Thursday, November 15, 2012

1 month of Emerson

I cannot believe that one month of your life has already happened.  It has been quite a month.  A month of sleeplessness, laughter, tears, frustrations and triumphs.  No one could have prepared us for what it is like to have a newborn enter our life.  I know it sounds so cliché, but it amazes me how it is possible to love someone so instantaneously!  You've grown so much in the last month and your daddy and I love you so much.  You keep us on our toes and just when we think we have you figured out you throw something new at us.  We have had to pull quite a few tools out of our toolbox.  We have learned to work together as a team on hardly any sleep at all.

You are handsome
You are perfect
You are sweet
You have quite the personality already
You make our family complete

You like:
laying naked on his changing table
sleeping in his swing
bath time
having "You Are My Sunshine" sung to him over and over and over again
morning mat time with daddy
being swaddled

You dislike:
car rides in his car seat
getting MAJOR gas after eating
his pacifier (he can't seem to keep the thing in his mouth)
sleeping longer than 3 hours at a time
going to the doctor
 hiccups (you get downright mad and start crying each time you get them)
 having a wet diaper

Our favorite things about You are:
how you responds to our singing to you - it seems to settle you down right away
you loud farts
your sound affects
how you loves to sleep on our chest
your sweet, smirky smile
your big blue eyes
how you likes to stare at lights

Weight: 9 lbs 8 1/2 oz

Length: 22 inches long 

Clothing size: Some newborn still and some 0-3 months.  A lot of your newborn footed jammies you grew out of at about 2 weeks because you are so long.

Diaper size: Newborn.  Size 1 diapers are still just a little bit too big for you.

Feeding: You're eating right around every 3 hours.  You have occasionally gone 4-5 hours in between eating at night, but that was just a teaser I think.  You chug your milk like a champ!

Sleep: You like to fight sleep during the day.  Sometimes it can be quite the challenge to get you to fall asleep.  This is where singing to you comes in quite handy!  At night you love your sleep.  You usually fall right to sleep after I've fed you.  You make a lot of noise in your sleep and this sometimes makes it difficult for me to sleep at night.  You have a lot of gas so you often whimper and whine in your sleep.

Milestones: Daddy tried to feed you your first bottle at 4 weeks old.  You weren't too thrilled with it.  I think you were wondering where the boob was.  We are going to keep trying since mama needs to be able to leave the house at some point.  Your cord finally fell off at almost 4 weeks old!  You wanted to hold on to that shriveled little raisin for awhile.  You made your first trip to Sacramento!

Adventures: Your first trip to Sacramento for our Sheley family Sunday lunch.  Quite a few trips to the doctors.  We took you to Walnut Creek so mama could get some new clothes.  Mama took you to a mom's group where she met some nice ladies that live right by us.  We're hoping to get together with them so that we can make some friends.

Mommy and Daddy could not get through the first weeks without: Your Gabby and Grammy - they have taken such good care of us over the first mont hot your life!  Swaddlers - since you love to be swaddled so much, these have been a quick and easy way to swaddle you when you're half asleep.  Your swings - we now have one upstairs and downstairs so that we can get things done while you are sleeping.  Our doula and lactation consultant - I am so glad that they haven't gotten tired of my never ending new mom questions.  Each other - your daddy and I have learned to work together and lean on each other like more than ever in the last month.

1 week old
1 month old
We love you to the moon and back kid!  We think you're pretty awesome!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Jocelyn! I love that you're doing this and am going to have to be a copy cat and borrow your idea! I love it! I've wanted to keep a king of a journal for Isabelle, and this is perfect!
    I enjoy reading about your adventures in mommyhood, and seeing Emerson grow! It's fun to preview a lot of what we'll be going through as well.
    Best to you and your family :)