1 month as of July 26, 2013
Weight: 9.7 lbs.
Length: 21 inches
Clothes: For his 1st 3 weeks Trace was wearing 5-8 lb. baby clothes from Gymboree, but I'm happy to report that he is finally in newborn clothes. Yay! My little peanut...
Health: He's had a blocked tear duct in his right eye since birth that I continue to put breast milk in, rub and clean out. As each day goes by it drains more and more normally.
Diet: We started off 100% breast milk, but as his intake increased I just wasn't producing enough to keep up, so I've been forced to supplement him with formula for a couple of bottles daily. When we first brought him home he dropped to 6 lbs. 1 oz. and looked so tiny and skeleton/alien-like. Over the past month I've beefed him up a bit... into the 8 lb. range, woo hoo ;) Trace is currently taking 4oz/feeding, but 5oz his last feeding of the night at 9:30pm.
Sleep: Trace is an angel! He sleeps in his pack-n-play napper next to our bed and naps from 10:00-noon, 1:00-3:00pm and 4:00-6:00pm. Trace goes to bed at 9:30pm and wakes up between 1:00-2:00am - he's up for 30 mins to eat and goes right back to bed. He then wakes again around 4:00am-ish - up for another 30 mins and goes back to bed until I wake up in the morning... usually between 7:00-8:00am. Then we start it all over! I'm not going to lie though, adjusting to a newborns schedule or lack-there-of is haaaaard. With Mom's On Call's help, I've done my best to start transitioning Trace onto a fairly strict schedule that will hopefully shape his sleeps habits in a positive way. I really hope it pays off and that he ends up a good sleeper because we are constantly at battle with him to ensure that he sleeps at the times I mentioned above. I'm really only getting 2-3 of continuous sleep throughout the night before I have to wake up to feed Trace, but I'm thankful for the sleep I am getting and know that this is how it goes when you have a newborn in the house.
Baby Gear Love: pack-n-play, swing, monitor, stroller
Likes: looking up (usually at the sky or the fan), eating, sleeping on mommy or daddy, his swing, pacifiers, tummy time, middle of the night feedings, the sound of water
Dislikes: his morning nap, getting his eyes cleaned after every nap, putting onesies over his head
Crying: Trace isn't a big crier, and when he does, it's completely manageable and for obvious reasons
Milestones: car ride, walk in the stroller, bath, babysitters, outtings to Nanny and Papa's, baby acne diminishing, gripping our finger/hand/hair/shirts
Social/Visitors: Lucky for us, the visitors keep coming and coming. The first 2 weeks we were given a meal by friends or my parents nearly every night and friends continue to trickle in to meet Trace and visit us. All 4 grand parents (Bryan's and my parents) are over often and thankfully my mom makes lunch or cooks us dinner every time she comes, which is pretty much daily!
Postpartum: Labor is for the birds and c section recovery is no joke! I was down and out for what felt like eternity and am just now starting to walk around the house without lots of pain. I haven't gotten out much, but overall I feel okay. My incision isn't healing as quickly as I'd like it too, so I still feel a lot of discomfort and have to take it easy, but I get up each morning and try to feel as normal as possible, putting on make up and getting myself dressed. Bryan and I have been out on 2 date nights so far, my mom provides me with a great amount of socialization and I welcome every friends that wants to come visit. I still have about 12 lbs. to lose. I'm cleared to start working out at 6 weeks postpartum, but must keep my calories up to continue producing milk. I'm in no hurry to lose the remainder of the baby weight just yet, as I feel like I look good enough for just having a baby 1 month ago. Once my c section incision feels healed, I plan to hit the gym daily, as we put all equipment and machines that Bryan and I need in our garage while I was pregnant.