Thursday, July 15, 2010

Connor is One Month Old

I realize that I haven't posted a whole lot about Connor yet. Poor kid. It's just that, well, I don't seem to have that much free time anymore. He is a sweet baby and everybody loves him around here, sometimes a little too much. You realize just how sturdy a baby is when your two year old sits on his head, bangs him with a shoe, steps on his back, pinches his cheek, and pulls on his arms--all out of love, mostly. I guess the fourth kid has to be tough.

And speaking of tough... It may be too soon to tell, but there have been some rough times with him, mostly in the evenings. Maybe it's colic? (whatever that means) But there have been several nights when he won't go to sleep or even settle down, so I just feed him and feed him and try all sorts of antics to get him to go to sleep and ultimately I end up watching a lot of TV. It does get very tiring. Then add that to Marissa who stays up till midnight sometimes if she's taken a nap and I feel completely wasted by the end of the night. It's probably a dumb idea, but I've been staying up at least an hour or two after that every night because it's the only time I have without kids around. So yeah, just a bit tired... but I also know this will not last forever so that helps. And he's not like that all day or even every day so that's good. Another good thing is that I don't have anything else going on right now--meaning I can sleep in. I don't think I could have handled something like this when I was in school. Definitely a blessing.

He was a month old yesterday (but don't expect to see any one month old pics of him--didn't happen). He went in for his one month check-up today and has gained 2 lbs since birth. Not bad. I don't remember much about height or head circumference but here are the stats for weight:
Birth: 8 lbs 9 oz
3 days: 7 lbs 13 oz
2 weeks: 9 lbs 6 oz
1 month: 10 lbs 9 oz.

I also should clear up some possible misconceptions. It seems I have only posted a few pictures of Connor and they have all been of him sleeping on his stomach, with his head turned the same direction. No, he doesn't have an unsightly birthmark that I'm trying to hide and no, he doesn't always sleep on his tummy. I do put him down for supervised tummy time, but that's not his only position.
He actually spends a lot of time in the bouncy seat......and the swing......and on his side or back in his co-sleeper......and also in my arms a lot too.

His first day of church was when he was almost 3 weeks old and was also the day we blessed him. So he was born of Flag Day and blessed on the Fourth of July. A lot of our close friends were out of town because of the holiday, so we ended up asking different friends that we wouldn't have normally asked. It tuned out to be a good size circle. Jared gave a great blessing and I'm glad my friend wrote it down for me because I was busy trying to keep Marissa quiet.

Blessing Outfit

This is our first family picture with everyone.
One of the best parts of that weekend was my dad flying down for the blessing. He has made a goal to be at all his grandchildren's baby blessings and we are so thankful that he always makes the effort to come all the way to Florida for such a special time. The funny thing was that Marissa was also blessed on the Fourth of July weekend two years ago, so my dad watched fireworks and went to our friends' annual Fourth of July pool party both times. See you here in two years... just kidding!


Lisa said...

What cute pictures!

Clayton was colicky (he cried for an average of 3 hours every afternoon) but by the time he was 6 months he was fine. I hope you will get a nap in this weekend!

J.D., Micah, {and} Jonnie said...

What a cute family photo!! Can't wait to meet him when we get back:)

Alan Daniels Family said...

Love the blessing picture. He is so precious. I need more newborns to hold so I can get excited. I feel guilty that I don't seem as excited as I was with the first two. Maybe it's just because I already have a boy and a girl and I realize how much work and sleeplessness a new born is. Were you as excited for this one as you were for your first?