Monday, March 14, 2016

Back Blogging: Adoption Day & 3 Months

December 29th was Caroline's adoption day and she became 100% legally ours. Ryan and I both took the stand before a judge, her guardian ad litem and our attorney to swear that we understood adoption was irreversible and that she was given the same rights an any natural child. My love for Caroline didn't change after that day. I've heard people compare your child's official adoption day to your wedding day. In that you don't necessarily love your spouse any more after you say your vows than you did the day before, but those vows make your love deeper and you are filled with more confidence and a sense of peace of your place in each other's lives.




Caroline was not into going to the judge. Poor thing screamed through the whole procedure. We waited for almost an hour longer than our appointed time and she was way past the need for a nap. Thankfully, Jennie came to support us and she was able to walk Caroline around the back of the courtroom. Fortunetly, our judge was not bothered at all by it! The court reporter did have to ask us to repeat a few things!



And our first picture as three legal Paulks! I didn't realize until looking back at the pictures that I had her little bonnet on backwards all day!

That evening Ryan, Caroline and I went up to the hospital to met Maggie & Richard's new baby girl, Lillie. We had all guessed that she was going to be a boy! Ryan stayed to work and Jennie, Caroline and I went to Brick Street Cafe for dessert to celebrate Caroline's adoption day.



 Milestones at 3 Months:

- The biggest news was that Caroline starting sleeping through the night during week 12. We began "sleep training" during week 8 and followed the schedule in 12 Hours of Sleep by 12 Weeks. The basic concept is that you cut back 1/2 ounce of food every third night of the last feeding. So Caroline was waking up around 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. to eat 4 ounces. The idea is that you take that 1/2 ounce and add it to daytime feedings. She dropped the 4 a.m. feeding all on her own when the bottle got down to about 2 ounces and the same with the 1 a.m bottle. The first night she slept through the night I completely freaked out and made Ryan go check on her - I was sure something was wrong!


The playmat was her first true toy to play with - it was so neat watching her learn to entertain herself.


We also got the Bumbo out afer Christmas and she loved sitting up and seeing what was going on.


Tummy time - not our favorite!

- Went to our first Bouncing Babies class at the library. C loved it from the get-go and seemed to recognize it was something for her!

- Started to really love bathtime

- Eating 6 ounces 4 times a day at 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

- Once nighttime sleep was well established, I started to work with Caroline on her daytime sleep. The big emphasis in the book we followed was not creating bad habits. Like don't let the swing be the only thing that can put your child to sleep. Well my bad habit that I created was letting Caroline take her morning nap in my arms on the sofa while I watched the Today show and then take her afternoon nap in the car seat while we were walking or running errands. I won't make these mistakes with Baby #2. It took a few weeks of consistently trying to establish a routine of getting in her bed, with her passie, her blanket and sound machine but soon she was sleeping about 45 minutes in the morning (around 9 a.m.) and 1.5 to 2 hours in the afternoon (around 12:30 p.m.).

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