Saturday, November 22, 2014

One month!

Mr. Sawyer Penn turned one month old yesterday! I can't believe that he's already 4 weeks old. I have no idea where the time has gone. David and I have started figuring things out, finding our rhythm, and getting more comfortable, although there is still so much that we have no clue about! It's really nice to have someone at home to help me out. I have no idea what I'll do when he goes back to work in 2 weeks. All you single parents out there are amazing! I don't know how you do it!
It's very hard to take a photo of your newborn sitting up, when they can't really sit up yet. This is the best we could get.

We're still struggling with tummy issues. Our pediatrician consulted a GI specialist and he basically said he isn't sure if Sawyer has a milk protein allergy, but he doesn't want to chance it. I think he's wrong. I've been off dairy for the past 3 weeks and there has been no change (for better or worse). Yesterday was a particularly bad day. He was awake from about 7am-midnight, with a very short nap in between. He has so much gas and is in so much pain; I hate that I can't do anything to help him. We've tried gas drops, probiotics, Gripe Water, massage...none of it seems to help. We've started supplementing the breast milk with formula because I don't make enough yet to keep him full. We hate the formula. He hates the taste of it and I hate feeding it to him. It smells like dirty old Cheese Its. I'm really hoping that the doctors are able to help us figure out an answer soon!
On happier news, Little Man has grown so much in the past 4 weeks! Physically, he's up to (as of Thursday) to 9lbs 14oz. Considering that he got down to 7lbs 10 oz from his birth weight (8lbs 10oz), he's packed on over 2 pounds! He's also up to 22 inches from 20 3/4. I can't believe he's getting so big! I want my teeny newborn back!
He's still sleeping for about 2-3 hours at a time and then wakes up to eat. Some nights he'll go right back to sleep and other nights he decides he wants to hang out with mom and dad for a few hours before falling back to sleep. He still loves riding in the car and will fall asleep in the carseat almost immediately. Lying on top of the dryer works wonders to help him fall asleep as well! He had his first bath in his big boy bathtub the other day and really loved it. I can't wait until he's big enough to splash around in there! He doesn't mind tummy time at all. I've heard of some other babies who really hate it, but he seems to love it. He's constantly trying to lift his head up to look around. He's really starting to focus on our faces and he has a lot more control over his eyes. I still don't think he can really see us, but I know he recognizes me and David! His smiles are starting to come more often as well. The easiest way to get one out of him is to give him a big kiss and make the "mwah" sound really loud. He loves it and will almost always smile at me when I do it. We're also starting to hear his "voice" a bit. He's starting to make little coos and gurgles and they're much different from the crying and other noises he's been making. He gives me what we refer to as "zombie kisses." When he's lying on my chest and he starts feeling hungry, he will push himself up to my face and root around with his mouth open, giving me these big open mouth kisses on my cheek while making noises like a zombie would (Brains! Milk!). It's hilarious. We need to catch it on video.
This past month has been a whirlwind. I still can't believe that this amazing little person is ours! It's incredibly terrifying knowing that you are responsible for another human being. Everything else in my life up to this point kind of pales in comparison to having this little boy. There were times before he was born where we wondered if we would hate being parents (I think maybe everyone does this? Maybe we're just weird?). It seems like a lot to completely give up your freedom and your lifestyle. Let me tell you though, all that "stuff" that we were worried about giving up? Doesn't even matter. This little man is everything. Being a mom is the best thing I've ever done in my life and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Although I'm sad he's growing so fast, I love seeing how much he changes every day. I can't wait to see what the next month holds for us!

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