Friday, April 11, 2014

One month {Austin Mitchell}

It feels strange to be writing this post... How can my littlest be one month old already?!?! Truly, the first month of his life has flown by. Things are definitely different the second time around; life is much busier with 2 little boys underfoot, but life is sweet. Austin's first month has really been delightful, much like his big brother as a newborn, Austin is a pretty laid back & happy little guy.


I didn't do monthly blog updates of Oliver until he was much older, and I regret not writing down anywhere how he was sleeping/feeding/progressing during his first year because I'd love to look back on it now (other then his baby book of course, but that's who-knows-where in storage). So, now begins the monthly updates of Aus!

At one month old, Austin...

Stats...
He fits size 1 nappies and 3 months/000 clothing. He grew out of his newborn clothes at only 2 weeks old! I'm not sure on his weight/height - his next check up is at 2 months, but at 2 weeks old he weighed 9lbs 7oz and was 21 1/4 inches long. He's certainly sprouted since then and looks/feels much bigger so it'll be interesting to see just how big he is next month! I'm convinced he's bigger then Ollie was at the same age. He's all cheeks and rolls!


Milestones...
Although he's not the hugest fan of doing tummy time (just like Oliver), he is turning his head from side to side well & holding it up for short periods.

Sleeping...
Oliver was a great sleeper in the first 4 months and it seems we've (so far) been lucky enough to get another good one. Since coming home from hospital, Aus wakes once or twice a night. He generally has his last feed around 8pm, then wakes at roughly 1am & 5/6am for a quick feed then straight back to sleep. We've even had a couple of sleep throughs. I can honestly say that I feel more well rested than at the end of the pregnancy, when I was up half the night with painful braxton hicks.

Naps during the day are still all over the place - he sleeps brilliantly in the car and his stroller, but at home I never quite know what we're going to get. We had one AWFUL day (my birthday) where he only slept 2hrs total between 7am-10.45pm, but that's been the worst by far. He's yet to fall into any kind of routine during the day, but it'll happen eventually.


Eating...
Austin is a great little feeder. He got the hang of breastfeeding really quickly - it's definitely different second time around when I'm not so clueless - and feeds roughly every 2 hours during daylight hours. I feed on demand, so sometimes it's a little more often, sometimes a little more drawn out. My milk came in MUCH quicker this time around too which took a little stress off (it took 5 days with Ollie and they were wanting me to supplement because he was losing too much weight, but this time around it only took 2 days and he was almost back at birthweight by 5 days old).

We've also started introducing a bottle. He's nursing so well, I'm not concerned about him having the odd bottle here & there and I'd really like to make sure he actually will take one. Oliver did for a brief period at 6 weeks old, but we didn't keep it up and he would never take one again despite our best efforts. As he always fed to sleep (and I exclusively breastfed until he was 16 months old), it made going out at night really difficult. So, this time around I've been determined to make it work because as much as I love my boys, mama needs a Mums night out once in a while! I'm pumping almost every morning to build up a freezer stash and so far, so good. Oliver LOVES helping, one morning this week he piped up with 'that's my baby. He came here to play with me' and then insisted on helping Mitch feed Austin the bottle. He even took the bottle into the kitchen afterwards and put it in the sink, little helper!


Best moment...
Getting those first social smiles! Gosh this kid has got the sweetest smile - his whole face lights up! I shouldn't be surprised, given his Dadda and big brother, but it still melts my heart every time. Gassy smiles are still cute, but seeing him smile in response to us - well, it's the best :-)


Worst moment...
Probably the worst part of his first month was when we were dealing with the jaundice. We were discharged from hospital 24 hours after birth, but his bilirubin results at his first newborn club appointment were increasing. We tried the biliblanket at home for a day but even with that, it went so high so fast that Austin was admitted to pediatrics for phototherapy. Thankfully I was able to stay with him in hospital, but it was still hard - it was around the 4 day mark when hormones were really kicking in and he was often really unsettled under the lights and it was SO hard not being able to hold him. We only ended up spending half the time they had initially guessed it would take though, and were released just in time for my sisters arrival from Australia.

Loves...
Austin currently loves bathtime - whether it's in the tummy tub, baby bath or a shower with mama or Dadda, he instantly relaxes when he's in the water. He also LOVES being on the change table. Complete opposite of his big bro! As soon as you strip him down, he starts wriggling, grunting happily and often smiles. Which is just as well, because we change his clothes multiple times a day - he's a power spewer!

Dislikes...
His biggest dislikes are getting out of the bath & when the car stops at red lights...





Austin Mitchell, I can hardly believe you are already a whole month old but at the same time, it feels like you've always been a part of our lives. Your Dadda, big brother & I are all absolutely smitten - you've already brought so much joy to our lives at only one month old. We love you, sweet baby boy.

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2 comments:

  1. He is so sweet! What a little love :) Props for working on a bottle. For me, it's not so much that my kid wont' take a bottle, but that I hate pumping. ha! I'm going to need to just suck it up and doing for this next baby, though...as much as I need to get out more now, that's only going to increase when the baby comes!

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