In the first 37 days of motherhood I have felt every emotion from A to Z. In the beginning most days I spent crying, some days I felt no emotion, but now most days I feel so much love and joy it brings me to tears. My baby boy is a month old (and has been for 5 days!), and what a month it has been.
He is still in the NICU and it has been the roller coaster we were warned about– one step forward, one and a half steps back, two steps forward, three steps back, etc. If you want a more ‘detailed’ explanation of what happened with his first month medically click here.
Things we’ve learned about our son:
- Getting his diaper changed with a cold wipe is probably the worst thing ever. He cries every time!
- When he’s awake he wants to look around and be nosy, but a sleepy baby loves to cuddle up close to your cheek.
- When he’s sleeping and we’ve got to wake him up for whatever reason he makes the cutest baby grunt.
- He smiles so much in his sleep. We’ve tried to catch it with the camera and have only been semi successful!
- Getting undressed is second to having his diaper changed in the list of things he hates.
- Apparently the taste of the gas drops is equivalent to the sweet nectar of the gods.
- When we turn the light off over his bed it startles him and he gets the most hilarious expression. I laugh out loud every time!
- He has started really enjoying looking at his mobile, mirror, and his black and white zebra toy. He’ll stare at them so intently… you might even sneak a diaper change in while he’s mesmerized and he won’t have a total baby meltdown.
- He had a very mild touch of torticollis and plagiocephaly, but his wonderful physical therapist showed us some awesome exercises to help, and he’s had a lot of improvement.
- He loves his infant massage! We give it to him after his bath and when he’s relaxing in our laps.
- We’ve affectionately named his left thumb with hypo plastic bones… floppy thumb. Every time we dress him we’re half worried we’re gonna rip it off. He doesn’t seem to mind.
- He has this episodes where he grunts and his whole face will go red for a second or two, and then like a flash he’s back. We call it ‘squid-ing out‘
- Hiccups used to scare the crap out of him and he would cry every time they came around, now he get them and he looks ‘unamused’ by them– the only way I can describe it.
- He loves having his bottom patted, and we think it’s because I constantly patted his butt while he was still hanging out in my uterus.
- He loves being swaddled, and if he’s upset it’s usually a 2 second fix to calm him down.
It’s been an exciting month! Hopefully when we break free of the NICU I can do better monthly updates. I want to take his picture with his monthly stickers and have a little ‘questionnaire’ to keep track of his milestones. For now this will have to do.