Baby Update | Charlotte at One Month

It’s hard to believe that my little girl is one month old already.  How time flies!  I thought it would be fun to share a monthly update on CC, including a growth progress photo collage (just like my bump updates throughout my pregnancy).  I also talk about what’s going on in my new Mommy lifestyle.

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CC one month update 01-2016

Just in case you missed my delivery post, here are CC’s birth stats: Born December 28, 2015 // 6 lb 6 oz // 20″

CC’s Current Stats:

❊ Age – One Month

❊ Weight & Height – 8 lb 8 oz and 22.25″

❊ Eat – Obviously CC likes Mommy’s milk a lot and I have plenty of it because she is gaining and growing like a champ!  She feeds anywhere from 8-12x a day.  I’m still getting the hang of breastfeeding, but CC is obviously already a seasoned pro.  I am exclusively breastfeeding.

❊ Sleep – Newborns sleep a lot and CC is no exception!  She sleeps for anywhere from 45-90 minute clips during the day between feedings except for in the evening when she cluster feeds.  At night she generally sleeps anywhere from 90 minutes to 3 hours at a time, waking up twice to feed.

❊ Recent Milestones – Gaining more neck strength and control of her little noggin every day!  CC can easily move her head from side to side and excels at tummy time.  She’s also getting more alert with each passing day and spends more time taking in her surroundings.  CC had her first real bath (we just did sponge baths up until now) just the other day after the rest of her umbilical cord finally fell off.  I think this girl is going to be a bath lover, just like her Mommy and Daddy!

❊ Special Moments – Spending time in the arms of her grandparents who come to visit regularly.  Song time in the arms of Mommy and Daddy.  Also, turning one month old on Mommy’s birthday.  I love that we share a birthday date just one month apart!

❊ Favorites Things – The Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny Deluxe Newborn Vibrating Rock n’ Play Sleeper has been essential for daytime naps for CC.  She’s so comfy in it!  We love it so much we bought the Snugapuppy version to keep upstairs.  Her Halo bassinet is a great, safe place to sleep right next to my side of the bed at night.  CC generally wears Carter’s Fleece Sleep & Play’s during the day and a bodysuit (“onesie”) underneath a Halo Sleepsack Swaddle at night.  Her most absolute favorite thing is Mommy’s milk. 😉

❊ Mommy’s Experience – It’s been an incredible journey already!  While life is certainly quite different now with a baby (talk about a total lifestyle 180!) it feels completely natural at the same time.  Yes, there have been some overwhelming moments, mainly surrounding my issues (NOT CC’s) with breastfeeding (continued nipple & breast pain) and wishing I could do more for her for her typical newborn digestion issues (that gas is no joke!).  Overall, I feel like we settled into life together almost immediately and life before her already feels like a foggy, distant memory.  It’s like she’s always been here and a part of our family.  It’s amazing how those maternal instincts kicked in right away without my even realizing it!  It would be nice to get a *little* more sleep, but honestly, I don’t mind feeling a bit tired because I’m so over the moon in love with my girl and enjoying this special time together.  This kind of love is a great adrenaline boost!

parents baby newborn comparison 01-2016I thought I’d pop in this comparison collage I put together of me (left) and Don (right) as infants so you can see the resemblance.  She’s definitely our baby!

Check out this video if you’d like to hear more about my postpartum recovery journey thus far:

I hope you enjoyed CC’s first monthly update.  Let me know if there are any other points you’d like me to cover in these posts.  As always, I’d love to hear about your experiences if you care to share.
Thank you so much for all of your support and well wishes! ❤️

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61 thoughts on “Baby Update | Charlotte at One Month”

  1. Just wanted to say you look amazing and seems like everything is going great.
    Have you tried a nipple shield? that might help with the pain. I have very bad nipple pain with my first and ended up only breastfeeding for 7 months because of it. My second hurt but they got better faster and I breastfed her for a year and a half. Hang in there, it gets better and your nipples will get used to it. But it’s very hard with the pain.
    congratulations! she is adorable!

  2. CC is so supercute! Happy Birthday, Jen! It’s my birthday as well. The big 2-9 for me. I’ll probably stay this age forever. 😉

      1. Thank you! I just recently watched your YouTube videos and you have been such an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing with us!

  3. TFS Jen! I’m glad things are going so well for your family. You’ve been missed so anything you share is appreciated, and your videos are never too long for me 🙂 Enjoy this time with your little one! And happiest of birthdays to you and Charlotte! This surely is a time of your life to celebrate. Much love to you all!

  4. Hey! Congratulations!!! She’s beautiful and it’s so comforting to hear how well everyone is adjusting. I know on the past you mentioned posting about what items you registered for. I’ve tried to search for it but can’t seem to find it. Can you please post a link here or if you haven’t written a post on your registry do you still plan to?

    1. I decided not to since I’m going to post about my newborn favorites, which includes much of what we registered for.

  5. Jen- you look so beautiful!! Motherhood agrees with you!:o) Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Even my husband wanted to catch a glimpse of the new baby since he overhears me watching your videos while I am exercising! :o)

  6. I love your videos! Hope you do your newborn essentials in about 3 months as my first little one is due in June, & I would love to know what worked well for you! Love hearing about CC & I’m so happy for you new mama!

  7. Happy Birthday and Happy One Month of Being a Mommy! SO much to celebrate! She’s beautiful and I’m happy to hear that everyone is doing well!

  8. It is great to know everything is going so well for you and Charlotte. You waited a long time for this sweet little girl. I would tell you to enjoy every day, but I know you already are! My little granddaughter is due in two weeks and we are getting very anxious and excited to meet her. Babies are the best!

  9. I was also very sore when first nursing. It’s a supply and demand system and takes a bit for your body to adjust. My body finally came around at 2 months and I became less engorged and less sore. Just be patient and it will work out. Good Luck!

  10. You look beautiful Jen! Happy Birthday! You are doing a marvelous job, your baby is beautiful. I had breast/nipple pain with my baby daughter (named Jennifer, as well:-)It does get better, you are well educated-so all I can add is; hang in there! 😉 Thank you for taking the time on your birthday to treat us all with an update video! Have a great birthday evening, Jen!

  11. Great video Jen, your little family is adorable. I did not read any of those books about babies either. I just went with the flow, when you think of it the baby can’t read that book either LOL so he or she does not know what they are supposed to do. So going with the flow is the best way.

  12. I am new to your channel and have been catching myself up with watching several of your videos {that I enjoy watching VERY much}. I don’t want to miss a single one. I waited all week for this one,lol.. I have a new grandbaby that was born Dec 3rd. He is so adorable. We enjoy every minute that we can with him as I know you do with Cici. His name is {Bryce}. He is our daughters second child. Both are boys. Landon is 5 and is in pre-school. Well I won’t keep going on and on, even tho I could all day lol… I also want to wish you a Happy Birthday and I hope it is a good one. I’m sure to watch again and thanks so much

  13. So happy for you and Don. Although I do not leave comments on your blog or videos, I do visit often.
    Glad motherhood has been good for you. It is a wonderful experience, if only they would stay small.
    CC surely does look like both you and Don.
    Ana

  14. Happy HAPPY birthday Jen and thank you for taking time to share this update… I’ve been missing you and your pack… watching and enjoying some older vlogs of late to ‘get my fix’.
    I wanted to let you know that I too had a c-section due to low amniotic fluid (no breech) with my first kidlet. I recovered quite easily from it and my second… fyi, my scar is still numb 12+ years later!
    I also experienced difficulty breastfeeding baby boy #1 in the first month and wanted to applaud your courage to stick with it. I did as well, got lots of help from experts and don’t regret a single feeding, even those I cried through! SO worth it! It will get easier… my little guy started nursing like a champ right at 5 weeks and did so for well over a year.
    And another note of encouragement… nursing my second little guy who joined us just 18 months later was a BREEZE! So there’s something else to look forward to! 😉
    Can’t wait to keep following CC’s and the whole pack’s progress!

  15. My daughter and I also share the same birth “date” just two months apart:) She is now 5 months as of yesterday. You will be so happy you’re taking CC’s month by month photos because they change so quickly. I am loving every stage. I know you are too. I am so happy for you! What a special time this is for us!

    1. Seriously? Did you just tell her that the nickname for her baby is awful? I think it is precious and completely her decision. It amazes me how completely rude some people can be.

  16. Happy Birthday Jen!💐💕✨. Been a loyal subscriber since the beginning. I wish you and your sweet family the very best this year and always!

  17. It brings me joy to see you so happy! Blessings to your precious family. I myself had three c-sections within 2 years and 11 months and each time was different and my body healed and responded differently each time…. Not necessarily better but breastfeeding definitely got better. By my second child, I was a pro and believe you will be too if you have another one. It breaks my heart to hear that you are still in pain after a month. I do remember the first two weeks was a nightmare. My nipples were raw and my milk was bloody (gross… I know) but I pumped out extra milk because I had so much that the excess was making my breasts sore. I know you mentioned you aren’t pumping but could all that extra milk be contributing to your pain? You can always donate milk or freeze it if you choose to do it or just get rid of it. Just a thought. This is going to sound weird, but I’ve heard ladies who use chilled cabbage leaves to relieve breast discomfort. It makes sense but I never tried it. One more thing, did you have a hard time going #2 after the c-section? It was the most painful thing for me and I wonder if all ladies go through it. It makes sense after all, the muscles that were used to push were cut and therefore can’t do the “job”. Things we take for granted! Best wishes and I will be praying for your nipple and breast recovery.

    1. Thanks for the tips. I was advised to wait to pump until my nipples healed to avoid causing further damage. As for the #2 business – yeah, that was no joke for the first couple of weeks. No one warns you about that!

    2. Hi Natasha and Jen
      nope chilled cabbage leaves doesn’t sound weird at all, its an old fashioned idea now perhaps (my baby girls are now 19 and 17), but boy does it work a treat instant relief from the heat and the pain of engorged breasts etc, just keep them in the crisper part of the fridge and place inside nursing bra between feedings as needed (sometimes the old fashioned remedies work the best)…its worth a try anyway, hope it helps, glad to hear everything is going well Jen and Happy Birthday hope you had a good day
      take care 🙂

  18. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us. They are so joy filled. I especially enjoyed when you talked about becoming a happy crier. You are just so sweet! I did not know as a new mom that babies as well need to have the space to cry as they too have the need to “get it all out”. They feel better afterwards just as we do. I have to purchase a baby shower gift, and your Snugapuppy recommendation is so appreciated. Thank you again for all that you share!

  19. Jen, It kills me how people can be so ugly and just downright rude! I think CC is an adorable nickname for your beautiful daughter. I have enjoyed seeing all the pics you’ve posted of her, she is really getting big! I love all her hair too! You look amazing as always!
    Happy Birthday Jen!

  20. Cringing for you. I remember losing layers of skin and then blistered skin while breastfeeding my daughter. It is amazing what maternal love motivates one to endure. Wishing you a very fast healing process and a restorative birthday!

  21. Happy first birthday as a Momma! It’s so awesome, isn’t it. No other feeling like it in the world. Happy Birthday and celebrate…after you get some sleep!

  22. Congratulations on your beautiful little girl she’s adorable. I am not a patent yet so can’t share from personal experience but I did help out my friend for the first month well her husband was deployed. She has the most adorable twin girls. Anyway she experienced pain as well and her doctor advised her to use cold cabbage leaves . As it helps relieve pain and inflammation. I know she wanted to cry they hurt so bad . But she swears by the cabbage leaves trick and will always joke she bought out the grocery store by there house. But it did help and the pain went away after a month and a half. Hope it helps. Happy birthday to you and Don

  23. So glad to hear that you are all doing so well! When you are up to it, I would love to see a video of the finished nursery!

  24. Oh, how the time goes by so quickly!! I can’t believe she’s one month old already! My son is about to turn 8 months old, so I was right where you are not too long ago!

    You mentioned that CC has had some gas issues, and I just wanted to recommend two things if you ever feel that she’s getting too uncomfortable from it. My son started out with quite a bit of gas and we used Mommy’s Bliss gripe water to help soothe him when it occurred. But then it was happening more often and we’ve ended up using a probiotic since he was about 3-4 weeks old. (http://www.seekinghealth.com/probiotic-for-infants-infant-probiotics-baby-probiota-infant.html) He’s also exclusively breastfed, just for reference. One thing people don’t seem to often talk about is when you have a C-section or have to take antibiotics during labor (like I did with being Strep-B positive), your baby doesn’t get the healthy bacteria from you as they are delivered. So I think some digestion issues can really stem from that and the probiotics have helped my son immensely! He very rarely has gas at all and is such a happy baby! Gerber makes a brand of probiotics too but we found that the one I linked to just worked very well for us.

    I’m so happy for you and I’ve really enjoyed watching a lot of your videos in the past few months, after coming across your site while researching Erin Condren planners! I hope things keep going well as the months go on and also, I really love CC’s middle name! 😉

  25. Happy birthday, Jen, and thanks for the update at CC’s one-month milestone! 20 years ago I, too, had trouble nursing in the beginning and was very sore (my toes would literally curl and I’d shriek at latch-on). The pediatrician sent a La Leche League nurse/specialist to our house, and she sat with me and showed me a few things that really helped (positioning, etc.). It all worked out successfully for that baby and my next baby, too! I remember using Lansinoh on the sores (it’s an organic form of lanolin and not even sure it is still exists today, this was back in the 90’s). After a while, I didn’t need it, as your skin adjusts. A tip I remember clearly was holding the baby against you, parallel to you, so their neck isn’t turned at all while they are nursing (even we adults have trouble drinking if we turn our neck to the side while doing so). Another tip was never to use any kind of soap in the shower on that area. Just simply let the running water do its thing. And for years after I was done breastfeeding, I still never soaped up my breasts in the shower, out of sheer habit. Hope this wasn’t TMI! Good luck with everything!!! You have a beautiful family!

  26. Happy Birthday! Cabbage leaves really help relieve breast pain. I had a c section with my fourth and struggled with breast feeding. I found that breast feeding laying down really helped with latch and pain.

  27. Congratulations! Cc is beautiful. I am so impressed with your perseverance in breastfeeding. As someone who breastfed two babies, I can tell you it takes dedication before it is easy and pleasant (at about 3 months for me).
    Just look out for thrush. Thrush could cause burning in breasts between feedings. It is very common when you and/or baby have been on antibiotics. It is very difficult tof find in a newborn’s mouth (much harder than an older infant’s mouth) even if you are looking for it. Just something to keep in mind.

  28. Happy birthday Jen and happy 1 month to beautiful little Charlotte! Motherhood really suits you. Seems like you’ve really matured gracefully and are a lot more relaxed and confident in yourself which is great to see!

  29. Congratulations and happy birthday!
    Be patient about breastfeeding, it totally worth it!
    I suffered that kind of pain, and was for different issues besides position, and at the end was candida and an infection. Homeopathic medicine was the clue. I know it hurts so hope you’ll get on track soon.

  30. Hi Jen! I also had similar issues with my breast size and difficulties with my little one’s latch. The best piece of advice I got from a lactation consultant is to kind of flatten your boob like you are holding a sandwich before latching the baby. That way she can get a good deep latch. You can experiment with how much of your boob to squish lol. It worked best for me to flatten basically right behind the nipple. Once you have a good latch you can release the hold. You don’t have to approve this comment. I know it’s a little tmi for most people. Just wanted to share with you. 🙂 Also as they get older it gets easier!

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