Taken on Saturday at 4 weeks -- ANNNND we are back to looking like a wrinkly old man (at least in this photo)... :)
The Big Fish is 4 weeks & 2 days old today -- how times does fly!
At four weeks old:
---We have just returned from the doctor's office today. There his official weight is 12.2 pounds. He is also 23 inches long. He has gained almost 3 pounds in four weeks!
---We definitely have a sleepy boy on our hands -- particularly during the day. He will wake up to be changed, eat, and then play for about 10-15 minutes and then it's back to sleep for another couple of hours (sometimes fitfully). The evenings have become our "witching" hour(s). For the last 2-3 days, he has become extremely fussy from about 6pm -- 8:30pm. Either he is constantly crying, twisting & kicking in pain from the gas in his tummy or if we are lucky enough for him to exhaust himself, sleeping in my arms. During the actual nighttime, he is a good sleeper. We are currently going to bed around 9pm. He will wake up between 1am-2am to eat and then again between 4am - 5am. And most of these feedings led directly to sleep again. Notice I said most -- because he also will have an episode in the middle of the night where the gas in his tummy is just too uncomfortable for him -- then he & I are awake for another hour.
---He is also a pretty Big Fish as we are already on 0-3 month clothing. We moved into 0-3 after a week at home. And he already doesn't really fit well in the 0-3 month one-piece sleepers as he is TOO LONG for them and his belly is definitely filling out. He fits into the onesies and the pants perfectly. With another couple of pounds, they actually might be too snug. It makes it very difficult to buy ahead as I'm not sure what size he will be in for summer -- if he will be in 3-6 or 6-9.
---He is currently in size 1 diapers. We only fit into newborn diapers for a couple of days. In fact, we didn't even go through an entire big box of newborn-size diapers. I gave them to my sister-in-law for her little one coming in July. I still have a box that was given as a gift that I am going to return to Target for the correct size. But the size 1 diapers may also be seeing their end in the next couple of pounds as well -- we'll just have to wait and see how the next couple of weeks go.
---Speaking of big size clothes and diapers, as you can already guess -- he is a good eater! We tried a bottle Saturday night for the first time in efforts to help calm his evening fitfulness. Fish would NOT have the bottle at all! I had pumped about 4 oz and he only got 2 oz down before he went into a frenzy and I just gave up on the bottle. We'll try again at another time when he isn't so upset.
---He just started cooing on Sunday. He isn't really good at it, but you can see him striving to make a sound come out. He seems like he has so much to say -- hopefully he will become a jabber-jaw in the next couple of weeks as I think that Finn will LOVE that!
---As of this moment, only Mommy will do. He is gets into a crying fit and won't calm down -- if E simply hands him over to me, he will immediately calm down. He won't settle down completely, but within 5-10 minutes, I'll have him calmed down, simply be shushing and bouncing him.
---He also prefers to be held upright. He has some really good head-control already due to the fact that he doesn't like to be held like a baby (Finn didn't either though).
---I haven't made as much of an effort to get out of the house with him as I did with Finn when she was a newborn. I think that is partially due to the fact that if we go out, it's usually to the store and we don't need to spend superfluous money and also due to the fact that it is super cold outside. When Finn was born, we had a really mild winter (in fact, it was 80 degrees on St. Patrick's Day that year). This year has seen at least TWO polar vortexes (but only one happened after Fish was born) and I just don't want to drag him as well as a toddler out in the snow.
---Thankfully, Sister still loves Baby Brother. She doesn't really love me a lot lately, as I can't do everything that she needs me to do (due to Baby Brother). But she isn't holding it against Fish yet. But she needs to constantly see Fish ("Can't see, Mommy! Can't see Brother!") and she loves to touch his head (much to my chagrin as I'm constantly concerned she is going to touch him too hard on his soft spot) and she also loves to touch his face, sometimes not very softly. But she will have him toughened up by the time he is ready to walk, so that when he is falling and walking, he won't give a hoot that he fell. Brotherly-sisterly love...