Our sweet little nugget is already one month old. We have soaked up as much of her newborn stage as we could, and I can already tell she’s starting to transition out of that newborn stage and in to the “baby” stage.
She doesn’t express much of her personality yet, but she’s given us little sneak peeks of that lately with some smiles. Sometimes she gives us what we call her “happy face”. It’s not a full blown smile, but almost a quarter smile and her eyes just light up. She’s starting to be able to make out our faces more, and probably recognize our voices, and she’s giving us a little bit of sparkle when we speak to her.
Starting out we had trouble finding a formula that was working for her. She was having lots of gas and spitting up SO VERY MUCH and was really fussy and uncomfortable. We have since found Gerber Soothe and it’s been a total game changer for us. She still passes gas but she never cries like it hurts her. She seems much happier and we haven’t had her cry from being in pain or uncomfortable since we started her on this formula. She still spits up, and I know babies spit up normally, but we were having what seemed like excessive spit ups and they’d happen up to 2 hours after she’d eaten sometimes. We are dealing with that little bit, but are working towards helping that out in other ways. All in all, she’s a MUCH happier baby and I’m so thankful found this formula for her!
Another game changer for us has been using Mustela Cleansing Water for clearing up her “baby acne” and for keeping her clean between feedings. She held out as long as she could with great complexion, but it’s just unavoidable I think. I had read about this cleansing water that was supposed to work great on cleaning up their skin, and also work really well for just cleaning them daily with spit ups or daily life, etc. We got it and gave it a shot and it’s amazing. I had gone a couple days without using it, and her face broke out pretty bad. I went back to using it and the next day her skin was as clear as could be. It smells SO GOOD, too. I usually wash her face and around her neck every time we change her diaper. I use a baby wash cloth and put the cleansing water on that and wipe off all around her face and her neck and chest. It’s just a good time for me to remember to do it all at once. We loved this product so much that we ended up ordering her the Mustela brand for her shampoo, body wash, and lotion too.
We weighed her this week to see where she’s at, and she’s up to 11 pounds. I’m anxious to see what percentile she is at her next appointment. I can tell she’s really plumping up and looking chunky, and I love it. Tristan was always low on the percentile chart and Kate was always high, I wonder if we’ll have another tall girl!
Speaking of Tristan and Kate, they’ve been the best helpers. They just love her so much. They always tell me when I pick them up from school that they’ve missed her and thought about her all day. haha. Kate is more of a hands on helper than Tristan is. Tristan was afraid to pick her up in the beginning. I think he was afraid he was going to hurt her. As time has passed he’s becoming more confident, but he’s still not 100% comfortable picking her up. Kate on the other hand has zero reservations whatsoever about picking her up, carrying her around, bouncing her up and down, feeding her and burping her, etc. She’s almost not careful enough sometimes. I think when Harper gets older and is more steady that Kate will put her on her hip and just take off with her.
Patches has just started warming up to her. He will sit beside us on the couch when she’s with us, but he really has nothing to do with her. In my mind I thought he was going to be all about her, and sit next to her or lay next to her all the time, etc. He doesn’t even give her the time of day most days. Lately though, he’s really coming around and it’s so sweet. He’s been laying BESIDE me on the bed at night (because her bed is close to me), and will also lay up next to me when I’m feeing her. This week Shelby was holding her on the couch and he got up and snuggled his way in-between Shelby and I and rested his head on Harpers foot. It was so sweet. He’s been laying next to her things and even laying on her blanket when we picked her up this past week. Hopefully this is the start of something good! I’d love to see them be best buddies.
We sure are happy she’s here with us. There was a time during my pregnancy that I wasn’t even sure that she’d be here at all. I feel like I kept her at a distance my whole pregnancy, not letting myself get too attached to her because I was afraid something was going to happen to her. Now I am able to really let the fact that she’s here soak in and just enjoy all the moments. I’m so very thankful for that. I’ve wanted three kids for as long as I can remember, and I didn’t know that I’d get three. Sometimes I have to pinch myself that my little dream came true!