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Dear Kallen,

I can’t believe you’re already ONE month old already!  Gosh, they say that the days are long, but the years are short. So true.  It’s been the hardest yet absolutely best month of my life so far, and that’s because you entered it!  You arrived on November 28th bright eyed and bushy tailed.  Each day your eyes seem to get bigger and better.  We took you home from the hospital on November 30th, a very cold and snowy Sunday.  Kimber and Kory weren’t sure what to think of you at first, but they quickly adapted and love to be around you now. We had to get you re-tested for jaundice at just 3 days old. I couldn’t bear to see you get pricked and cried in the waiting room. You proved to be stronger than mommy and didn’t shed a single tear. One of my first proud mama moments for sure.  The first few weeks were a blur of feedings, diaper changes, naps and long nights. Unfortunately mommy hasn’t been able to produce enough milk for you, and the milk I did produce bothered your tummy quite a bit.  You didn’t gain a lot of weight at first, so we had to start supplementing with formula.  After a few rough, colicky nights, your pediatrician suggested Nutramigen while I worked on cutting dairy from my diet.  We noticed an instant difference, as you became much happier. As long as you are happy and healthy, that’s all that truly matters.  We started this routine on December 23rd, when you were 3 1/2 weeks. It has worked well so far, and you’re now gaining weight like a champ!  At the one month mark, you weighed in at 8 lbs 1.5 ounces!  You started giving us smiles right around the new year. Gosh, seeing you smile and how your whole face glows just makes me melt!

Let’s see what else.  You’re still in newborn clothes and diapers at this point.  We actually had to stop at Target after your five day pediatrician appointment just to buy more newborn clothes. We just didn’t expect you to be so tiny!

Your Likes: Bath time, Kimber and Kory, Having a full tummy, eating in general, your rock n’ play, your “womb” sound, riding in the car.

Your Dislikes: Being hungry, diaper changes, being cold, waking up (see first dislike), getting in and out of the bath tub, reflux, tummy aches.

I look forward to writing to each month.  You change on a daily basis, so it will be fun to have these recaps to look back on.  Your mommy and daddy love you so much!!

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