sounds came out. Whenever you are awake and fussy or when you are eating and you're interrupted, you make the craziest grunting and snorting sounds - like a gremlin or a baby zombie. Ha!
We also learned quick that you love the pacifier. We didn't love the idea of giving you one, but it's the easiest way to calm you down when you're being a gremlin so we gave in. You're funny with it, though - sometimes you act like it's the best thing in the world when we put it in your mouth and other times, you act like it's disgusting and you don't want anything to do with it.
At one month old, you still sleep most of the day away. You wake up to eat every three hours or so during the day, but you have started sleeping for five to eight hour stretches at night without eating. That sure is nice! We have the pack 'n play set up next to our bed for you, but you sleep best when you are tucked in close next to someone, so you've been sleeping tucked in on my side of the bed and it's working out great. I like to have you close so I can keep an eye on you during the night, and you are sleeping for longer and longer stretches so we are all happy.
Other things you love include being held (which is fine with me since I'm trying to soak in all the newborn snuggles I can), being worn in the wrap or baby carrier and having your hair played with or washed (you instantly relax and your eyes roll around like it feels amazing). A few things you don't like include diaper changes (aaah! the terror!!), clothes changes (aaaah!! even worse than diaper changes!) and baths (your first bath stressed me out so much I needed a glass of wine after).
Oh little Elle, we can't wait to watch you grow and see your personality come out as the months go on! We are so glad to have you as part of our family. Your dad, sisters and I love you so much. Happy one month birthday, and may all your days be happy ones!