The Bean at One Month

Size
Bean is a whopping 7 pounds (up from 5 pounds 4 ounces when she left the hospital).  She wears newborn size diapers and clothes.  We weren’t prepared for her to be such a little pipsqueak, so she only had two outfits that fit (thanks, Auntie Em!).  Aunt Sue and Uncle Bob brought over another three cozy sets of itty bitty sleepers, so we have about five outfits in the rotation.

Milestones
Bean’s biggest milestone this month was making her grand entrance into the world!  It’s been a month of firsts for our whole family.  First cry, first diaper change, first car ride, first doctor’s visit, first trip to the grocery store, first bath… the list goes on and on! 

Sleep
Bean is a fantastic sleeper and napper from 2 in the morning until 9 in the evening.  From 10 pm-2 am, however, we have a wild woman on our hands!  She’s awake, awake, awake, and no amount of rocking, feeding, or holding will put her in a deep enough sleep to set down.  If she’s in a good mood, we can all manage in a sort of sleep-deprived trance… but lots of times she’s a little fuss budget and we’re ready to pull our hair out.  We are extremely lucky, though, because usually after fussing for a few hours, we get a stretch of five, six, or even seven hours of straight sleep.  If we can get her to start that stretch at 11:00, we’ll be golden!

Eating
This growing baby eats about ten times per day, which means lots of snuggle time with Mommy.  Bean took her first bottle like a champ on her one month birthday, so now Daddy gets a turn to feed her as well.  

Social
For such a teeny tot, Bean sure has a wide social circle!  We’ve had dozens of visitors that have come to meet her, and though she typically sleeps through the visits, I’m sure she can feel how much everyone loves her!  Aunt Emy came to visit from Texas, Aunt Carla and Jasmine made the long drive from Superior to spend a weekend, Grandma and Grandpa made a trip from Park Falls to visit one-day old Bean, and Grammy and Poppy drive across town several times each week.  Bean and I also go to Mom’s Club at the hospital where she was born, and she’s already made several “baby friends.” 

Play Time
At any given moment, Bean appears to be in one of four states: sleeping, eating, fussing, or staring into space.  As the weeks go by, though, she’s certainly becoming more alert.  Play time usually consists of tummy time, dancing in Mommy or Daddy’s arms, or staring at pictures in her crib.

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