Jan 20 2009

One month

My baby is one month old today! Getting so old. He’s walking, talking, and potty-trained.

Ok no.

But, he has made a lot of changes since he was born. For one, he’s noticeably bigger. At first, I could hold him with one arm and it would feel like I was holding nothing since he was so light. I can still do the one-arm football hold, but he feels much heavier. His body is starting to fill out and he seems longer to me. Later today, we’ll visit the pediatrician to get his stats. I’m going to put in my guess and say he’s 20.5 inches and 7 lbs. 3 oz.

He smiles in quick little spurts, and it just melts my heart! So cute. I’m not fast enough to capture it on camera, but soon enough I’ll get him. I think he has dimples, but those big smiles are so rapid that I can’t be sure. Mostly, he gives us little half-grins.

All we do all day is feed, cuddle and sleep. There’s an occasional bath tossed in. Oh, and he goes through a lot of diapers. He’ll poop (you can usually hear the splurt!) and we’ll wait a few minutes but he won’t be done, and then he’ll fill another diaper shortly after. Lol.

He’s starting to get better head control, but he’s still kind of a bobble head. Shane likes to give him his “tummy time” and I think that helps.

Jonathan seems to prefer sleeping in someone’s arms instead of laying down on his own. That’s fine during the day, but when I haven’t had a wink of sleep in awhile, it gets really tiring. I honestly don’t accomplish anything during the day except for feeding him. I’m lucky if I change my clothes or shower. I have to remind myself to get something to eat or drink, since a lot of the time I either don’t think about it or I’m too tired to get up and get it (if Shane’s home, he gets me things of course).

In a lot of ways, having a newborn is exactly how I imagined it to be: He sleeps, poops, eats and cries, and that’s about it. I’m insanely sleep-deprived. Everyone knows these things will happen.

I think that we’re actually doing pretty well. We’ve been fortunate to have our parents come and stay with us for a few days, and they’ve been helpful. We have a healthy baby (thank God!) so we just have basic things to do for Johnny.

Even though I would like more sleep, I guess it doesn’t really matter at this point. I’m doing exactly what I should be doing: feeding and loving my baby. I don’t think I’m supposed to be doing anything else right now anyway.

I hope that our lives get easier soon, though. I want to start venturing outdoors some more. Later today, we’re going to the doctor like I said. I’m also hoping we can do a little bit of shopping. Maybe?

Also, I’m proud of Shane and I. We hadn’t ever cared for a newborn before, and had limited interaction with the tiniest of babies before our son was born. We really didn’t know what we were doing, but we managed to figure things out just fine. Our first week at home was just the three of us — no outside help. Getting through that week did a lot of good for our confidence.

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3 Responses to “One month”

  1. I really enjoy your blog. I appreciate how honest you are and it certainly gives hope to others without the “newborn experience.” You two are doing a great job. Congratulations on what sounds like a wonderful first month!

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  2. Thanks for the encouragement!

  3. Sounds like everything is going great!! And you’re right, caring for a newborn is not easy but it is definitely worth it! They really are precious!
    Quick question: how does Johnny like his tummy time? I do that with Libby and she’s okay for a couple minutes and then gets frustrated/bored/whatever and cries. I guess I should probably keep doing it in small spurts until she gets used to it. What do you think?

    Stacys last blog post..Libby’s 3 week update

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