It’s hard to believe, but Paige is officially three weeks old! Here are a few quick updates on how she’s growing and changing:
This is Paige’s “I’m-older-and-wiser-now” face. She’s three weeks old already!
Paige had her two-week check-up earlier this week. She’s now 7 lbs, 15.5 oz and 20 inches long. Mom and Dad think that the new 3/4 inch is all in those long, skinny, kicky legs! Dr. Mulder says that Paige’s head control and neck strength are at a level that he’d expect to see by two months, so she’s getting quite strong for a little girl!
The most visible sign of Paige growing is her hair! When she was born, her hair didn’t reach her ears and now we brush it behind her ears. This girl is going to need a hair-cut before she can crawl, at this rate!
Paige has started to respond to some of the frequent kiss attacks from Daddy and Mommy with her priceless, toothless smile. She’s also started to “talk” more. She’s not cooing yet, but she’s recently discovered that she can make little sigh noises and sometimes we’re sure she’s just sighing to hear herself sigh. It’s pretty precious.
Paige is starting to have a lot more awake time during the day and it’s a lot of fun to see her discover ways to play and interact. She loves to sit up with the help of her Boppy and look around the living room (she loves our brightly colored living room walls). She also likes laying on her back on her play gym and looking at the different toys and patterns. Her favorite toy is a small stuffed cow rattle that can make different “crinkly” noises. She loves to lay on Mommy’s lap and follow the cow with her eyes.
She turns her head to respond to different sounds – especially Daddy or Mommy talking. Finally, she’s a rock star at studying people’s faces – especially ours – and also does really well tracking things with her eyes and by turning her head!
This week, Paige enjoyed her first Michigan Football game (she enjoyed it because she went to bed before it got really ugly) during her first play date with her friend Joel (it was his first U of M game, too!).
Thanks to Uncle Matt, Paige was able to sport some awesome “Wolverine Baby” fan gear (along with her ducky PJs) for her first U of M football game! Go Blue!
Paige also took her first trip to Mommy’s office at church, the BMV (we lead a glamorous life), and Meijer for grocery shopping. She’s getting all geared up for her first Sunday at church this week!
Paige also had her first professional photo shoot last week. Sweet Beth W. (who did an excellent job on our maternity photos) came by our house to snuggle with Paige and take some newborn photos of her. We’ll share them with you when they’re all ready, but for now please enjoy this awesome preview picture that Beth posted for us.
Early last week, we finally introduced the paci to Paige. She does really well with it. She doesn’t depend on it and she doesn’t have to have it all the time, but it is a good soother for her when she gets fussy (which is usually only when she has a bit of a gurgle-y belly). She really likes to hold on to the paci and she even likes to pull it out – but she needs to grow in motor skills a bit to master putting the paci back in. She tends to get a bit frantic when she pulls it out but can’t get it back!
In case you thought our growing baby wasn’t still tiny, please note the pacifier that looks like it’s eating her face!
Paige has also discovered that she really likes Raffi and the Pastoral Symphony from Handel’s Messiah. Raffi for play time, Handel for nap time.
Finally, Paige really likes the new way that Daddy swaddles her with her arms out. Just like Mommy, Paige prefers to sleep with her arms above her head.
A lot of you have been asking about how Paige is sleeping and the short answer is, she’s doing great! Paige consistently gives us two, four-hour blocks each night (four hours from start of feeding to start of feeding) and usually adds on another three-hour block in the morning. Our only struggle is getting her to start her night earlier – she’s a bit of a night owl. We’re getting better, though. Instead of 1 a.m., we’re now averaging about 10 p.m.
We’ve developed a bedtime routine of putting Paige in her PJs about 2 hours before we want her to go down. Then, she gets her last feeding about an hour before bedtime and then about a half-hour of snuggle time on Daddy’s chest. For almost a week, she’s been sleeping in her room instead of in the pack-n-play bassinet in our room and she’s sleeping much better now that she’s in her crib. (It makes Mommy a little sad to have her that far away, but I’m adjusting.)
We continue to be amazed by the way that Paige changes each day. One thing hasn’t changed – the way Mommy and Daddy love Paige more and more each day!
Grace and peace,