Dear Olivia: Week 5

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Dear Olivia,

One month; can you believe it? It’s gone by REALLY quickly…much faster than the last month of pregnancy.

At 5 weeks you’re losing some of your newborn habits and have started easing into babyhood. You actually spend part of the day awake, for instance, and it’s always a happy surprise to look at you and find your bright blue eyes locked on mine.

(Well, not at 2 a.m., but that’s getting better, too.)

You’re getting a lot better at focusing on things and your eyes are less apt to wander around of their own accord. You’re starting to smile, even though at this point it’s less of a social smile and more of an “I have no idea what my own mouth is doing!” motion.

Nighttime sleep is, quite frankly, fabulous right now. So fabulous that I’m almost afraid to write about it for fear of jinxing it. The last couple of nights you’ve been out cold for four-and-a-half to five hours for your first stretch, which brings us to around 3 a.m. And then you fall back asleep until it’s time for your dad and me to get up for the day, around 6:30 a.m. Which means that at five weeks old, you’re only waking up once at night.

WHAT.

I know. Your sister NEVER gave us that gift at your age; it was months and months before I was able to sleep for more than 2-3 hours in a row. I feel so much more well-rested with you, even though I need to wake up earlier than I did with Natalie and can’t stay in bed until you’re truly awake around 8 a.m. or so.

Overall I feel like we’ve got a pretty solid routine going on. Things shift and not every day (or night) is excellent, but I think we’re all swimming along quite nicely.

So I guess what I’m saying is that we’ve rated your overall performance as “exceeds expectations,” and we’d like to offer you a permanent spot in our family.

Thank god you can’t talk yet, though. I’d be frightened to hear what you have to say about me in a 360 review.

Love always,
Mama

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