Monday, July 25, 2016

One Month of Hadley

Today my sweet Hadley girl is one month old.

Where is the time going?!  This has been the quickest and the longest month of my life at the same time.  We are enjoying every single second with her and it's crazy how much she's already growing and changing.  But at the same time, the weird sleep schedule and the nonstop feedings can sometimes make the days feel very long :)  Overall though she's a very content baby and I'm just trying to soak up every second of it because I know these are some of the best days of our lives and they are going to go by way too quickly!

A few things I want to always remember about Hadley and this first month...

+ She won't have another doctors appointment until her two month check up, but at two weeks she weighed 8 lbs, 1 oz so I'm assuming she's somewhere around 8 1/2 pounds now.  Everyone also comments on how long she is!

+ Girlfriend loves her food (just like me).  She gets HANGRY when she's ready to eat (also just like me..) and eats like a champ.  She's currently eating about 3 ounces every 3 hours and tolerates her formula really well.  The Baby Brezza was one of our best baby purchases we could have made.

+ Nicknames (so far): Hads, Girly, Squirms, Squeaky, Blue girl (because the yellow line on her diaper always turns blue within 2 minutes of changing her haha)

+ Her umbilical cord stump fell off at 10 days old and I weirdly considered keeping it!  Don't worry, I didn't ;) She's also been dealing with a bit of baby acne, but that seems to be clearing up.  She's still the hiccuping champ - she had them all the time when I was pregnant and continues to do so out here!

+ Last night was our first vomiting experience and while it didn't seem to bother her, it terrified/traumatized me.  Phone calls were made to the pediatrician in the middle of the night, but they reassured me that it's all normal and she is feeling fine today thankfully.

+ Prefers to be held at all times, but is starting to warm up to her Mamaroo swing.  We find that she likes it better when she's swaddled (still buckled in) and has been napping in it the last two days - actually doing so right this second!

+ Speaking of being swaddled, she loves that too.  We use these swaddle blankets during the day that are so soft and use the Miracle Blanket at night.  (Which really is a miracle.)

+ She is typically sleeping about 3-4 hours at a time during the night in her Halo Bassinest.  Once she wakes up to eat is when it's hit or miss.  Either we'll feed, change, swaddle and put her back down and she'll go right back to sleep orrrr she'll be wide awake for hours ;)

+ Her longest stretch of sleep during the night was 5 hours last week!  And maybe would have gone even longer if I hadn't woken up in a panic that something happened to her and turned the light on to see if she was breathing.  I'm a nutcase.

+ My favorite story: Nick's sister got Hadley a stuffed animal bear that plays lullabies.  We love it, she loves it... and Brady also loves it ;) After finding him carrying it around the house in his mouth, we started keeping it in her crib where he couldn't get it.  Or so we thought.  All of a sudden one night out of the blue, we hear the bear playing lullabies in her nursery.  We are like 'that's creepy' so we get up to check it out and as we do, in the pitch darkness, we hear the bear's lullabies moving down the hallway and then down the stairs.  We flip on the staircase light and last thing we see is Brady's tail rounding the corner into our living room with the bear in his mouth, ha!

+ She's a big fan of her pacifier.  It really does calm her down.  She prefers the MAM brand because they're so small and stay in her mouth, but also occasionally will use these from the hospital, too.  I've noticed in the past few days she's also found her fingers and likes to suck on them when she's upset.

+ She's still wearing newborn diapers and newborn clothes.  I wasn't expecting her to wear this size for too long so we had to run out and pick up a few more outfits (and a lot more diapers).  We love using these side snap shirts for at night - they make diaper changes so easy.  One thing she does NOT like though is being naked for said diaper and outfit changes!

+ Enjoys being in her car seat thankfully!  She does great in it during walks and we've even gone out shopping and to dinner a few of times without a peep from her.

+ Everyone says that she has Nick's eyes and my lips and chin.  I have a hard time seeing either of us in her... I need to dig out some of our baby pictures to compare.  Her eyes are SUPER blue and the nurse at the hospital said that she thinks they'll stay blue - the only person that has blue eyes in either of our families is Nick's dad.  

+ I'm convinced that she is the most smiley baby ever!  She smiles all the time.  She was even smiling during our 4D ultrasound at 31 weeks - the ultrasound tech said she had never seen such a happy baby on the inside, haha.  I don't think they're intentional yet since sometimes I catch her smiling at the wall, ha!  She has also started to make faces back at us - especially if you stick your tongue at her, she'll do it back within a few seconds :)

It's been the best month ever with our girl and we couldn't love her more!

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  1. Happy one month of being a Mama!! Precious photos :)

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  2. What a sweetheart!

    Her Heartland Soul
    herheartlandsoul.com

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  3. Oh goodness what a sweetie! Those eyes are gorgeous. And I totally checked my babies to make sure they were breathing during those first long stretches too! Sounds like motherhood is treating you well!

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  4. These are the sweetest pictures ever!! Haddie is so adorable! So glad to hear things are going well, although the vomiting incident sounds traumatizing! That's a riot Brady carries that singing bear in the middle of the night - I'd be terrified lol Can't wait to hear more about the first month :)

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  5. Precious that's really all I can say,so so precious! How was Brady been with her? I know Brady was your baby before and that's my biggest fear whenever I have a baby someday that my boys won't respond well to them.

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  6. she is so sweet! and I can't believe she is already a month old! xo jillian

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  7. A www. What a sweet month you've had:)

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  8. What a precious doll - well done mama x

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  9. She looks like she has changed so much already! But still beautiful of course. You mentioned previously that you're only formula feeding b/c of a medication you take. I'm in the same boat and will be formula feeding only as well. Did the hospital still make you breastfeed for her first feeding or did you start Haddie on formula from the first feeding?

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    1. They started her on formula immediately! No breastfeeding at all and everyone was really understanding about why (I was worried they were still going to try and push it on me). They had a bottle waiting for her and within minutes of her being born, Nick did her first feeding while I was getting put back together ;)

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  10. Oh my goodness, beautiful pictures Mama! She is the most beautiful one month old in the world <3 That story about Brady is SO funny, I would have died! It used to freak me out too when Camden slept longer than normal, but now I obviously welcome it ;) Camden just grew out of the Miracle Blanket and I'm so sad! It was the only one I've found that he couldn't break out of. We are using one of those zippy, Velcro ones now and he always gets his hands out. So annoying. Isn't motherhood just the best thing?!

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  11. lol I love the "blue girl" nickname hehe. She is all smiles--you can't help but smile yourself when you see that adorable little face!

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  12. Awwwwwww so sweet!!!!! Loved reading this update. How is she a month old already?!?!?

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  13. Happy 1 month and I love the Brady story :)

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  14. She's such a sweet and smiley little thing!! Yay for one month! xo, Biana

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  15. I can't believe it has already been a month, so I can only imagine how fast time is flying by for you guys! She is so precious and that story about brady taking her stuffed animal is hilarious! I can't believe he got it out of her crib, haha.

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  16. Oh friend, she is beautiful!! I love the Brady story.. haha! Never a dull moment with a dog and a newborn!

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  17. A month! Insane! My mom kept our umbilical cords! She ended up losing them once we got older but she kept them! Not sure if it's still a thing! Haha

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  18. You are a pro at snagging baby pictures. Kudos for that!
    I think pediatrician offices need a 24 hour hotline for new moms.
    Ahhh - Brady & the teddy bear. You need to get him one ... one that doesnt play music :)

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  19. Oh haddielicious, one month already? So crazy pants! She is just adorable, love all the sweet stories you've shared. Especially the bear one, too funny!

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  20. 1 month already?! Really enjoyed reading about Miss Haddie! Beautiful baby!

    Ashley
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  21. Oh my goodness, she is so adorable! Loving the ones where it looks like she's laughing! Ha! That Brady is a sneaky one :-p

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  22. I'm so happy that it's going so well for you all! Love hearing about the special first month :)

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  23. Oh my gosh the story about Brady Hahahahahaha!! You're going to be glad you wrote all this down someday. I can definitely see both of you in her! I can't say exactly what...but she definitely resembles you both!

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  24. Thank God it was just your furbaby-that would terrify me! Enjoy month two with your smiling girl!

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  25. Look at that sweet, precious smile! Beautiful girl! And so hilarious about your dog... I can totally see mine doing that!

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  26. I cannot believe she's already a month old. She is absolutely beautiful and that smile is just so contagious!! Enjoy every moment :)!

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  27. What a gorgeous baby! She's just darling and I'm so glad to hear that you're all doing well!

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  28. Such a happy and beautiful baby! How has a month gone by already?! And yay for her loving her car seat and allowing you to go shopping and out to eat without a peep <3
    Green Fashionista

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  29. This is so sweet! She is an absolute doll, and you can tell how happy she is. I'm cracking up that she doesn't like to be naked during her diaper changes - you're going to have a little fashionista on your hands. :)

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  30. She is so adorable!!! I think (from pictures obviously) that she looks so much like you and that headful of hair is beyond!

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  31. Happy one month Haddie! I love that our babes are almost the exact same age! It will be fun to see them both grow! The first month is definitely overwhelming, but hopefully you guys start to ease into a routine. That's what I'm working on with Bennett now. Hope you are getting some rest!

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  32. Hahaha! I love that Brady loves her bear too! That story is hilarious!

    Also, you are not my the first mom I've heard who has considered keeping the umbilical stump. No joke, a friend of mine kept her baby's. She just couldn't bring herself to throw it away. I try not to judge because who knows, that could be me someday, haha!

    So good to hear that she is growing and healthy! :)

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  33. Haddie-girl!! I can't believe you've been here a MONTH!! I love following along with your sweet smiles though!! You are so expressive!

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  34. oh my goodness, she is so freaking cute! based on the pictures, i would definitely agree that she is the smiley-est baby!

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  35. Haddie is so beautiful!!

    Amy @ http://befilledwithj0y.blogspot.com/

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