Words really can't express what the first month has been like with a newborn. My oh my how your life totally changes! So much for watching TV when you want to, run to the grocery store 'real quick' to pick up a few things, eat dinner without any interruptions, sleep though the night, feel rested, have the laundry completed or no dishes in the sink, and the list goes on... It's so hard to imagine that this is only a "season" in our lives and it will change all before we know it. But for now, I wouldn't change a thing...except the sleep thing!
Right now (and I say that because tomorrow it will probably change...) Claire takes 2 naps during the day, typically lasting 1-2 hours in length and sleeps from about 9pm-9am waking 2-3 times in between. She's a very good eater and already weighs 11lbs (her birth weight was 8lbs 4oz) and is 21.5 inches long (birth length was 20.5 inches). She has started smiling more often, especially once she's had a full feeding. She coos and makes squeaking noises when she's happy and curls her bottom lip when she's fussy and crying.
Here are some things Claire loves to do...
-lay on her changing table and look out the window
-get a bottle from her daddy each night
-go on walks in the evening
lick kiss from her sister Abby on the head
-be rocked to sleep from her mom
-eat. eat. EAT!
-lay in her crib and stare at the polka dot pattern on her bumper pad
Here are a few more newborn pictures taken by the lovely photographer (and fellow co-worker) Mariel: