Monday, August 13, 2012

1 Month

I'm a little behind on updates, in case you can't tell! So here is LDB's one month update.

At one month old our little LDB was 13 pounds, 12 ounces and about 23" long. Here's a side by side growth comparison at 1 week and 1 month...

I can't believe how fast he's grown! This month was a big one for us as we moved 8 hours away on the day that 1 week photo was taken. This little baby has been through a lot but he's been a champ! His first month was full of eating, eating, and more eating with a little bit of sleep thrown in for good measure. We saw his first, quick little smiles and learned that bath time is his favorite activity aside from, you guessed it...eating. I knew that nursing would be challenging but this first month was absolutely crazy. And completely worth it! He would take a bottle if necessary and believe was frequently necessary in the middle of the night. He had a very, very hard time latching and in the middle of the night when he was groggy and tired it was even worse. Praise the Lord for my amazing husband who would willingly wake up to help me and bottlefeed LDB with milk I had pumped. I never would have stuck it out without his help. He also insisted that we get a glider to make night time feedings easier on me...yep, he's a keeper!!

This month LDB was in Fuzzibunz (a cloth diaper brand) XS and S sized diapers and disposables size 1, although he only wore those while we traveled for the move. He wore newborn and 0-3 month clothes and 0-3 month socks. The newborn ones could be pulled on but the heel hits him in the middle of his foot!

He wouldn't (and still won't) take a pacifier unless it was in the middle of the night and we were using it to help soothe him back to sleep when he woke up. Even then, though, he frequently just spit it back out. We're keeping an on demand feeding routine and baby-led scheduling in general but there's always a really distinct difference in when he wakes up hungry and when he wakes himself up with gas or restlessness. That's been really helpful with knowing when he needs more rest and when he needs food and has allowed us to get a bit more sleep at night!

Overall, this month was challenging but great. We both coped really well with the lack of sleep, worked as a team, and loved on our LDB like crazy! I wouldn't trade a single moment!

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