We've had a great first month with Coraline! We went to her one month check up today; we hadn't needed to get a weight check at two weeks since five days after birth she was only two ounces shy of her birth weight. At one month, she weighs in at a whopping 10 pounds 9 ounces, which puts her in the 80 percentile for weight. She also grew 1.25 inches and is now at 21 inches (40% percentile). Yes, apparently her birth measurement is much different! At birth, they stretch out a tape measure and measure all the way to their toes- so it's really a length measurement. At the pediatrician's office, they lay the baby on a mat and stretch out their legs and measure to the heel so it's more of a height measurement. Basically, Coraline has some long toes! At any rate, she's pretty much the opposite of her sister right now- higher percentile in weight and lower in height. But they both have big noggins, and Coraline's is in the 99% percentile right now.
Coraline has had quite a few outings- a lot more than what Eliana had at this age- but I guess that's typical when you're not the oldest kid. Besides the pediatrician, she's been to Target, grocery shopping, the library, the splash park, walks around the neighborhood, church, and probably several other little outings I'm forgetting. She also trekked out to Huber's for our annual strawberry picking and made a quick road trip to Frankfort (about 45 minutes away) to go to dinner with some of our community group. She's done very well traveling in her car seat; she was a mess on the way home from Huber's, but she was hungry and was in a much better mood when we got home and she was able to nurse.
Right around when Coraline turned four weeks, we really started noticing a huge difference in the amount of eye contact she makes, as well as her smiles. We would get glimpses of smiles every now and then before, but now if you talk to her and make eye contact she just absolutely lights up! She definitely doesn't get as much attention from us as Eliana did at this stage- poor thing- but her sister more than makes up for it with all the kisses and narration of Coraline's day. She is starting to track a bit better with her eyes.
Coraline does very well with sleep at night- she's in the rock 'n play next to our bed right now (I'm dreading figuring out how to handle room sharing), and of course she still sleeps a big chunk of the day away too. She doesn't really like to lay down at all during the day though. She absolutely loves sitting up and seeing the world. I'm embraced baby wearing the vast majority of the day- party because she seems to like it, and partly out of pure necessity. We aren't pushing tummy time too much because I do baby wear her a great deal and she still gets to take naps on our chests (um yes, we 'spoil' her); she has really great head control so far.
In general, she takes a good long nap in the morning while I'm wearing her; Eliana and I are typically outside in the morning (playing in the little pool with our friends, playing with bubbles or a tub of water on the porch, walking around the neighborhood, or visiting the library, for example). Afternoon is a bit more spotty at this point. She really enjoys nursing to sleep (she hasn't taken a paci yet) and being held, and I don't mind obliging her in that for the most part. We've spent many an afternoon snuggling on the couch while I catch up on some reading or Netflix when Eliana is napping.
The hardest part has been Eliana's nap time and bedtime. While she is doing great with Coraline, it's obvious she is wanting some more individual time and attention from both Mommy and Daddy. If I can't get Coraline to sleep before it's time to put Eliana down for her nap (or at bedtime), Coraline will just cry for as long as it takes me to get Eliana into bed. I feel bad for Coraline, who doesn't understand and is crying, but I also really feel bed for Eliana, who is being patient with her little sister but just wants to sit with me and snuggle before bed.
I've discovered that two is no joke, but am very thankful for not only a supportive husband but also amazing friends who have helped us through this transition and will continue to one our village as we seek to parent our girls well. Here are a few more miscellaneous photos from her first month (I'm still working on uploading the others to our shutterfly site):
Practicing her pouty face while she sleeps.
Eliana loves-LOVES- giving Coraline kisses.
At her very first pediatrician appointment, furrowing her brow just like her big sis did.
I love baby yawns!
About 48 seconds prior to falling asleep...