Tuesday, January 19, 2010

ESP: Six Weeks



Current Weight: 7  pounds

EAT:  From an eating standpoint, the past ten days have been very different.  At her one month check-up (10 days ago), the pediatrician deemed her weight gain (6 lbs. 9 oz. at that point) significant and consistent.  Enough that I got the go-ahead to stop the pumping, stop the bottle-feeding, stop waking her for feedings, and breastfeed exclusively and on-demand.    What a relief!  I was so happy to finally be released from the pump prison!   The best part, though, the switch has been nothing but successful!  I am amazed by how well my little baby transitioned from chugging a bottle to sucking the ... well, I don't want to get graphic, but you know. 

And I would say that she's even better at nursing than NHV ... not that I am comparing or making it a competition.  It just surprises me because I've heard so much about nipple confusion and babies who refuse to nurse after drinking from a bottle for extended amounts of time.  Even more impressive, CJV goes for decent stretches in between feedings ... 2, 3, 4, even 5 hours.  NHV nursed all the freaking time ... like every hour and a half to two hours ... longer stretches were rare rather than the norm.

In the past few days, I have noticed an increase in spit-up ... but I think that's normal at this point.  I just hope it doesn't last as long as it did with Natalie.

SLEEP:  Charlotte continues to be a pretty darn good sleeper.  (Gosh, I hope I am not totally jinxing myself here!)  And her periods of alertness are definitely increasing.  She's not great at putting herself to sleep; she fights it a little.  She doesn't really cry or fuss ... just gets that wide-eyed stare, classic overstimulation.  But the 5 S's ... swaddle, side, shush, swing, and suck ... are pretty fool-proof in triggering her calming reflex.  Of course, CJV still prefers to be held while snoozing - she's a newborn afterall, but she can also sleep for good stretches in her bassinet ... if the planets align just right.  The Ergo carrier has been invaluable during the day.  Charlotte will sleep in there while Natalie and I go about our business.  When she does get really tired, the stork bites on her eyelids get darker.

PERSONALITY:  I know I am completely biased, but geez, this baby girl is so very sweet!  She's very calm and mellow ... the majority of the time.  Even when she does get upset, Charlotte is quick to soothe and overall very content.  I love all the baby sounds she is making now ... aaaaahs and ooooohs and sighs.  Although she honks less, there are still plenty of grunts and snorts.  If she's waking up and feeling hungry, she tells me with a series of stretches and grunts.  She also has the best sleep grins.  I am still waiting on the real thing, but in the meantime, I cannot get enough of her little grins! 

Charlotte's favorite things (aside from the girls) ... her binky, my face, when I sing, "Hey, hey pretty Charlotte," the Fussy Baby poster next to her changing table, a foam wedge, and the fan in our master bathroom.

And I'll leave you with one more photo ... her little outfit, a gift from my friend Sarah Lou, says, "Whoooo's the cutest?"


You are Charlotte Jane.  You are.

14 comments:

BJ_Mama said...

I LOVE HER!!!! Seriously.LOVE.her. I have to admit though, I though the P in ESP was going to be for "poop" Sorry, I should know what it is by now...guess my mind's on poop today

Those toes made me melt!

singedwingangel said...

she is gorgeous. Love those little rosebud lips, sighs I miss having itty bitty ones..

Laura and Kelly Allen said...

How do you manage not to snuggle her constantly? She's beautiful and I'm so proud of her progress. Way to go, Charlotte! Way to go, mom!

Chi-town momma said...

So adorable! That outfit is a cute one!!! Hugs to all!

Shell said...

She's such a doll!

It must have been such a relief to be able to ditch the pump!

Emmett Joseph said...

Cute outfit--maybe I do need a girl someday :) SHe is so completely adorable, D...I don't think I can wait much longer to see her!

Laura said...

Awww my sweet little niece nugget Charlotte. I wish I could hold her and snuggle her. :( She is so pretty like her momma. Love you guys!

Jessica said...

Hooray for ditching the medieval torture device! Um... I mean...the pump! Charlotte is a little sweetie. Love those toes! I sure hope our second is the easier one, too... : )

Epiphius said...

Hooray!

Deann said...

So sweet!!! :-)

Miss Mel said...

OH, those pics made me tear up!

Samantha @ Mama Notes said...

oh she is just gorgeous!! How beautiful!

I love her middle name Jane. That will be my girls' middle name one day too :)

Kat said...

Oh my goodness, she is ADORABLE! Beautiful baby!

Working Mommy said...

Don't you wish they could stay that small forever?!?! We were lucky with the babe too (who was 6lbs 9oz when she was born) when it came to sleeping...she has slept through the night - from about 8p-9a - since she was 5 weeks old. LOVE IT!

~WM

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