The Adventure Starts Here: Baby Noah - Week 7

Friday, December 21, 2012

Baby Noah - Week 7

Weight:  I'm guessing over 11 pounds now, but we will find out next Thursday.    

Health:   Noah's eye has cleared up!  I think he might have a cold cause he sounds congested and he's even started snorting a little bit.  I will ask the doctor again, but in the past they just say it's normal.  

Sleep:   This past week we started having Noah sleeping in our room with us.  During the week Chris sleeps in Noah's room so he can get  uninterrupted sleep and I can just keep getting up with Noah whenever he wakes up to eat.  Earlier this week he was waking up every 2 hours to eat, which was definitely rough, but we think he was going through a growth spurt.  As the week went on though, He's gotten better at sleeping longer stretches.  Now he's been getting up around midnight, 3 am, and again at 6 am.   

Clothes: His size 0-3 clothes are even getting a little tight!

Social: Noah and I went down to Grandma and Grandpa's house on Thursday.  I was going to get my haircut so they watched him for the hour that I was gone.  

Noah "helped" us send out our Christmas cards this week!  He's really getting into the Christmas Spirit!

Chris' friend, Ken, stopped by on Sunday and brought Noah this cute shirt!  He printed a picture of Chris and I on the onesie... so adorable!

Diet: Still pumping breastmilk and it's about 60% of what he eats a day.  Earlier this week he was grazing all day and waking up more often to eat at night... he was definitely going through a growth spurt.  Thankfully now we are on trend to eat 4-6 oz every 3-4 hours.

Baby Gear Love:  I started using the SwaddleMe Blankets at night now instead of making my own swaddle.  I found it's so much easier at night and it keeps him tight all night long.

Not technically baby gear, but we got a new couch and we love it!  Since we spend most of our time in the living room on the couch, I consider it an essential item to taking care of the little man.

Crying:   Usually he's really good with the crying, but Monday night was rough!  From 9:30 - 11:30 he cried loud and for a long time.  This is normally the time that I sleep while Chris watches him, but with the non stop crying I definitely was not getting any sleep.  Not only was the crying keeping me awake but I could not sleep knowing my baby was struggling.  I think it was a combo of being very hungry (growth spurt) and having bad gas... it's like he couldn't decide if he wanted to eat or be consoled while trying to burp or poop.  

Likes:  Noah is still liking his bath.  He doesn't love what's involved afterwards with getting dried off and dressed, but I find putting the nighttime lotion on him normally calms him down.

He also loves Grandpa Freel.  He came over on Monday when our couch was being delivered and we joked that he was the baby whisperer cause as soon as my dad started walking him around he immediately stopped fussing.

Milestones: We officially got a smile that wasn't from gas.  On Friday while we were watching the Michael Buble Christmas Special, I was singing along to the music to him and he smiled at me!  After an emotional day of watching the Sandy Shooting coverage, it made my day to have my baby smile at me while we were cuddling.  Every time I look at him I realize how lucky I am to have him in my life and my heart goes out to the families who lost a child that day.

Noah has since smiled at Grandma and Chris... we love seeing him smile back at us.  Now I can't wait for him to giggle :)

Noah also babbles and "talks" to us.  He says "gah" and "kay" in a sigh like voice... it just melts my heart.

Noah is becoming more and more alert every day!  He follows our eyes when we feed him and really locks his gaze with our eyes.

He's also kicking more during mat time and has quite a grip.  When we feed him he holds on tight to our finger, grabs the burp cloth, our arms, and often my necklace!

Postpartum:  Last Friday I got a clogged duct... it was not fun.  It really hurt but using a heating pad has definitely helped.

I went to the doctor on Monday for my 6 week post op appointment.  I have lost another 4 lbs and she officially cleared me to exercise.  Now if I only had the energy to go work out... at this point I just want to either sleep or spend time with Noah!

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