Friday, July 8, 2011

One Month Old!

Lucan was one month old on Sunday, July 3. Mind boggling. That one month ago our lives were turned upside and flipped on it's head. Here are a few updates:

  • Lucan no longer fits into his newborn clothing - in fact, he only wore them for about 3 weeks before they started looking like spandex.

  • Speaking of being finished with newborn clothing, Lucan has also outgrown his newborn diapers. There were too many occasions which I found him peeing out of them.

  • At his 2 week appointment he was in the 50th percentile for weight, 90th percentile for head width and 90th percentile for length. Looks like this little guy will be long and lean - just like his daddy (heaven knows that's not the description I would use for myself!)

  • We are no longer exclusively breastfeeding. We have moved to more of a mommy's work schedule. I nurse twice a day, once in the morning and then again around suppertime. I'm pumping after every feeding. Lucan takes a bottle, in comparison, to nursing, like a champ. He is still a super-slow eater (nursing can take 35-45 minutes) and I discovered that short tongues must be hereditary. Lance has a short tongue as well as his dad. Stupid genetics. But not breastfeeding exclusively has helped me to regain some of my Kara-ness. Since giving it up, my stress levels have decreased dramatically and I've stopped crying everyday. We've been supplementing with some formula, here and there.

  • For the first month Lucan had his days and nights confused. He would fall asleep at each daytime feeding, refusing to stay awake for his "wake" time and then fuss and be wide awake at night. This appears to have straightened out some. At least for the time being. I'm sure it will change again!

  • He survived his first roadtrip. We went to our parents' houses over the 4th and we all managed to survive. Lucan slept like a pro the entire way there and back. The only challenge was having him sleep in our room with us. Babies are noisy sleepers and this little one is no exception! So much grunting, whimpering, and sighing. Goodness!

  • We've been blessed by lots of visitors and friends who bring meals, prayers, and encouragement.

  • We've managed to make it to church every week since bring home baby. Major accomplishment!

  • Lance was able to take two weeks off of work when Lucan was born which was a huge relief. The following week my parents came down and spent the week working on projects around our house and being supportive. Then came week three. I was on my own. And I was scared, but it's been good. The biggest challenge has been getting out of the house. What used to be a quick trip to Fareway is now a big undertaking!

Our little peanut has went from this:

(He was minutes old!)

(picture taken by Sarah F at the hospital)

To a little man in his one month old onesie!

Lucan we love you and can't wait to see what next month brings!


Linz said...

He is SO darn cute! Sounds like you're doing a great job, mama. Can't wait to keep seeing the updates.

Rachel and Jamie said...

Gosh he's cute Kara! So glad the stress level is back down and you are feeling more like yourself again. Crying everyday is never good. Sounds like everything is going well mama! :)

*carrie* said...

He IS really cute. Thanks for the updates. Thinking of you guys!

Wish we could pass on some of our lettuce. I never thought of growing my own edamame. And though I love Mexican food, I don't like cilantro!