We’ve been blessed with our little boy for an entire month already which seems absolutely crazy to me. I still remember the day I first saw those two pink lines, the day we announced our news to the world, the day we found out we were having a boy and the day our boy made his appearance. It is amazing how fast time flies and how quickly babies change so I’ve been doing my best to capture all the little moments we’ve experienced with our son so far. (Which is why if you follow me on Instagram it has been taken over by pictures of Grayson these past 30 days). But when you spend all day with an adorable little baby it’s kind of hard not to take 1,000 pictures of them ;)
Life the past month has been absolutely amazing. Of course I could use more sleep, my boobs get sore from breastfeeding (but are a whole lot better than the beginning), my arms get tired from holding G for hours at a time, sometimes my day doesn’t begin until noon because I’ve been busy changing, feeding and soothing a newborn but I am so in love with my son that I could do this everyday for the rest of my life. Since he was born I feel like I have finally found my purpose in life. To be a mom. To care, love and protect this little human because he depends on me to do so.
Postpartum hasn’t been as terrible for me as I thought it would be. I have been going on 2 mile walks everyday with Grayson, Brooks and my dad (with Kyle on weekends and sometimes at night before bed). It’s been really nice to get out of the house and I believe staying as active as I can has allowed be to recover faster too. I have lost 25 pounds of the weight I gained during my pregnancy and even though my skin is still flabby and I have pregnancy marks that will probably never go away, I am happy with the progress I have made in 4 short weeks. Today was my first day back at the gym! i went in between Grayson’s 5am feeding and 8am feeding (my dad kept an eye on him when he slept) and it felt amazing to do something for me again!
We’ve adjusted well to this new normal and I am grateful for that.
Here are some things about our baby boy from the past month.
+ He is a complete wiggle worm and has been since the day he was born.
+ He hates getting his diaper changed and cries every time we start to undress him.
+ I started putting him on his stomach for “tummy time” at a week old and the first time I did, he pushed himself onto his back. I just stared at him for a second and thought “wait no, you’re not supposed to be able to do that yet” haha. With some time and effort he now does it every time. He’s not rolling from his back to stomach yet though, thank goodness.
+ He has great neck control. Like surprisingly good.
+ He loves when daddy puts him on his shoulder and pats his back.
+ He loves bath time in his puj bath tub. Until we take him out and he’s cold. He’s made it clear he does NOT like that part.
+ He still loves the car and our daily walks in his stroller. Usually, he will instantly fall asleep.
+ He is starting to become more alert throughout the day, making eye contact and smiling when I read to him or give him kisses on his neck.
+ His new favorite thing is for me to cradle him in my arms while bouncing on the yoga ball. He will instantly stop crying and usually puts him to sleep. Great ab workout for me too!
+ He likes getting his picture taken (or at least pretends too for Mama’s pleasure).
+ He LOVES to eat and is gaining weight like a champ. His big tummy and chubby cheeks are my favorite. He eats every 2-3 hours transferring 3-4 oz on average.
+ His eyes are still the bluish/grey they were when he was born but I feel like they are getting some brown in them.
+ His hair is still a dark brown and I think has thickened a little bit (still not even close to the amount I had when I was born!)
+ He’s still in newborn clothes and diapers but at the rate he is growing I predict we will be out of those soon and on to the next size! He’s actually fitting in his 0-3 month old clothes too. Big boy!
+ He still doesn’t really know what to do with the pacifier. He will take it but usually spits it out within a minute or so. If I sit there holding it in his mouth it’s fine but the minute I take my hand off it falls out haha. We’ll get there….. maybe.
+ I am still exclusively breast feeding and I love it. It’s such a special time between him and I and knowing I am giving him the best nutrients I can makes me happy. I am not pumping at all yet and really have no desire to but we will see. We were forced to give him about 2 oz’s of formula through a bottle last Sunday because it was late at night and I just didn’t have enough milk to satisfy him before bed. It’s the first time hat has happened and I was basically horrified that I had to give him a bottle. However, since them we’ve been exclusively back on the breast so I’m not sure what that was about.
+ He’s obviously not talking yet but he makes quick and loud squeals every time he’s unhappy or wants a change in scenery. I swear he has his father’s gift of gab with all the noises he’s already making!
+ He has found a love for music! I will lay him on the blanket and put on Baby Einstein Radio and I will sing along the songs to him. It keeps him entertained for at least an hour, sometimes two! I love it.
+ I layed him down in his crib for the first time yesterday (9/18/14) and he slept in there for about an hour. I had such a proud Mama moment and then as I checked on him for the 100th time I had a rush of sadness rush over me because of how fast he is growing up.
Phew, that was long but I want to make sure I remember everything. He’s already such a fun little boy and I can’t wait to watch him grow into his personality.
Thanks for following along this journey of ours. I love sharing our life with you!