Tuesday, July 10, 2012
You're one month old! I have no idea how a whole month has passed, but it has. We're loving having you in our family. Admittedly it's not easy going from one kid to two, but we're starting to get in a rhythm and you fit in great. When I found out that you were a boy, I was unsure what to think about having a son since I was so used to having your sister. But I'm adoring having you around and learning all about baby boys. I secretly (or not so secretly now) hope you're a bit of a mama's boy since your big sis is such a daddy's girl.
You followed in your sister's footsteps in taking awhile to get back up to your birthweight. You were gaining - but just slowly. Last Thursday you weighed in at 9 pounds, which was the first time you were above your birth weight of 8 pounds, 10 ounces. Today you weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces, so I think it's safe to say that you're gaining like crazy now - and starting to look pretty chubby! You love to eat - usually every 2-3 hours during the day and every 4 hours at night. We typically put you down for the night about 11 and you wake up between 3 and 4 to eat a little then go back to sleep until 7. You love to nap for most of the morning, a nap usually during Brenna's naptime, and during the evening hours too. You're a pretty sleepy little guy and I'm thankful that you do pretty well at night. I'm hopeful that we'll continue to stretch your sleep out at night! You were having some trouble sleeping flat on your back last week, but now you seem to be doing better at it again. You always sleep in your cradle at night, but you sometimes take naps propped up in your Boppy beside me. Daddy and I both love to hear your cute little sleepy noises!
You've met lots of your family members and friends. Nanie, Nana, and Pa Bill came to see you in the hospital. Uncle Brandan and Rachel came to see you at our house a few days later. A few of Mommy's friends brought us dinner and met you, and the Caskey family came when you were about a week old to visit. When you were 2 weeks old we went to Bristol to do your newborn pictures. That weekend you got to meet Aunt Mal, Uncle Josh, Brady, Grandma Abel, Sissy, Pat, Glenn, Donna Ann, and Jayla. Then this past weekend we went to Nana's for the weekend where you got to meet MawMaw, PawPaw, Beckie, Jeff, Lauren, Spencer, Brooke, and lots more people at Pine Mt. Church. We took a little side trip to the NRV so that you could meet Jude, who is 10 days older than you, and Leah, who is 10 days younger than you. It was fun to be pregnant with 2 of my best friends! We also met up with the Bashams that night, and it was so good for them to meet you, too! You'll see a lot more of them next month on our beach trip. I hope you love your car seat - so far you do okay in it as long as you aren't hungry. When you're hungry you sure let us know it QUICKLY! Luckily you settle down after you eat most of the time.
You hiccup all the time, and you're also a big sneezer. You've had a bit of a stuffy nose, but it seems to come and go a lot. You're wearing newborn and 3 month clothes and mostly newborn diapers. You're a gassy little guy and you do not like having a dirty diaper. You love to have your hands up near your face and you like to lay on your tummy. Even the nurse practitioner is impressed with your excellent neck control. You'd much rather be held upright than laid back. You recently learned to pull on my hair and necklaces - ouch! You've fallen asleep holding my hand a few times and that just melts my heart! People are torn on who you look like - some say you look like Brenna, some say that you have my mouth, and several people think you resemble your Uncle Brandan. Only time will tell I guess!
I can't help but wonder what your voice will sound like and what your favorite things will be. I absolutely adore holding and cuddling you - and I know this stage will be over in the blink of an eye. I'm trying to savor this newborn stage as much as I possibly can. I'm so thrilled to be your mommy and I feel lucky that I get to spend every day watching you grow.
I love you like crazy, little Spud!