One Month of Hadley

11 December

On December 7th Hadley was exactly one month old. Her one month update is a little later than planned but I wanted to share an update with you all, as I so enjoyed writing Willow's monthly updates when she was a baby. Babies change so much in their first year, it really is lovely to document everything and it will be so special to look back on and read all about their early weeks, months and years when they're older. 


So far, Hadley has proved to be an exceptionally easy baby, just like her big sister. The only 'issue' we have had was getting her back up to her birth weight; she lost a substantial amount of weight by her 5 day check, 12% - the community midwives like babies to lose no more than 8% -, and it took us a long time to get her weight back up. Born at 9lbs 15oz, on day 5 she had dropped down to 8lbs and it took a full four weeks for her to get back to her birth weight.

It was the only worry we encountered during her first month, but quite a big worry to have. I can't tell you how relieved I was when she finally got back up to her birth weight, although it was surreal holding a 4-week old baby and knowing she was still only as big then, as she was when she born.

Sleep wise, she has been much like her big sister. She sleeps really well at night, often in big chunks of 4 or 5 hours, although she can be a little bit difficult to settle again when she has her night feed, sometimes taking up to 2 hours to get back to sleep. During the day she is awake a lot more than your average newborn, but when you consider how well she sleeps at night, that's no surprise. Her first developmental leap is on its way in the next few days though, which I suspect will disrupt her sleep and make me feel like I've been lulled into a false sense of security!

Already I feel like she's developing her own little personality. She's starting to 'chat' to us a little and there have been a few inklings of smiles on their way too. I feel a strong sense of the kind of person she will be; quieter and shyer than her sister, I feel like Hadley will be more reserved and introvert.

She is generally a very relaxed baby, everyone comments on how content she seems. She, again like Willow, only cries if she has a wet nappy, is hungry or is struggling to get back to sleep. We're lucky, I know - and I keep expecting something to trip us up, but so far we're not doing too badly.

One month old already, it's flown by so much quicker this time. I'm making sure I soak up as much newborn goodness as I can!

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