Monday, November 28, 2016

Jack: One Month Update

Our sweet Jack is already a month old. It feels like he was born yesterday, yet has been in our life so much longer than a month... all at the same time!

Here's an update of his first month of life.



Age
Jack turned one month old the day after Thanksgiving... November 25th!

Weight
At his 2-week well-visit, Jack weighed 9lb 5.5oz; we were pretty proud that he exceeded his birth weight by just about a pound by his 2-week appointment... go Jack, go! At his visit he was is in the 75% for weight, 75% for length, and 85% for head circumference - he's got his dad's big brain! ;)

Since his 2-week well-visit Jack has continued to grow like a weed. I swear, he was wearing newborn diapers that fit great and in a matter of one hour they were too small! We weighed him on our scale at home and he was 13lbs even! Who knows how accurate our scale is, but the babe is a total chunk and there is no question about that.

I am pretty sure he is gaining weight primarily in his cheeks... I know I am biased, but I can't get enough of the cuteness! And those crazy eyes - they kill me!! :)



Nursing
Jack has been nursing like a champ, and I am so very thankful for this. I know lots of mommas put a lot of time and energy into making nursing work, and I am so grateful that we've had it pretty easy.

He is exclusively breastfeeding and just recently had his first bottle of pumped milk. He wasn't so sure about the bottle and was quite cranky afterwards. I'm not sure whether his crankiness had anything to do with the bottle, but since there really isn't a need for him to take a bottle at this point, I'm hesitant to push it on him... we will see - maybe we will try again in a few weeks!

Sleep
Aye, aye, aye... I feel bad complaining about Jack's sleep (since it is nothing out of the newborn ordinary), but I'm not going to lie, I would love for him to be sleeping longer stretches at night. He currently wakes up about every 2 hours to be fed, but every now and then he will make it 3-3.5 hours (which is glorious!!), but there are other times that he wakes up after only an hour.

The lack of sleep has without a doubt been the most difficult part for me. It's impossible to have a clear head when you don't sleep more than 2 hours at a time, and when you don't have a clear head all of the world's problems seem 100x worse! I am so looking forward to this getting better...

He is currently sleeping in a bassinet in our bedroom, and he will stay in our room for a while, but I won't lie, I'm looking forward to transitioning him to his crib. I hope to last the full six months that the AAP recommends, but he is a super noisy sleeper and it's hard to actually get a good night's rest.

Post-partum?
Other than the exhaustion, for the most part I feel physically back to normal. The body is such an incredible thing, and although I have some work to do to get back to my pre-baby body, it is pretty crazy how quickly your body goes back to normal after having a baby. Jack and I go on 1-2 long walks a day (it's the only way I can soothe him when he is awake without nursing him), and it has been great getting fresh air... praise God we live in Texas where the weather has still been quite warm!

I am in this weird stage of not quite fitting into my pre-baby jeans, but my maternity pants are way too big because there is no bump to keep them fitted. I have been living in leggings, but hey, I'm not complaining because I would probably be living in leggings anyway!



Clothes
I can hardly believe how much Jack has grown; I already have a drawer full of clothes that he no longer can wear that I need to pack away! It makes me sad, but excited that he is healthy, growing, and will hopefully be more interactive (smiles, coos, etc.) soon.

He is wearing mostly 3 month clothes, but there are a handful of newborn onesies that he can still wear (the Nordstrom baby newborn size is perfection!!) and there are also a handful of 6 month onesies that he can wear... so it all really depends on the fit of the particular outfit. I change his outfit ridiculously often, so I am quite thankful for his plethora of hand-me-down clothes - they have been a lifesaver!

John
John took paternity leave for the first 2 weeks after Jack was born, and it was so incredibly nice to have him home. I was sad for him to go back to work, but to be honest, I felt like it was time and I was looking forward to establishing a more normalized routine. I ended up getting mastitis around week 3 (which was the most terrible thing ever) and John was able to work from home and take a few half days to help take care of Jack.

I love seeing John handle Jack; he is perfectly comfortable with him and it really is super special to watch. He is always ready to give me a little bit of relief when he gets home from work and is super encouraging for me to get out of the house and treat myself... I am so thankful that he is my forever partner.

Scout and Lily
Scout and Lily both think their new little brother is pretty great! Scout was a bit unsure at first (which I wasn't expecting), but Lily was pretty interested in watching Jack from the very beginning. I am looking forward to watching them all grow up together and go hunting (when Jack is old enough, of course!).

Although the dogs have been great with the babe, I'm not going to lie, having two high-energy dogs with a newborn has been a lot to coordinate during the day when John is at work. I love them very much, but I really don't have the energy to be wrestling dogs with muddy feet off of our furniture while trying to soothe a crying baby. I know it will get better, but in the mean time, the pups have been spending more time outside and in their crates when they are inside.

Favorite moments?
There really hasn't been a single favorite moment, but I have really enjoyed watching him grow. It's like I wake up one day and he all of a sudden needs a larger size diaper; or I try to put a onesie on him, and although he has worn it several times before it all of a sudden doesn't fit his chubby belly anymore. It makes me feel like we are making progress of him not being quite so itty bitty (and although I love me an itty-bitty Jack, I am just so excited to see him grow and get to know him more).

Also, his sneezes and yawns are entirely heart melting... I can't get enough! :) He also has the funniest facial expressions and total side-eye that are pretty dang cute.



Looking forward to?
Christmas and family time! My parents came to visit for Thanksgiving, and it was so great to have family around. I am looking forward to more family coming down in two weeks and then again for Christmas. The extra hands are nice, but it's also just nice to have people around and enjoy the company and conversation.

I am also looking forward to our sweet babe becoming more interactive. Jack flashes us several reflex smiles, but I am so looking forward to the real thing - and I feel like it is right around the corner. I will talk to Jack and play with him, and I can just tell a smile is coming soon. If he knows what's good for him, he will make sure to smile at me first... ;)

To do?
I have been meaning to take photos of Jack's nursery to share on the blog and finish the million half-written baby related blog posts that I have sitting in my draft folder... some day I will get to it!

I also have Christmas cards (which are doubling as Jack's birth announcement) to send, and I have a few items from our registry that I still need to return/exchange. So please send all the stamps my way, because I have lots to mailing to do! We were able to get our home decorated for Christmas this past weekend, so now we just have some shopping to complete... then we can really sit back, relax, and enjoy our first Christmas with a little babe. :)


For more baby Pray:
Jack's Birth Story

9 comments :

  1. Those cheeks!!! He's precious! And I hear ya on the lack of sleep, it's seriously no joke! Serena is doing better recently with some longer stretches of 3-4 hours at night, but sometimes she still wakes us up about an hour and a half to 2 hours wanting to eat. Cheers to more rest for both of us in the coming weeks <3
    Green Fashionista

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  2. He is perfect! Those cheeks omg I die. You are doing great momma!!!

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  3. I can't get over those cheeks! What a cutie! So glad to hear nursing is going so well for you and praying he starts sleeping longer! The first time he does, you'll wake up in a panic! We did and rushed to make sure Baker was ok!

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  4. Oh my, his sweet face! Those eyes and cheeks are just the best!!

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  5. He is such a sweet baby! I'm so happy nursing is going so well for you guys. You seem to have just taken to motherhood! It suits you so well :) :)

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  6. Oh my! Jack's getting so big!! He is just as cute as ever :) So glad things are going so well (minus the mastitis - that does not sound fun) y'all are naturals!

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  8. he has the cutest cheeks!! i cant believe he is already a month old! xo jillian

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  9. Lisa, he is just so precious! Those big cute cheeks!! I totally feel your pain in the sleep department! ML is 4 months and still wakes up every 1-2 hours most nights.

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