And just like that.. our baby girl has turned a month old already! A month’s worth of sleepless nights, dirty diapers, round-the-clock breastfeeding, crying spells, innocent giggles, stolen smiles and hearty laughs. Most importantly, it’s been a month of learning no school can ever teach. I’ll be honest and save the magical feelings that we all know and hear when we talk about babies.
Of course, it’s a wonderful and magnificent experience, no doubt, maybe the most wonderful of all feelings you can ever feel. But it’s also a lot of hardwork, patience, understanding and sacrifice, which in my opinion, make the experience richer and even more meaningful. I wholeheartedly salute all moms in the world now more than ever because finally I’ve seen and felt how it is to be one, even if I’ve only just begun.
On Tough Times. Selene
is such a good baby! She only cries when she’s hungry and has really soiled nappies. During the past days though, since she turned a month old, we’ve been experiencing nightly fussiness that keeps her up for almost three hours with crying spells in between. I
t’s the toughest time we’ve been through since she was born. We suspect it’s a growth spurt or trouble sleeping but who really knows? My husband calls me crazy for being so obsessive, looking up things online trying to find an answer to every little thing. I didn’t listen, of course. I went on forums, read up on other moms’ experiences, etc. I found it very relieving to know that I wasn’t alone in my confusion, being a first time mom and all.
On Other People’s Advice.
We’ve observed how our baby girl loves
sleeping on Daddy’s or Mommy’s chest, which I find absolutely precious
. We hear a lot of critique on this — “She’ll be used to that, don’t spoil her. She won’t be able to sleep if it’s not on your chests. You’ll have a hard time.”
Or something to that version. Well, I’m on the part of the spectrum where I think and firmly believe that at this stage, a baby can’t
be spoiled yet.
It’s a different ball game altogether when she’s in the later months onwards though. So to all moms who hear this crap
your newborn, don’t even listen. Babies need to be cuddled, hugged and responded to — it’s but natural.
On Great Feats
. Waking up every 2 hours to breastfeed goes up to my triumphs-in-life cabinet being a deep sleeper pre-pregnant days. I also salute my husband who’s even a deeper sleeper (the world would end and he’d still be sleeping peacefully) but wakes me up when I don’t wake up and skips sleep to soothe baby Selene when she’s having a rough night.
As a result of this experience, Enzo
and I are even closer than ever. We laugh together, we feel like crying together. There was one time he was changing Selene’s diaper after I had just breastfed her, both of us sleepy almost as if we were robots, when suddenly baby girl drops a wet poopy in a projectile manner
Thankfully, Enzo saved us from a poopy bed as he hasn’t taken out her diaper yet due to his half-awake-half-asleep-sluggishness. That kept us laughing for a good while there. Priceless moments like these I won’t ever exchange for anything else.
In summary, I can say the first month has been a wild rollercoaster
ride. A whole lot of sugar
with a tiny bit of spice
which only adds to the flavor of it all. After the jump are a few of her first month birthday photos.
First month birthday celebration
. This is a 3 – 6 months dress that surprisingly already fits her.
Her second birthday month cake bought for her by Grandma Gigi. It’s a face of a bear with a party hat in front.
Birthday (1 month) girl.
The princess in her dress!