Tuesday, September 24, 2013

5 Weeks: Lessons for Mom

Today is 5 weeks! While Johnny learns new things right and left, it seems like I am the one learning the most lately.  Frequently I have made blanket statements about what he can and cannot do, just to be proven wrong shortly after. For example:

"He can't fall asleep by himself in his bed." Sunday he did this twice (with the aid of Mommy putting the pacifier back in.)

"He doesn't sleep more than 10 minutes in his carseat after we take it out of the car." 75 minutes today. Bam. (I loosened the straps...that helped...then later he fell asleep in it at the doctor.)

"We are both having some trouble with latching." The he latches on right away in the OB office when I'm trying to get a checkup.

In other mommy lessons, I have learned how to:

- Shower while he is napping without other adults present to supervise him

- Re-try things that failed previously because it is possible that now he can handle the particular activity (i.e. the first examples, also he will enjoy his playmat a little longer now.)

- Read my baby development books. Not sure why I didn't do this while pregnant...but every time I read it now, it is 1000% relevant to what I am wondering about baby development at the time. Now if I could just read the "months" a few weeks in advance, I might actually be prepared for something once in a while!

In other news, John is smiling, imitating us (i.e. sticks out his tongue at Daddy), and now weighs 9 pounds. I guess all this eating for an hour each time (up from 20 minutes) is paying off.  Still wearing his NB sized clothes though.  He fit into a 3M outfit but the pants are HUGE on him.  Zach and I were both hypervigilant about not over-buying clothes, and just this week I realized the 3M stuff we have is all summery.  At this growth rate, we will probably be wearing 3M through the end of the year and we had...ONE pair of pants and 1-2 PJ's.  So I hit up our local consignment kids store and got a bunch of pants and PJ's and maybe splurged on a completely useless zip-up hoodie (he's always got a blanket outside anyhow) and one last NB outfit that I couldn't resist. Now our cold snap will probably end and we'll be back in only a onesie all day but...at least we've got warmer clothes when we need it and they didn't cost much!

  I used all my good photos last week and I have some new ones to upload but here is what I have for now.  I kinda wish I got a camera that could upload wirelessly automatically... Anyhow, this is one of the most genius baby shower gifts I have ever seen.  Its a onesie, with a snap sewn on, then I got 4 different bow ties to interchange!  I am going to check the snap size and hopefully sew some snaps onto some bigger onesies too. I am excited!


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anna said...

Just wait until you do a 3 month blog post that says that your kid sleeps through the night and then he proceeds to prove you wrong starting from that night on. Yeah...still hasn't slept through the night since that post. Growth spurt??? Gosh I hope that's all it is. Feels like we JUST had one though. hmmm. Anyways, it DOES get easier right? That first 4-6 weeks was cuh-razy. You're almost through it. Seriously, at 3 months I feel like we have a pretty good rhythm. It's tiring but totally manageable. :)

Emily said...

You make cute kids.

Yeah, I've learned to avoid talking about things definitively or in absolutes. That's the blessing and curse, they are always changing.

Keep up the good work mama!