I won't be cliche and say I can't believe my little man is already one month old already. Of course the month has flown by, but the days are very, very long!
Overall I feel like I lucked out with an incredibly 'easy' baby. He started sleeping in 4-5 hour stretches at night at 2.5 weeks and the last few days has slept from 7/8 p.m. to 7/8 a.m. with two feed breaks in between.
He doesn't nap too much during the day anymore. For a few weeks he'd sleep 1.5-2 hours once in the morning and again in the afternoon. Since he's started sleeping longer at night he now sleeps maybe 30 minutes 2-3x during the day.
I must confess I totally failed at the whole 'bathing him regularly' thing. From the time we left the hospital (where he was bathed every night) it was probably two weeks before I bathed him at home. I just totally forgot about it! He never had any big diaper blow outs, and I'd use his diaper wipes to basically wipe down his whole body chest to feet a few times a week when I was changing him. I finally got my shit together and bathed the poor kid around 2.5 weeks.
Since his Dad is missing some of his 'firsts' I set up the camera to video tape it. After doing some reading online about bathing babies a lot of doctors actually recommend only bathing them 1-2x a week as it can dry out their skin and, babies don't really do much to get too dirty.
Breastfeeding is going well. For the last week he had dropped down to about 6-7 feedings a day but yesterday he was feeding all.the.time. I'm guessing it means he's about to hit a little growth spurt! I read online that for every ounce of breastmilk I make I burn 30 calories so I pretty much just worked out all day yesterday.
Mom and I picked up a few more outfits for him at Target this week. He's already wearing some three month clothes! They don't quite fit him right as they are pretty loose, but at the rate he's gaining (unofficial weight was 9.5 lbs at 3.5 weeks) he will probably fit in three month clothes perfectly in the next 2-3 weeks.
I call this his little lumberjack outfit. So perfect for our trip to Alaska in 9 days! He's been smiling and cooing quite a bit, and he's great at holding his neck up now. I really can't wait for him to start doing stuff, and being able to interact with people. Something online mentioned how the first three months of parenting is basically just taking care of a fetus. Feed, burp, change, soothe to sleep. Over, and over, and over. I love my kid to death but daily life with a newborn is very monotonous! I know as he gets bigger I'll just long for the days he was a teeny tiny baby so I'm trying to enjoy this time as much as I can.
Moms - when was the first time you felt like you had a baby, versus taking care of a fetus?