Friday, June 27, 2014

Ella Mac is One Month

I am out of order... I know.  But, I can write what I want, when I want.  At least that is what I am telling my type-A self that thinks I should be doing all this in order.  Time to learn to let go a bit, I guess. :)

Weight/Length- At two and a half weeks, Ella Mac weighed 8 lbs 10 oz, we were still working hard to get back to birth weight.  She was 22 1/4 in.  At 4 weeks, she weighed in at 9 lbs 10 oz (63 %ile) and was 23 1/4in (99%ile)... someone call Kim Mulkey and get her on the recruiting list. 
Milk Coma 

Eating- She eats every three hours during the day and every 4 hours at night.  I had to set an alarm to wake her up to feed her.  She likes to hold my hand while I feed her (melts my heart). 

Bedtime/Awake- Ella Mac goes to bed at 9:45 and wakes up sometime between 1 and 3, then again between 5:45 and 7.  There are nights here and there where she just wants to be held.  She will sleep for 30 minutes and then cry.  Stephen and I usually end up sleeping in the blue chair on those nights.  I guess sometimes, you just meed a little more loving. These nights tend to happen most often on Saturday.  Stephen sleeps in the basement so that he can remember what he is preaching on the next morning.   Ella Mac must think I am lonely in bed all alone.  Poor Wyatt, I think he is having the hardest time adjusting to this sleep schedule. He just looks exhausted all the time. 

Clothes-  Newborn clothes lasted maybe a week.  She is so tall that 3 month clothes were what we needed! Our favorite clothes are layette gowns.  I love them, so easy to change.  She doesn't do well with pi's with feet.  In the middle of the night, she will have kicked her feet out and have her legs up in the stomach part.  

Dislikes-  being cold, her bath and being naked (clearly she is not really my child). 

Likes- Ella Mac loves to sleep in her cradle that some very sweet friends made for us.  She loves her dad and his loud voice!  She loves to be outside.  Mostly, she likes to be warm!  The warmer the better.  She loves Grand, Aunt Doo Doo and Papa Wayne.  Aunt Doo Doo can always make her stop crying during fussy time and Papa Wayne walks her outside and teaches her about the birds, so she is happy.  I like to think she likes Wyatt and his kisses, but who really knows.  She also LOVES her activity mat.  Homegirl will sit under that for 30 minutes looking up at all the animals. 

One word to describe her personality: Strong willed.  She sleeps great at night, but it takes work to get her to take a nap or to eat.  She has an opinion and I love her for it. 

Favorite memories of the month- I love it when she wakes up early and Stephen and I are too tired to actually get out of bed.  We usually just put her in bed with us.  The three of us will just hang out there for a while snuggling.  But my real favorite memory came at the church picnic.  It was her first outing.  Aunt Doo Doo wrote about it best, so I will let her words do the talking.  

Our first outing was when she was 6 days old.  I wanted to practice taking her out before Mom and Nannie left, so we took her to Merryfield Garden Center.  She slept in the K'tan the entire time and was one happy camper!  

We love her so much and feel so blessed to have her.  It is fun to watch her grow and change.