Wednesday, January 1, 2014

David: {One Month}


David –

You are one month old today! I can’t believe it was only a month ago that we braved the fog, and had one exciting delivery story. What a month it has been for us :)

According to our measurements at home, you are 9 lbs, 12 oz and 21-1/4 inches long. The last time you were officially measured at 2 weeks & 4 days and you were 8lbs, 4 oz, and 20-3/4 inches long.

You are still in newborn clothing, but they are getting too short. We tried a few 0-3 month outfits and they’re still way too big for you. We just switched you to size 1 diapers last week.

You eat 3.5 - 4.5 oz every 3 hours during the day. We tried exclusively breastfeeding, but ran into several issues which included you not wetting enough diapers. To ensure you were doing ok, we decided to take a similar route to what we did with your sister. You ate a combination of breast milk and formula for about 3-1/2 weeks until mama’s supply ran out. Now you are exclusively on formula. You have been eating the Target brand similar to Similac Advance. However, you may be having acid reflux issues. Dr. V gave us some new formula to try to see if that helps. If it doesn't, you may have to take medicine like your big sister did. As of Monday, 12/30, it is working decently to help with spit up.

Similar to your sister, you let us know you’re hungry as soon as you realize it. Unfortunately, this means you realize it when you’re starving and want your bottle rightthissecond! Luckily for us, you’re not too picky about the temperature of your bottle. We make a single bottle with warm water most of the time. Otherwise, you’re happy with a cold one straight from the fridge. When you finally get the bottle, we have to battle with you to get it in your mouth between you doing “baby shark” feedings, and having your hands in the way. Once it’s in your mouth, you are happy as a clam :)

You sleep for 3.5-4 hour stretches most of the time. During the day, you only rest for about 30-45 minutes, but that’s ok! It can get a little noisy with your big sister running around ;) You haven’t taken to pacifiers just yet, which can make it harder to soothe you back to sleep if you wake up. However, we can usually get you calm after some cuddles! You only wake up at night if you’re hungry, wet, or because you’re congested.

We didn’t give you many sponge baths because you just HATE being cold. We did learn that, if we washed your body first, then we could wrap you in a towel before we washed your hair. You love getting your hair washed, especially if you’re warm in your towel. You got your first real bath in your special tub around 3 weeks. As long as the water is warm, you’re happy.

You cry if you’re wet or dirty, but you don’t like diaper changes either. {You can’t have it both ways buddy boy!} The worst part for you is the end when we’re fastening the new diaper on. You start to squirm so much that it takes longer to finish up. As soon as we snap your clothes shut, you are almost always calm and alert as if nothing happened.

So far, you like the swing on setting #2, being rocked, the vibrating rocking chair, being held 85% of the time, having your head (or back) rubbed, white noise, pulling the blanket over your mouth {which gives mama a heart attack!}, being swaddled mostly, and having a full tummy! You despise being cold, getting your diaper changed, having your hat covering your eyes, gas bubbles, being in the Moby Wrap, and laying on your tummy.

Some of the cute things you’re doing as of lately:
You can lift your head pretty well already. You usually only try when mama is trying to burp you, or holding you to her chest. You make lots of fun faces! You get the hiccups often, but they only annoy you if it’s in the middle of a feeding because you’re still hungry! When you get mad and cry loudly, you turn really red in the face. In fact, we can see it gradually happen so we’re aware you’re about to cry. It starts at the top of your head, and then works down to your face. I think you’ve got some of mama’s Irish heritage ;) {Which means your little tomato nickname may stick around for a while!} You ride in the car very well. Usually you fall asleep once the car is moving! You went to church for the first time when you were exactly 7 days old. The nursery ladies already love you, and we’re so glad you seem to like it too :)

We took an overnight trip to Tulsa a little earlier than we expected to. Your great-grandma Thompson passed away, and we went to her funeral. You did really well during the service, and everyone just loved meeting you! I think it really helped Grandma having you and Jillian there to keep her mind off of everything. Plus, she and Papa love you both so much!

Christmas was the first holiday you got to celebrate! We stayed home, but your Grandma and Papa came down from Tulsa with your Uncle Mike and Aunt Jessica! We had a fun day, and we even had a video chat with your Jemma, Gee-Chaz, and Uncle Mikey! You were quite a sport while mama took hundreds of pictures. You also got a midnight kiss on New Year’s Eve from both your daddy and mama! {Your big sis was sound asleep}

I am so excited to watch you grow, and get to know you better baby boy! You’re already such a joy, and we are so glad you are part of our silly family. Love you sunshine :)

And some outtakes:
{This sticker might taste yummy...} 

{Why are you making faces at me mama?} 

{Do a little dance...} 

{You want a smile? Is this right? Am I doing it?!} 

{Are we done now mama? I could use a nap!}


And a comparison:
{Left: Jillian 1/2012 Right: David 1/2014}

2 comments:

  1. What formula are you trying? I'm going to talk to the dr at Ethan's one month apt because I think he's have reflux issues too.hes already on similac sensitive

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  2. I love those first weeks when you are learning about your child. Every day is a new adventure and you never know what will happen. I still get those days every once in a while, but I miss them. I am so excited to continue watching him grow!

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