One Month

24 Mar

David

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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7 Responses to “One Month”

  1. stephaniechayrez March 25, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    I was initially the same way with forgetting to eat, and then if I was hungry, always wanting cookies!! I bet in a few weeks (if not sooner) you’ll be ravenous! Can’t wait to meet David! He’s so precious and I want to hold him!

    • littleapartment March 26, 2014 at 11:12 am #

      I’m glad to hear this is normal! I can’t wait for you to meet him either. I think you will hit it off.

  2. Elizabeth Morales March 29, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    I really craved sweets too – I’ve heard that from a lot of moms. I think it’s especially true at the beginning. Can’t wait for cousin pics, so let’s not be lame and forget to take them!

    • littleapartment April 1, 2014 at 10:31 am #

      I’m really looking forward to them, don’t think we could forget. I hope not anyway, that would be pathetic!

  3. Elizabeth Morales March 29, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    By the way, with Dominic I knew how many weeks old he was into the 30s or 40s. I automatically thought of it on Thursdays. With Christie, I had to think and count by about 5-6 weeks. Poor girlie.

    • littleapartment April 1, 2014 at 10:33 am #

      I’m sure I will think of it every Monday for a while. Davy was five weeks yesterday. I really can’t believe how fast it goes by. Maybe sleep deprivation is to blame.

  4. Linda - Mom- In- Law April 15, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    Since your drinking so much water, that is probably why your not hungry ! Again thanks for sharing your blog & the pictures. Can’t wait to see you all again ! Love you !

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