The Adventure Starts Here: Baby Noah - Week 8

Friday, December 28, 2012

Baby Noah - Week 8

Weight:  We went to the doctor yesterday and our little Noah isn't so little anymore... he weighs 12 lbs 12 oz!  He also grew another inch... he's 23 inches long now!    

Health:   Noah is a healthy boy.  He's been a little congested, but the doctor said to just use a humidifier.  The doctor also said he looked a little pigeon-toed, but to just rotate his feet when we change his diaper and it should correct itself.  He also got his 2 month vaccinations yesterday.  It started with a drink and then there were the two shots, one in each thigh.  The first shot wasn't horrible, but the second one made him scream (the nurse said that one had a burning sensation)!  We had a bottle ready and I made sure to hold him tight and feed him right after the shots and that seemed to help.  Thursday evening was rough!  That evening he was just fussier than normal but when nighttime came he was up EVERY HOUR!  I, of course, got a sore throat yesterday, so waking up that often was even harder!

Sleep:   This is referring to his week of sleep pre-shot, since I don't think it's fair to include last night's "up every hour" when describing how Noah has been doing.  

Since Chris was off this past week for Christmas and we have the new couch, we've gone back to sleeping with Noah out in the living room.  Probably not the best idea to go backwards, but thankfully we've gotten into a pretty solid routine of him sleeping for 3 hour stretches.  He wakes up to eat around midnight, 3 am, and 6 am.  Christmas Eve we had a little Christmas miracle and he slept for 4 1/2 hours straight!  Now that we have him consistently sleeping 3 hour stretches we are going to try to transition him back into sleeping with us in our room and hope that he continues to sleep as long.     

Clothes: This week we noticed that his 0-3 clothes are really starting to get too small.  They still technically fit him, but I think this next week will involve getting rid of outfits after we wear them and realize they are just too tight.  I will gradually be including more of his 3-6 size clothes.  I can't believe how fast he is growing.  This next week I think we will also need to move him up to size 2 diapers!

Social: Since it was Christmas this past week, you can imagine that Noah had a much more eventful week with having visitors come over and going to visit with relatives.  

Christmas Eve we went over to Grandma and Grandpa's house for an early dinner and then opened gifts.  Grandma and Grandpa spoiled him as usual and Santa even knew to find him there and came early :)  Grandma has even stocked up on supplies at her house in the hopes that we will be coming to her house more often now that he has his shots.  Since they have more room and a nice neighborhood to take walks in, I definitely think we will be doing that.  


We stayed for a little over 3 hours, and Noah did great as usual!  Though he is a typical Freel and as soon as he knows adults want to eat, he decides that he no longer likes his bouncy chair and needs to be held.  Thankfully my mom offered to hold him so I could eat and then I took him when I finished.

Christmas Day we went over to Grammy and Grandpa's house and Uncle Justin was there too.  It almost didn't happen since Grammy was feeling pretty sick Christmas Eve, but we just went over a little later in the day than originally planned when she was feeling better.  We exchanged gifts with the Flinns and then had a nice lunch before heading home.  Noah was again a perfect little angel and let everyone hold him.

Thursday morning, Uncle Luke and his fiance Tyler came over to visit Noah and we exchanged Christmas gifts with them as well.  This was the first time Tyler got to meet Noah :)


Diet: Still pumping and supplementing with formula.  Though this week I've noticed that I was having some lower producing days instead of consistently increasing my supply like I had been in the past.  I'm not sure if my body will let me continue to pump as long as I had hoped to.

Baby Gear Love:  Chris installed the mirror in the car so that I can see Noah in his car seat while driving.  Chris was worried that it wasn't put in right since he did it without Noah in the car, but he did a great job!  I still haven't used it with him alone, but so far I love just being able to see him while I drive and know that he's okay.  It's making me more confident that one day soon I'll be able to drive with him all on my own.

We haven't used it much yet, but this past week Chris took out our Britax Carrier and tried putting Noah in it.  He liked (which just means he didn't cry) being in it when facing outwards, but really didn't like it when we turned him in to face Chris' chest.  Chris often walks to the bank and to pick up random things at the grocery store, so now that he has his shots he might take him with him in the carrier :)

Crying:   When Noah is hungry he can let out a mean and loud cry.  It really breaks our hearts and we just can't make a bottle fast enough!  

After his shots he cried and was fussy that night.  So we just made sure to cuddle a lot and give him lots of loving.   

Likes:  Noah likes his stroller and car rides.  He can be fussy one minute and then as soon as we start driving he will calm right down and fall asleep.  I think I know what we will be doing if he ever won't fall asleep one night!

Noah also likes people!  This week he was happy to let everyone take turns holding him.  While he loves all his family members it was so cute to see how he was looking up at his Uncle Justin on Christmas Day... I really think they will have a fun relationship as he gets older :)

Noah is liking his bath more and more.  

Grandma got him some bath toys for Christmas and I'm not sure who liked them more... Chris or Noah!

Milestones: Noah celebrated his first Christmas!  Even though we will have to wait a few years before he's excited for Santa and tearing open his gifts, Christmas is always more fun when there's a child involved.


As stated above, Noah got his 2 month shots yesterday.  I felt so bad for him while he was getting the shots and I feel really bad for him since I can tell he's not comfortable and feeling himself.  Yes, it's a lot of extra work caring for a fussy baby, but really I just feel bad for him that he's not feeling well :(

Noah is still doing all the stuff from last week... smiling, babbling to us, and everyone noticed how much more alert he is now and that he will actually make eye contact with you :)

Postpartum:  After going out for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I definitely felt wiped out (I really haven't ventured out much before this).  That, combined with not getting as much sleep as I'm used to, and Chris having a cold, I got sick!  Yesterday I got the sore throat and just feel off in general.  It was really tough to deal with feeling sick while taking care of a fussy baby.  I hope for both our sake that I get better fast!


Happy 8 Weeks Noah!

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