I meant to do these updates every four weeks, but somehow week 16 came and went without me finding the time to write! I blame school, which is finally done for the quarter (I start another class in just a couple weeks, but let's not talk about that, shall we?)
Weight: 12lbs 7oz (18th percentile)
Height: 24.5 inches (43rd percentile)
Head circumference: 41cm (55th percentile)
Amaliya Likes: Music and dancing, watching her daddy talk (he's a hand-talker, and his gestures just crack her up!), bath time, putting everything in her mouth, "standing" up while we hold her hands (her legs are ridiculously strong), being held up so she's taller than us, sitting on our laps during meals and watching us eat, her grandmas, faces (she loves reaching out to touch our lips, noses, eyes), watching us cook, watching just about anything in motion really, and being outside.
|Terrible picture, but LOOK how long her hair is when it's wet! It's insane. She also has her daddy's ears :-D|
Amaliya Dislikes: Getting dressed after bath time, sitting in her high chair, not being able to see people, being left to play by herself, sleeping in past 6am, being awake past 6pm, wearing socks.
Feeding: I'm back at work 5 days a week now, and let me just say, pumping breast milk for her is not as complicated as I thought it would be, but WAY more annoying than I anticipated. It's very much a mental block - sitting in the storage room amidst the dust and Christmas decorations and spider traps, exposing myself while listening to a meeting in the conference room across the hall, and trying to "relax." Right. But anyway, for now it's working. The schedule goes something like:
5:30 - 6:30am - I give her a solid feeding, and then top her off before I rush out the door to work. If she's been up every few hours to eat all night, she's not very hungry.
9am - 4oz bottle
11-12pm - I come home for lunch and breastfeed. Usually I just keep her on the breast until she falls asleep for her afternoon nap.
2pm - 4oz bottle
4pm - Breastfeed
5:30-6:30 - She gets a bath and I usually breastfeed to distract her while I detangle and comb out her hair (ridiculous). I then top her off right before she goes to bed.
She usually eats a couple times during the night as well, depending on how often she's up, and how restless. Feeding her is a lot less time-consuming these days; she only takes 5-10 minutes to eat instead of 20-30. I'm still planning to exclusively breastfeed for 6-months before we start solids. The pediatrician told us that we can start adding a bit of rice cereal to her bottles, but I'm inclined to skip that step - I don't like the idea of empty calories. We'll start her slowly on more nutritious solids soon enough, probably in late January.
Sleeping: Oh dear. Remember how in her 12 week update I was boasting about what a great sleeper she is? Yeah. I should have kept my big mouth shut. Pretty much right after that her sleep went epically to shit. I'm going to do a separate post just on her nighttime issues, so I won't get into it too much now. Over the last couple of days things have slightly improved, so we'll see what happens...
|I'm pretty sure she got dressed in the dark here - there's no other explanation for why she's rocking a sherpa hat and Saturday Night Fever pants simultaneously.|
|Another bold fashion statement.|
What's new?: So much! All of a sudden, my tiny baby girl seems ginormous and incredibly independent. She has awesome head and neck control so I can just throw her up on my hip and carry her around. She reaches out to grab everything, and everything goes directly into her mouth. She's discovered how to stick out her tongue and blow raspberries, and to make a super high-pitched pterodactyl-esque shrieking sound. She babbles - lots of "gah"s and "bah"s and "goo"s. If I stand her up on a soft surface, like the bed, and hold her hands, she can stand up by herself. She laughs, not often and usually at very unexpected things, but it is the most beautiful sound. She's almost ALMOST rolling over from back to front.
The biggest change is how hyper-aware of her environment she is now. She no longer tolerates being left on her playmat or sitting in the high chair while we get stuff done. She wants to be close to the action. Especially when one of us is in the kitchen making something, she's not happy unless someone is holding her up so she can see what's happening on the stove/sink/counter. She watches intently when someone enters or leaves a room. She's having the beginnings of separation anxiety - if she can't see or hear me, she's fine being held by anyone; as soon as she sees me though, she starts crying until I come hold her. Gone are the naps in the Baby Hawk while we go out for coffee and grocery shopping - she can't stop staring at people walking by, she's fascinated by cars - I doubt she blinks, let alone close her eyes long enough to sleep. The world is just far too interesting to miss a moment.
And Mom? I'm fine, really. The sleep deprivation is taking a toll and going back to work has been a major adjustment, but... so it goes. I'm excited for the holidays but equally excited for it to be OVER. I'm looking forward to February - as troubling and stressful as it will be to send my sweet beastie girl to daycare, I'm anxious to take the plunge and finally establish a routine. I'm still counting my blessings every day for this loud, willful, introverted, serious, joyful, curious, adaptable, gorgeous little person whose personality becomes a bit more intricate every day. I can't imagine my life without her. I CAN imagine my life with more sleep though. One day at a time :-)
|I love her so.|