Archive | March, 2014

One Month

24 Mar


Because he was born in February, Davy is four weeks old and one month old on the same day. Now that he’s born I can stop counting his age in weeks, right?

I don’t think he minds it too much, being on the outside. In general he seems quite content, easily calmed down with a simple swaddle or the occasional pacifier. I hope Josh doesn’t think every baby is like this, but I know they aren’t and I know we are lucky to have a good little eater and sleeper. If I feed him at bedtime (9 or 10 p.m.) he will usually eat twice before I get up in the morning, somewhere around 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. although it varies. He often falls back asleep while being burped, and then if I can stay awake long enough I put him back in his pack ‘n’ play bassinet but if I can’t, I let him sleep on my chest or lay him next to me until the next feeding. We haven’t had a night of him keeping us awake for long periods of time since probably the first week he was home.

Nursing him on the left side is usually still painful, despite Lanolin and All-Purpose Nipple Ointment (anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, steroid). I don’t know why the first minute or two on that side has hurt since he was born, but since it has never hurt on the right side I don’t think I can blame his technique. His “latch” appears to be ideal, so it is quite a mystery.

We’ve been bathing him about once a week because it is so dry here. A few days ago I filled his little tub with warm water so he could sit in it while I washed him (instead of laying him on a towel on the kitchen counter), and instead of shivering and crying he seemed to really enjoy it. I guess he is trying to tell me that he isn’t a newborn anymore. :(

David 1 month

At the one-month mark, I have lost 28 pounds, most of it in the first two weeks. I haven’t had a moment of heartburn or pelvic floor pain since he was born. I have almost no appetite these days, which is weird and not really a good thing since I’m supposed to be eating even more calories for the breastfeeding. For the first time in my life I have to remember to make myself eat. If I feel at all hungry I usually gravitate towards sweets, which also surprises me because I feel like my body should be craving nutritious things right now. Thanks for nothing, body! The pediatrician told me to drink a gallon of water a day, so that is another thing I’ve been working on.

As we predicted, the weather since David’s birthday has been way too cold for stroller use. We held off on getting the one that would hold his car seat because I think it will be mid to late May before we can take him out. I wish it could be sooner, as walking is approved postpartum exercise and if my son is anything like the other babies I’ve watched, he would love being outside.

I’m taking him to San Diego for Easter, and I am so excited that my sisters and their kids will be there too. Not only will David be meeting his great-grandparents, aunt, uncles and other relatives, but we will be able to get hundreds of pictures of him with Dominic, Christina, and Robin. Cuteness overload.

David 1 month

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3 Weeks: Dave with Dad

18 Mar

It is very hard on me, how fast this boy is growing up. I can’t believe it has been almost a month! Waaa! When time moves this quickly, every moment spent not staring at my baby is a moment wasted.

His paternal grandparents have been visiting:


Relaxing after a bath:

David woke Josh up this morning an hour before his alarm and managed to keep him awake until it was time to get up, mostly with energetic grunting. He is an easygoing baby, but he does spend a good chunk of his wakeful hours grunting loudly, sometimes even when he’s eating. Anyway, here they are catching a lunchtime nap together. Pretty sure neither slept, but what a photo op! :)

For you cat people:

The Second Baby Post

9 Mar

Sunday, March 2:


With Mom and Tom


Wednesday, March 5: Bath, and photo shoot by Aunt Betsy









He complained a little but for the most part he was very tolerant.



He loves Vitamin D.


The afterbath


In his hat from Great Aunt Carol



The hospital started him in size 1 diapers. Cousin Robin sent him some newborn ones, but they are pretty tight around the legs.



I don’t know how related he is to his great-great-great-great grandpa P.T. Washburn but here he manages somehow to look like that creepy (sorry) painting of the boy governor. Only cuter!



Thursday, March 6:



Oh, hey.

Sunday, March 9:


Saying good-bye to Aunt Betsy. Thanks for five days of swaddles, diaper changes and naps in your lap.


The First Baby Post

1 Mar

Sunday, February 23:


Tom harassing my mom


Lots of waiting around


How do you feel about having a baby tomorrow?


Dad :)

Monday, February 24:


Delivery room glamor


My purple angel


Anything except babies…


Can I say “Eee!” about my own kid?


David Russell


In recovery


Tuesday, February 25:


Davy with Great Aunt Sue


Davy with some of his grandparents


Davy being himself

Wednesday, February 26:


Being fitted :)

going home

Getting dressed to go home




The view from our hospital room as we were leaving


The view from our hospital room as we were leaving


Baby’s first car ride, and blizzard



Friday, February 28:


Dressed for his checkup


Five more minutes, Mom


Napping with mama. Josh claims I was asleep in this picture


Tom’s thoughts on newborns

Coming soon: gory childbirth details, pictures of David with Dada

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