Our littlest is already 1 month old.
People say, "Wow, I can't believe he is already a month. That went fast!"
To that I say, "Time flies when you are sleeping all night."
I always think time flies for other people's kids too. Because I'm not staring them in the face 24/7. It does go by fast when only periodic updates are available.
Everyday reality has felt like a month with this precious new life. It has actually felt longer.
We've been getting to know each other. Tommy isn't the easiest character to figure out. Most the time I feel like I have NO idea what I'm doing. Have I nursed and cared for 3 previous babies before? Can't tell. This one is different.
He is pretty fussy (ie, screams his head off) because of gas. In exploring the causes, I tried a complicated nursing routine of pumping and then bottle feeding. That didn't help.
I also tried Gripe Water, homeopathic colic tablets, and infant anti-gas drops -- they defused a crying situation for a bit, but nothing spectacular.
What has helped the most so far is me not eating dairy. Gasp and cry. I LOVE all things dairy. I put cheese on everything. I treat myself with icecream. I eat yogurt at least once a day. I don't drink coffee unless it has some kind of creamy product in it and my bowl of cereal has milk on it. Always.
The difference is astounding, even after just a few days. I am now on day 8 (with one mishap with pizza having cheese... who knew?... it caused a great cranky spasm in Tommy). He's such a nicer baby to be around now! He has times of quiet and peace and I think, "Oh ya, this is what babies are supposed to do!"
Tommy is such a cutie. Can you just imagine how soft his cheeks are? They are extraordinary thanks to packing on 3.5 pounds this month. All the weight went straight for his gut and his cheeks... maybe not so desirable in an adult, but fantastic in a newborn.
The outfit he was wearing in this picture is a 0-3month, but it was the last time he wore it. Too small already.
being carried around by his sisters
having toy cars driven around on his face by his brother
sleeping in his swing on high speed
sitting in his vibrating bouncy seat while his siblings crowd around talking baby talk to him
playing chase as daddy runs around with him chasing his brother and sisters
This pleasant face brought to you by mommy's dairy avoidance. Okay, it's worth it.
If you are wondering who he looks like? Well, he looks like Tommy. Uniquely his own little person.
I see occasions where he looks like Mandy when he smiles, Rem when he is mad, and Emma when he is serious.
Yawns from staying awake crying all night because I forgot that pizza has cheese on it.
He wishes his mommy was smarter.
But he loves me anyway. Actually adores me because I'm his meal ticket.
And we adore him. :)