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I have had so much to write about and so much time to do it (between holding a sleeping baby and feeding a baby who wants to eat every two hours, I spend a lot of time sitting on the couch), but I always only have one hand free, and typing on my computer with one hand is a bear. However, I just found out there is an app for my phone for updating my blog. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner. I mean, there’s an app for everything else in the world. Chalk it up to baby brain, the constant semi-conscious state that comes with the continuous diaper changes, feedings, and lack of sleep.
So now I’m behind, but I’m going to start with a 1-month update for Henry. He’s actually 6 weeks old now, but I’m going to wind back time and pretend I’m writing this on his one-month birthday.
Since my family was visiting when Henry turned 1-month-old, I do have photos of him from then, so without further adieu, here are Henry’s one month updates and photos:
Weight: Henry had his 1-month doctor appointment on November 25. It was neat because my family was visiting, so my dad was able to come to the appointment. I’m really happy because we love Henry’s doctor. It’s sort of a crapshoot in a place where you don’t know many people and don’t speak the local language. Fortunately, my Dutch neighbor down the street who has 3 little kids of her own recommended this doctor. His practice is in a convenient location for us, he speaks English really well, he is very friendly, and he takes time to explain things to us. Anyway, when he weighed Henry, he was over 9 pounds, which was about 1 kg more than his lowest weight in the hospital (Henry lost a bunch of weight in the hospital because it look like a week for my milk to come in), so we were all really happy about that.
Health: Henry has been healthy, and he hasn’t exactly had a sheltered life. He wasn’t affected by being around visitors who had mild colds when they stayed with us, and we’ve been taking him on lots of outings, including a trip to Paris with my family, so I’m sure he’s been exposed to plenty of germs. He is certainly a little trooper.
Sleep: Henry is sleeping less than I’d like but a normal amount for a baby his age. On a good night, he’ll have two 3-4 hour sleeps, waking up to eat. When we first brought him home from the hospital, he was waking up every 1-2 hours wanting to feed. That was really rough for his mama. Now he’ll have “bad” nights once or twice a week where he’ll wake up more often and/or have a hard time going back to sleep, but he seems to generally be heading in a good direction in terms of sleep.
Right now we have him sleeping in a bed next to our bed. His bed is a Moses basket that I bought second-hand here in Luxembourg. We are booked for a steady stream of house guests until January 3, so I think we’ll keep him in our room with us until after that–as long as he doesn’t get too big for his basket!
Nap-wise, he’s not on a schedule yet. I pretty much let him sleep as often and as long as he wants. If its been a few hours since his last nap, and he’s fussy, and I know he’s not hungry or needing a diaper change, I’ll help him get to sleep by wrapping him in a blanket and walking/bobbing around the house with him.
Social: We’ve had a steady stream of visitors since Henry was born. In his first month, he got to meet his grandma (Jordan’s mom), his grandpa (my dad), and his aunt and uncle (my brother and sister).
Clothes: it seems like clothes are the best way to see how Henry is growing. To me, he’s still the tiny little baby they put in my arms in the delivery room, but his clothes tell another story. It’s amazing to see how he’s really filled out all of his newborn clothes, and he’s starting to fit into his 0-3 month clothes. I have to be careful because he has some clothes that I put aside because they were too big when he was first-born, and I recently tried them back on him, and they’re almost too small now!
Baby Gear Love: When I was pregnant, we walked in the forest near our house almost every day. Now when we walk, we use a baby carrier since he is too little to be jostled around off-road in a stroller. I love the Bjorn, and Jordan loves the Moby wrap. Either way Henry always falls asleep within the first 5-10 minutes of our walk. I think it reminds him of our walks when he was in my belly.
Crying: Henry doesn’t full-on wail very often. It’s mostly only when we’re in a situation where we can’t give him what he needs right away, like if he gets hungry while we’re driving in the car, or if he’s hungry, but he really needs a diaper change before he eats. He whimpers a lot–when he’s hungry, poopy, tired, bored, or overstimulated. Most of the time, we can figure out what he needs and help him. Sometimes he’ll shriek or cry out ’cause he gets really bad gas. We feel so bad for him, but there’s not much we can do to help until it passes. We bicycle his legs and change his positions until it seems like he’s more comfortable, but there’s really no relief until the gas gets out.
Likes: Right now Henry is pretty simple. He likes to eat, and he likes to sleep, preferably being held, preferably by mom or dad.
Postpartum: Upon checking out of the hospital, I was instructed not to really do anything until further notice at my 6-week doctor appointment. I had grand ideas of ignoring that advice and starting some light exercise right away, like the stuff I was doing towards the end of my pregnancy, but the exhaustion of the constant feeding and sleepless nights pretty much made it impossible not to obey the doctor’s orders. After about 2 weeks, I started doing our daily dog walks in the forest, so that’s something. It really makes me feel better all day when I get out for a walk and some fresh air in the morning.
Emotion-wise, I didn’t really get the “baby blues.” I imagine that’s because I had so much help and company in the first few weeks after Henry was born. I didn’t have the opportunity to spend much time by myself dwelling on things and getting sad.
Clothes-wise, I’m out of my maternity clothes. I have 2 pairs of “normal” jeans that fit me, albeit they are the jeans that were baggy on me before I got pregnant, but hey, it’s still progress. All my shirts are pretty tight now, but I’ll probably wait a few months to see if I’ll slim back down or if I need to buy some new clothes.
Milestones: Henry lost his belly button cord this month, 17 days after he was born. He is also discovering his voice making lots of noises. He had his first bath, first car ride, first stroller ride, first lick from Willow (unintentional), first outing in town, and tons more since basically everything is new.
Does that cover everything? I plan to do these once a month. I know I have lots of friends and family who read this blog, so if there’s anything else you want to know about Henry on a regular basis, let me know.