Hooray, Joy Rei is one month old! She was born on July 18th, weighing 7 lbs 5 oz (birth story to come!). And she now weighs 12 lbs, 3 oz. (Very similar to her brother, his one month recap here: https://booksoutsidethebox.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/baby-satski-at-one-month/) It's been amazing watching her cheeks grow over the month!
At first she seemed like a very mellow baby, but we've learned that she can express herself very loudly if she wants to. Her lungs are growing stronger every day and she's using them. For the most part though, she's a very easy-going baby who is easily soothed.
We're still getting to know her as she's slowly becoming more alert; her personality hasn't quite come through yet. This month has mostly been sleeping, eating, spitting up, pooping, and repeat.
During the day she prefers to sleep in someone's arms. At night, I'm co-sleeping with her and just recently started putting her down in a crib by herself. She feeds every 2-3 hours during the day. Then she'll have a good 4 hour stretch at night, which I hope turns into 5, 6, 7, and more soon. The toughest part is having to start the day at 7 am promptly to get Harlem to school on time. I'm trying to stay sane on the sleep deprivation by repeating to myself that this too shall pass.
I'm breastfeeding and savoring the experience bonding with her. Thanks to my mom's seaweed soup that I'm still eating daily, my milk supply has been good and Joy Rei feeds well. In the beginning, she would feed for up to an hour, grazing and falling asleep. She's become more efficient in the last few weeks. She went from being in the 50th percentile at her first doctor's visit to 95th percentile at her one-month check-up. I make chubby babies, what can I say?
She likes to do big long stretches (future yogi?). She smiles and has started to coo. She sneezes 3 or 4 times in a row. She turns super red when she's mad and gets green around the eyebrows, which reminds me of Oompa Loompas. (Oompa Loompas are on my mind because I've been reading Harlem Charlie and the Chocolate Factory whenever I'm breastfeeding. We finished the entire book in a week.) She's already had her first trip up to Sea Ranch; we ambitiously went when she was just 2 weeks old. And she likes movement, I'm constantly pacing the house and courtyard outside to get her to sleep.
Our family is adjusting to the new norm. Harlem's been a very sweet older brother, always gentle with her and understanding of her demands. He's been amazing at entertaining himself for hours. We spoiled him with a few LEGO sets to keep him busy, and he's really become quite the master builder. Russell and I are juggling the work of raising two, with lots of help from his parents and mine. There are new logistics to figure out every day, and it's not always pretty, but we're all smitten with Joy Rei.
Here are some more pictures from this past month of her incredibly expanding cheeks!