Jack: One Month

Wow. I cannot believe that Jack has been in our lives for a month. On the one hand, it seems like we just heard his strong cry and saw all that dark hair on his head for the first time, but on the other hand, I feel like he's been with us forever.

The last month has been one I'll never forget. We've been getting to know our little man, and he's been getting to know us and we've loved cuddling, rocking and watching Jack sleep and discover the world around him. He's teaching us so much, among the biggest lessons (for me) are more patience and cherishing the moments we have together.

I know he's starting to recognize our faces and our voices. And, his smiles have melted our hearts! It's such a morale booster when we get a huge smile out of Jack and it helps us keep going through some of his fussier moments. 

When it comes to sleep, we're still working on it during the day. Of course Jack would love it if someone held him every time he slept, but we're working on getting used to the crib, which works sometimes and sometimes not. I have to keep knocking on wood, but usually he's pretty good at night. On average, we go four hours between feedings, but occasionally we'll get a 5, 6 or even 7 hour stretch, which makes everyone just a little bit happier!

Speaking of eating, once we got you supplementing with formula, Jack's weight gain really took off. In just ten days he gained an entire pound! And, since then, he's been a great eater. The doctor was ecstatic that he'd gained so much weight and said we'd "graduated" and didn't have to go back until 2 months (and the dreaded shots...).

Like I said, we're still figuring things out, but in this short time, we already know some of the things that Jack does not like:
•waiting to eat (sometimes I'm a little out of it in the middle of the night and it takes me a few minutes to figure out what's going on)
•sitting in your dirty diaper
•the little bout of gassiness he gets sometimes

But, the things he does like:
•riding in the car
•music (J is sure he loves Fleetwood Mac already)
•short bouts of playtime on his little playmat and tummy time
•the rain sound machine in your room

Time really does fly, and like I said already, I can't believe we're already the parents of a month old baby. Jack is such a blessing and though we have our good and not-so-good days, we love him just as much as our hearts will allow and thank God for choosing us to be his parents.

1 month stats:
•As of last Wednesday you were 9 lbs. 1 oz., but you're feeling heavier by the day
•3-4 oz. every 3 hours
•still Newborn and some 0-3 clothes
•still Newborn diapers, but I'm sure you could do 1s, too