When Wyatt was just 6 days old we had a newborn photo shoot with Elizabeth Moore Photography. I am completely in love with all of the beautiful shots. It already seems so long ago that Wyatt was this tiny. Here are some of my favorites:
On Wednesday, Wyatt turned one month old!!!
I can’t believe that it has been one whole month since our sweet baby rocked our world and I became a mother. Sometimes it feels like the days and weeks went by in the blink of an eye. Other times it feels like Wyatt has always been a part of our lives.
He is changing so much every single day. Each morning I feel like I’m greeted by a new baby. He’s becoming much more alert and focussing on our faces and voices. He’s growing long and filling out and his hair is getting thicker. You can tell that he is learning to process something new each day and loves to explore his new world.
This first month has been full of emotions. I keep telling people that the highs are high and the lows are low. It’s so overwhelming to expereince this strange and wonderful love that I’ve never felt before. Add in a mix of exhaustion and anxiety and hormones galore and you’ve got a hot mess of a new mama. I think I cried more than Wyatt during our first week at home. The first few weeks really are all about survival, but here we are, one month in and everyone is alive and healthy.
I hope to continue blogging about things other than motherhood, but this is where my life is right now. I try to spend any extra time I have snuggling up with Wyatt and really enjoying my 10 weeks of maternity leave before going back to work. Until I have some more time these updates are all I have.
Wyatt had his one month doctor appointment today so we got his new stats:
Weight: 10 pounds 2 ounces (55%)
Length: 22.3 inches (74%)
Hair: Dark brown
Nicknames: Wy, Wy Guy, Buddy, Little Man, Mr. Bud
Likes: His floor mirror, laying on the ground and kicking, eating, being sung to, looking at picture books, taking walks, watching mommy make faces, being in the moby wrap.
Dislikes: Getting changed, getting into his car seat, sleeping in his bassinent at night.
Clothing and Diapers: Our little guy is still wearing newborn clothes and diapers, although he is a little too tall for most of them he’s too tiny for the next size up.
Sleep: At night he sleeps in the Arms Reach Co-Sleeper attached to my side of the bed, but he prefers to fall asleep on my chest. He sleeps soundly in his swing or pack n play during the day, but for some reason refuses to be put down in the bassinet at night. Therefore, I’m not getting much sleep – around 2-3 hours a night, with a few lucky 6 hour nights thrown in because Wyatt must feel guilty some nights.
Feeding: He still hits the boob every 3 hours (or less during the day.) He’s a very good little eater and I’m so thankful that breastfeeding is going so well.
Play: Wyatt has about 45 minutes of “active” play time a day. He spends it on his activity mat staring at himself in the mirror, focusing on his favorite panda toy, or looking at books with mommy and daddy. His favorite is Brown Bear, Brown Bear. He also loves to be sung to and be “danced” around. He loves to stretch out and kick his little legs out.
What I want to remember:
Wyatt’s cute newborn coos, gurgles, and other sounds. We have one very vocal baby! He makes SO much noise while he is sleeping that I’m constantly jumping up thinking that he has woken up, but no, he’s just carrying on grunting and snorting in his dreams.
The way Maggie gets concerned over him. Yes, she’s also madly jealous, but she also loves him.
Sometimes after he sneezes Wyatt does this adorable baby sigh, “Ahhhhh”. I’ve tried so hard to catch it on video, but have yet been quick enough to do so.
The way his eyes open so wide when he’s looking at me and the tight feeling I get in my chest when I know that this is my whole world.
The soft baby snuggles and him sleeping peacefully on my chest.
How tiny his little fingers and toes and everything else is.
The feeling that I’m doing something right in the way that he really needs me right now. I try to remember that one day he won’t need me as much and I’ll treasure these days that he’s attached to me.
You’ve filled our lives with so much love. I can’t imagine this world without you. I know this month has been scary for you. You have so many new things to think about (eating, pooping, burping, looking at everything) but I hope you know that I am here to always keep you safe and love you.
You are my newest best friend and I can’t wait to continue exploring the world with you.I never knew my world could grow both larger and smaller, but you’ve really altered my perspective. So, we really will be exploring a new world together. You are a good sport as Mommy and Daddy learn what your different cries mean and the best way to take care of you.
So many people love you, Wyatt. You have a huge circle of support. I hope you can feel that love.
I want you to keep growing and changing and I can’t wait to see your personality develop and to be rewarded with your first smile. Yet, I want you to stay little forever. Love you, wy guy! You are the best gift I can ever imagine.
Now time for picture overload!
Wyatt turns one month next week, I can’t believe it! I’ve been so busy soaking in his newborn days and also learning how to adjust to motherhood that I haven’t been able to document via this blog as much as I like. He has been changing so much so quickly that I wanted to capture it all. So here is a glimpse at Wyatt’s first few days in our world and our stay at the hospital.
He was born on Monday September 7 (you can read is birth story here) and we left the hospital on Friday September 11.
Those first few days are a blur of emotions! We felt an overwhelming sense of love, to the point where it was almost hard to comprehend that this sweet baby boy was inside of me just the day before and now was part of our world for the rest of our lives.
We had plenty of visitors every day. This is the first grandchild for both my family and Ryan’s family, so the excitement is a little over the top!
Recovery for me was a little rough, but honestly much better than I was anticipating. Holding Wyatt made it all worth it.
What I want to remember: (and yes these are melodramatic, but I believe this will be the most emotional moment of my life, so here we go)
- Ryan being an awesome husband and father. I fell in love with him in a brand new way. I couldn’t get out of bed to attend to Wyatt’s cries or to change him and Ryan was on top of it and loved doing it. I could stare at him holding Wyatt all day.
- Every night Ryan and I would play music and sing to Wyatt. It was the sweetest thing. And then I’d cry. Remembering Ryan sing “Sweet Baby James” to Wyatt will always tug on my heart strings.
- The faces of our parents when they entered our room and met Wyatt for the first time right after his birth.
- How complete the world felt with Wyatt sleeping on my chest.
- The feeling of extreme exhaustion and extreme love but how looking at his face changed everything.
- How soft his skin is.
- How he calms down instantly when we do skin to skin.
I cannot say enough amazing things about our experience at Women’s and Babies Hospital in Lancaster. The nurses were all fantastic and provided us with such good care and attention. Being new parents we were anxious and clueless regarding newborn care but each day the nurses took time to teach us something new.
While I was slowly recovering from surgery (and could barely get out of bed on my own) they assisted with skin to skin contact, breastfeeding, diaper changes, and middle of the night feedings and fears. A lactation consultant visited every day and nurses assisted with almost every feeding. It was immensely helpful and encouraged me to keep trying when breastfeeding got tough. Now, Wyatt is a pro!
We felt right at home in our large private suite and dined on excellent food (did not taste anything like typical hospital food) The crab cakes and peanut butter pie were my favorite dining options.
It was so great to have 5 whole days to just recover and be with the baby with no outside distractions. We took that time to really take in the whole experience and study all the bits and pieces of our new son.
Our stay was so wonderful that it made me anxious to leave and go home where we’d be left to survive with Wyatt on our own. It almost felt like we were returning home after a vacation, which is NOT a feeling I was expecting postpartum.
Nothing can replace those very first days with Wyatt. Each day brought new feelings of love. Yet, we were very excited to bring Wyatt home on that Friday and really begin our life together as a family.