Monday, May 9

One Month... a little late

I've had it in mind that I would like to write a blog post for every month of Brock's first year so I can keep up with how he's changing and what new things he's learning how to do. That being said, I'm already failing to accomplish my goal since the baby is 7 weeks old now and I have yet to write a blog about his first month. But better late than never, right?

At his one month checkup on April 19th, Brock weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces which put him in the 61st percentile. At his followup appointment after being discharged from the hospital (March 28), he had weighed 7 lbs, 7 oz so he had gained 2 pounds in just three weeks! The doctor asked if we had been feeding him steak and potatoes and seemed pleased with his weight gain, especially since he is breastfed. Brock had also grown an inch in length since birth and was 21 inches (50th percentile).

Here are some of Brock's one month accomplishments and patterns:
  • He eats every 2.5 to 3 hours during the day and every 3 to 3.5 hours at night.
  • He sleeps 16-18 hours a day, unfortunately in the form of 1 to 2 hour naps spread throughout the day rather than consecutively (but I'll take what I can get).
  • He will sleep pretty much anywhere we put him and through any noises we make.
  • He is having longer periods of awake time but usually no more than 30 minutes at a time.
  • He poops about 8 times a day, occasionally more, and needs a diaper change every time he's fed.
  • He generally only cries if he needs something or if he has gas.
  • He spits up a lot after every feeding, but doesn't seem to be bothered by it.
  • He's starting to be able to focus on my and Blaine's faces but only for short periods at a time.
  • He always smiles after being fed, although he's asleep so they say it doesn't really count as a social smile yet.
  • He loves being bathed and snoozes right through the whole thing.
  • He usually has one or two fussy periods a day where he will cry for a little while before he goes to sleep.
  • He can turn his head from side to side when on his tummy and lift it up even better when on my shoulder being burped.
  • He's not a big fan of tummy time and he doesn't like laying in the playard.
  • He loves watching ceiling fans, even if they're not spinning.
  • He's very noisy and makes lots of grunting and squeaking sounds when he's both awake and asleep and even when he eats. He also snores occasionally.
Those are just a few things we've noticed in the first month, nothing incredibly significant or amazing yet, but he's changing every day. Hopefully, I can update his second month on time!

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