At Home

We came home Wednesday and have been busy getting all settled in and used to being a family of four.

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and then, she {snapped}

Caroline is such a sweet, happy baby during the day. She’s a great nurser and is thrilled to spend her time being held and cuddled, but she’ll also nap very well in her swing or on the couch on her own.

For the last two nights though she’s been wide awake and doesn’t want to let us put her down in her bassinet in our bedroom.

The first night we had her swaddled like all new babies should be (right?) and she wasn’t happy. She likes to have her hands right up at her face so we decided to try keeping her unswaddled the second night.

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That didn’t change a thing. She still wanted me to hold her all night.

But then this morning Andrew came in and was making tons of noise, I turned the TV and the lights on and put her down in her bouncy seat and she went right to sleep.

So maybe she just doesn’t like it to be too quiet and dark? She has to be used to hearing Andrew all the time anyway, so maybe peace and quiet is just too unsettling for her?

As I’m typing this Andrew and Brian are playing dinosaurs with lots of roaring and loud noises and jumping and there’s music on the stereo and Caroline has slept through it all without even making a peep.

We’re going to try the white noise machine and a night light tonight. Let’s hope that’ll help.

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I’m pretty sure she’s the most beautiful baby girl I’ve ever seen, but I’m a little biased. :)

The most amazing thing about her is how small she is. Andrew was 8 lbs, 6 oz and Caroline was 6 lbs, 14 oz and has dropped down to 6 lbs, 6 oz and she is seriously the smallest baby I’ve ever held. She likes to keep her feet crossed and her legs pulled right up to her bottom so she’s about a foot long most of the time.

I have very few outfits that are small enough for her. I’ve been keeping her in little sleep sacks, but they just swallow her up. I’m looking forward to getting her into all those pretty dresses in her closet!

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Comments

  1. says

    Oh my! She is the prettiest newborn I’ve ever seen. Such a sweet face. And I love the name.
    And when I read this I had this total ah-ha moment – you may have just described why my son never slept as a newborn!! (As a first time mom there is so much you don’t even think of. And I SO didn’t think that it might be TOO quiet for him.) Good luck with the sleeping. I had to hold Max to get him to sleep and nap for the first year of his life. I kid you not! It was awful. Gives me shivers just thinking about it!
    A

  2. says

    What a stunning baby girl you have, congratulations! I love the first photo. The peaceful expression and the detail on her skin are amazing. Thank you for sharing!

  3. says

    She is so beautiful, Meagan. I would highly recommend getting the white noise machine – they’re like little miracle machines! Lol. Good luck with the sleep issues. Perhaps she just needs a few weeks to adjust to life on the outside. ;-)

  4. says

    Caroline is so beautiful! The first photo is absolutely wonderful. She looks nicely filled out, even if smaller. My first two were 8 lb, 9oz and 9 lb, 2oz, then we had twins, each a little over 5 lb. I felt like I was playing with dolls.

    Hopefully sleep patterns will settle in soon.

  5. says

    Oh my, she is GORGEOUS!!!!!!

    And you’ve captured her beauty so perfectly.

    You are in for a lot of fun!

    When my grandbabies were born we had to get premie clothes/dresses at first.

    Enjoy that precious bundle!!

    Congrats…

  6. says

    Noah was 6 lbs 8 oz when he was born. He was SO TINY. And I think he dropped to 6 lbs 5 oz when he was a few days old. We used the White Noise Machine with him, too and it helped a LOT. Good luck, girl! You’re going to nail it.

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