The percentages are all based on Full Term babies; they do not have a standard for preemies.
Well Checkup- 6 days post birth date
Head Circumference- 33.1 cm (11%)
Length- 19 ½ inches (18%)
Weight- 5 lbs 10 oz (3%)
Likes: Cuddling with mommy and daddy, being held, falling asleep on daddy’s chest, bath time, staring at bright colors and patterns, stroller rides, and chilling in her car seat.
Dislikes: Her swing and bouncer, pacifiers, bottles, and being cold.
It’s so hard to believe that the first month went by as fast as it did! Makenzie was born on a Thursday and we were able to leave the hospital on Sunday afternoon. It was hot and muggy (go figure) and a summer storm was brewing. When we left, Makenzie weighed 5 lbs 5 oz and at her well check 3 days later, she had already gotten to 5 lbs 10 oz. Her pediatrician was impressed and wanted to know what she was eating!! Brian was able to take 2 weeks off of work when we first got home and it helped so much! As a first time mom I was nervous as ever with both of our families being in WI and us living in Iowa but each day was a new day, new experience with something to learn and we both leaned heavily on each other which was so important.
Once Brian returned back to work my mom graciously came down for a week to stay with us. We went for walks, took a drive to Madison for the day, made dinner, went shopping, and just hung out. It doesn’t matter if you are 3 years old or 30 years old, sometimes you just need your mom.
Overall, Makenzie is an awesome sleeper! We put her in her crib from the first night and I think that has helped her grow comfortable being in her room. We were advised that we needed to wake her every 4 hours for the first 4 weeks to eat. We did that for the first 3 weeks after which we let her sleep and let her wake us up if she was hungry at night. We were both confident that she was gaining weight great and she was! Once we started to let her sleep she would go 5-6 hours straight of sleep at night which made both Brian and I very happy and feeling very rested.
We did notice that when awake she seems a bit fussier than the normal baby. It seems she is having a lot of stomach issues as she tends to pull her legs up and cry in pain, which completely breaks my heart. We have tried massages and gas drops but nothing seems to help. Her fussy time is definitely worse in the evening.
At 5 weeks old we took Makenzie in for a checkup as she was having increasingly more issues with her tummy. Her pediatrician said the dreaded “colic” word and said that it should resolve within the next 3 months. On the plus side, she was eating great and had already put on 3 lbs since we left the hospital!