Baby Blue's 1 Month Update with Cuddledry®
I started every one of Archie's updates in disbelief that time had flown by so fast and nothing has changed; my little boy has turned into a giant and there's now a littler boy on the scene whom I cannot believe is already a month old. It's been seriously tough trying to adjust to two children and I've been shocked that A has been much harder work than baby Blue, but we're all experiencing so much change, I can understand why he's been so out of sorts. I've loved taking photos of a newborn (so much easier than a defiant toddler) and I especially enjoyed the shoot using baby's Cuddledry towel; it's super soft and you can fasten it around your neck so you're hands-free when getting baby out of the bath. Find out more about this gorgeous towel by visiting the Cuddledry website.
Born 6Ib 13oz, Blue is now 8Ib 1oz but still in tiny baby clothes, though I think he'll be moving into first size/newborn within the next week or so.
Not as bad as my terrified mind expected! I think this was my main concern with having another baby as I know how sleep deprived we were with Archie and I couldn't imagine how we were going to do it with a toddler who also is in our bed at least a couple of nights a week, but little did I know, sleep was the least of my worries! I don't know if it's simply because we're used to sleep deprivation or not, but bar 2 or 3 nights, he's been sleeping really well. He can go 3-4 hours between feeds at night and will usually sleep in late in the morning giving me some time to look after Archie.
The hardest part is hoping he doesn't wake Archie when we have to change his nappy at night and having to get up and change him in another room when Archie's in our bed as not to wake him. He also sleeps periodically throughout the day with no real set pattern; during the first week or so, he was going 3-4 hours with a small feed in between which seemed too good to be true but he's now more alert during the day.
I'm breastfeeding and it's actually going pretty well. It's been difficult at times, I'd forgotten what a shit cluster feeding was but I'm so much more patient this time as I know how much I regretted giving up last time. Blue latches really well and has done since birth and bar a couple of painful nipples, we haven't hit many bumps in the road. I've debated a dummy or trying a bottle a couple of times but I'm reluctant to cause nipple confusion so we're holding off for now at least.
Jesse was born with dark hair (more than A had) and his eyes are currently grey/blue. I'm hoping they remain that colour as A has always had his Dad's brown eyes so it'd be nice if Blue inherited my eye colour. He's also teeny tiny, even though he's now put on weight, just the same as A was as a newborn.
HE ROLLED! I'm kind of in total shock as I'm sure Archie was 4 months old or so before he could roll, but baby Blue has managed to roll onto his side from his back, and then onto his tummy already. I know it's hard to define between all the windy grins but I'm pretty sure we've had our first smile (pictured above)! He's also filled out since he was a wrinkly newborn and is growing so fast.
LIKES Baby Blue loves his PurFlo Breathable Nest & his Poco Baby Hammock [full review coming soon]; Booby milk (of course); Farting, there's no way A used to fart quite as much or as loudly as baby Blue does! DISLIKES He absolutely despises the cold — since the very second he was born, he absolutely screams his head off until his clothes are on and then he's happy as larry.
THINGS I DON'T WANT TO FORGET
Well, everything about having a newborn but I know from experience that those memories seem to dwindle quicker than anything else. I want to remember the elation and relief I felt when Blue was born and he was safe, the amazing bond I've seen blossom between my two boys already; I expected A to be completely oblivious to our new family member and maybe some jealousy but I never thought I'd see just complete adoration and love.
A absolutely loves baby Blue, if he cries, he strokes his face and tells him 'Archie right here, baby', he constantly wants to hold, cuddle and kiss him and he laughs like mad when Blue tries to suckle on his face; he even tries to guide Blue's hand to his mouth when he's crying so he can comfort himself, I've no idea where he learnt to do that! He has nothing but total love for his new baby brother and it's been the best part of our journey so far witnessing that and wondering how their relationship might grow from hereon out.
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