Sunday, April 30, 2006

One month... and first time sleeping through the night!

Wow! How time flies! Laetitia is one month old today. Our little baby is growing up. She is no longer as small, fragile and petite as when she was born. Check out this post for her growth details.

As a record, when she crosses each of her monthly birthday, I will take note of her achievements or growth milestones and blog them.

For the first month, she is now able to do the following:-
1) Hold her head up at least 45 degrees when on her belly.
2) Focus on a face.
3) Respond to a loud noise by startling/crying/waking up (if she is in REM mode of sleep).
4) Smile spontaneously.
5) Grasp my finger

Here's 2 pictures of her doing #1

We also had a celebration for her with some of our friends this afternoon. This celebration is traditionally Chinese and is called the "full month" (滿 月= man yue) celebration. A long ago in China, infant mortality rate was high, so if the baby survived his first month, it would mean that the worst was over and he could expect to live. To symbolize new life and good luck, unshelled hard-boiled eggs dyed red were given to guests. Red eggs are an integral part of full month celebrations. And we of course could not do away with that!

And one amazing thing my petite chouchou did last night was that she slept through the night. She fell asleep around 11pm after her last feed at 10.30pm and did not wake up until about 5.30am! That was wonderful! I am so proud of my girl. She's really growing up.

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