He still seems very much like a full fledged new born, but he is definitely awake more often now and starting to become a little more alert. He can occasionally respond to my voice by actually looking in my direction and he seems to be focusing more on our faces when we speak. Nursing is still… interesting.
Sometimes he nurses so slowly it takes about 30-45 minutes.. other times he gulps it down for about 10-15 minutes and passes out.
So, it’s hard to tell exactly how much milk he actually needs or when and if he is getting enough. From the amount of diapers we go through everyday, I’d say he’s not starving by any means. And his cheeks are starting to get cute and chubby.
We’ve also been having issues with fussiness in the evenings. I don’t think it’s full fledged colic because we are able to get him to calm down if we cuddle/hold him, but he the second we put him down he starts crying again. I’ve found the best way to get him calm is to swaddle him and lay him down on his side, chest to chest with me, similar to the side laying nursing position. As soon as I do this, he knocks out for at least an hour. I’m afraid that I may be creating some bad sleep associations, though. Since I don’t plan on co-sleeping in the future. I don’t want him to get used to falling asleep this way. But the doctor says we shouldn’t necessarily worry about that for a couple of months. So… we’ll see.
In the news of Firsts… We have been breaking the rules a little bit.
He had his first bottle of formula on New Year’s eve so I could partake in a couple glasses of champagne.
I was worried about all of the warnings from lactation specialists about supplemental feedings at such a young age, but he didn’t skip a beat. Took the formula like a champ and was right back to nursing a couple of hours later.
I’m thinking as long as we continue to introduce bottles and formula to him slowly (like once a week for now) we shouldn’t have too many problems.
He also had his first outing to Target and the Mall… which he slept right through, covered up in his stroller.
And, of course, he had his first New Year’s Eve!
He wore his cute Gold Star pants, in honor of the occasion!
We spent the evening at our friends apartment watching the LSU game and eating lots of junk food.
A far cry from my NYE celebrations of yesteryear. But, there really isn’t much you can do with a brand new baby to take care of.
All in all, I actually really enjoyed myself. I can’t tell if that means I’m getting old or if I’m just too tired to care about partying anymore.
(And function wins out over fashion in the form of non-matching dinosaur socks.)
And now, by the sound of Hudson’s tummy, I’ve got a diaper to change.
Hope you’re all having an equally glamorous New Year!