Archive for February, 2011

8 weeks

He is almost 2 months old. Holy cow!! Anyone reading my weekly updates is probably weary of my shock at each passing week. I assure you, it is always sincere. I think I’ll be exclaiming at how fast he is growing up the rest of his life.

Liam is getting so big!! Over the past week, we’ve started moving some clothes out of his dresser as he is beginning to outgrow them. All of his clothes would still fit if he wasn’t so long! He still fits in most of his 0-3 month sizes, but some brands seem to be smaller than others, so we have had to say good-bye to a few (mostly Gerber brand) sleepers. I have put a few 3-6 month outfits on him, and they are still a bit too baggy. I suspect he’ll be wearing that size regularly before too long, though.

In preparation of Liam’s impending need for new clothes, we went shopping with Liam’s Great-Grandma Shirley on Tuesday. It was his first stroller ride while awake, and he seemed to enjoy it! He spent most of his time at the mall in observation mode. It was a great way for me to get out of the house, and feeding him was very convenient as well. I have a nursing cover to use in public, but that wasn’t necessary at the mall as there were plenty of private dressing rooms we could use! I was glad to see he handled shopping well, as it is one of my favorite things to do!

Liam is smiling, smiling, smiling and cooing, cooing, cooing!! One of the sweetest things he does is smile back when we smile at him. It melts my heart every single time!!

He is getting very adept at holding up his head when we are holding him upright on our shoulders. He can hold it up for a minute or so on his own. It’s still quite wobbly though, so we have to keep our hands nearby and ready to support him at any second, as he has slammed his head into our shoulders many times! It doesn’t seem to hurt him, but I don’t want to risk that happening!

Bath time went well this week. He started to cry at first when we lowered him into his tub, but as soon as he felt the warm water over his skin, he was calm again. He didn’t smile or coo about it as I have seen some babies do, but he seemed very relaxed.

I had my postpartum checkup this week, and that went well. It seems everything has returned to normal, and I have lost all but 7 of the pounds I gained from this pregnancy. I still have some weight to lose from my pregnancy with Madelyn though. Hopefully that will come off easily now that I’m not dealing with undiagnosed hypothyroidism. I haven’t done anything to lose weight – my guess is that everything I’ve lost is thanks to breastfeeding and taking care of a baby.

Here are this week’s pictures and a video!


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Liam – 7 weeks

I’m ashamedly a day late to this one, but yesterday I was busy doing other things, and didn’t get a chance to blog.

So, we have officially survived the first 6 weeks, which I have read are the hardest! Having a newborn in the house was a much bigger adjustment than I ever anticipated. I had so many plans for my maternity leave about completing various house organization projects, and I’ve found it’s a good day if I manage to cook dinner! Nathan has been doing a lot of food prep these days. However, I think I am learning how to organize my time so I get a few things done when Liam is sleeping or happily playing on his play mat or in his swing. I finally decided several weeks ago that my maternity leave is the only time I will be a stay at home mom, and spending time with Liam is so much more important than any house project that goes undone a while longer. Right now my most important job is meeting his needs, and making sure he grows up feeling secure in our love and knowing we will always be there for him when he needs us.

Liam is smiling more and more each week. He smiles at us every morning when he wakes up. He also greets our ceiling fan with a big grin every morning. Fans continue to be his favorite things to watch, regardless of whether they are moving or still!!

This week’s bath did not go as well as last week’s. However, he had a diaper rash, and I think the warm water may have stung a little. I also don’t think his infant tub is very comfortable, especially for a baby with a rash! Tomorrow is bath day again, so hopefully it will go more smoothly.

He still does not like to sleep during the day! He gets too distracted by his surroundings and can’t sleep. Today we had to run some errands, and his eyes kept getting droopy in the car seat, but it took almost 2.5 hours and me throwing a blanket over him so he couldn’t look at anything (I left breathing room, of course!), for him to finally sleep. However, he sleeps wonderfully at night as a result, so I won’t complain too much!

His reflux medicine is helping some, but he is still having a lot of the symptoms that point to discomfort from time to time, and it makes him very fussy when that happens. Sometimes it will wake him, and we have to then hold him upright until the discomfort passes for him. He also is still eating about every 2 hours during the day, but I think it is because he spits up so much. He goes longer at night, thankfully.

Here are our pictures from this week!

Grandpa Mike and Grandma Sheryl came to visit!

Chillin' in Grandpa's arms

Great-Grandma & Great-Grandpa came too!

This is Liam with his “Rainbow” blanket.

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6 weeks!

Today Liam is 6 weeks old!

This week he had several inconsolable crying spells, so we took him to see his doctor yesterday. She asked me a ton of questions about him, and decided that he has infant reflux. She prescribed him Axid, and I’m supposed to call her in a week to let her know if it is helping him. We gave him his first dose last night, and he hates it! It has a very strong peppermint smell, which is probably not the first choice in flavors for babies. Anyway, he hasn’t had any crying spells since last night, but it’s too soon to say whether it’s a result of the medicine or not. I hate giving him medicine at such a young age, but if he is in pain, then it’s better to give him the prescription. It doesn’t have any documented side effects, and most babies outgrow reflux by 6 months, so at least it’s only temporary.

Liam is definitely smiling socially now – he often greets me or Nathan with a huge grin. It’s so gratifying to see that smile that is just for us!

Bath time has been much better this week! At first, I was only putting the recommended 1-2 inches of water in the infant tub, and I think he was getting cold. This week I shut the door in the bathroom, turned up the thermostat, and added more water, and he was much happier! He especially loved it when I used the shower head to wash his hair.

I don’t have much else to add from this week, at least nothing comes to mind at the moment. However, I do have some pictures and videos to share!

This first video is actually from last week. I shared it on Facebook, but I forgot to post it here.

This next video shows how vigorously he sucks on his pacifier! You can hear him sucking several rooms away!

And here is a video of him playing on his new play mat! Excuse the spitting up at the end. 🙂

And here are my favorite photos of the week. 🙂

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5 weeks

Once again I find myself wondering where the time is going, as we find ourselves having experienced one more week! Even more shocking is that he turned one month old on the 1st!

Yesterday Liam had his one-month checkup. He got really fussy right before we left, so we were 20 minutes late! We called and let them know, and they were fine with it. I’m sure we are not the first person to have had this happen. Anyway, he seems to be doing great! He weighed in at 11 pounds 1 ounce, and is 24 inches long! This puts him at the 75th percentile for weight, and completely off the charts for length! His head is still at the 25th percentile, so it’s growing right on track.

Here are a few tidbits from the week.

*Liam has started imitating our facial expressions. He’ll also try to imitate little noises we make with our mouths.

*He is smiling more and more all the time! The best is when we smile at him and he smiles back! He also sometimes gives us a big grin when he first wakes up.

*He hasn’t done anymore rolling, so I think the roll from last week may have been a fluke. However, he also has been held most of the time this week, so he hasn’t had a chance to roll if he had wanted to do so.

*This week we had an extra pair of hands in the house as Gramma H. was here from Saturday through Wednesday morning. She was scheduled to leave on Tuesday, but we had a snow/ice storm, and her flight was cancelled. I think she really enjoyed cuddle time with the little guy.

*Liam remains very active and alert most of the time. Everyone told me newborns sleep a lot, but that is not true for our little guy! He sleeps well enough at night, waking up about twice to eat most nights and then going back to sleep. But during the day, it is hard to get him to take a nap. Nursing doesn’t even put him to sleep during the day – so much for milk drunkenness! The only trouble with his level of activity is that he gets so tired sometimes and it makes him extremely fussy.

Here are some pictures from the week!

This is what he thinks of bath time!

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