This past month with this little babe seems to have flown by yet gone by slowly all at the same time. It was sort of a whirlwind of emotions, to be honest, a bit of a challenge here and there, but the highs of being Emma’s mama and seeing her grow and learn new things truly outweigh the most difficult days. I wouldn’t want her to be anything other than exactly as she is!
So, starting with an update since our last post: We finally got a dermatologist appointment after far too much back and forth with the insurance company and the doctors, and it is, in fact, a hemangioma. The doctor was so polite, and he explained that it will eventually go away on its own. He also said that even though it’s obviously not enjoyable to have to see, the risks of any sort of treatment we could do far outweigh the benefits, especially since it’s not bothering her at all. My husband and I totally agree! The dermatologist has us coming back in a few weeks to monitor it, though. I have to admit that at this point, I rarely notice it. She has such a sweet face and infectious smile that it’s not what you focus on when you’re looking at her. Thankfully, too, I’ve only had one stranger ask about it, and while it was disappointing to me that she brought it up, she wasn’t rude about it, just curious, as I’m sure I would have been if I’d ever seen a child with one of these.
Other than those two things, this past month was a month of a few firsts! I took her out on our first lunch date to meet up with my husband’s cousin before her and her family moved to Texas. I was sooo anxious about how Emma would act, especially because she was refusing to eat prior to us heading in because she was pretty tired. She ended up doing really, really well. She was fussy at first, but she dozed off a few times. Between that and my husband coming home from being gone for about a month and her seeing him, she must have been exhausted because that night she slept for a stretch of nearly 6 hours. We haven’t had that happen again, but I’m silently dreaming of the those days.
The weather was also nice enough for us to go on our first walk, which went pretty well. I took her in her stroller, which was interesting because a good 1/4 of the sidewalk is all bumpy. I joked that I needed an off-roading stroller for walks. It cooled down again shortly after that, so we haven’t been able to get out of the house for another walk, but I’m hoping we’ll be able to soon. I know Zoey would absolutely love for the three of us to be able to go walking every day.
As I mentioned before, we have had our fair share of challenges this month. In the past week she’s started to protest going to bed at night even though she sleeps so well once she’s finally down. That has carried into protesting her naps here and there. It’s so hard to hear your little one cry, especially when you know they’re okay and there are few things that calm them down. I’m trying a variety of things (earlier bedtime, gas drops, gripe water, different swaddles, etc). I’m thinking (hoping) it’s a phase and that she’ll grow out of it soon. We’ll see!
- Weight: Not sure, but if I had to guess I’d say she’s around the 10lb mark.
- Wearing: Still wearing newborn clothes and diapers. At this rate I’m thinking she’ll be wearing the pretty summer clothes she has right about the time winter starts setting in again, ha!
- Sleep: We get about a maximum of 4.5 hours at a time, but that’s not consistent. She’s still only waking up once at night after I go to bed.
One interesting thing:
So far this little girl is NOT into pacifiers. She’s taken one a few times, but for the most part she just doesn’t seem to care for them. We’ve tried a variety of brands, but she just keeps right on spitting them out. I’ve read some tips on how to encourage babies to take them, but I’m not sure if we want to try that much to get her to take something we know we’d have to eventually take away. For new moms or moms-to-be, we’re partial to the Wubanubs, which is the only thing other than the Doddle that Emma has showed just the slightest interest in.
What I’m looking forward to:
I’m mostly looking forward to seeing how she grows and develops this month. She’s starting to grasp toys a little bit, and I’m working on helping her learn how to rolls. She’s also starting to hold little conversations, which is funny. I’m excited to see how she changes over the next month!