Little Bit turns 1 month old today and has been with us for 3 1/2 weeks now.
As of last week, she was 6 lbs 1 oz. While I don’t know her exactly weight right now, her newborn clothes are fitting better so she has obviously continued to gain. Don’t get me wrong, she is still swimming in her clothes for the most part, just not as much as last week. Definitely not as much as when we first got her. Technically, she came to us the size of a premie and I could have easily put her in premie clothes. Being maybe a pound away from 6 lbs when she arrived, it didn’t make sense to invest in something she would grow out of so quickly. Less than three weeks later, she would not be able to wear them.
When she came to us, she had a head full of dark hair with a slight curl.
She still has a head full of hair, but with more curl.
Her awake times are becoming more frequent now. Unfortunately, some of those awake times happen late at night instead of during the day. Such is life when a newborn is in the house.
She has given me the tiniest of smiles a few times over the past week and tonight she was trying to figure out how her mouth works to form sounds (other than crying). So cute!!!
I’m quite sure she feels her life is perfect when she is being held and especially when I’m carrying her in the baby wrap. She loves the coziness and being snuggled up against me while sleeping.
She hasn’t been an overly fussy baby. She cries to be fed, changed and held. Just wish all those moments were during daylight hours. 🙂
Lili and Naomi are in love with Little Bit and will argue over who gets to hold her. This too shall pass. However, Lili told me that her favorite part of foster care is having babies in the house. She loves helping to care for them and enjoys watching them grow and change. She recently tried to change Little Bit’s diaper. I had to take over as she found it more difficult than changing the diaper of an older infant.
We really have no idea how long Little Bit will be staying with us. The state pushes very hard to find a family member that will take children who come into foster care. The family member has to have a background check and pass a home study just like foster parents do, so they don’t hand them over to just anyone. So far one family member didn’t pass the home study and a couple of days ago I found out that another family member is being considered.
It’s possible that we won’t have her long and saying good-bye is the tough part of foster care. However, no matter how long she’s here, we’re going to love her and enjoy our time together.