Our baby girl turned one month old this week! How did this happen?? I feel like this brand new, confusing little being was just placed in my arms yesterday, and now she’s basically going to kindergarten. People told me that time would fly, but I never thought that could be true with the sleepless nights and endless days. And, you know, we’re still exhausted, but I guess that’s making the days blend together until…BAM! Before I know it, we’re at the one month mark and our lives are so incredibly different in the best way possible.
This month, Tallulah loves her bouncy seat, Daddy’s voice, riding in the car, bath time, staring at us defiantly at 3 AM, and Kanye West. She hates cold wipes, poopy diapers that aren’t changed immediately, Mommy going away for surgery and Starbucks.
We struggled to get this whole breastfeeding thing down in the very beginning, but after a few trips to the lactation consultant, we figured this elusive business out. Lula is now a nursing pro, and as a result, she’s getting to be quite a big girl. According to her doctor on Tuesday, she’s now 10 pounds, 13 ounces and 23 3/4 inches. And let me tell you, my arms feel it when I’m nursing! I’ve taken to calling her Chunky and Chunks Magoo as nicknames, but Joe and my mom have warned me that I’ll need to get out of that habit before she understands what I mean. I don’t want to give her a complex or anything.
Her looks seem to be changing every day. Her hair was dark brown and her eyes were a dark blue-ish grey when she first arrived. Now, her roots are coming in light brown and her eyes are sometimes green, sometimes brown and sometimes blue. I’m so excited to see what she ends up looking like, but I know that whatever her coloring, she’ll be beautiful. She already is the most beautiful baby in the world! (But I may be a little biased.)
I know newborns don’t really have personalities yet, but I’m pretty sure this little girl is going to be a ham. She makes the funniest faces and movements, and Joe and I have the best time narrating the thoughts that must be behind them. My favorite of her poses is her full body stretch that is reminiscent of her Uncle Bryan, with pursed lips and her hands way up in the air. It’s a real crowd pleaser, and I think she knows it because she always does it at just the right time. Tallulah is also very alert and observant - more so than I thought she would be at this age. She tracks our voices and movements across the room, and she perks right up if one of us comes back after being gone for awhile. It’s quite the ego booster.
This little one is definitely a mommy’s girl, if I do say so myself. She fusses pretty quickly if anyone else holds her for too long. The only exceptions are Joe, of course, and my mom, but even then she starts to resemble that baby from the Disney Dinosaurs show (you know, “Not the mama! Not the mama!”) after awhile. Her favorite place to be is on my chest, giving me a full body hug, and that is my favorite place, too. I love nothing more than to cuddle Lula all day long if she’ll have me. Like I said before, the days and weeks (and now months!) are going by so quickly, so I want to take in her chubby baby cheeks and the sweet smell of her fuzzy, perfect skin while I still can. This has been the best time of our lives, and it’s only getting better.