|My beautiful baby!|
We took her to her one month well baby check up with her pediatrician. At birth she was 5 pounds 12.7 ounces (2.63 kilograms). Now she is 7 pounds 11 oz! (3.49 kilograms!) We'd been told she needed to gain a half kilogram a month. We actually weren't sure if it had to be a half kilogram by one month, as what we were told was "She'll lose for the first week, then she'll gain a half kilogram a month after that." So that may have meant it'd be considered normal if she'd gained a half kilo by one month one week... but regardless, she knocked it out of the park! And this exclusively breastfeeding mommy feels very vindicated in that her baby is not "thin"! (Yes, someone said that to me. For a breastfeeding mama, those are fighting words! Haha.)
There's some reflex that makes babies bow legged at first (better to curl up in the womb) and I've read that some pediatricians don't like to measure height until that reflex goes away, which I think is around 6 weeks? So maybe next appointment he'll measure height as well as weight.
Oh, and she's got pretty good taste in music. I put on the Beatles when she wouldn't stop fussing the other day and she instantly calmed down! I think this is because I had had the Beatles cranked up and was jamming to them while cleaning house the morning my water broke, so it's one of the last peaceful things she'd have heard before she left the womb. Also, the Beatles are awesome. But more on that when I publish a post that was in the queue the week she was born!
Some have asked about my birth story post. It's like 95% written, I just need to polish it and add pictures. No, no graphic pictures, we didn't take any, I'll just be putting in pictures post birth. Last thing I was thinking about while in labor was snapping photos.
|My swaddled up dreamer (her mouth|
isn't actually blocked, it's just the angle.)
In the hospital I decided to nickname her "Dreamer"... I was just trying to find a prettier way of saying it. But there aren't any girl names that mean "Dreamer" except one in Arabic, which seems like that'd be confusing. And just using it in another language still they just don't seem "name"-like. So I decided I'd be more literal and just call her Dreamer! (Either that or wait another month or two to make a decision!)
Why Dreamer? Well from the day she was born she's had an active dream life. She smiles, laughs, cries out, whimpers, furrows her brow, thrashes her arms, etc while sleeping and always has. She'll start breathing so hard you think she's running or she'll just keep having flitting smiles over her face every few seconds... it's enchanting and makes me wonder what in the world she's dreaming about. It's fun to think someday she can tell me about her dreams. So Dreamer seemed good, and it doesn't seem like the kind of name a kid will grow up to hate. A lot of cute baby nicknames wouldn't be appropriate in some years from now when she's aware of my blog, but being a Dreamer isn't really a bad long term thing.
So introducing "Dreamer", my beautiful one month old little girl!