Seriously has it been a whole month already? It feels like just yesterday I was bringing home that tiny little guy from the hospital. Okay, I guess it was practically yesterday but still… I can’t believe a whole 4 weeks has come and gone!
We we went from this…
(The hair is even longer and he just looks like all grown up).
He weighed in on his birthday at 7 lbs 13 oz and we had a little trouble keeping the weight on the first week. After several visits from lactation consultants and a feeding schedule of every 2 hours the little guy happily weighs in now at 9lbs 14 oz.
I’m sad to say that I already had to put away his newborn clothes because he’s just growing so quickly. I also had to put him into size 1 diapers (even though his nb ones were supposed to work until 10lbs). I’m finding that we are having a lot less blow-outs by using the bigger diapers.
What he’s been up to this past month:
- The first hour that I was holding him in my arms he lifted his head up and turned it from one side to the other (kid has amazing neck strength and has continued to turn his head from side to side during tummy time since the day we brought him home).
- Check out this video that I have dubbed “Super Baby!”. He has some crazy strong leg and ab muscles. This was taken at 1 week old — unbelievable that he can lift his entire body into the air!
- At two weeks he managed to flip himself entirely over from his tummy to his back.
- He has begun making cooing noises and has started to smile.
- He has started to track lights and sounds and is actually enjoying when we lay him on his back on his playmat.
Baby Jay Likes:
- To be bounced on the exercise ball when he’s upset
- Bath time in his Blooming Petal bathtub
- He especially loves when it’s feeding time (boy can gulp and it kind of freaks me out how loud he feeds!).
- Being snuggled close by his mama
- To look outside – every morning we put him in the swing next to the window and he just stares in utter amazement at the outside world.
How’s Mama doing? Well I get this question a lot so here goes!
My situation as most of you know is a bit different than most, as I’m currently living with my parent’s while my husband is deployed. I’m extremely lucky to have the support of my parent’s and they are a huge help!
We are still going strong in the breastfeeding department, though it’s still a daily challenge for me. It gets better each day, but I’m still trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t and unfortunately still having some soreness. I supplement 1 bottle (2.5-3oz) of breast milk roughly every other day as a way to give myself some relief and to let my parent’s help with a feeding every now and then.
Our sleep situation hasn’t been too bad. Lil Jay is a pretty good sleeper and he is just now starting to sleep for 2.5-4 hours at a time. I haven’t been very good at getting in my naps during the day, so I’m thankful for the chunks of sleep I get at night.
Emotionally it’s been hard at times sort of being on my own for a lot of this stuff. I desperately miss J. Alabama and try to keep him updated and in the loop with all lil J’s milestones, videos and pictures. I just keep reminding myself that we are over halfway through this time apart and very soon our little family will be together at last!
I was a little overwhelmed with emotions and the baby during the first two weeks, but now that we’ve gone through a whole month together I’m feeling really confident in myself, my mothering skills and just the act of getting out and about in pubic. We even ventured out of the house today to a new mother’s breastfeeding group (where I breastfed in pubic for the first time!).
It’s been such a myriad of emotions over the last few weeks, but overwhelmingly I feel happy and blessed! Jay has such a great personality that is starting to shine through more and more each day. I just giggle each morning when I unswaddle him and watch him stretch his little arms and legs and look up at me with those eyes.
It’s just so hard to believe how quickly time is flying by. I look at his newborn photos that were taken only 3 weeks ago and realize how much he has grown! It’s truly amazing.
There is no way to describe the feeling of being a mom, except for the fact that it’s truly amazing and wonderful.
Happy 1 month baby Jay!
I’m still working on J’s birth story – I know, I know! I haven’t quite figured out how to completely balance blogging and baby, so it will continue to be touch and go here for awhile.