One Month

First of all, my peanut is one month old today!

Second day of life. 2 lbs, 8.6 oz

1 month (29 days) old, 4 lbs, 1.8 oz.

A month has gone so fast and yet so slow.  It’s weird.

The thing with preemies is you are supposed to judge milestones by their adjusted age (actual age-minus weeks born early), so technically my little peanut is still -5 weeks old, but whatever.  Anyways, this month she started breathing unassisted, started to nipple feed, successfully finished 2 full bottles (and drank at least some from 6 bottles), latched on to the breast and attempted to suck a little twice, and pooped through a diaper and an outfit for the first time.  She also removed her CPAP multiple times, her nasal cannula multiple times, and her OG tube multiple times.  Nice work  for someone who isn’t even “born” yet.  Oh, and she passed her eye exam on Wednesday.

I'm really hoping this is her last picture in her incubator.

She’s officially 4 pounds, 1.8 ounces, which is a gain of 1 pound, 7.2 ounces in the past month.  That’s a pretty impressive percentage of her body weight.  I’d totally try to take credit, but they put extra calories in my breast milk before they serve it to her, so umm, it’s not me.  Probably shouldn’t have eaten half of a pizza last night (breast feeding makes you starving).  They had to give her a bigger blood pressure cuff and pacifier a few days ago.

So far Charlotte has met scores of nurses, and her four biological grandparents.  The NICU is still in flu season lockdown, so she’s not actually allowed more visitors than us and those four.  I’m really hoping she gets to meet her stepgrandparents and Aunt Cay soon, although there are some distance issues in that equation.

So kiddo, I’m hoping the crib goes well tomorrow and then all that’s left is for you to master bottle feeding (and maybe breast feeding) so we can bring you home.  Your crib is made up (not that I actually expect you to sleep there), your car seat is installed, your swing is put together, and your clothing is washed through newborn sizes.  The only thing left to do is buy you diapers, but we are waiting until we know what size you need (preemie is still kind big, but that could change in a week if you keep growing like this).  You could be home in a week if you really put your mind to it.

Really, you had to shoot whatever sign that is as I snapped the picture? Punk.

I’m trying to exercise patience, but waiting for her to “get” nipple feeding is a struggle.  I’m actually going to stop bottle feeding her myself because we both get so frustrated.  She’s come so far in a month and I need to focus on that instead of what she isn’t doing yet, which is still normal for her age.  Being this impatient is kind of inappropriate for mine, though.  I need to work on that.

But really, this kid is so darn cute, even with a tube shoved up her nose.  I cannot get enough.

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About Sarah S @RunningOnWords

Married 20-something in flux and trying to cope by running and occasionally crafting.
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12 Responses to One Month

  1. Kate Sullivan says:

    Oh my gosh, Sarah, she looks amazing!! I can’t even believe it’s been a month yet but watching her grow is incredible. She’s got all that hair! Also, not that you could ever doubt she’s yours but that picture of her giving the gang sign pretty much proved to me that you didn’t just find her on your doorstep. I love it.

  2. Mandy says:

    She’s getting so much bigger!!!! Congrats to Charlotte on all her many milestones!

  3. lcbilovesky says:

    Oh my gosh! She is getting so big!! that is awesome! I was just thinking about you guys today when I noticed the date. Glad to hear she is doing well. She better listen and get ready to go home!

  4. Sarah says:

    Wow! She grew like a weed. I’m so happy to see how big she’s gotten and hear that she’s passing all her tests. 🙂

  5. Laura says:

    I love the photo comparison, she is making such awesome progress! I can imagine that must be such a strange combination of time flying and yet crawling by… but you’re getting so much closer to her coming home, yay!!

  6. Terzah says:

    That is quite a difference between those two photos! More and more good news…..

    I struggle with patience, too. Having kids is good for improving that, as you’re finding out. :^)

  7. Kara says:

    Wow, I can’t believe how far she has come in such a short time! She is doing so well.

    Feeding your kid is a huge source of frustration, even if they are negative 5 weeks old or almost 2 🙂

  8. Army Amy says:

    Happy one month of life, Charlotte! She looks so much bigger. Look at her little tummy! Definitely full of milk!*

  9. Wow look at her! She has gotten so much stronger and bigger! We started breast feeding Isaac right before 36 weeks and it took him awhile to get the idea. At just before 37 weeks he was nursing three times a day and by 38 weeks he was nursing five times a day. Thats when we did the rooming in. There are still times when he struggles with getting a good latch.

    Charlotte with get it with time. Don’t be discouraged when she does get it if she only nurses for a few minutes then falls asleep. Isaac did this and it freaked me out. I was worried that he wasn’t getting enough. Pay close attention to the number of wet diapers she has and how much weight she gains the days she really takes off with nursing. The nurses kept telling me to be patient (yes hard to do I know) and that eventually a light bulb goes off and the babies just get it.

    This might be a stupid question but I will ask anyway. Does your NICU or hospital have a lactation consultant? and if so have you met with them? They were so helpful when Isaac and I were first learning.

    I really hope the bed switch goes well and that Charlotte can come home soon. I know how emotionally draining it can be to have her there and to not really know when her discharge will happen.

  10. Kathy R says:

    Beautiful, absolutely beautiful It really is staggering what a difference a pound can make!

  11. Amazing how much she has grown in 1 month! Glad she is passing all her tests and getting better at eating.

  12. Alyssa says:

    Happy birthday, Charlotte! It’s crazy to think she is -5 weeks and has accomplished all that!

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