In a continuation of the documentation of one Little Man, here are the details of the last three weeks. LM turned six weeks old last Friday. It seems unbelievable he is already six weeks old - that our lives have been changed for six whole weeks. And it has gone very fast, too. All at the same time.
In the past three weeks, since the last progress post, our LM has grown out of the noodle-y newborn look to more of an "infant" look. He is stronger and bigger and chubbier. There are at least three chins under that little mouth, for instance. He has started getting mad when he gets tired and starts crying if you don't time it right, which I understand is normal for his age. But he is generally still a mellow fellow. In the past three weeks, he has spent some quality time with his Daddy and with his Nana. Daddy was off for two weeks (week three and four) and then Nana came back in town to spend some time with us. Both of them have helped this Mommy immeasurably. In fact, when Nana leaves at the end of this week, this Mommy isn't quite sure what she'll do. But she'll figure it out!
The boy is holding his head up much more than three weeks ago. He is also smiling "for real" at times and "talking" to us a bit. It's not full throttle yet, but it's getting there. Most of his sounds are still squeals and grunts, though, which makes him sound like a little piglet! He has dropped one nighttime feeding most nights which is nice, and he is still a hearty eater during the day.
He is still a good sleeper at night, sleeping 4 to 5 hours at a time. And, he is a good napper during the day - just not in the crib. He has not taken more than a 45 minute nap at one time during the day in the crib. Now, if he has finagled someone into holding him for his nap, he'll sleep two hours, easy. And he's pretty good at finding someone to hold him too...we are all snowed. We'll keep working on sleeping in the crib but we'll probably also have many more naps on someone's chest, and at this point in the game, I'm alright with that.
He is totally out of newborn clothes, having weighed in at 9 lbs 3 ozs at his one month appointment with the pediatrician two weeks ago. He was also over 21 inches long, as of that appointment. I figure he's pushing ten pounds at this point - he's solid, and is starting to develop some awfully cute thunder thighs.
Little Man still likes music - he likes when you sing to him - he like just about anything, thank goodness, since I'm not the world's best singer. In fact, me singing to him into his ear is sometimes the only remedy to a really hot screaming fit. He seems to like the swing on most occasions, and is mesmerized by the louvered blinds on the windows behind the chair in his room where we eat. In fact, he looked over and gave them a BIG grin this morning - not at his mama, but at those blinds, as if to say, "Oh hello, old friends!" He is also quite taken by the dark blades on the fan on the ceiling fan in the den.
Baths are still an event LM isn't totally sure about. But, we have started taking them in the baby tub inside the "big" tub in the bathroom because he pushes up so strongly with his legs that we started worrying about him hitting his head in the sink. Anyhoo, when we started in the tub, we started using the shower head to rinse him off. He LOVES the shower head - he just oohs and girates when we turn it on like it's the best feeling in the whole world. So cute.
As you know, we spent some time trying to photograph the boy in a "newborn" way. I put a few of those on a card to send out as a birth announcement. Now all I have to do is get them actually sent! We have also made it out of the house for a couple of meals and a couple of visits here and there. And since the weather has mercifully cooled off, we have taken some walks around the neighborhood in the Baby Bjorn. Other than that, we still stay home. We try to stay on a routine to eat and sleep well. That goes for baby and mama, of course.
We have made plans to visit Indiana in October. I just couldn't wait to take Luke to meet his Indiana relatives until December. We had to get there sooner. But October is a hard time for S to get away from work. And I wasn't so sure about flying by myself with the boy the first time. So his parents, who have from time to time mentioned they would like to take in a Midwestern autumn, are going to fly up with me. I am very glad they were willing to sign up for the trip - I feel better about doing the flying with someone by my side. While we're in Indy, I'll visit with friends and relatives and they will take in several fall festivals around the state and take in the autumnal Midwestern hospitality. Then we'll all fly back to Dallas. I can't wait. And of course, I'll write all about it here on the blog.