Monday, June 20, 2016

Baby B2: One Month Old

Stephen turned one month old on Saturday. How did four weeks pass by already? It really doesn't seem possible.


There were a few scares in the past month; all turned out to be nothing, just proof this mom is a worrier. Stephen had dropped quite a bit of weight after his birth so we've been supplementing with some formula, but my supply is better than it was with William (Chris is sure to remind me of this as I often forget). Feeding has been a little challenging as he likes to sleep as soon as you hold him. He does well with bottles for the most part. He has started to gain weight now and no longer fits in his premie clothes! He is 7 pounds and 2.5 ounces and 20.75" long.


When he is awake, he looks super alert. Chris describes it has being "surprised" -- very wide eyed. He wakes up three to four times a night which is really hard for me to get used to again. He is also a very noisy sleeper; he grunts, cries, and coos all while sleeping soundly. So, even if he sleeps for a two-hour stretch, this mama does not! I'm constantly checking on him.

He isn't a fan of my baby carrier yet, I keep trying it in hopes that he will finally accept it as a mode of transportation. It would sure help me get things done/play with William! He has sat contently in his baby swing a handful of times; I'm hoping this also improves soon.


William is in love with his brother. He hugs him and wants to hold him often; but he also notices how my hands aren't free to do a lot of things anymore. He is usually fairly patient with me, but now asks "Can you do that in my room?" (instead of in the rocking chair).

I've taken Stephen and William to a park by myself once and to the story time at the library once. I hope to get outside more often soon, but it is a challenge for sure. When Nana was here, we all went to the zoo together. And this week our whole family made it to church! I would love to get into a routine again.

We are adjusting to being a family of four quite well and are madly in love with our newest addition.

(if you are curious what William looked like at this stage -- check it out here!)


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Brothers

We have been telling William about his baby brother for months, we read books, talked about babies, he talked to my belly and seemed to really welcome the idea of being a big brother. An idea that is really too big for someone his size to fully comprehend. I had read a few blogs about how to make the first meeting special but the real-life thing was so much better than I anticipated.

The hardest part was getting the hospital staff to stop interrupting us! I finally asked for 30 minutes where I could be with my family. 

We had William come in while Stephen was in the bassinet and he could sit with me for a while. We had been apart for nearly 36 hours and all he knew was that I went to the hospital to have the baby. He sat with me, but was really eager to look around the room and find the baby. He wasn't nearly as concerned about me as I thought he would be. I regained his attention with a gift I had made him - a photo book of him called "On the Day I was Born" featuring photos and a little story of William growing in my belly to being a big boy/big brother. I had seen the idea here, but made my own before realizing they had a free template.


Then Stephen started crying and William could no longer wait, he had to see the baby! We regrouped again on the bed and William got to see Stephen up close. There was one more gift for William, a book from his baby brother -- an interactive book by Usborne books: Baby Farm Animals


William loves his new baby brother. He often asks if he can hold him and touch him and wants to check on him all of the time. You can hear him saying "I love my baby brother so much!" or "This is my brother!" throughout the day. He also likes to know exactly where baby Stephen is at all times.



So far, William seems to be very fond of his baby brother. I'm very excited for future play-times and story times when they can both be engaged. William has a little bit of a hard time (and rightly so) with me not being available to play with him all day long. But overall, he is doing very well with the newest member of our family.