Today, November 14 marks Alayna's 4 th week of life!!! If this is any sign to come on how fast time goes when you have a child I think she will be one year old in a blink of an eye. Let me just state that Maria and I have loved Alayna before she was even here on the outside but since she is with us that love for her is unspeakable. We both could not imagine life without her now. She has consumed every part of our heart, our time we spend together, our thoughts, and even our sleep.
Alayna though is a very good sleeper. She only wakes when she has a dirty diaper or is hungry. On most days she will give us a good 4 hours of sleep before she cries to let her daddy know its time to change her diaper. Yes, I am one of those dad's who gets up in the middle of the night and changes their child. So give me some credit for that. Not saying I deserve it but I have heard stories where it is all placed on the mother's shoulder to get up all through the night. Maria and I though have actually been sharing in all of Alayna's diapers. We have a schedule I change her on weekdays when I get home from work until the time I go back to work. So my shift is from about 5 pm to 7 am. Then Maria takes over until I get home and trust me she lets me know that she appreicates when I come through that door.
As far as Alayna being feed that is all Maria. I change the diaper and hand her off to be breast feed so I am out of the feeding equation. But we have already started Alayna on feeding from a bottle and she takes it just fine. We started adding probiotics in a little breastmilk to help with the diaper rash that she had for the last 3 weeks. Thank God your diaper rash is getting better Alayna.
Also, Alayna loves to suck. Well imagine that she is a baby. We were told by everyone if you plan to breast feed no pacifiers. I was in agreement on that but I actually gave in when we were in the hospital. If anyone has ever heard of cluster feeding that's when we had to give in. But she loves her sucker thats what I call her pacifier and has no nipple confusion at all. I guess we are pretty thankful she takes anything a bottle, a sucker, and loves to breast feed.
We have noticed that Alayna is growing and gaining weight especially when I look at the pictures that we first took of her. She still however fits in newborn clothes but she is almost getting to big. She was born weighing 6 pounds 9 ounces and left the hospital at 6 pounds even. She now weighs about 8 pounds 9 ounces. Alayna loves to eat as you can tell. She takes after her dad!! We can also tell that she is getting longer as well but we have not measured her. This weekend she will be going to her 1 month checkup so we will get all the offical measurements.
Alayna loves to look around but she also finds something in a room and focus in on it. I know for one thing she loves what I call Mr. Fan. We basically have a ceiling fan in every room of the house and it seems like her eyes always gravitate to them. If she is upset I will hold her up and say look at Mr. Fan you love him. I know I am nuts. But not only does she focus on the fan she will just stare off and look at something. I try to get on her eye level and look at what she is viewing but sometimes I really have no idea what she is locked in on.
Maria and I could not be more happier right now in our life holding our little miracle Alayna. We just cannot imagine she is a month old now!!!!!!
As always I have pictures to share. These photos were taken over the weekend by my sister in law. I could have posted 50 photos but I narrowed it down to 4.