Elena is one month old (also 4 weeks 3 days) today! Her one-month checkup is on Thursday. This has definitely been one of the fastest months of my life.
We are starting to settle into a bit of a routine, although I am still taking things a bit slow as I continue to recover.
Since Elena started life in the NICU, she was put on a schedule right away, and we’ve mostly been able to maintain that. She eats and gets her first dose of Digoxin at 6:30 a.m. and eats again every 3 hours thereafter. She mostly still sleeps in between, though she generally has a couple hours of alert time first thing in the morning and sometimes in the early evening as well. Liam wakes her some on the week-ends, but she is mostly able to sleep through anything once she gets into a deep sleep. She is also taking more and more of an interest in her surroundings, and so she will start to fall asleep and then see something that interests her, causing her to stay awake a bit longer.
We saw our first “reflex” smile the day she was born, but she is starting to smile intentionally. This has been going on for about a week now, maybe a little longer. She will sometimes smile at us if we talk to her and smile at her, and she usually has a smile for the ceiling fan.
I haven’t heard any cooing yet, but she is starting to make noises while awake that aren’t grunts. She also makes little noises while she is sleeping.
Liam still loves his baby sister. When he gets home each day, he goes looking for her. He also loves to hold her (with assistance, of course!).
I look forward to watching her grow and develop as each month passes, though I’m not rushing it!
Here a couple pictures I took today. This is the same outfit she wore home from the hospital, though it fits her a little better now than it did then!