Our newest addition Arbor is officially one month old. It feels like we just met her yesterday, but it’s been five weeks since she graced us with her presence.
Arbor’s One Month Old Stats
Weight – 11lbs 1/2 oz – 89%
Height – 22.25 in – 91%
Head – 38.5cm – 94%
See how Arbor compares to her sisters at the same age here.
I am currently trying out a dairy free diet while exclusively breastfeeding Arbor. She has shown signs of colic, excessive spit-up and gas, and skin rashes. She’s had a few diapers with what looks to be mucous in her stool as well – which is a sign of an allergy. Annabelle and Ailey had dairy allergies during infancy so it’s very possible Ailey has one as well. The pediatrician has also prescribed Pepcid twice a day to help with possible acid reflux. It’s hard to determine what is causing her obvious discomfort at this age though!
Six Weeks Old Traits
Arbor loves four things: eating, bath time, undisturbed sleeping and having her diaper changed on the changing table. We all know it’s really hard to write about a six week old since her likes and dislikes aren’t very established at this age. We love her grins – which started around 4 1/2 weeks. Her smiles are mainly reserved for before/after she goes to the bathroom, but over the weekend we noticed a few smiles just for us!
She is still figuring out the world! New sounds can either be alarming or go unnoticed. Speaking of sounds, Arbor loves to listen to white noise on the Hatch to go to sleep, running water during bath time, and the shusher when we are in the car. I forgot how much noise is important to a newborn in terms of routine or feeling safe.
Arbor is very vocal and in tune with how she feels (haha). She lets us know when she has a dirty diaper or wants to eat, if she has an upset belly or needs to burp. We call Arbor “the hawk” because of the sound she makes when she is yelling. She is also quite the grumbler and grunter – reserving those sounds for nighttime to let us know she is in need of something.
Arbor and Her Sisters
Everyone wants to know how Annabelle and Ailey are doing with Arbor. For the most part, the sisters are great together! Annabelle loves to hold Arbor and Ailey really enjoys reading books to her sister. It is difficult for everyone though – routines are often thrown out the window if baby Arbor needs Mom or Dad. I am so impressed with how they handle the nights I can’t come to tuck them in or help with bath time.
Annabelle and Ailey have shown us how responsible they can be since Arbor came home from the hospital. They get themselves ready for school and for bed without any complaints – it’s great! They are also becoming self motivated to do things we’ve always had to bribe them to do, like help with chores around the house.