Weight & Height: 13lbs 11oz and 24.5" long
Clothing: Julia is now into 3-6 month clothing and 6-month sleepers (some fit her great whereas others are still a little too big...depending on where they're from). She also just started wearing size 2 diapers this week.
Eating: Julia nurses about 5-6 times a day, still about every three hours except at night when she goes about 8 hours without a feeding.
Sleeping: Julia transitioned from her bassinet to the crib this month and has done quite well!
Night time sleeping has greatly improved this month! We usually start her bedtime routine right after supper and she's down for the night between 7-8pm and will sleep for about 11 hours, waking up once for about a half hour to nurse.
Jules generally wakes up for the day around 7:30am and is so happy in the morning!
Napping is quite another story for her though. She only takes cat naps!! It's rare for her to nap longer than an hour but starting next week we're going to really commit to extending her naps.
- looking at herself in the mirror
- when people talk to her
- Sophie the Giraffe and her toy monkey
- chewing on her hands
- watching TV
- being over-stimulated in a new environment
- spending too much time on her tummy
Social: Julia is turning into quite the social butterfly! She loves being talked to and will smile at almost anyone that talks to her. She loves the attention! Jules is still a very happy and content baby and rarely cries. She's just starting to turn from her back to her side but hasn't quite mastered rolling over fully yet. She grabs her toes as often as she can and when not grabbing things (like Mommy's hair!), her hands can be found in her mouth. She chews and drools constantly!
Fun Things We Did:
- went to watch Daddy play hockey in the Family Tournament
- travelled to Halifax and stayed in a hotel for the first time
- watched lots of Olympic events
Mama: oh, where to begin! It was a roller coaster month of emotions! To explain better, I'll break it into categories:
Finding balance - I am a huge list person. I love making a to-do list each day and crossing things off. So of course I get discouraged when the day is nearly over and I've hardly crossed anything off! On the other end of the spectrum is being so productive at getting things done that I'm not spending quality time with Julia. It's such a delicate balance!
I really struggled with this at first but am starting to get a little better at it. As far as quality time with the snookers, I do my best to look at it in such a way as to not have any regrets. For example, there was one afternoon when she fell asleep in my arms and I could have laid her elsewhere and got some things done but I was really enjoying snuggling with her and decided to just savour the moment. She slept in my arms for over two hours and I do not regret it one bit. Of course, there's other times that I really need to get something done and it's okay to just let her play by herself. I don't need (nor does she) to interact with her continually.
Weight loss - this is an area that I've been quite discouraged about and am determined to change! I had gained about 30-35lbs during my pregnancy and lost about 20 of it pretty much right away. It literally melted off within the first month or so without me doing anything. The next 10-15 is a different story though and my goal was to start working out hard in January. Well I did that but ended up tweaking my knee and now cannot do any high impact workouts (my favourite) and need physiotherapy. Ugh.
I realize that there's plenty of other workouts I can do as well as go walking but I'm honestly just not as motivated to do low impact workouts and the sidewalks are still quite snow packed which makes it difficult as it's so bumpy for Jules.
I am determined to get back in shape and have set some goals for myself in this area and hope that with physio, eating healthier and getting back into regular workouts, I'll start seeing results soon!
Julia's weight gain/breastfeeding issues - this area has been the biggest stressor for me. In fact, I had a TON of anxiety (which is very unlike me). I generally am quite positive and rarely worry about anything and even despite the various trials I've had in my life, I haven't experienced much anxiety. Until now.
Between people mentioning that Julia is so tiny, me wondering if I had milk simply issues, and Julia going from being a slow eater to efficient and then back to slow, I had such severe anxiety that I couldn't sleep and it was ALL that I thought about. It consumed me. Again, anxiety is something that I've never had an issue with and yet I just couldn't seem to calm down. I prayed often about it and a lot of times my prayer life was all about me and my issues. I just couldn't bring myself to pray for anyone or anything else. It was awful.
Thankfully, I have an amazingly supportive husband and he has been my rock (even though I would often take out my frustrations out on him).
I ended up having to go to the breastfeeding clinic at the hospital to get reassurance that Julia was gaining weight and to figure out once and for all if I had supply issues. Turns out that all is well with Jules and I just really need to chill out. Sigh. Lesson learned the hard way I guess. But I think the hubs is relieved that he's getting his happy wife back. ;)
Despite the challenges, I love being a Mama and look forward to each and every day with my girl. She makes me smile and fills my heart with so much joy!