Tuesday, January 28, 2014
The last 1-month post
I can't believe we're already a month into this gig. As before, it continues to amaze me how much faster the newborn phase goes than the late-pregnancy phase.
You and I are really just getting to know one another. I am trying to soak up every moment of your babyhood because I know I won't get these moments again. I love taking a nap with you cradled in my arms, and know full well that is not the kind of thing you get to do with any baby other than your own. And your older sisters show me just how little time I have to enjoy it, as they instantly squirm out of my arms to play with a toy or chase each other around the house.
I think breastfeeding is just not going to happen for us, but I'm happy that I'm still able to provide all your nutrition, and in the end it probably works better for our life at the moment. Trying to chase a toddler if you take 45 minutes to eat just won't cut it. You will probably never get the attention from me that your sisters have gotten, but instead you will get extra attention from two amazing older sisters. That seems like a fair trade, especially since you get to have them forever. Your sisters adore you, even if G expresses that by trying to poke you in the eye or steal your pacifier. I look forward to having you all gang up on your Dad and I someday (I may regret saying that). But I think the three of you may turn out to be the best of friends, a thought that just warms my heart.
At one month old, you sleep fairly decently, usually giving us a couple 3 to 4 hour stretches at night. I'm hoping this is the month that you start to sleep even better so we can feel a little more human. You are also a loud, loud little man. You get absolutely furious if we don't instantly tend to your needs. No helpless newborn cry for you, you make it clear that you are MAD. I'd have to say that your favorite thing is when we blow-dry your bum after a diaper change, which instantly calms you down (and helps combat diaper rash.)
You will forever be the third, but you will also forever be my baby. The baby. You marked the occasion of your first month on earth by smiling at me this afternoon. I tried to get a picture but it was little more than a flicker. Watching your face light up, though, was such a beautiful promise of things to come and softens the blow of the days that have already passed me by. Thanks for joining our team little one.