Monday, February 25, 2013

One Month!

I know everybody says it, but it's so hard to believe it's already been a month since Grayson was born!


It seriously doesn't even feel like it's been close to that long!

We just got back from our one-month check-up yesterday, and he's already getting SO BIG! He currently weighs in at 10lbs 2.8oz, and is 22.5 inches long!

Yeah, he's up almost 3 pounds from his birth weight, and he's grown 2.5 inches already!

The day we brought him home.

Say what?? Is that even the same kid?

What's new this past month...

Well, obviously our daily lives have changed considerably now that baby G is here. But more on that later -- first let's get to what he's been up to.

He's so alert!

From the moment our little guy was born he's been so alert. He's always looking around trying to see what's going on around him, especially when he hears a familiar voice.

Hello brother!

What the hell is this?? Elephants aren't blue!

He even likes to follow Oreo around while he's on the floor getting changed.

Best buds

Eating

Eating has yet to be a problem for G (if you couldn't tell by the weight gain). He's currently taking a 4oz bottle every three hours or so with no problems. We haven't stepped him up yet, but I'm sure it'll be soon.

I get the best smiles right after feeding him, usually at night.

Sleep

What's that, right?

Actually, he's an amazing sleeper! He's consistently going 3 to 4 hours at night, and here lately he's been going closer to 5 and even had a 6 hour stretch the other night!

Days, on the other hand, are a slightly different story.

Up to now, we haven't really tried to enforce any kind of routine.
Of course I talk about routines with complete acceptance of the fact that he might have other ideas. Anything I talk about here is subject to change without notice.
As we're settling back into our daily routine as best as possible, we've started figuring out what he needs and when. For instance, after his mid-morning feeding he usually stays up for a few hours. This is usually the best time of day with him -- he's in such a good mood, and is so alert.

The problem is he tries to stay up for too long, and by the time he appears tired, he's overly tired and fights sleeping. That causes two problems: 1) it takes a long time to get him down, and 2) even after he goes down, he's back up again 15 to 30 minutes later.

Which means mama doesn't have any time to get anything done! (And if mama ain't happy...)

So yesterday Jen decided to try something a little different. We're now getting him into his crib earlier at night (instead of us holding him until we go to bed), and when he goes down for a nap in the middle of the day, we're doing the same routine that we do at night (feed him in his room with minimal lighting, wrap him up nice and tight, etc).

The hope is that maybe we can start to train him when he should be sleeping and when he should be awake.

That gives Jen time to run any errands she needs to in the morning while he's up (and in a good mood), and then when they get home she can put him down for a nice long nap so she can do whatever she needs to around the house.

We're only one day into this new routine, but it worked really well yesterday! He was sleeping so soundly that she hated waking him to go pick B up from school (which she eventually had to do after a solid 2 hours of sleep!).

Other Fun Things

Well you knew it wouldn't be long before we got him out in the stroller for a walk. We jumped at the opportunity the first nice day we had!


And of course we've dressed him up in all sorts of cute outfits, including one of my favorites -- layered shirts with gray knit pants:

I'm not so sure about this whole standing thing yet...

On the growth chart at the doctor, it said by one month babies should be able to grab things. Well he demonstrated that one day while he was upset that I was changing him:

I think he was trying to throw the onesie across the room.

He LOVES bath time, as long as he's kept warm.


And he's already started working on his professional modelling career.

What I Love

I'm loving a lot of things right now, especially how he looks while he's being burped:

Look at him trying to look up!

and all the good cuddle time we've been getting in:


I love his perfectly-rounded head and face. I don't think I've ever seen anything cuter.


Last, but certainly not least, I love my wife.

I can't even begin to tell you how thankful I am to have Jennifer -- she is so amazing, and always puts our needs ahead of her own. I seriously have no idea what I'd do without her. I know she doubts herself a lot and over-analyzes things sometimes, but it's just because she cares about us and wants the best for us.

I'm amazed at all that she can do on such limited sleep, and how she maintains such a good attitude about it all. And quite frankly, she's still pleasant to be around (which is more than I can say about myself sometimes)!

Looking Ahead

I'm honestly a little concerned about the future. I'm really excited about figuring out a routine so that Jen has more time to do the things she needs, and I'm especially excited for her to get back into training (I'm realizing just how much motivation I get from her drive to train and race). But I'm not so much looking forward to our little guy getting bigger and more mobile. I want to hold him and cuddle him for as long as he'll let me, and it already seems like if he could, he'd be running around everywhere checking everything out.

Then again, I guess there are worse things in life.

We've come a long way in the last month, and things are feeling more and more normal every day. I'm still completely amazed that all of this is even happening, and I feel so lucky to have the life that I do.

1 comment:

  1. Your son is adorable! I love that picture of him sleeping with your wife.

    The first 3 months are rocky in terms of routine, but it does eventually happen. :)

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