Saturday, October 30, 2010

one month

Today Jordan turned one month old. This past month has had many ups and downs as we have adjusted to our newest family member. He now weighs 9lbs 7oz (as of Tuesday) and is 22 inches long with a head circumference of 37 cm. He has blue eyes and a reddish tint to the very little amount of hair he has. He's starting to fill out a bit more and looks more like a baby than a newborn.

He's starting to wake up a little more now. He has a few hour periods throughout the day where he is alert. He can also usually finish a nursing session without falling asleep these days. He seems to be more aware of day and night now, sleeping longer periods (usually 3-4 hours) in the night. During the day he still nurses as often as every 2 hours at times. His favorite way to sleep is on his stomach on my chest. We only do this if I am going to be awake or if I am crazy desperate for a nap. Never at night. During the night he sleeps swaddled in his bassinet in our bedroom. We elevated the head of his bed to help with his screaming when laying flat (possible reflux even though he doesn't spit up.... ever.) Although he slides down to the bottom of his bassinet every night, the elevation does seem to be helping. We also hold him upright for fifteen minutes after each feeding before putting him down. He is still 100%breastfed. He favors the right side for some reason but usually tolerates the left (except at night, he won't take it then) He has a lot of gas issues which we have been giving him Gripe Water for. He likes his pacifier, we've been using only the soothies kind for him. (He didn't like the Nuk the first time we tried it and we never tried it again)

Jordan makes all kinds of noises, which quickly earned him the nickname ofKitCat at birth. His noises sound less like a cat these days and more like moaning/groaning which has earned him the new nickname of MoanerGroaner. He has also sounded like a horse/someone laughing and a goat.

He is getting better at holding up his head but only for a few seconds at a time. He still has "seizures" where he rapidly moves an arm or leg (they aren'treally seizures, fyi) His eyes no longer have nystagmus and he seems better able to focus on things. He can track movement.

He has gone on many field trips to various stores. We have also visited both my and Matt's work. Jordan has met lots of family members already. He has met all three of his great grandmothers, Aunt Sue A, Auntie Sarah, and of course his Aunt Melissa and Uncles Sean and Brandon.

I still can't believe it's been a month already since he joined our family. We are all so in love with him. ♥♥

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