Saturday, December 19, 2015

Miles 1 month

How in the world are you one month old already? Although you are still tiny, you seem like you are growing everyday! I think because you are our last baby, I am trying to savor and remember each moment with you.  The teeny tiny newborn stage is absolutely precious and one of my favorites. You are just the sweetest thing ever and we are so in love with you!!
What have you been up to during your first month of life?
Well, you sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep and sleep even more, we wake you up to feed, you pee, you poop every few days, and you go back to sleep. You are a pretty easy little guy! Thank goodness!
You have breastmilk jaundice, so we had to do home phototherapy. Your bili levels have been very slow to come down, so you spent your first week of life on a bilibed at home. I'm so thankful you were able to stay at home, but it was really hard having you just sleeping on the bilibed and not cuddled in our arms! We had to wake you every 2 hours to feed. This was challenging because you were so sleepy! We also had to syringe feed you after each feeding because you were so hard to keep awake while you nursed! It was a long and exhausting week, but we are so thankful that you are healthy! You are still jaundiced but it will take awhile for it to go away completely.
You sleep about 20-22 hours a day. You have very small periods of awake times, most of those being while you are nursing. We don't get to see those sweet, dark brown eyes very often! You have been sleeping great at night. I nurse you about 10pm, 2am and 6am when we get up for the day. After nursing at night, you go right back to sleep. You nurse every 3 hours during the day. Most of your daytime feedings I have to wake you for. Since you were almost 4 weeks early, we expected you to be a sleepy little guy!
Our one and only, you still have a full head of dark hair. Everyone loves to rub and touch your sweet head, so your hair tends to get oily quickly. I love after you have just had a bath and your hair is so clean, soft and sticks straight up! Bath time tends to be very quick because you don't particularly enjoy it.
You love your paci. It is very soothing for you. Lots of times you take your paci with such vigor and just chomp away on it.
You wear newborn diapers and newborn sized clothes. You have such skinny little arms and legs.
You sleep swaddled at night. You like to be swaddled but you don't need it all the time when you sleep during the day.
You love to snuggle on a warm chest, but you also really like to sit in your bouncy seat or on your boppy.
The Ergo puts you to sleep immediately. This makes trips to Costco with four kids and one Momma much easier!
After about 3 weeks, I got the hang of how to best nurse you and you finally figured nursing out. You were SO sleepy for the first couple weeks, but nursing is much improved and you now nurse for about 10 minutes on each side.
You absolutely have to be burped after you nurse. I've never had a baby who has spit up much at all, but you have started to spit up quite a bit after each feeding. Both you and I go through multiple outfit changes, bibs and burp cloths throughout the day!
Thankfully, you rarely ever cry. If you are hungry, tired or cold you will fuss and as soon as we take care of the problem or pick you up, you will calm down immediately. You are such a content little guy!
We love you Miles, and are so thankful for your sweet, easy, laid back personality. Thank goodness because I don't know how we'd survive a fussy, needy fourth baby. God always know what He's doing and what our family needed when He gave us you!

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