The First 100 Days…

As every former kindergarten teacher knows, the 100th day of anything is an important milestone (especially when you’ve perhaps been lax about documenting other milestones…1 week, 1 month, etc.). Every year, our class would celebrate the 100th day of school, and students would bring in representations of the number 100. As a result, I now have the uncanny ability to recognize 100 Legos, 100 paperclips, and 100 pennies in a split second. Until now, however, I never had the power to visualize 100 days:

100 days = a little over 14 weeks = a little more over 3 months

Tada! This is what I look like when Mommy doesn’t put mondo-sized bows on my head.

We may have captured her first squeal here.

 

We can now consider Talia’s 100 Day project done, 5 years ahead of schedule ;)

Accomplishments

Talia accumulated the following list of accomplishments in her first 100 days:

  • Weight Gain: 105 oz (counting from her lowest weight right after birth), for a right-on-target average of 1 oz per day!
  • Eating: ~800 nursing sessions and ~60 bottles
  • Peeing: ~1000 wet diapers
  • Pooping: ~350 dirty diapers
  • Sleeping:
    • Naps: 3-5 times a day, 45 minutes-3 hours apiece
    • Longest night sleep ever: 8 hours
    • Average night sleep: 4 hours
  • Language: Makes coos, gurgles, conversation-like “responses”, and 2 squeals as of today!
  • Socialization: Makes eye contact; smiles at all faces, ceiling fans, and toys with eyes
  • Motor skills: Holds up head and chest, bears some weight on legs, sucks on fists, kicks A LOT, uses arms to bring objects toward mouth, and accidentally rolled over 3 times

This is the way we eat our toys, eat our toys, eat our toys…

 

Non-accomplishments

In case you were wondering, Talia (and most 100-day-old-babies?) cannot yet do any of the following things:

  • Go to sleep by herself…let me tell you, we’ll throw a party when this happens.
  • Crawl, walk, or dance, though Jonathan’s been trying to teach her Gangnam Style.
  • Say anything intelligible.
  • Play the clarinet.

Favorite Things

  • Books:
    • Baby Animals
    • Guess Who!

From Guess Who!, it’s a Talia Lion!

  • Songs: The Ants Go Marching (it’s a good day if she falls asleep before five-by-five, especially because I don’t know the actual lyrics for it), anything on the Raffi Pandora station during bath time

Parental Adjustments

Parenting is harder than we probably ever imagined, but we’re making good progress on some things:

  • Breastfeeding is now the easy part of the day. It’s the single thing that we know how to do right, and it seems to have an upper bound on how long it takes.
  • Although sleep is still a difficult concept for Talia at times, we’ve identified her napping rhythms, which is a major step forward. Six weeks ago, I spent most days pleading with her to nap. Now, that only happens at bedtime.
  • We’re figuring out how to eat home-cooked stuff AND proactively freeze portions for future use. I actually have to figure out how to organize the freezer now.
  • I started back at work two weeks ago, thereby forcing us to develop a morning routine for the first time in our lives. It feels good to know what to do and when to do it. As a by-product, we’re both eating breakfast more frequently than before.
  • The balance of work days and baby days really makes me appreciate each.

Okay, that’s a slapdash summary of the first 100 days. What will the next 100 days bring?

Only Talia knows for sure…but she’s not telling :)

About Sarah

10 years ago, I was a computer science student. 5 years ago, I taught kindergarten. 2 years ago, I trained teachers. Now, I'm a technical writer. I have thoughts about most of these things, but most likely I'll just write about neuroses and why I love Mr. Gatti's pizza. Which might be a neurosis.
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4 Responses to The First 100 Days…

  1. Ryan says:

    Is she sleeping on a Monkey?

  2. Kirstin says:

    What a fantastic update! And she is getting really, really stinkin’ cute.

    I LOVE that you said breastfeeding is the easy part of your day. Yippee!! Recognizing nap patterns is also awesome. :)

    • Sarah says:

      Thanks! I suspect that feeding time would be the easy part of the day regardless of whether I was breastfeeding or formula-feeding, but I’m definitely glad that nursing is still working. Jonathan says that bath time is a close second because Talia’s bath behavior has also become pretty predictable. And she likes it :)

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