One month down.
Some days all I can think is...why did we want kids so bad again?
And other days I think...wow, what a cute kid we made!
This month has been one of the most challenging of my life and I have trouble understanding those who have nothing but good things to say about the first few weeks of their kid's life. The good is of course the healthy baby, but OMG the whole experience of a newborn is nothing like I imagined.
I know there's a learning curve involved but one month in I'm still having trouble figuring out how to "do" things around the house, as well as all the other errands I used to do like grocery shop etc etc.
It's absolutely exhausting getting absolutely nothing done everyday.
Everyone says that you should really soak up and enjoy these early newborn days because they change so fast and that you'll never get that time back again. And just like I'm not supposed to be doing I spend a lot of time wishing away these early days and waiting for the day when baby is a bit more...interesting.
I can't help it guys, I know it's so close. I have friends with 3 month olds and they are doing SO much more than Baby Jett...I can't wait.
All that being said Baby Jett has GROWN. He's like a giant baby now. He weighed in at a whopping 9 lbs. 3 oz today at his one month appt!
I can't believe that some people give birth to babies this big...he seems so huge to me.
My little newborn baby on Day 2 weighing in at 5 lbs. 6 oz.
My giant one month old weighing in at a whopping 9 lbs. 3 oz.
At one month...
...I'm still busy drowning my baby in my oversupply of milk at each and every feeding...the pediatrician insists this will calm down in another few months but in the meantime I can spray milk across the room, or more importantly ALL OVER THE BABY. He gets a milk shower at least once a day. Did you guys know your boob could literally SPRAY milk? It's fascinating.
...Baby Jett is getting better at dealing with the milk drowning...I mean FEEDING. He takes more breaks for burping rather than gulping furiously to try to swallow it all as quickly as he can and that seems to make the whole ordeal more manageable. We still have some exorcist style spit ups...but thankfully they are down to once every few days.
During the day he feeds quite a bit, usually once every 1-2 hours and most nights he's really good about sleeping for 3 hour stretches with a 4 hour thrown in every once in awhile...those nights are heavenly. But some nights he sticks to his daytime routine of feeding every 1.5-2 hours...those nights are hell.
...Baby Jett will not take a pacifier. We didn't introduce one until this past week and he was really uninterested in it. He's not much of a comfort sucker, if he starts sucking on his hand it's because he's hungry and that paci just isn't gonna cut it!
We also introduced a bottle this week, which means I attempted pumping this week. He accepted the bottle just fine which made daddy happy but mommy really hates the pump and with the oversupply issues I've already got going on pumping is only going to be happening once every other day or so...and still only to appease daddy.
...Jett LOVES baths. He gets very chill and mellow and just seems to really enjoy the sensation of the warm water. We take baths together once every 2 or 3 days.
...he's a grunter. Oh my how he grunts! It's particularly annoying at 3am...so much grunting!
...has become a bit of a barnacle. He used to let us put him down to sleep...now it's hit or miss. Sometimes you can put him down and sometimes he won't sleep unless someone is holding him or laying with him on their chest. I ALWAYS attempt to put him down and even let him fuss for a bit before I go pick him up because I don't want him to never sleep on his own, but sometimes the only thing that works is to hold him...and I must admit when I'm exhausted and can't get the baby to sleep on his own, it's a great excuse to lay down with him and take a nap with him on my chest.
Overall I have to say that we've been blessed with a pretty easy baby...but I'm still looking forward to the days when he can actually interact with us!