Charlotte: 1 Month

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Dear Charlotte,

I can and cannot believe you’ve been a part of this world for one month. The first two weeks were hard, and therefore slow, for all three of us, but once we all got to know one another a little better, time started flying by. You and I had a rough time navigating the ropes of breastfeeding, but we finally got there — and your weight gain and diaper output show it!

The first few nights, you just wanted to be held. If we dared to set you down for longer than five minutes, you were in an uproar, but you’ve overcome that too. Not to mention, your umbilical cord fell off a day earlier than it’s “supposed to,” and let’s just say that was way harder on Mommy than you. I was beside myself with worry that you would get an infection, or more importantly that your belly button would be deformed, but we all survived.

We have loved (and shed a few tears) watching you grow this month — you look so different to us from the day you were born. It’s been hard to literally close the drawer on your newborn clothes, but we wouldn’t trade them for all of the awake time we’re getting out of you at this point. You coo quite a bit, stare at us and ceiling fans and laugh and smile at no one in particular, although we’re sure you’ve got your own little angel telling you jokes.

This first month of life, you’ve made your first long road trip, celebrated Thanksgiving, welcomed a new cousin into the world and met Santa — not too shabby for someone who has only been alive for 30 days.

You are such a sweet girl, and we can’t wait to see what this next month of life holds for our little family!

Love,
Mom and Dad

Weight: 9 lbs 8 oz
Height: 22.5 in
Clothing size: The day before she was a month old, she transitioned from newborn clothes to 0-3 month clothes.

She was not a fan of this photo shoot; hence, our ONE photo. Maybe next time?
She was not a fan of this photo shoot; hence, our ONE photo. Maybe next time?

Charlotte Likes: Daddy, ceiling fans, milk, Christmas trees, reading bedtime stories in Mommy and Daddy’s bed, baths in her bathtub, pacifiers, riding in the car and lullabies.
Charlotte Dislikes: Apparently monthly update photo shoots, the process of getting dressed and undressed, socks and tummy time.

Diapers: For the first three weeks, we had Charlotte in disposable diapers, but for the past week, she’s been in her cloth diapers, gDiapers. The first day or so, we had a few leaks here and there as Ryan and I perfected our technique for getting them on. Since then though, we’ve mastered the fit and the process of handling the dirty cloth liners. I was a little apprehensive to cloth diaper (but not moreso than I was wanting to save money); however, it’s been a breeze so far!

Sleep: We have been depending on Babywise to work towards better sleep. The theory sets you up on an eat/wake/sleep cycle where baby eats every two and a half to three hours, stays awake and then naps for an hour or hour and a half of each cycle. Babywise is also big on laying down your baby in her crib while she’s still awake so that she learns to fall asleep on her own.

This was working great for us for the first three weeks, but this past week, Charlotte has been experiencing some “fitful” nappings. Sometimes, she just randomly fusses throughout, but occasionally, she is full on crying longer than we feel comfortable letting her cry and self soothe for being so young. We’re still figuring out how to handle this, so if anyone has any tips, feel free to throw them our way!

Fortunately, this hasn’t impacted her nighttime sleep. She averages three to four hours at a time, and the night before her official one month birthday, she slept for six hours. More of that, please!

Happy 1 Month, Charlotte!

Charlotte — 1 Month from Ryan Randolph on Vimeo.

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