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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Jack: One Month!


(Yes, I'm using 2 sets of stickers...both were gifts and I love them and can't decide!)

Milestones this month:
  • You are growing out of your newborn clothes already!  It's sad, but makes me feel good that you are growing. 
  • You sleep for 3-4 hour stretches at night!  I usually have to wake you up around 3am to feed you!   You give me the most precious faces around that time when I wake you up and change you.  Like, "mom, it's the middle of the night for crying out loud!!!!"
  • You take a bottle great and then easily switch back to breastfeeding.  I was so worried about that. 
  • You can lift your head up and turn it to the side when doing tummy time.  You have also rolled over on your own several times.  Not sure if this was just an accident, but we'll take it!
  • You are starting to recognize voices and faces

Things you like this month:
  • You like just about all of the contraptions we have for you: Mamaroo, Nap Nanny, Leachco Podster and Bouncer, but your favorite is the Nap Nanny.  This is where you take the majority of your naps during the day.  Go figure, the product that was recalled and I barely got my hands on, is your favorite.  I feel sorry for all the moms who don't have one!  Thank you Lauryn and Stephie who told me how great these are!!!
  • Walks and car rides (they both just make you fall asleep)
  • Being held and snuggling
  • Falling asleep on my chest
  • Being swaddled.  You won't fall asleep at night (the good deep sleep) until we swaddle you up.
  • Being carried in your Baby K'tan
  • Eating and sleeping!!!  You are a great eater and sleeper.  I don't want to jinx anything by saying this, but you are a relatively easy baby so far.  Knock on wood!!!
  • Bath time.  Once we switched you to a tub bath using a Puj tub, you LOVE baths.  You also fall right to sleep after we lotion you and wrap you up after baths which we do every other day right now.  Sometimes at night and sometimes during the day. 
  • Being outside.  It's already too hot to be outside during the day, but we like to sit outside in the evening when it's cooled off a bit.
  • Music.  It calms you down when we put music on near you or sing to you
  • Pacifiers...soothies to be exact.  Why did we wait until you were almost a week old to introduce this to you?

Things you don't like this month:
  • Sleeping in your bassinet; you would rather be closer to us or cuddle.  We had to start using a "By Your Side" Sleeper in the bed so we can get some sleep at night. 
  • Being naked
  • Being hungry.  Boy you let us know when you are hungry!  You even have a special three sounds you make before you full on cry.  Dad calls it your early warning system. 
  • Sponge baths, except for the hair washing part.  So happy when your cord stump fell off so we could switch to tub baths!
  • Tummy time.  You cry and cry during tummy time except the very first time we did this with you.  Still, you seem to have strong neck muscles and will lift and turn your head already. 
  • Getting strapped into your infant seat.  That always brings on the tears, but once you are in and get settled, you are pretty content.  I still need more practice with this as we haven't taken you out much except for walks, your doctor visit and a couple of car rides.  I'm being a paranoid mom and keeping you out of public places for the first 6 weeks. 
  • Liquid vitamins that your pediatrician prescribed.  Typical kid!  The doctor did warn that it tasted would think they could work on that!

Special memories this month:
  • All of our visitors this month to the house to meet you
  • The first visit to Mimi's house for Mauri and Uncle Jack's birthday celebration.  This was the first time for the Novosad family to meet you including your great-grandparents
  • Your first tub bath given to you by me and dad
  • The first time you peed on me and your dad!  Gotta watch out for those boys!
  • How great you were at your first pediatrician visit at 2 weeks.  You didn't even cry when they pricked your heel.  The nurse said that was a first for her. 
  • Watching you smile when you sleep
  • Falling asleep in our arms after you eat and all of the naps we have already taken together

Dear Jack,

I can't put into words how much I love you.  From the moment they pulled you out of me I've been crazy in love with you.  I can stare at you for hours and find myself doing just that all the time.  It breaks my heart when you cry and you melt my heart when you smile.  Each week this month you have grown more alert and I just love watching you develop and change.  I can't wait to see more of your personality come out.  You are the most beautiful baby I have ever seen.  I love all of your hair and your wide, bright eyes.  I think we are a great pair already, developing more of a steady routine each day. 

You are such a lucky boy with so many people who love you including me, your dad and pup, Tucker.  Your grandparents are all so in love with you too.  Your dad and I are thankful everyday for you and love you more than anything.  We survived the first month without any major mishaps...only one frantic middle of the night phone call to the pediatrician and one frantic doctor visit!  That has to be good for first time parents.  We can't wait to see what the next month brings!  Welcome to the world sweet baby boy!

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