I had to take a heck of a lot of pictures in order to get one in which she smiled. Not that she doesn't smile ALL the time, but the moment I bring the camera out (or the phone) she just stares quizically.
The second photo displays her favorite new activity: staring at her hands. Being absolutely mesmerized by all the amazing things they seem capable of doing. She will stare at them grasp a blanket for 20 minutes straight. I love rediscovering the little things through her eyes. Like the miracle of hands.
This has been a big month. For all of us, really. But this is the month that Greta stopped being a newborn and started being a baby. Furthermore, I feel like we have started to get little inklings of her personality. I flew to Oregon with MJ when she was the exact same age as Greta was for our trip to Oregon. MJ was a good baby, but she constantly needed to move, and I remember walking the aisle of the plane bouncing her to keep her calm. Greta, on the other hand, is much more mellow. She's happy to sit and look around. She is usually very quiet; I realize that could change as she discovers language, but for right now I suspect she'll be quieter than her sister.
She has also started sleeping really well. Down for the night between 7 and 9, then sleeps until somewhere between 4 and 6, nurses and goes back to sleep for a couple hours. I feel so much more sane than I did a month ago. Nursing has been such a roller coaster. A few weeks ago I thought I'd have to start heavily supplementing because my supply appeared to be so terrible. Then when I went to Oregon it seemed to get quite a bit better (ironically, since travelling killed it in the past). Now we're managing to exclusively nurse all day, with usually about one formula bottle a day. I'm not sure if I could manage to get rid of that last bottle or not, but as it stands now I spend much of the afternoon nursing and she's often very fussy by the end of the day, and my supply doesn't seem to be going up in spite of that. So I'll just count my blessings that we're doing pretty well, I'm not having to pump and she's getting mostly breastmilk. If we can keep this up I'll feel pretty good; if we can decrease these very long nursing sessions that would be even better.
I'm just loving this age. She continues to be very cuddly and loves to be held, but on top of that she smiles all the time and loves to interract. She's starting to coo as well, just in the past few days. I wish I could freeze her at this age for a few more months. Instead I'll just try to enjoy every moment.