Monday, September 26, 2011

1 month

My little baby turned one month old on September 18th, time has flown by and before we know it we  will be at the 2 month check up, so surreal.

  • He is doing awesome with the exception of some night time fussines, around roughly 11-2 ish, it is pretty tough to get him to sleep; I have gotten brave and have been trying him out in his crib in his room. 
  • He has started to be more alert during the day, but still needs to eat every 3 hours at night and every 2.5  - 3 hours during the day (he eats 3-4 oz). This is the most exhausting thing for me since I am still breastfeeding and supplementing with formula. Its just a lot of work, very often, and Carson gets frustrated with the round the clock feeding. I keep telling myself to be patient and every baby is different.
  • He can lift his head really well while being burped, I need to start some tummy time.
  • He has the sweetest little smile and dimples, it just makes my day. 

  • Carson loves to talk to him and hold him, kiss him etc....Carson only gets frustrated when I need to feed him, b/c I can't really do anything for Carson during feedings, and he continues to bring me toy after toy wanting to play....

  • Colin likes swinging and the bouncy seat still, but he won't stay in there too long unless I rock him to sleep first (many times he needs to be swaddled). 
  • He likes to sleep swaddled a little more now, but some nights he has a fit to get his arms loose so we just have to ride it out until he finally gets tired enough to sleep. 
  • Part of me thinks he might have some reflux issues b/c I can rarely lay him flat on his back for more that 5 minutes, I can't remember if that is typical newborn behavior or not. I just keep telling myself that he eats well, keeps his food down, and is generally very happy so he is fine. He has a few fussy feedings here and there, so we are trying some sensitive formula. I think he just has some fussy time at night which is normal but I am starting to see some improvements. 
  • He loves to be held and rocked, but that doesn't bother me, I just wish I had more time to devote to cuddling him.
  • He is doing better keeping the passy in his mouth, so glad for that!
  • He is in size 1 diapers and his newborn clothes are starting to get tight. In another week I will probably drag out some 0-3 month stuff. I think he is about 9+ pounds now.
  • I love rubbing his little head, feet and hands and of course he smells like heaven. 
  • Everyone said he has big hands for his age and I am starting to see that now.At his first check up, the nurse mentioned he was tall for his age  - I think he might be taking after the men on my side of the family (big and tall), but has Cory's face.


  • Carson is still being a great big brother as I mentioned above, and he has really loved being home with me. 
  • He loves to help feed Colin at bottle time, and he gives him his passy when he cries and says "OK Colin" Once in the car, Colin got hungry and was crying and Carson said "it ok Colin, we almost home" HOW SWEET!
  • My biggest surprise is that he hates daycare now, I had planned to take him once per week to give me a break and some alone time with Colin, but he gets hysterical when he realizes where we are going, and it breaks my heart so I will only take him when Colin or myself has a Dr. apt. It is going to be a tough transition when I return to work.
  • I love having him home though, minus being exhausted, this is such a special time. 
  • Carson is hilarious. He makes me laugh all day and I just wish I could remember all the silly things he does and says. 
  • He loves our daily walks around the neighborhood, and he collects all kinds of random crap to put in the stroller basket. 

  • He gets so excited when Daddy comes home (so do I!). He asks where Daddy is every 10 minutes each day!
  • He has started to try to talk me into everything. If he wants something that he knows is against the rules (candy in the morning, or passy when its not sleep time) he says "I just HOLD it Mommy" he already thinks I am stupid! He will tell me that he doesn't need to go night-night, or if he drops candy on the floor "it not dirty mommy", or if Colin starts to get noisy he knows I need to check on him and stop playing so he says "Colin not mad Mommy."
  • He does really well napping, thank goodness, and that's when I can either snuggle with Colin or get a few things done around the house, or a quick nap, just depends on my mood.


  • I have my 6 week check up this week and I think I had a stitch that did not dissolve for a while, so that's probably the reason I have had some discomfort this whole time.
  • I have about 15 pounds to lose to get to pre-preggo weight, but truthfully I would like to loose about 30!
  • I am starting to get use the crazy schedule around here. I just try to get out of the house once per day for my sanity even if its just a walk outside. We also go the Kroger, Target (or Tawwwget as Carson says), and Chick File.
  • I look forward to a hot bath or shower EVERY night after Carson goes to bed.
  • I am going to need a major makeover before I go to work, my hair is SO freaking long and my clothes are so old and gross. I really can't remember the last time I went clothes shopping for myself (w/ the exception of maternity stuff) and that is sad. I need and "mom's day out" big time!

Sunday, September 11, 2011


We have had a pretty good few weeks so far, I love having Colin here...and I just love the newborn cuddle stage. It's like he has always been here and I don't know what we did without him.

Getting to know Colin:

  • He is such a cuddly baby, he loves to be held, be in the swing or bouncy seat.
  • He eats about every two - three hours. He is up to about 3 oz now, about half breastfed and half formula.
  • He has some nights where he will sleep for about 4-5 hours at a time (in our bed), then other nights where he is awake every hour, the gas medicine helps and sometimes he just wants to eat again even if he just ate and hour earlier.
  • He had his check-ups and everything looked great, the last weight check, he was at 8 lbs 4 oz (one week ago).
  • He is obsessed with his hands, I am not kidding, I need an extra hand when I try to feed him just to get his hands out of the way.
  • He really doesn't like being swaddled, which is so different from Carson as a baby.
  • He is wishy-washy with the passy, sometimes he will take it, other times he wants nothing to do with it.
  • He started to become more alert and looking at us and smiling :)
  • He loves to be rocked, to ride in the car and any motion really.
  • He enjoys the warm bath water but doesn't like getting bathed.
  • He is still in newborn clothes and size newborn diapers although I think the size ones would work also. 
  • He is such a good big brother.
  • He loves having Colin around and always asks where he is if he doesn't see him in the room.
  • He has several names for him: Cawlden, Con, and Conyen
  • Every morning he says (in a drawn out southern twang) "Good Mawning Cawlden" so cute.
  • He likes to help us by throwing the diapers in the trash, throwing the bottles in the sink and he brings us Colin's passy, and helps swing him.
  • Every time we even mention that Colin needs a diaper change, Carson runs into the other room to hurry and get his step stool positioned at the changing table so he can watch, it's hilarious.
  • When we give the boys a bath together, Carson will give Colin some toys, and pour water on his belly, so sweet.
  • He treats the bouncy seat like its his recliner.
  • Whenever Carson wants my attention all to himself, he says "put in swing" referring to Colin, so funny. 

Mom and Dad:
I love being home with my two babies, Colin is so sweet and Carson entertains me all day. I even took them to chick file by myself the other day so Carson could play somewhere outside of the house, then we went to see the daycare staff to let them meet Colin, it was good to see everyone.

It took me a couple of weeks to really feel healed, I guess I thought this would be a breeze since I didn't  have surgery, but I just have to remind myself I pushed out and almost 8 pound baby!

Cory and I got to enjoy a lovely night out thanks to my mom and my aunt who babysat, it was a nice break but I did miss the boys. We ate at Tam's Backstage, if you are local to my area, it is a must-try!

I am really looking forward to Halloween this year, I can't wait to see Carson and Colin in their costumes, I am starting to brainstorm for their costumes!

Here are a few pics from the first 3 weeks:

Colin's 1st real bath with big brother:

All snuggled up after the bath:

Carson let Colin rock with him one night:

Enjoying the swing:

Hanging out with Mommy:

Late night awake time:

Getting dry after a bath:

Look at the sweet dimples!