Zoe – 1 Month

Our little girl was born March 13 and the first month just flew by. Time -please slow down!!!

She is a great baby!! She hardly cries and if she does, it is because we change her diaper, she poops or she is hungry. Other than that she is a happy baby and loves to observe the things around her. Oftentimes she just lays there and looks around. She also loves to ride in the car or being pushed in the stroller.

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  • Weight and Height:
    • at birth: 6 lbs 11 oz – 19 inches
    • when we left hospital: 6 lbs and 5 oz (-4%)
    • on day 5 (1st pediatrician appt): back to birth weight 6 lbs and 11 oz – 19 inches.
      Our pediatrician was amazed how quickly she was back at birth weight. Magic breast milk!
    • at 2 weeks (pediatrician appt): 7 lbs 12 oz – 20 3/4 inches
    • at 3 weeks: 8 lbs 1 oz
    • at 1 month (pediatrician appt): 8 lbs and 8 oz – 21 and 1/4 inches
  • Diaper size: Newborn
  • Clothe size: Newborn

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  • Sleep:
    • During the night: she sleeps in our bedroom in the Fisher Price Newborn Rock n Play Sleeper. And during the day she sleeps in a bassinet in our living room or in our arms. She prefers our arms, for sure!
    • From the beginning she understood day/night and slept well at night.
    • The first 2 weeks, we woke her every 3 hours at night for feedings and she fell asleep right after. During the day she wanted to be fed every 2-3 hours.
    • After 2 weeks we fed on demand, which was about every 2 hours during the day. At night I fed her around 10/11pm, then my husband bottle fed her around 1/2am and then I got up around 5/6am with her.
    • She sleeps better/longer wrapped as a burrito. She loves shushhhing noise and being rocked in our arms.
  • Health:
    • She is a healthy baby and I’m glad she has no diaper rash.
    • She has dry skin and mild infant acne, but nothing serious or anything to worry about.
    • Her right eye has sometimes some yellow discharge and is a little crusty. We remove this with warm water and a paper towel.

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  • Work outs:
    • We started walks after 2 weeks, when the weather finally warmed up. The first week we walked 10 miles and felt great! The baby sleeps better on those days and I’m just glad to get out of the house and soak in all the sun.
  • Milestones:
    • back to birth weight on day 5
    • at 2 weeks: we introduced the pacifier, she took it like a pro.
    • at 3 weeks: Daddy started to bottle feed breast milk. She is using Tommee Tippee bottles with no hesitation. More sleep for me – yeah!
  • Nicknames:
    • Squeeks
    • Knoedel (German word for dumpling)
    • Baby Weisman
    • Sharknado (she sucks so hard on my nipples and won’t let them go)
    • The little One

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  • Zoe likes
    • feeding time (breast and bottle)
    • being rocked and sleep in our arms
    • bath time
    • driving in the car
    • stroller walks
    • her pacifier
  • Zoe dislikes
    • diaper change
    • changing clothes over her head

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  • Baby essentials (aka things we could not live without):
    • Pacifier (Nuk): Even though she barely cries, it helps her to sooth and fall asleep easier.
    • slow flow bottles for feeding breast milk (Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature): My husband is feeding her once a day a bottle and those work great!
    • disposable nursing pads: The first few weeks you leak quite a bit and the pads are very helpful. I use the Lansinoh brand since they could hold more than the store brand. I also tried washable ones as well, but those were a little smelly if they are full.
    • Lanolin for sore nipples: My nipples were so sore, this helped a little bit to make them feel better. I preferred the Medela brand over the Lansinoh, because the Medela was easier to apply. It is not as thick as the Lansinoh brand cream and the easier to apply the better since my nipples were so sore and sensitive.
    • Moby wrap: After “baby’s breakfast” I carry her around in this wrap. It’s great, because I can use both of my hands to prepare my breakfast while she sleeps. This wa given to me by my sister in law, I have not tried other carriers yet.
    • Halo SleepSack Swaddle: Unlike a traditional swaddling blanket, which can easily become unwrapped, the HALO SleepSack Swaddle uses strong, adjustable fasteners to get the perfect, secure swaddle in just a few steps. Simply place your baby in the sack, close the zipper, and secure the wrap snugly around baby’s torso with the fastener strips.
    • “Gentle Giraffe”: Sound machine soother. This one is great! Even though we have a very easy baby, sometimes she has a little tough time to relax for her sleep. We turn on this “giraffe” and within seconds she relaxes and falls asleep.
    • Backpack diaper bag: A friend suggested to get a diaper bag that is actually a backpack and not carried over one shoulder. And I’m so glad I got a backpack! Not only does my husband prefer to carry a black backpack, but also it is easier for me to have both hands free while carrying her in her carrier. No bag sliding down your shoulder.
    • Graco Travel System + car seat carrier: Great brand, good quality. It’s so easy to get out of the house with this. The jogging stroller runs smoothly and fits in my Honda Civic. And the car seat carrier is wonderful! Super light weight and perfect for going grocery shopping or walk around. Totally recommend this brand!
    • Car Seat Cover: I needed something that protects Zoe from sun and wind while we are out. I really like this cover, it wraps around any car seat and you can partially or fully cover the baby while still being able to sneak into very easily.
    • Fisher Price Sleeper: We use this sleeper for nights only and she loves it. I was a little worried in the beginning because it was not a flat surface and might be a risk for SIDS, but my pediatrician said it is ok. During the day she sleeps in a bassinet , but we can tell she is not as comfortable as she is in this sleeper.
    • Bobby pillow: This pillow is a great help while breast feeding. So much easier than a regular pillow, since the c-shape goes around your stomach and there is no gap like you have with a regular pillow. Plus it offers more use in the future.

  • Things we thought we need, but didn’t:
    • bottle sterilizer: I didn’t know you only need to sterilize before the first use (unless you have well water). You can also easily sterilize in a pot of boiling water.
    • food/bottle warmer: Pumped breast milk can be stored up to 5 days in the fridge. We usually take the bottle out of the fridge an hour or two before the feeding and feed her the bottle at room temperature. She has no problem taking the bottle and it safes us time.
    • mittens: Zoe was born in March and it was still cold, so I bought 2 pairs of mittens, just in case. For me, the mittens didn’t work. It was much easier to use her socks! I put them over her hand and over her sleeves and they never came off.

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We had a wonderful first month!! I’m soo thankful my husband was able to stay at home with us and we got to enjoy our little girl together. We established new family routines and grew closer as a family!

 

 

15 Comments on Zoe – 1 Month

  1. Chris
    April 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm (7 months ago)

    Cutie! Awesome she is doing so well.

  2. kfabrunningKathee
    April 14, 2014 at 7:17 pm (7 months ago)

    So so sweet! What a beautiful baby. Nibble those cheeks every day! They grow up way too fast

    • Christine
      April 14, 2014 at 9:48 pm (7 months ago)

      No worries, we spoil her with kisses :)

  3. Eightlegs2People
    April 14, 2014 at 9:19 pm (7 months ago)

    Wow does time fly . I feel like it was just last week she made her grand appearance !!!

    • Christine
      April 14, 2014 at 9:48 pm (7 months ago)

      I know! I can’t believe the first month is over!

  4. 40weekslater
    April 14, 2014 at 9:26 pm (7 months ago)

    She is adorable!

  5. Sarah
    April 15, 2014 at 8:17 am (7 months ago)

    Happy 1 month to adorable little Zoe! And the bottle warmer and sterilizer were two things we didn’t really use either. Our list of ‘must haves’ is about the same as well except for the backpack. Didn’t even think of that, but we did get a bag that goes over the shoulder so that it was hands free as well!

  6. Jenny
    April 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm (7 months ago)

    Yay for all that walking! Way to go mama!

  7. Christy Hales Buhr
    April 15, 2014 at 2:09 pm (7 months ago)

    I can’t believe it’s has already been a month. I have heard the first months can be really hard, but it sounds like she is pretty easy and that you both are adjusting well. She sure is ADORABLE. That top picture melts my heart!

    My sister in law had a baby that was 9 lbs ?? oz. That’s bigger than baby Zoe is now. Can you imagine?

    • Christine
      April 16, 2014 at 7:38 am (7 months ago)

      Oh wow, no I can’t. Did she gave regular birth? It was already painful enough to push 6lbs and 11 oz :)

  8. lisa J
    April 17, 2014 at 10:57 am (7 months ago)

    your first month really did fly by! so blessed to have a non fussy baby and to get such a great amount of sleep so early on :)

  9. elizabeth
    April 19, 2014 at 6:05 pm (6 months ago)

    seems like things are going so well!! and she is so beautiful! really happy for you!

  10. Ashley
    April 23, 2014 at 10:01 am (6 months ago)

    She is so precious! I use socks as mittens too :) and the Halo sleep sack swaddle is THE BEST! I need to get another in a size up for the baby!

  11. JoAnn
    April 24, 2014 at 4:43 pm (6 months ago)

    Congratulations! She is beautiful!

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