Monday, September 28, 2015

Jolie- O N E month

Ummm how has it been one month already??? This seems totally impossible! It really feels like I was in the hospital just a week ago.  This last month has certainly been a whirlwind and I consider each day that we survive a victory! Jolie's first two weeks of life she spent most of her days sleeping and eating like most newborns. The past week or so she has been awake a lot more and a lot more alert. We have been enjoying seeing her finally start to lock eyes and take notice of all us.

We feel like Jolie is the perfect little addition to this family of ours and she could not be more loved. Her sister absolutely adores her and showers her with about a million smooches and love pats each and every day.   I find myself often looking at the two of them and wondering how is this my life? How did I get so wonderfully blessed?

Dearest Jolie,

You have already been with our family for one whole month, and yet it seems like I was just holding you in my arms for the first time just yesterday. This month has flown by, and after having your sister I now know all too well how fast these sweet newborn days pass.  I am crazy busy these days, and scattered brained and sometimes find myself not knowing how I survived the day....but in the quiet hours in the middle of the night when it's just me and you I find myself really soaking up every little part of you. Studying your tiny little features and stroking your sweet little cheeks. You are just too precious for words.

We are so grateful to God that he chose us to be your parents. We are absolutely head over heels in love with you. And your sister, well you are just her most prized pocession. She is so proud of you and her new title of big sister. She is so quick to show you off to any and all visitors. She even tells strangers in the store all about you.  Her love for you makes my heart just want to burst at the seems. I can't wait to see you two playing dolls and tea party together.

We love you to the moon & back,
Mommy & Daddy

Weight: 8lbs 5oz
Eye color: blue

Sleep:  The first two weeks you slept allll day and woke up every two to three hours at night.  Towards the end of the month you are awake much more during the day, sleep mostly when being held.  You are now sleeping even better at night, a 5 to 6 hour stretch making it until about 3 am for your first feeding and then waking for the day around 6:30 or 7.

Our day:  You wake up around 6:30 or 7, usually around the same time as your sister.  I feed you then lay you in the swing to get my coffee and breakfast going for your sister.  We normally all cuddle on the couch,  watch cartoons and hang out for awhile.  I try to lay you in the swing while I pick up and get everyone dressed. The rest of the day is filled with cuddling you and feeding you in between one million trips to the bathroom (potty training sister) and just multitasking like I never thought possible.  

Feeding:  We pretty much feed every 3 hours on the dot around the clock until bed time.  Then you go for ar 5 hour stretch, followed by a 3 hour stretch.  You are a little snacker and just eat a little then fall asleep or decide you are done and then will take a little bit more a little later.  You are also the slowest eater of allll time, you definitely take your sweet time.

Diaper size:  we are still in newborns :)

Clothes size:  Newborn and they are finally fitting you just right.  I tried to pull out some of our cute 0-3 stuff but its still just too big.

Hair color:  dark brown

Eye color: At birth your eyes were a deep royal blue and now seem to be lightening a bit.

Firsts:  Your umbilical cord fell off finally after a little more than 2 weeks and we gave you your first bath. You are so calm and quiet as can be during bath time.  You seem to really love it.

Milestones:  You are now starting to focus in on things.  You are noticing the little birds on your swing and are starting to turn your head towards us when we talk to you.

Favorite toy: We aren't playing with any toys yet obviously, but we can say for certain that you love your paci, that is for sure.  You want it 247 but can quite keep it in and let us know as soon as it falls out.  It has definitely become quite the chore ;)

Happy one month Jo, we love you so so much!

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