We have had a great first month with Ella, but it has absolutely flown by. Ella pretty much slept through the first 3 weeks. In the beginning, she slept 22 hours a day. At 6 weeks, Ella is awake more often, but only remains awake for 20 - 30 minutes at a time. She started smiling socially last week. It is so adorable when her eyes light up and a smile spreads across her little face.
Aleck is adjusting to life with Ella, but he remains a bit jealous and requires, make that demands, lots of attention these days. As challenging as it is to leave the house with a newborn and a 2 year-old, I have found that if Aleck gets to run a little every morning, it makes the day so much better! We have become regulars at Boomerangs, an indoor play gym. The other day Aleck took small rocks out of the gas fireplace insert and I caught him putting them in Ella's mouth. Luckily, I caught him just as he was about to put the second rock in her mouth and I was able to get the first one out before Ella swallowed it. I freaked out! I no longer leave the two alone in the same room.
For the first few weeks, Ella was plagued with constant diarrhea and a diaper rash. After the third doctor visit, we discovered that Ella does not tolerate dairy products in my diet. Her diarrhea has improved big time since I gave up dairy products, but she developed a rash after I started drinking soy milk so I suspect she doesn't tolerate soy either. We have an appointment with a pediatric dermatologist next week and I pray the rash is not the beginning of eczema. Aleck has battled with eczema, but thankfully it is much improved with only an occasional flare-up.
At five weeks, Ella started sleeping 4 to 6 hours straight at night. Yay!!! Aleck sleeps right through Ella's 2 a.m. wake-up cry for a diaper change and feeding. I only hope Ella is as sound a sleeper since for some unknown reason, Aleck thinks that all doors in the house should be closed at all times, and slamming doors is a sound that frequently resonates through our home.
We had some professional pictures done when Ella was a week old and I have posted some but you can see the entire shoot at
http://beebeebrooks.smugmug.com/gallery/9243289_J3s7D#617113037_Cb8h7 Hope you enjoy. Unfortunately, Eryn had to work and couldn't make the photo shoot.
Now that I am not so sleep deprived, I will try to post more often.