Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Kinsley Anne @ 1 month

Kinsley Anne was 4 weeks old this Monday.

Kinsley, Here is what you have been doing this month:

-You are wearing newborn and some 0-3 month clothing (that are generally a little too big)

-You are wearing newborn diapers but yesterday, we did put you in a size 1 diaper for the first time just to see how it fits. You are sort of needing an in-between size!

-You got weighed today and weigh 8#30z!!

-You are getting exclusively breastmilk but since the 2nd week of your life, we have given you breastmilk bottles at night. You tend to sleep longer after bottles because you'll take up to 5 ounces!!! You nurse every 1.5-3 hours during the day.

-You sleep in the pack 'n' play at the foot of our bed at night. We tried to get you to sleep in the cradle that Pop Pop made for me, but you hated it. We are hoping to get you into your crib as soon as you can sleep through the night. This past week, you started waking up only once at night. It's wonderful for mommy & daddy. We feed you between 9:30-10am & you sleep until 1-2am. I feed you again & you sleep until 5-6am. Usually, you'll wake every 2-3 hours after that.

-We swaddle you up at nighttime & this helps you sleep more soundly. We also have a sound machine that plays "womb" sounds while you sleep at night, in addition to having the ability to play lots of other calming noises. We also turn on the vibrate feature of your pack 'n' play for ~5 minutes while you fall asleep.

-You are becoming more alert between naps. You typically eat, stay awake for ~30min-1hr, then sleep until the next feeding.

-You are a really good baby. You typically don't cry unless you are hungry or hurting. You have had some bouts of painful gas & have taken some gas drops to help you.

-The dogs LOVE you! Bowen is your protector already & barks if anyone comes to the house. The day you came home from the hospital he smelled you in your car seat and then when we laid you down in the crib, he laid down in front of it. Avery is still too young to really understand you, but she loves to give you kisses. She, hopefully, will learn soon that she is too big to stand on you (haha).

-You have lots of hair in the back of your head and your hair is growing in slowly but surely everywhere else. It seems like it will be thick and blonde. It already even has a little curl to it.

-You like your bouncy seat & sometimes this helps if your belly is hurting you. You like your swing for short periods.

-You stare at lights, you love fans, and you stare at us, but you don't track our movements yet.

-You are gripping anything in your path. You don't have control over your mouth, arm, or leg movements but if there's a hand in your way, you'll grab it. Also, while you're nursing or just cuddling on mama's chest, you grab at my clothes or skin.

-You love riding in the car. I think you've stayed awake once out of all the times we've ridden places. Even if we just ride from our house over to your nonie & poppy's, you fall asleep.

-You have gotten several baths & you seem to love it! Your nana gave us a little bathtub lounger for you to lay on inside the big tub. So, we've been using that & sometimes I get in the bathtub with you to hold you. You actually cried when I took you out of the water last time. I think you might be a swimmer in the future!! :)

-Your due date is tomorrow.

-You are truly a joy to have in our lives. You have already changed so much in just 4 short weeks. It is already hard to remember what life was like without you. It sounds cliche, but one day I hope & pray that you will know the overwhelming love of becoming a mother. There is nothing like it.

Today is Prematurity Awareness Day. Please take the time today to remember those preemies too small to survive, honor those preemies who conquered despite the odds, and think of those (like Kinsley Anne) who are big enough that nobody even knows they're preemies other than their NICU stay. Also pray for those NICU babies & families that are still undergoing the roller coaster of emotions & those women who don't yet know that they will soon give birth to a preemie.


allie-mac-fallie said...

she is so precious! i love your sweet updates... i see a "blog to book" sometime in the future! :)

Ashley said...

She is adorable!!