We have loved every minute of our first month with you. It has been a true learning experience for us, but in such a wonderful way. Here are some milestones from your first month of life:
-At one month old you weigh 9 pounds, 1 ounce, measure 21 inches long and have a head circumference of 14 and a half inches. That puts you in the 25th percentile for weight, 25-50th percentile for height, and 10-20th percentile for the size of your head.
-It took us 3 and a half weeks to get you back to your birth weight after your weight dropped from 8 pounds 11 ounces to 7 pounds 14 ounces.
-You still wear newborn clothes and diapers.
-You had to be readmitted to the hospital the day after our discharge for 24 hours of phototherapy because your bilirubin levels were so high.
-You love sleeping in your swing, in fact you refused to sleep flat on your back in your cradle, so you slept in your swing the first 2 weeks home.
-You now sleep in your Nap Nanny in your cradle in our room.
-You want to be swaddled all the time, day and night, or you fuss and cry. I've wondered if you can be swaddled too much, but I figure you'll let me know when you're ready to explore your arms and legs more.
-You're nursing every 2 hours during the day for 45 minutes, and every 3-4 hours at night. We were supplementing 4 oz of formula a day to get you to your birth weight, but now that you're there we've cut that out and your strictly on breast milk.
-You have slept for 5 hour stretches several nights already. This makes momma very happy!
-You have been trying to hold your head up since the day after you were born. We don't think it will be long before you're strong enough to keep it up.
-You don't like bath time, you scream until you are dressed and nursing.
-You love music- especially any kind of loud rock. It stops your crying and puts you to sleep.
-If you're awake, you want to be held, rocked and/or bounced. You're already a Momma's boy :)
-You haven't mastered the pacifier yet, but you're getting close.
-You've had lots of visitors this month, everyone thinks you are a good mix of both your mom and dad.
We love you more than words can say. You are already growing way too fast for me. I love to just stare at your little features while you sleep, trying to soak it all in, because I know you'll be a teenager in the blink of an eye. We're looking forward to watching you grow and seeing your personality develop. We still pray for you every night. We pray that you will grow into a kind, hard working man who loves the Lord. But, for now we're just enjoying every minute of your baby days.
Happy one month birthday sweet boy,