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Daphne Anne: One Month

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Weight: 8 lbs. 6 oz. (at her last appointment)

Height: 20.5 in.

Sleep: The first few weeks we were trying to get her weight back up (she had lost about 14% of her birth weight) so we were nursing every 2 hours with one 3-4 hour stretch at night. Now that her weight isn't a concern anymore, she sleeps after her last feeding of the day (between 9-10 pm) for 5-7 hours.

Eating: Daphne basically stopped nursing around day three (which from what I've read is the hardest day for nursing mommas). It was a super stressful time! We even fed Daphne breast milk from a dropper while at the breast, to try to make sure she was getting something. Our pediatrician told us it was crucial to go to a lactation consultant as soon as possible. The lactation consultant made me feel better by telling me that I was doing everything right, but Daphne was just a lazy sucker and had a high palette. She had me start using a nipple guard and put us on a strict feeding routine (offer one breast, then give …

On Being a Mom...

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"Once you see her, you'll be so overwhelmed with love for her."
"You don't even know how much you're going to love her until she gets here."
"It's going to be crazy how much you will instantly love her!"
These are a few of the things that people said to me about the arrival of my daughter and how a Mother's love is so instantaneous and so strong. I guess I believed them, but there really isn't a way to understand how you're going to love someone that you really don't know yet. 
My husband and I were talking about our daughter's birth the other day and we both agreed that the second we laid eyes on her, we loved her. But we also had no clue who this little person was.
It's strange to look down at this little baby that you've been carrying for 9 months and who you honestly and truly love, but....who are they?
My daughter is only three weeks old. 
But I know her gassy smile.  I know her coughing face when she swall…