Well its official, Riley is 6 weeks old! Its amazing how time flies! But before we get started, I would like to share a few pictures of what has transpired in her first month of life!
New to Riley:
Our apartment. Transitioning from my cozy to womb to our apartment has been somewhat easy. As any newborns, the first couple of weeks were rough for the three of us. Waking up every hour or so had us exhausted and drained. Especially Miguel, who would then have to wake up and go to work on 3 or 4 hours of sleep.
Day to Day:
We really don’t have a set schedule as of yet. She’s still fairly young to even start one but I’m hoping that we can start one once she’s older. In the early weeks she would wake up at 2 am then at 4 am and so on and so forth. We would change, feed, burp and rock her to bed. I was scared to give her a “bath” (sponge bath in her case) and it wasn’t until my mother came that she fully had one (which was the same week she was born). Now that she is 5 weeks old, she’ll usually go to bed any where from 8-10pm and will wake up at around 11 pm- 2am. As of two days she has started to sleep five hours at night before waking up at 2 am for her first night feeding. In regards to her naps, she used to able to sleep 3-4 hours during the day. Now, she’ll sleep anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. There was a period in time where she would just dream bloody murder for hours on end. We ended up figuring out that it was her formula causing her to be in distress. As for how our day goes…. it will usually vary between feedings, running errands and sleeping (for the both of us). I’m lucky if I even get to have three meals a day, but thats because I value sleep. I’ve recently started to incorporate tummy time. Since birth, Riley has demonstrated that she may meet her milestones ahead of time. I say this, because as soon as she came out of the womb, she was already lifting her head! As she has gotten older, her head holding skills have gotten better. She even pushes legs against mine.
Riley’s eating habits:
I honestly wanted to exclusively breastfeed, however, my body has not cooperated. So I’m doing both breast and formula. If truth be told, more formula than breast. I was producing an ounce per breast and hoped that I would be this lactation queen. Nevertheless, I can’t produce anything over 2 oz. I’ve tried eating lactation cookies & tea, hot chocolate and all of these other ole’ wives tales and nothing. It was rough for me to accept this notion, but I had to do it in order to regain my sanity and reduce my emotional distress. The formula brand that we use is Enamil and so far it has worked for us. We started with the Enfamil Neuropro but we had to switch to the Enfamil Gentle ease as the nueropro was causing her to constantly be constipated and have a lot of gas.
Outfits of the day:
To keep it simple, you’ll most likely find Riley in onesies or onesies pajamas. For now there will be no instagram outfits. She is currently starting to leave the newborn size. However, she is too small to fully fit in the 3 month clothing items. For now, I will keep using the newborn onesies (that still fit) until she is able to fit into the 3 months. But I have a feeling that may take awhile because she is quite the peanut!
What she loves and hates:
She hates being alone and quietness. She would much rather be around noise and with people. There have been times where we’ve co slept with her because she has easily woken up from her sleep. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, she is able to sleep longer hours. But I will say that what she hates the most is… waiting for her bottle or for me to get my breast ready for a feeding. She will scream, wail and turn red in the face until the bottle or nipple is in her mouth.
She loves car rides, the outdoors, her bottle and my boob. She’ll sometimes fall asleep on them while she is feeding. She does this cute cooing noise and all I want to do is eat her up when I hear it.
She did have first shot last month and she did better than expected. Last week she had her third hearing test (she failed the first one and at her repeat appointment, the machines were not working and so we were referred to an outside facility in order to have the exam done). She passed with flying colors and was told that she was one of the best patients she (audiologist) has ever had.
As you can see, it has been an eventful first month. It has been a whirlwind of emotions accompanied by a lot of parental lessons. We can’t wait to see what else Riley has in store for us!
As always, thanks for reading and for being part of our journey!