Thursday, December 30, 2010

One Month Old

One Month Post

Micah, you are now one month old! Where did the time go this month? Some days seem longer than others, but mostly it has flown by. Mommy is still recuperating from surgery, but you have just bounced into your new life in Tennessee.

Stats for the month are actually coming from your checkup two weeks ago. They may be a little old, but they are a reference point since we don't go to the doctor again until two months. We went to the doctor on December 15, 2010. At that time you were two weeks and one day old.


You are 21 and 1/2 inches. We can't figure that out because the hospital told us 21 & 3/4 inches. Did you shrink? Did they measure incorrectly? Either way, you are in the 95% for height.


The first week we visited the doctor, you had lost weight from 8 lb, 10 oz down to 8 lb, 4 oz. By the two week check up, you were back to your birth weight. Despite Mommy wondering how she carried such a big baby, you're actually in the 50% for weight. Right now, when I get on the scale with you at the house you are ten pounds. So you are steadily growing bigger every day!
Head Circumference:

Your head is now 37 cm in diameter or 14 and 1/2 inches. This falls within the 50-75% range. The doctors have been watching your head because it was oddly shaped. Lots of babies have oddly shaped heads but yours was due to how it molded to the shape of my belly. This is another thing that is common in breech babies, but so far the doctors say everything is completely normal. Your head shape is changing daily!

Sleep Patterns:

So far, you are a pretty good little sleeper! Mommy is working with you to make some patterns, but I know that takes time. You've gone through some growth spurts so your appetite has fluctuated this month. So far, you usually like to eat between 8-8:30 making bedtime around 9. If we're lucky (and many nights we are), you'll sleep to at least midnight or one AM. After our midnight feeding, I usually feed you again between 2:00-4:00. This is a wide range simply depending on how tired you are, your mood, the growth spurt, and how much you've eaten that day. You'll usually wake up for a "last" feeding around 5:00-7:00 depending on the other feeding time. Right now, I have woken up as many as five times a night with you and as little as three. Here's hoping more on the three side in the coming weeks!

During the day, you're a different man. Your daddy and I are amazed at how alert you have been all month. You like to stay up and look around. We will get you on a nap schedule, but for now...I let you stay awake so you are nice and sleepy at night time. You do nap during the day, but the times vary.

Eating Habits:

You started out eating every 2-3 hours. Lately, you are a two hour eater that we can set a clock by. It has been a little hard for Mommy because I feel I am nursing you around the clock. I'm just thankful that you have a healthy appetite, and you have taken well to nursing!

Your Accomplishments:

Micah, you are the most alert newborn Mommy has ever seen. You don't let anything get past you. You hold your head up so well, and you are very active. You constantly kick, move your arms, follow voices and things with your eyes, and have the strength to stand in Mommy's lap. Your very strong, and I'm thinking we'll have an active little boy in the future!

You hate the pacifier, and you often spit it out. You seem to like the swing, your bouncy seat, and anything that vibrates. Baths do not make your day, and you've had major issues with an allergy to Johnson and Johnson products. Thankfully, we found Aveeno, and your skin is healing.We've been to the doctor four times this month because Mommy is a worry-wart nut. Two were check ups, one was for thrush (which I knew you had despite your daddy making fun of me), and one was a complete waste of time. I thought you were congested, but you are just a heavy breather at night. When you are happy, you are very happy. When you're not happy...well, let's just say you let us know. ;0)

Special Memories:

This month brought our first Christmas as a family. That was so precious, and it is a memory we'll always treasure of our early days as a family together.

We love you!

Mommy and Daddy

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