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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

4 weeks

He is smiling SO much more!!! He was only doing it 2-3 times a day.  Now he spends a good bit of his awake time keeping eye contact and smiling.

His circumcision is all healed now.

Beans make us both gassy and keep him up all night--at least they did this week.

He fits 0-3 month clothing now.  They didn't fit him at first and now they suddenly fit perfectly.  Unfortunately, this means he outgrew Daddy's old sleeper.

He rolled over.  It might have been a fluke because he was near the middle of the ottoman on his tummy near the crack where it goes inward.

He's grabby.  He grabbed a toy on the changing table.  I'm not sure it was on purpose, but it was his first time grabbing a toy.

He prefers to nap on our chest or in the bouncer.

He doesn't like to be swaddled.

He's starting to go back to his original sleep schedule where he nurses at 12, 3, then 5.  We're finally getting sleep again.

He has a nasty diaper rash from all the pooping.  We're trying to cure it with un-petroleum jelly or the ointment that the Happy Baby Company sent with his prefolds and wool and flat diapers.

He has lots more eye contact.  He seems alert all the time that his eyes are opened now.

His first latch when nursing is almost never a good one.

He almost never uses a pacifier these days.

The fur is gone from his arms but some of it is still on his lower back.

There's no more skin peeling from his body, just his face and head.

He got a visit from his Auntie Mimi this week.  He turned on the smiles for her a lot--she just happened to come in the point of his development where he started smiling a lot more. 

He started smiling a lot more this week.  I don't know that it was an accident when it happened before, it was on purpose, but it didn't happen as much as it does now.  It's more social now, like he's figured out how to continue to interact with us with smiles.  Before, it was just here and there. 

He looks a lot like his sister--both now and how she looked as a baby.

I never get tired of snuggling him.  I literally spend a few hours each day just having him sleep on my chest or in my arms nursing as often as he wants.

I was trying to take a chaste picture of his cute naked little body and he pooped ALL OVER his blue carpet.  I tried to get the stains out but if you look closely there's still a faint, yellow hue. 

Learning some head control.  He wobbles a lot but he raises it up really high.  He also tires of lifting it quickly. 

He is starting to notice his sister and smile at her.

I'm trying to work on taking more walks with them.

Look at those beautiful, chubby rolls!

Those eyes definitely come from me. 

We got a visit from the Oberholzers this week. 

My attempt at playing with Bunny as he slept--that's him over on her stuffed-animal beanbag chair.  It worked pretty well, actually--having him in there while we played tea party. 

Meeting Grammy for the first time. 
His first bath in the tub.  He seems so big to me, but when you see him in the tub like this, he's just a little peanut!

Grammy gave us a box of Daddy's old baby clothes including this adorable sun bonnet that he wore to church this week.  He's wearing some wool overalls I knit him to go over his flat diapers.  The wool and flats are my attempt to clear up his diaper rash. 
I love the look on his face here.  Too bad it's blurry! This is at the first Bible study at our house since he was born. 
I'm trying to work on integrating Bunny more into my snuggle/nursing time with Asher.  It was hard at first because I was worried she'd inadvertently be too rough with him, but I also really miss my time with her so I'm working on being relaxed and calm when she's around him, though it's not my first inclination to be so. 
He met a little friend this week.

One of the few ways that I burp him after a feeding.  It makes him look so cute to prop him up like this. 
Snuggles with Daddy after he came home from a long day of work. 

He doesn't cry a lot, but here's what he looks like when he does.  It's important to me to remember the crying as well as the smiling. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

3 weeks

Asher at 3 weeks old

His circumcision went well according to the doctor, but he was fussy and in pain afterwards and it lasted a day or two. 

We got permission from our family doctor to give him Tylenol but he only kept it down one of the three times we gave it to him.  He really hated it. 

His personality got more needy after the circumcision and I cried for four days afterwards. 

We put him in one size diapers most of the time now so there's more room for the achy boy parts and because he's a heavy wetter and needs more absorbency. 

His little hands are always going, especially when nursing.

Often just sits motionless and stares when he's awake.

Such a good boy at night--he grunts and squeaks when uncomfortable but usually doesn't cry and finds a way to fall asleep on his own. 

Toward the beginning of the week he had to be really inspired to smile. His smiles weren't freely given but he'd give a couple every span of awake/playtime and he's starting to try to use his voice voluntarily. Sometimes he coos just a little bit when he smiles.

Towards the end of the week--when his Auntie Mimi was here--he was smiling a lot more.  He especially seemed to like Bunny's Sunday School teacher.  

Before going to sleep after a period of alertness he just stares quietly and is almost motionless 

He's still covered with soft, blonde hair everywhere. It's so cute! 

I think he might be getting newborn pimples

His newborn rashes are all but gone. He still gets a splotch here or there once in awhile.

He has more and alertness every day. 

He's starting to make good, continuous eye contact with me (7/19) 

Likes to be held for naps during the day. 

Doesn't like the swing anymore :-(

Took the bottle without issue

Still taking sharp intakes of breath that sound like choking but aren't. 

Weighs 10 lbs.

He likes the Moby Wrap

He can pull his head up but it usually wobbles almost uncontrollably to the point that it's hard to get a picture of it that isn't blurry.  He's working on it, though!

Our first sit down restaurant experience as a family of four at El Sombrero. 

 Daddy and his kids. 
 Saying goodbye to Grandma.  She came and stayed with us for the first two weeks of his life to help out and BOY was she a big help!

I started doing comparison pictures of Bunny and Baby Bear right from the hospital room because they looked so similar.  Here's one of those I did his third week. 

Looking out the window is still one of his favorite things to do.  He's always looking at the windows and the picture frames in the living room. 

His sister would hold him and touch him and kiss him every single moment if she could.  

He hates getting his diaper changed.  Hates it. 

He's a champion nurser.  He nurses all the time. 

 All curled up!

 We had a special moment on this day and I was more than enjoying this new way of bonding with him--through eye contact, coos, and smiles. 

 He doesn't go on his play mat often but he puts up with it for a few minutes before wanting to be held.  We'll see if he likes it for longer periods of time as he gets older.

I took these pictures of him because he's so tiny and I wanted to show that--I mean, he is big for his age, at 10+ pounds, but he's still tiny for a human.  :-)