Fox has passed all of his newborn screenings with flying
colors, he’s been healthy as can be!
Katie has many nicknames for him: Big Honey (that’s the one
she uses 99% of the time), Baby Hercules (because he is so strong), Baby
Supermodel, Baby Genius and Big Stinky.
We also call him bubbas, Mr. Fox, honeybear, Mr. Grumpy
Pants and Crunchy Face.
The beginning was tough. He lost too much weight in the
hospital and we had to supplement with formula and I had to pump after each
feeding as well, it was stressful! After my milk came in, we slowly cut the
formula and replaced it with pumped breastmilk that we fed him in a bottle
until he was about two weeks old when he exceeded his birth weight. At that
point, I started breastfeeding again and it’s been going pretty well. Sometimes
he has problems latching and he usually only feeds for ten minutes, but he
seems to be gaining weight and has enough dirty diapers, so I’m thinking he is
getting enough. He will eat every 2.5 – 3 hours during the day, sometimes
closer, and goes 4-5 hours at night. We still feed him one bottle of pumped
breastmilk a day (usually at night before he goes to bed) and he’ll eat 3-4oz.
I really can’t complain. Most nights, he only wakes up once
and he usually sleeps anywhere from 3-5 hour stretches. Some nights, he will
stay up for 1-2 hours though, but still better than having to wake up every two
hours. He goes to bed any time between 8-10pm, wakes up around midnight – 1am
and then sleeps until the early morning hours (any time between 5-6:30am).
During the day, he is unpredictable. Some days he’ll sleep long hours during
the day and other days, he is up for 6 hours straight! I’d love to get him on a
schedule, but this kid seems to have a mind of his own and I don’t know how to
He LOVES to sleep in our arms, his pack n play and bassinet,
but hates his crib, every time I try to put him in there, he wakes up after a
few minutes and screams bloody murder!
We just transitioned him to size 1 diapers, he wore newborn
diapers for the first four weeks. He loves to get his diaper changed and last
weekend we had our first projectile pee/poop incident, lets just say Katie, the
pack n play and floor were covered in poop! We laughed so hard! After one month
of mommyhood, being covered in spit up, pee or poop doesn’t phase us anymore.
His newborn clothes are getting tight and he mostly wears 3
month clothing right now. Some fit perfectly and some are still a little big on
He is so alert! Always looking around with big eyes, he
loves looking at himself in a mirror and keeps eye contact. He enjoys laying on
his play mat or looking at the mobile on his changing table.
He did his first social smile on June 10th, when
Katie made funny faces at him and did it with me a few days later when I was
singing to him. It’s the cutest thing!
Diaper Changes, looking at himself in the mirror, sleeping
on his mommies, bouncy seat, bicycle legs, when we sing to him, looking at
lights or the fan, rocking in the glider in his room and bath time!
When he doesn’t get his way! ;) His stroller, not being
Recovering from the C-Section was tough. I was in a lot of
pain for a few weeks and then developed a spinal migraine that put me right
back in the hospital where they had to do a blood patch. Those first few weeks
are a total blur to me and I’ve never been so tired, overwhelmed and happy all
at the same time.
I still have 13lbs to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy
weight and I’m surprised that I still don’t fit in my pre-pregnancy “fat pants”
I started working part-time when he was three weeks old and
although it’s nice to be back at work, it’s stressful to juggle everything as
well and I’m worried about going back full-time (I take him with me to work and/or work from home).
Katie has been great, right from the start. I couldn’t wish
for a better partner and mom for Fox. She’s been taking care of both of us
since day 1 and even the nurses in the hospital commented on it!
She’s an awesome mommy and very hands on with our little
Fun things we did:
We had lots of visitors this first month and enjoyed
spending time with family and friends. It is so special to see other people
love on him, it’s like nothing else!
We’ve slowly tried to leave the house, after being cooped up
for a few weeks. We’ve been to dinner a couple of times, ran some errands and
visited Grandpa. It’s Baby Steps for now, but we get more and more comfortable
and it gets easier each time.
What we’re looking forward to:
Getting out more and starting swim “lessons” at 8 weeks!
I thought I would never say this, but I miss being pregnant. I knew I would miss this amazing belly, but I never thought I would miss being pregnant.
Pregnancy was rough on me. I was nauseous for four long months, then had a couple of good months, before the back and rib pains started for the last three months. Sleeping was a nightmare and I always said that it's probably going to get worse with a newborn, but honestly, I sleep so much better now than I did back then.
I remember thinking that it would take me a long, long time before I would want to do this again and if Katie would carry our next child, I would be thrilled. People always say your forget the bad things about pregnancy and childbirth immediately, and while I haven't forgotten about them, I'm ready to do this again. Not for a while of course.
I became nostalgic looking at these pictures. In the first picture, we had just found out that we're finally pregnant and couldn't have been happier, what an exciting time that was! I was around 36 weeks pregnant in the middle picture and loved my belly so much! And here we are in the last picture, a few days after we brought our little love home from the hospital, I still can't believe that this sweet boy was growing inside me! We are so blessed!