Today I’m sharing a little update on Miss Emma Grace!
Our beautiful girl turned 10 weeks old on Tuesday, Feb 24th. It is so hard to believe she is already past 2 months! She just grows so much each week.
Right now Emma weighs 11 lbs., 5 oz. The doctor said she is looking great and healthy. But before I give too much current info, let me tell you about the first few weeks of Emma’s life.
The first 7-8 weeks Emma had colic (BAD), and it hit its peak at about 6 weeks. Things were so hard! We had many sleepless nights, lots of crying (from Emma too 😉 ), and we just felt helpless all the time. (For all you mommas whose babies have gone through colic, I totally understand your pain now!) The worst part about it is we knew the poor baby was hurting, but there was nothing we could do to soothe her for a few hours each night. Even during most days she was gassy and fussy when she was awake. My husband and I honestly didn’t think we would ever have a happy baby. But, when she hit about 8 weeks, there was hope! She quit fussing so much during the day and was actually content. And the night screaming had finally stopped. We are so glad to finally say that the colic is gone and she really is a normal, happy baby! LOL.
(^After her first Sunday church service^)
(^Before her first Wednesday church service^)
Emma started smiling around 6 1/2 weeks, and it was the sweetest thing I had ever seen! It made my heart melt. Since I worked full-time before she was born, I would be returning after about 7 weeks of maternity leave. I was so worried she would smile the first time when I was’t home. Luckily I got to see it while I was home and now she smiles all the time 🙂 I can’t wait until she starts laughing!
Emma’s sleeping patterns are a bit complicated right now. While she had colic, the only way she would sleep was on my chest. And since we all needed sleep to stay sane, I had to do what I had to do. Unfortunately, since the colic just recently went away, she is still sleeping this way, so my husband and I are starting this week to try and get her to sleep in her cradle. I’ve purchased a baby monitor that detects sound and movement so I can have peace of mind at night. I am going to have some separation anxiety from her not sleeping with me though. That was always our special time, and with me being back at work, I don’t get to see her as often, so I cherish bedtime even more now. But, I don’t want this habit to continue because she needs to learn how to sleep in her own bed. Wish us luck! I know it will be a process.
Emma’s eating patterns right now are normal according to her doctor. She eats about 4 oz. of formula and cereal mixture every 3 1/2 to 4 hours. She’s a hungry little munchkin! She wakes up during the night to eat too, but hopefully she will start sleeping through the night very soon.
(^One of her favorite faces to make! LOL^)
One thing that has changed in the past couple weeks is her distaste for diaper changes. When we used to change her, she would throw a huge fit! She hated her tush to be exposed. But now, she’s fine as long as she is not hungry and you talk to her. However, bath time… I can not say the same for! She has always hated taking baths, and that has not changed. She screams the whole time during the bath and while I’m lotioning her up after. I don’t know if it scares her or what, but its not a fun time. Hopefully she will learn to enjoy it, especially when she can play with toys in the tub.
Emma has a really strong neck! She’s held her up really well since she was 3 weeks old, and it just gets better each week. She can sit in a Bumbo seat already and loves watching cartoons. She coos at the TV screen when they’re on. Some of her favorites (we think) are Micky Mouse and Winnie The Pooh. But honestly, she loves to watch anything colorful on the TV. We’ll know her true favorites when shes a little older 😉
I think that about sums up our little Emma Grace right now. She’s a bundle of joy and love and we can’t get enough of her!