Charlotte is 3 weeks old!

Little Miss Charlotte was 3 weeks old on Friday.

Only three weeks old and already has us wrapped around her tiny little fingers.

I took this picture of her in the middle of the night while we were still in the hospital. It was just the two of us awake. She was less than 24 hours old. I remember looking down at her, she was looking at me directly in the eyes, and thinking how crazy it was that I was already so in love with her. She’s mine. I’m hers. She looked at me with a perfect innocence. I still cry when I see this picture and remember that moment. That was the moment I knew I was going to be okay. All of my anxiety over having two children and fears of not being able to give my whole heart to each of them was wiped away by those two little gray-blue eyes staring up at me, giving me a look of complete trust.

And our love for this little girl has grown every day since then.

I wanted to make sure I blogged about what the first 3 weeks of Charlotte’s life have been like so I will never forget.

Charlotte at only a few minutes old.

She weighed around 7 lbs 8 ounces at birth and was 19 1/2 inches long.

She cried vigorously when she was born but has been quiet and easy going since.

One of the first things we noticed about her was how much she resembled her big sister, Cameron.

Charlotte 9-23-11

Cameron 12-14-09

But she’s changed a lot since and now we think they only look alike when sleeping.

We were discharged from the hospital when she was 2 days old. Her weight at that time was 6 lbs 13 ounces.

We followed up with her pediatrician the next week and learned that she was in the low risk zone regarding her bilirubin levels. They peaked at 10 and then dropped. What a relief!

We returned to the pediatrician when she was 11 days old. She weighed 6 lbs 15 ounces. He was a bit concerned regarding her weight gain, or lack thereof, and wanted us to return in 3 days. He said he wanted to see her gain 3 ounces by then.

Like the good little girl she is, we went back 3 days later, when she was exactly 2 weeks old and she weighed 7 lbs 2.5 ounces! Good job, Charlotte!

We saw the pediatrician again at exactly 3 weeks old and she was 7 lbs 10 ounces. Perfect weight gain.

Another one of my favorite pictures. I love her profile.

In her first 3 weeks of life, Charlotte has spent much of her time sleeping. She loves to sleep and will sleep through anything right now. She’s not a demanding baby. When she wakes up hungry she mostly squirms and grunts but rarely a cry. In her first 2 weeks, I had to set my alarm at night to wake her up for feedings every 3 hours. After eating and a diaper change or two, she would go right back to sleep without any problems for another 3 hours. I can honestly say that she’s been a very enjoyable newborn. I am very blessed to be able to get enough sleep to be able to enjoy her.

She got to meet her Aunts and Uncles who love her very much.

Charlotte & Emily.

Charlotte & Taylor.

Charlotte & Forrest (Bor).

And let’s not forget the great-grandmothers who inspired her name.

Charlotte & Charlotte (Grandma)

Charlotte with Mor & Pappy.

She’s perfectly content being passed around and told how cute she is. 🙂

Before her umbilical cord fell off, we had a lot of sponge baths. This is something that the little girl definitely did not like.

She’s not going to be this little for long. Pre-bath. Happy sleepy baby doing some stretching.

It’s cold!

In the last 1-2 weeks, Charlotte has started to wake up a little more. Well, she typically has 1-2 awake periods during the day. She loves to look all around. She really likes to be in her crib and watch a bunny that spins and plays a song.

She also likes to stare at faces and has even flashed a few open mouthed smiles! Of course, at this age they’re just random but they sure make us happy when we see them.

We are working on tummy time and helping her neck and back muscles get strong.

And she’s improving.

But it’s hard work!

I love to take pictures of her when she’s this little and can be posed. I’m far from being skilled with the camera, but I figure if I take enough that a few will come out.

She’s still brand new and working on focusing her eyes. When she stares at faces she can focus well but when taking pictures of her, she usually doesn’t have anything close enough to focus on so we get lots of wandering and crossing eyes. The doctor said this is normal and should go away by 4 months.

I love her expression in this one.

This is when she was 2 weeks old.

So tiny.

Yawn. Such a sleepy baby.

She sleeps just like Cameron did (and still does).

Around 2-3 weeks we began to notice the same symptoms of reflux that we saw at the same age in Cameron. She’s not a fussy baby by any means but began to get uncomfortable after feedings and when on her back or any position other than her tummy. We took her to the pediatrician and he’s started her on acid reflux medication to help. It did wonders for Cameron to help her get comfortable, though the spitting up will probably continue until she begins to eat more solids.

My happy 3 week old little girl.

Such an angel.

Her eyes are still a blue-gray. Her hair is light brown and angel soft. She’s practically perfect in every way.

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