Owen has been with us for one month as of November 2nd, and we already can’t remember life before he was part of it. He is such a blessing and we adore him.
Catching Some Zzzz’s
Gah, I love how much newborns sleep. And how easily they go to sleep. I’m definitely appreciating that a lot more the second time around. Owen sleeps a lot, in frequent 2-4 hour chunks through the day and night. Through the night he insists on being fed right at every three hours. I hope he starts to extend that range…. As mentioned in the day-in-the-life post I did for October, Kevin and I have been taking turns sleeping downstairs with Owen while the other gets some sleep in our bedroom upstairs. We’ll likely try to all be in our room through the night soon. It’s just hard to be motivated to make that change at the end of the day when we’re all tired and what we’ve been doing is working.
Nom Nom Nom
Owen is a really good eater. I have an overactive letdown and oversupply so we’ve been dealing with that. The pediatrician also recommended I avoid dairy for a couple of weeks in case that’s part of the reason for an issue we’ve encountered, but I think – and hope because…CHEESE – it’s a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. We met with a lactation consultant this week and she gave me some tips that seem to be working for us. He’ll get bigger, my supply with even out, and this shall pass. He’s gaining great – he weighed in at 8 pounds and 7 ounces by the end of our session with the LC. Over a pound heavier than he’d been at his two week appointment two weeks earlier, so doing great in that department.
As Hannah said, at this age, babies are like potted plants. I can set Owen in a (safe) spot and he’ll stay right there. So his tricks are pretty minimal right now. He is very strong and can lift his head really well. He is getting into kicking out his legs, exploring the ability to move those limbs after 9+ months in a contained space. He’s not too into tummy time but tolerates it sometimes. He doesn’t seem to mind baths much. He was taking a pacifier well since we offered it when he was two weeks old, but yesterday he refused it so he may be following in his sister’s path and avoiding a paci addiction. Overall this makes me happy because breaking a pacifier habit doesn’t sound fun at all, but it sure is convenient – especially with a second child – to be able to pop that paci in and have a satisfied kid for a bit.
Talk to Me
Owen cries and grunts and makes other sweet little noises that remind us of a puppy. He’s not speaking Latin – or English – yet. Maybe next month. :)
His personality is very chill right now. When he’s awake he stares at the ceiling a lot. He’s starting to become more aware of stuff going on around him. His facial movements are very expressive and cute.
He’s weighing in at around eight and a half pounds and wearing size newborn clothes. He has light brown hair and a receding hairline. His eyes are blue and his skin is starting to look less newborn-ish. His ears are starting to uncurl – I had forgotten that newborn ears are folded in at the top. :) He’s absolutely adorable.
We are so in love with our little Owen and really excited to watch him grow and develop his personality.