Addison Grace: 1 month old

On Thursday, Addison turned 1 month old!

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In some ways, it’s hard to believe that it’s already been a month.

In other ways, it feels like it’s been closer to a year since we first met our little girl!

Here are some things we’ve discovered about Addie this month:

  • She is an alert and active little girl.  When she’s awake, her eyes are always wide open and checking out her environment!

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  • She is quite the restless sleeper.  She constantly moves and makes noises … which means that mommy and daddy are continuously checking the monitor to see what she’s doing!

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  • She is freakishly strong.  Seriously.  I know some people might not believe me, but the child somehow managed to roll from her belly to her back last week!  My mom had her on her belly in the pack & play.  She left the room and when she returned, Addie was on her back! 

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  • She has a little birthmark on her head.  Fortunately, if it doesn’t go away, her hair will cover it!  But for now, it’s pretty darn cute!

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  • Girlfriend goes through diapers like its her job.  She also manages to get spit up, pee, or poo on every piece of clothing that comes within 10 feet of her. Winking smile  Needless to say, our washing machine has been going nonstop recently!

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, taking care of a newborn has been more challenging than I had expected.  And that’s putting it mildly …

So I wanted to share a few things that have helped us survive this first month.  Now, I realize that every baby is different.  So these things may not work for other babies.  But I’m sharing anyway because if I can help one new mom, then I’ll feel like I’ve made a difference!

  • For her gas and hiccups, we’ve been using Colic Calm.  It’s not cheap, and it’s also a pain because it’s black.  So it can be messy.  But I like that it’s all natural, and it does seem to be helping.  It hasn’t been a miracle cure, but I have noticed a difference!
  • I mentioned before that Addie is Houdini when it comes to breaking out of swaddles.  But I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that she sleeps SO much better when swaddled.  So I finally found a blanket that keeps her pretty secure.  The blanket can be bought at the momsoncall website.  And their tutorial on how to use it has also been very helpful, so I’m including it below!

  • I’m also finding the book featured on the momsoncall website to be incredibly helpful with trying to establish a sleep schedule for Addie.  We’re still working through the kinks, but we’re getting there!
  • A sound machine that makes white noise has also been key for us.  I turn it up as loud as it will go and set it near her crib for all naps and at night. 
  • When she’s really fussy, the sound of a hair dryer can help calm her down!
  • When she’s starting to get sleepy but won’t fall asleep quite yet, it helps to gently stroke her forehead and the bridge of her nose with my fingers.  Her eyes start to close as she slowly drifts off to sleep (God willing Smile with tongue out).
  • I highly recommend reading the book, The Happiest Baby on the Block.  A lot of the tips I’m mentioning (swaddling, white noise, the hair dryer) are discussed in that book.  Even if your baby doesn’t have colic (which Addie does not, thank goodness!), the strategies in the book are still very useful. 

Those are just a few ideas that have helped us.  If anyone has any other tips or tricks that they found useful with their newborns, I would love to hear them! Smile

Oh and one more fun event from this previous week.  Addie got to meet her two older cousins!

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Mary-Allison and Mia were clearly in love with the newest member of their family. Red heart

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They were so sweet with her … it was adorable!

Question for ya …

What’s new in your world?

Any tips for surviving the first couple of months with a newborn?

Also, my blogger buddy Cinnamon has started an awesome new blog series called Snap to It.  She’s going to be sharing photography tips, and she’s also encouraging readers to practice their photography skills and share their work on her site.  If you’re interested in getting better with photography (I know I am!), go check it out!



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16 Responses to Addison Grace: 1 month old

  1. Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life

    I have heard good things about the happiest baby on the block book! I will definitely be checking it out soneday and may even buy it for upcoming baby showers I attend!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yes, that would be a good shower gift! That and a good swaddle blanket. Or diapers. A new mom can never have enough diapers! ;)

  2. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries

    Great tips! As I’ve said before, I also highly recommend The Happiest Baby On The Block…it’s helped us so much. Getting to know your baby is key! They’re all different. And even when I think I figure him out, he throws me for a loop. Ha!

    I can’t believe Addie rolled over!! Wow, that’s great!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yes, she’s a freak of nature haha. Part of me is proud, and part of me is like “please be a normal newborn so I can burp you easier!” When I try to burp her, her strong little neck is wanting to turn her head every which way!

      And I agree with being thrown for a loop. As soon as I start thinking I’ve got this thing figured out, she changes on me!

  3. Avery @ YoungAspirations

    WHOA! She is super strong. And I can’t believe how much her little features have changed since she was born! Can’t wait too see her continue to grow and change. Congrats again! She is precious :)
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  4. Nicole

    She’s growing so quickly and looks like a long, strong, beautiful little girl!
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  5. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    She is so beautiful! I’m glad you are enjoying every moment, and I know that documenting them like this will be a fabulous digital/electronic “baby book” for her (and you!) when she is older. :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha at some point, I need to transfer all of this information to a REAL baby book because I know my blog won’t be around forever! ;)

  6. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    How in the world is it possible that it has been a MONTH already?? Seriously. Before you know it she will be driving away to college. Ok, that sounded dumb but you know what I mean. Thanks for the shout out lady!
    Loving the birthmark btw…so cute!!
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    • notsodomesticated

      I know, it’s crazy. But I’m not going to lie … I’m kind of looking forward to the 2 month mark, because I’m thinking it will be a little easier at that point! ;) At least I hope so!

  7. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    She is so beautiful, and strong! Maybe she’ll be a little athlete?
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  8. Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie

    I can’t believe she’s already a month! So precious!
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  9. Lauren

    Happy 1 month birthday :-) I can understand why some babies need more noise, they came from an environment that always had a form of stimulation- sleeping in a quiet dark room doesn’t seem to work for a lot of babies I know.
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  10. Kat

    1 month already?!! oh my goodness!! These pictures are so perfect. SHE is so perfect. Im so happy for you and the hubs!!

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