1st Month (July
Susanna Claire Potter made her entrance into the
world on Monday, July 14 at 8:57pm, a mere 22 minutes after Mom and Dad
got to the delivery room at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, NJ.
Susanna certainly gave the nurses something to talk about for a few
days. She weighed in at 6 lbs. 13 oz and measured 18 inches long. She
was smaller and quicker than her older brother and sister, but had the
same beautiful head of hair. She appears to be a good combination of
features from her older siblings, not looking overly much like one or
the other. At first look, she seems to have Rachael’s mouth and Liam’s
eyes. Susanna’s weight dropped to 6lbs. 9oz. by the time she left the
hospital, but she rebounded to 7lbs 3oz by her 1-week check-up. Rachael
and Liam (and Grandma and Grandpa) came to see Susanna in the
hospital—Liam was quite curious, but Rachael was a little timid. By the
end of the month, however, both siblings seemed quite taken with their
baby bundle of a sister. Liam likes to go up to her, rub her hair, and
say, “Susa cute!! Hair soft!” Rachael enjoys holding her, until Susanna
starts moving or making noise. In addition to meeting Grandma and
Grandpa, Susanna also got to meet another set of grandparents, Maw-Maw
2nd Month (August
Susanna continues to thrive, staying awake more
often during the day and sleeping a little bit longer at night. She is
also beginning to be more aware of her surroundings, going cross-eyed as
she tries to focus on things. At her 1-month check-up, she weighed 9lbs
8oz and measured 21 inches—she grew 3 inches and almost 3 lbs in one
month. Rachael and Liam don’t seem to be tired of her yet. It’s amazing,
not just the amount of noise that Rachael and Liam can make, but the
fact that Susanna can sleep through it.
3rd Month (September
September 1st—Susanna sleeps through the
September 3rd—Susanna smiles!!
It’s already been an eventful month for Susanna.
She has slept through the night ever since that first night of
September, earlier than her siblings (Mom’s not arguing at all),
consistently going between 8 and 10 hours a night. She is looking less
and less like a newborn and more and more like a round little girl. She
is smiling and cooing, and likes to smile at her big brother when he
talks to her from his seat in their double stroller. Susanna got to meet
the final set of grandparents this month, Grandma Mel and Pop Pop
2-month check-up: 11lbs 8oz, 22 ¼ inches.
4th Month (October
Susanna continues to grow
rounder and she has started to laugh, mainly at
Liam. We were sitting at the supper table, and
Susanna was sitting on Mom’s lap when Liam did
something goofy, and Susanna gave her first real
giggle. It was a great sound.
Susanna dressed up as a tiger
for Halloween—the same costume the other two wore
for their first Halloween. The costume will now be
5th Month (November
Susanna is a happy baby; she
laughs and smiles a lot, and is very easy-going. She
is making some attempts to roll over, but hasn’t
quite mastered it yet. She did roll from her tummy
to her back once, but we think it was a fluke and
she didn’t really mean to do it.
Susanna had her 4-month
check-up and weighs 14 pounds 3 ounces (75th
percentile) and is 24 ½ inches long (50th
We had a great Thanksgiving,
with Maw-Maw and Pots, Aunt Emily, Uncle John, and
Cousin Travis all coming here. There was a lot of
energy in this house, but it was nice to have family
around. This was the first time Emily, John, and
Travis met Susanna, and Aunt Emily probably would
have held Susanna the whole time they were here had
she been allowed to. Aunt Emily did try to feed
Susanna her first bottle, but Susanna wouldn’t have
any of it. We had to check Emily’s suitcase before
she left to make sure she wasn’t trying to smuggle
Susanna home with her.
6th Month (December
Susanna is trying so hard to
roll over—we really thought she was going to manage
it a few times. We can tell she very much wants to
sit up—she tries very hard, especially in her
bathtub. She has also become very interested in
small toys and rattles that are offered to her.
Susanna had no clue what was
happening on her first Christmas. It was just
another day to her, although she does seem to like a
new rattle that Santa brought her that lights up and
makes noise when she shakes it.
12/28—Susanna rolled over!!
Unfortunately, now she rolls
over as soon as we put her down, but she doesn’t
know what to do next, so she gets upset. Bedtime can
be a little frustrating
7th Month (January
1/24—Susanna started rolling
front to back.
We started trying to give her
some baby cereal, but she is just not interested in
baby food. She is certainly not wasting away, so we
aren’t concerned yet. She will get the hang of it
eventually. She is so close to sitting up by
8th Month (February
2/8—Susanna now sits up by
At the end of February, she was
so close to crawling. She will get up on her hands
and knees, rock a little, then lunge in the
direction she wants to go. She never actually moves
her hands and knees, though.
By the end of the month, she
was also doing better at eating baby food. She still
isn’t eating much, but she will tolerate a decent
sized serving of oatmeal or a half jar of pears
before she starts spewing it.
Susanna is still a very happy
baby, and tolerates her brother and sister very
well. They know how to make her laugh, and Rachael
seems to love being a big sister.
9th Month (March '09)
Susanna has added bananas to
her baby food diet. Her two center, bottom teeth
have made an appearance—the right one on the 24th
and the left one on the 31st. She is taking forever
to crawl. She will still get up on her hands and
knees but won’t move forward.
Susanna loves her big brother,
and he loves making her laugh.
10th Month (April
Susanna has a fairly wide
variety of foods that she will eat now—oatmeal,
pears, applesauce, peaches, bananas, sweet potatoes,
carrots, squash. We are trying to work on small
finger foods, but haven’t had a whole lot of luck.
Even less luck with the sippy cup.
At her 9-month check-up Susanna
weighed 18lbs. 8oz and measured 27 ¼ inches. It
appears she is going to have a large head like her
brother. She has had a terrible time sleeping
lately. We don’t know what the problem is, but we
think it’s been a lot of different things: rolling
over, teeth, ear infections, gas, and now just the
habit of waking up at night.
She gets more and more
personality every day. No more teeth yet, but the
two upper ones don’t look like they will take too
much longer. Every day we think she is going to
crawl. She will get up on her hands and knees and
scoot her knees forward, will pick up one hand but
will put it right back down. At the end of the month
she actually started to pull up from her belly to
her knees. We think she is going to walk before she
11th Month (May
May 6—Susanna is FINALLY up on
her hands and knees and crawling! And pulling up to
Still no new teeth and still
not sleeping. She like just about any baby food we
give to her, but we are trying to add some table
food too, but not with much success.
12th Month (June
Finally two new teeth this
month. Susanna is finally realizing that table food
can be more exciting than baby food. In fact, by the
end of the month, she is pretty much done with baby
food. She has taken to the sippy cup quite well,
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