Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Three Weeks

My baby girl is 3 weeks old today!  And boy has she grown!
We had a pediatrician appointment this morning where she weighed in at 7 pounds, 14 ounces.  For the last few days I kept commenting on how big she has gotten, and now there is proof.  She is certainly filling out.  Look at those cheeks!   
At three weeks old she is still very much the same baby she was when she was born.  There aren't many new tricks to speak of.  Basically longer stretches of sleep (hooray!) and more alertness.  She loves to make funny faces, but that has always been true of Eleanor. 
I definitely think she is growing into her features a little bit more now.  Although, I still can't tell who she looks like.  Even individual features are hard to classify as either Alex or Tanya.  She came into this world as her very own person.
Clearly I can't get enough of this little girl, and I spend way too much time editing photos and making collages.  She is just so cute, I can't help myself.  While she is still gracing us with the occasional smile, in general, she is quite the serious baby.
I am hoping that won't stick around too much longer.  I am ready for giggles and coos. 
As I mentioned above, she has become quite the sleeper.  We almost have a routine, but I wouldn't bet on it yet.  She takes plenty of catnaps in the evening but usually I nurse her and she is out for the night around 9pm.  Alex and I also tend to go to bed with her.   Our first stretch of sleep is typically our longest, lasting four hours most nights.  Last night we got 4 1/2 hours!  We are usually up again around 1am to nurse and then she is right back to sleep.  I have to hand it to her, she really knows when it is nighttime.  Her eyes are always shut and she is fast asleep right after she eats.  No playtime, no cries.  She also is sleeping in her bassinet these days and I couldn't be happier. 

After her 1am feeding, she sleeps for about three more hours and we are up at 4:30 nursing again.  Her last stretch is typically her shortest, lasting anywhere from one to three hours.  By 6:30 or 7am we are up for the day. 

Of course Eleanor takes plenty of naps during the day as well.  She usually gets a good long one in the morning which allows me to shower and eat breakfast and catch up on blogs and emails.  After that we may have a few catnaps before a long afternoon nap.  By 4pm she is pretty much up with just 10 or 20 minute naps here and there until bedtime.  So far it is working really well for us.  But you know how routines go with newborns...well they are never quite routine!
We've started tummy time and while she is so strong and able to move her body quite a bit, she just really doesn't love it.  Evidence:
But we're working on it. 

Week Three was so much fun because of the holiday.  With it being Thanksgiving week, we had Alex home with us every day.  Then we had visitors all weekend long.  It just flew right by and now it is already Tuesday again.  This week might drag a little as it is just me and Eleanor at home together.  Soon enough we will have more fun visitors and another weekend with Alex!  While I am looking forward to that, I am trying not to wish the days away too quickly.  I need to cherish every bit of time with my baby girl!  Before you know it 3 weeks will be 3 years!

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