Thursday, April 30, 2015

Graham: One Month Old!

I wrote this post back when he was one month old but while catching up I'm trying to keep things in order so I'm just now posting it. 

Oh sweet baby Graham, time is going by so quickly!  You are one loved little guy!!

Graham, here is what you've been up to in your first month!
 


Sleep:  You are a great sleeper so far!  I mean, of course you wake up during the night but 99% of the time it's just once or twice.  Your usual night is going to sleep around 10:30-11 and waking up around 2am and then again around 4-5am.  We wake up for the day usually between 7-8:30am.  For the first two weeks you slept ALL THE TIME during the day, very different from your big sister!  Now you take two big naps during the day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, usually for about 2-3 hours each.  You take little cat naps in between.  I'm telling you, you like to sleep.  :)

 
Daily Routine: You wake up between 7-8:30am and hang out in the swing for a little bit while Mommy eats breakfast.  You eat and take your morning nap then repeat until the late afternoon when you want to move around.  When Hannah and Daddy get home you're usually a little fussy so Daddy puts you in the Bjorn and you LOVE it!  Most of the time you walk around with him in the yard and you always fall asleep.  You take another evening nap and then go to bed around 10-11pm. 

 
Feed: You eat a LOT!!!  Between every 1.5-3 hours.  That is one thing that ALWAYS comforts you.  If you are crying and we can't get you to stop any other way I just start feeding you and you're a happy boy! 
 

Weight: You weigh about 9lbs!  We can tell too, your face is really starting to fill out.  You are just SO cute. :)  You are still long and lean though, just getting bigger everyday!  Your weight has been a constant concern because you lost quite a bit in the hospital and then at 10 days old we found out you had a tongue and lip tie so we had to visit the ENT and get those clipped.  It was traumatic.  For both you and Mommy.  Luckily Lainey was with us so she went into the procedure room with you while I stayed in the nursing room hearing you cry through the walls.  It was so so sad.  As soon as they finished they brought you in to nurse and you did SO much better right away!  Your tongue and lip ties were both pretty significant, they said you would have had issues learning how to eat and talk and you couldn't stick your tongue out or even touch the roof of your mouth.   Now that you're fixed you are 100% better and finally are starting to gain some weight!

You can see in this picture your tongue tie before it was fixed.  Poor baby, you

 

Length: I have no idea but since you were 21.5" at birth I'd assume you're in the 22" range right now.



Diaper Size: Newborn size still fits you but we just ran out of our last box so we're moving on to size 1 Pampers and they work great.  We're still getting used to the differences between a boy and girl in the diaper department though because you have a ton more leaks than your sister did.  Always coming out the sides usually.  We're getting it under control.  ;)



Clothes Size: Newborn and 0-3 month sizes.  You're so long that your newborn fitted jammies don't fit anymore but all your regular newborn clothes still fit.  We're moving on to 0-3 and 3 month clothes now, they're a little roomy around but even the 3 month jammies are just perfect in the length so I think you'll be in 6 month jammies within a month or so!  You are LONG!  You're going to be swallowed around but your legs will be able to stretch out and that's what matters.  You have to be comfortable! 


 

Hair Color: We're not really sure what your hair color is.  It's the same as when you were born and sometimes it looks super light blonde but in the sun it looks strawberry blond.  Your eyelashes are very light also.

 


Eye color: Your eye color is still the same as at birth, it's a dark blue-ish color.  Daddy and I both have hazel/green eyes and your sister has dark brown eyes but so far it doesn't look like you're going to as well.  Only time will tell.

Funniest moment: Right now I'd say the funniest moments with you involve gas.  That's right, you toot like crazy.  You'll love me later for saying this.  ;)  I don't know if it's because you're a boy or if you're just extra gassy but you let them rip, that's for sure!  Grown men have commented on how they are impressed with you and your gas.  Haha.  You can definitely tell the difference between you just having gas and you going potty but both for sure are LOUD!  TMI??  ;)

Milestone: You have great head/neck control!  Before you were even two weeks old you could pick your head up so well! You were 12 days old in this picture.

 

Likes: Bath time, you love the warm water!
Being held, if you're awake and not crying that means someone is holding you
Sleeping, you're your Mommy's child!

You love sleeping on your boppy!




Dislikes: Getting your diaper changed.  WOW!  I've always heard of people talking about babies who throw a fit during diaper changes and I never understood it.  Now I do.  You cry and cry almost every time.  We're hoping this changes soon!
Getting in your carrier.  Usually once the car starts moving you stop crying but you sure don't like to be in it when it's stopped!  Once you fall asleep though, you're usually out for a good 2-3 hours if we don't get you out.




Your favorite toy: You don't really pay attention to toys yet but you LOVE looking around at contrasting colors like dark wood fans and pictures.  You will stare for a long time, I think it's because it's still blurry to you but you can kind of see it.

Firsts:
Bath at home, Hannah was so proud to help Daddy!


 
 
Doctor appointments (you had SIX this month!  Between weight checks and your tongue/lip tie we were busy!)
 
 
Urgent care visit (you had pretty bad eye crust building up on a Saturday so we were told to go to the ER but we ended up at an urgent care specifically for kids instead to avoid the nasty ER germs.  Turns out we should have gone to the ER just because of you being 13 days old but you're fine now!)
 



 

Graham, your Daddy, Hannah and I love you SO much!!  You are getting so big SOOO fast and we can't believe you are already a month old!  

Some outtakes from your one month photo shoot


 


 

Graham's Newborn Pictures

I love all of Graham's newborn pictures!  He was so great during the entire FOUR hour session when he was eight days old and then again for two more hours later that week.  Our neighbor is our family photographer and she's just awesome.  It wasn't easy picking only 20 pictures to keep!
 
This right here was the most stressful part of the entire session, the big sister.  She was a typical 3 year old and was more interested in being silly than sitting still so we got this part over with in about five minutes. 
 
 
Checking out her little brother

 
She LOVES giving him kisses and does it any chance she can get.

 
I like this pictures because unintentionally, they are doing the same thing with their mouths.


 
Sweet boy
 



 
Love




 
On Saturday Amy came to our house for the rest of the pics and we got the best light in the guest room so we took some pictures in there.

 
I agree with Hannah, I can't give him enough kisses.

 
He's such a pretty baby

 
 
I LOVE LOVE this picture!  It was by far the most difficult picture to get but we made it happen!
 
 
My heart

 
Family of four!

 
Here is a pic of Graham's birth announcement
 
 
I will love these pictures forever!
 
 Here are some behind the scenes pics I took with my phone during your photo sessions.
 
The princess getting ready for her close up.
 
 
You let Amy change you and move you around all while you slept as long as that little fan was facing you.  It was a miracle worker.

 
Taking a little cat nap in between set ups


 
You were the swaddle Houdini, you would be sound asleep and just pop and arm or leg out and keep on sleeping.

 
Sweet boy

 


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Hospital Visitors

We are so blessed with so many family and friends who love our kids!  We had a lot of visitors to come see our sweet Graham.  In our previous post is all our family who came to visit but we got pictures of almost all of our friends as well.
 
Beth was there just a few hours after Graham entered the world! 
 
 
Lindsey was so nice to watch Hannah on Sunday morning for us and she came by that afternoon to meet Graham.  I look awesome.  Ha.  I was HOT in that room after delivering and my nose was so red from rubbing it since I was itchy from the anesthesia.  Oh, and I had surgery a few hours earlier.  ;)
 
 
My Mom's best friend Jan comes to the hospital to see all of Tracy and my babies.  She's so sweet!

 
Squishy boy

 
Tara came to visit too!  Less than a year ago I was in the same place visiting her with baby Mason. :)


 
Lunchbox, Katie and Emma came to meet Graham!  John arrived exactly one month after this picture was taken. :)  He and Graham are best buddies, they just don't realize each other is there yet.

 
Mike and Amanda stopped by

 
CiCi came to visit every day and stayed home with Hannah while we were at the hospital

 
Pops and Lainey came by every day as well.


 
Lainey and Pops hung out with us while we waited to get discharged. 

 
We had more visitors but I guess we forgot to get their pictures.  Oops!  We are just so lucky to have such amazing friends and family who love our kids almost as much as we do!