And now, Hartlynn is five weeks old!  My beautiful baby.  It amazes me the capacity for love I have, and it grows every day.  She is just as active as ever and has started interacting with us by making all kinds of noises, it's pretty funny, you can tell she's quite amused at the fact that she can make such loud sounds.  She imitates our faces too, and especially likes sticking out that little tongue.  Also... she slept for five straight hours last night!  I'm sure she'll continue to go shorter some nights and longer others, like she has, but my, those five hours felt wonderful.

She's quite the hit wherever we go, family, friends and complete strangers just can't get over her... and neither can we.



Hartlynn's four week picture is one of my favorites so far.  Grammy, Ryan's mom, bought her this dress months and months ago, and it's just so sweet.  Baby girl is so animated!  She has been since day one but it's really just amazing how alert she is and how much she is constantly taking in.

As I mentioned before, baby girl started packing on the pounds, as her weight percentile jumped up quite a bit in just one short month.  She's also discovering more emotions, she smiles several times a day, which she started at just one week old, and she laughs!  It is the most amazing sound you've ever heard.  So are her sneezes, and coughs, and giggles...  Also, she can hold her head up!  Her neck strength is at the three-month-old level right now, which is great.

Here's her one-month stats:

  • 8 pounds, 1 ounce - 30th percentile for weight (up from 5% at her newborn appointment!)
  • 20 3/4 inches long - 50th percentile for height
  • 75th percentile for head circumference (makes her neck strength even more impressive given she's on the lighter side with a big head)

Baby girl in her beautiful dress!



Week three!  At this point we started to figure out a bit of a routine and started doing a bit more than laying in bed all day, although I could do that all day every day with her and be happy for the rest of my life.  I think this is when she started to chunk up a bit too!



Hartlynn's second week of life marked the first outing we took, up to Nana and Papa's house for a 4th of July barbecue with both my family and Ryan's.  Oh yeah?  And this sweet little swimsuit?  That was a gift from Auntie Katira.  She was one patriotic little babe!