We have had a great month with our sweet little guy! He has the best demeanor and this experience has been the exact opposite of our experience with Emmy. I am not sure if it is that my expectations are more realistic or if he has just been a dream baby. I also didn’t have a huge sleep deficit like I did with Emmy, so that has helped.
First car ride home:
Holden is pretty content and is easy to appease if he does get fussy. His likes include:
- Being held
- Napping (like his daddy!)
- Being walked in a carrier
- Laying on his back and looking at his play mat
- Diaper changes
- Being buckled into his car seat
For the first two weeks Holden was never awake, but knew his nights and days immediately, which was nice. He still eats every three hours and has only given us a handful of 4.5 hour stretches at night, but we have been super lucky that after he eats he usually goes straight back to sleep. He is still sleeping in our room in a bassinet so I don’t have to go across the house for his feedings.
His first week home from the hospital (sleeping, per usual):
One month old:
His current schedule has him waking for the day between 6-7:30 and staying awake for a couple of hours, then napping (between 3-hour feedings) until about 4ish. He will be awake for a little while and then go back to sleep until around 8:30 and I will keep him up until his last feeding in hopes that will get me some extra snooze time.
This baby is a smiler! He smiles in his sleep and he smiles when he makes eye contact with you. It is just heart melting!
He has moved from some newborn sleepers to 3 month sleepers, and can wear both newborn and size 1 diapers.
As for big sister….she loooves her brother!
She loves to hold him, comforts him when he is crying, always asks where he is, is a huge helper by bringing me diapers, wipes, etc. She is an excellent big sister.
All that said, she has had some epic tantrums that I am sure have to do with her huge life change, so that has been my biggest challenge. He is a cake walk – toddler, notsomuch.
So that sums up our month! I will write more about our Christmas. We had a great time celebrating despite a horrid stomach virus sweeping our (and our cousin’s) household. Here are some sneak peeks of his professional pics:
(Don’t let this sweet pic fool you – it was a Christmas miracle to get this!)
Happy new year!
Edited to add (so I won’t forget):
Biggest learning curve:
The Male Anatomy. I thought diaper changes would be much easier with less crevices to deal with. Not the case. Also, nothing will ever prepare me for the deer in headlights shock that happens daily when the “sprinkler” goes off! You would think I would learn how to keep it covered!
Brother, little buddy, Bubs, Bubsie, Mr. Bubs, Mr. Man, Little Man, Bubby – I don’t think the child is ever called by his name!