I’m sure I’m going to say this every month, but the past month with Gracie has just been the best. She has grown and changed so much! It makes me sad that she’s no longer my brand new baby, but so excited to see how her personality will develop in the coming months.Now that she’s a little older and we’re feeling more confident as parents, we’ve been able to get out and do more with Grace. We took a road trip to St. Louis when she was around 5 weeks old and she did great in the car! We also have been out to dinner a few times and each time she’s done so well.
Her Disposition: Grace is still a chill baby. She has her fussy moments, but for the most part she’s a calm, happy baby. When she is fussy it’s usually because she’s tired, hungry or going through a growth spurt. (The Wonder Weeks app is great for tracking growth spurts.) We know that if she doesn’t nap in the afternoon she’s likely going to be fussy in the early evening, so we try to make sure she gets in a long nap in the afternoon. She started smiling a couple weeks ago and it’s the best ever! She thinks it’s so funny when we touch her nose and will always give us big smiles. She also started to frown, and I think it might be even cuter than her smile.
Daytime Routine: Our days are so busy! I joined two different new mom groups and now we have playdates and brunches with all our new friends every week. I joke that Gracie has a busier social life than me! We wake up around 7 most days and she spends time with Brett before he goes to work. I love listening to the two of them “talk” while I get ready for the day. He’s just the sweetest with her! Now that I have been cleared to work out, a few days a week we’ll go to Bar Method in the mornings. There is child care at the studio so I can drop Grace off and take class while she naps. At home we’ll do tummy time, read books and have “music time.” Grace loves her musical play mat and never seems to tire of kicking at the keys making noise.
Nighttime Routine: Grace is still sleeping great, but we’re trying to get her to sleep longer at night. She usually gives us one five or six hour stretch after we put her down between 7 and 8, and then will wake up a second time three or four hours later. We’ve tried putting her down later or waking her up to eat before we go to bed, but she still ends up waking twice at night so now we just let her sleep. I’m hoping that in the next couple weeks she’ll start dropping one night feeding more consistently.
Best Moment: I’ve loved making new mom friends through the mom groups I’ve joined. I look forward to our meetings each week and leave feeling more confident about how I’m doing as a mom to Grace and partner to Brett. I don’t think these last four weeks would have been as enjoyable had it not been for this group of women and their babies.
Worst Moment: When Grace went through her first growth spurt (or “leap” according to the Wonder Weeks) she just wanted to be held all day long for a few days in a row. On the last morning of the leap she was screaming non stop and I couldn’t get her to calm down. I had my first new mom meeting that afternoon and I didn’t know if I would even be able to go if I couldn’t get her to settle. It was my most stressful mom moment so far, but luckily once I got her in the carseat and started driving she fell asleep. We were driving to St. Louis that evening and I don’t think we would have made it had she not settled down. She was back to her normal self the next day though and we were able to have a great time in St. Louis. It’s just so hard seeing your baby clearly so upset, but not be able to console them!