It's really hard to believe Adalyn is already over a month old! Now that pregnancy is over (still rejoicing about that one, btw), time has resumed its normally fast pace. Besides, there is nothing like a new baby to make you aware of the passing of time, since they change so much every week. One day I say, "Adalyn doesn't focus on faces very long" or "She hasn't started smiling," and then a few days later she does.
This month has gone by quickly even considering all the difficulties of life with a newborn. It wasn't helped by the fact that I had two bouts of mastitis, complete with high fevers and feeling horrible. I was super grateful for the extra help of family when I was feeling really sick. (If you wonder when you will ever out-grow taking care of sick children, the answer is never!) I think everyone should live with family when they have a new baby - it makes things so much easier to manage! It has definitely helped Juliana's transition to still have lots of people around to give her attention.
|Reading with Grandma Yaya|
Adalyn is now weighing in at 9 pounds, so she is still a little thing, but she's growing well. She is sweet and cuddly - you can't beat a newborn for snuggliness. She still sleeps a whole lot, but she has longer alert periods when she likes to observe the world with giant eyes. She is generally a very content baby; she just gets fussy in the evening as most babies seem to do.
Nursing is going well - much better now that the mastitis is over with. Baby Addie nurses about every two hours most of the day. It seems like a lot sometimes, but reading breastfeeding books is a good reminder that it's perfectly normal and healthy for a baby to eat often. I know that it won't be long before she is waiting a little longer between feedings, which does make it easier to go out and plan activities. Besides, she is going for much longer spells at night, so it's hard to complain.
We are continually amazed by Adalyn's sleeping! When she was firstborn and then when I had mastitis and then again when I had mastitis, I had to wake her up to nurse frequently, but now that I don't have to wake her up, she routinely sleeps for 3-4 hours at a time. Last night she actually slept for 5 hours straight! At 5 weeks old! It's really hard to believe. I've heard of babies like this but never thought I'd actually have one. We were happy if Juliana did that any time in the first year.
Adalyn still prefers to sleep cuddled up next to mama (what baby wouldn't?), and that is where she spends most of the night. I enjoy cuddling with a sleeping baby, but we have been trying to get her okay with sleeping in her bassinet some of the time as well. She is usually pretty restless in her bed, squirming and grunting and spitting up a lot, but sometimes she does okay. We raised the head of her mattress, so hopefully that will help with all the spitting up.
|We are enjoying her recent smiles|
I keep remembering how things were with Juliana at this age and being amazed by how "easy" Adalyn is in comparison. Of course, partly the second baby is much easier because everything isn't as stressful and perplexing, but I can already see a big difference in their personalities. Juliana had the most expressive cries - even from birth she was pretty adept at letting you know exactly what she was thinking. And mostly she was a happy baby - as long as someone was holding her.
With lots of willing arms around, Adalyn certainly gets plenty of holding in throughout the day, but she is also okay with hanging out in her bouncy chair looking around or sleeping. She likes being cuddled in the wrap but she is content in the stroller as well. I feel like Juliana was unhappy almost anytime she was put down. Which is in keeping with her current desire for continual interaction with others.
Juliana has done well adjusting to her role as big sister. She calls her "my baby" and likes to hold her and give her hugs and kisses. She talks to her a lot and says things like, "Don't cry baby! Don't cry!" and "You're a cute baby! You're a cute baby!" She also likes to sing, and if baby is crying she just sings louder. Adalyn finds all Juliana's noise soothing. She has also already perfected her "resigned" face for when Juliana holds her or doctors her or sings very loudly in her face.
|Sister love (can't you see the resigned look?)|
We are really enjoying baby Addie. Juliana is great fun and has brought lots of happiness and energy to our lives. We love her vibrant personality...but we're also pretty happy to have a more laid-back baby this time around. It will be interesting to see how Adalyn's personality develops as she grows.