Wednesday, August 17, 2011

One Month Old!

Dear Natalie,
I cannot believe you are already one month old! The time has flown by, and it seems like it was only yesterday that I held you in my arms for the first time! You have overcome so many obstacles in this first 31 days of your life and I am SO so proud of you! Mommy is still supposed to be 37 weeks and 6 days pregnant with you, but you just couldn't wait to join us!

When you were born you weighed 4lbs even. At your one week checkup (which you had three days after coming home) you weighed 4 lbs 9.1 oz. Now, at your one month checkup, you were a WHOPPING 5lbs 13oz!!! At birth you were 17 3/4 inches long. At your one week checkup you were 18 1/4 inches long. They didn't measure you at your appointment, but Daddy and I measured you (granted it wasn't as good as when the doctor does it) and you hadn't changed much, if at all.

When you came home from the hospital two weeks ago, you were taking approximately 36 ml of Enfamil Enfacare formula each feeding, every three hours. (Approximately 1 oz) You are now drinking almost 2 oz every 3 hours! You are very good about sleeping until you are hungry, but you still wake up almost right on time! You are a happy little piglette! The only thing you have a little trouble with is burping - you hate it! Sometimes you go through a whole feeding before you will burp, so we will have to work on that.

You are currently wearing newborn sleepers, 0-3 mo onesies, and newborn/preemie sized diapers. Some things are still too big but for the most part you are fitting in them really well for as tiny as you are! Mommy still can't believe how tiny you really are!

Since coming home from the hospital, you have started to have a little bit of congestion in your nose. It's not accompanied by a fever, and it's not affecting your eating or your sleeping so I don't think we have anything to worry about, but I asked your doctor anyway at your one month checkup. He took a listen to your lungs and said you looked good, and he would have told me if there was something wrong, so I think you're ok!

One thing that I can say, is that you LOVE your kitty! You sleep together on almost a daily basis, and I have even caught you "petting" her on occasion! (You really just grab her fur, or set your hand on her back, but it's so cute anyway!)

It is just so amazing to have you here and finally have you home with us! Mommy and Daddy love you more and more EVERY day, and we hope that you know it and we show it enough!

Here is to lots more happy monthly pictures and updates!

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