I seriously cannot believe it, but Lucas is already one month old! I don’t know what we’ve been doing for the past month, but it seems like just yesterday I was trying to decide whether or not it was time to head in to Labor & Delivery.
Much like the monthly pregnancy updates, I planned to do monthly updates on Lucas…at least until he hits a year old.
First up, the obligatory monthly photo. And that monthly sticker is a POS. I thought it would be vinyl, but it’s paper, and I had to cut the damn tie out myself. Not to mention the fact that it doesn’t really stick. I can’t believe I forgot to include my extreme displeasure with that sticker in yesterday’s TYVM.
Stats: 8 lbs. 6 oz., 20 3/4 inches
We’ve learned that he looks much bigger in pictures than he actually is. Everyone who sees him comments on how tiny he is. I was so worried about having a HUGE baby, and yet, he’s actually so small!
Wearing: Newborn diapers and newborn or 0 to 3 months clothes. The onesie he’s wearing in the photo above is a newborn size and you can see that he still has some room to spare.
- Being held
- Being warm (but not too warm)
- The car
- Loud white noise like the shower and hairdryer
- Laying flat on his back on the floor so he can look around
- Mama, Daddy, and his brothers
- Being put down
- Cold bottles
- Being too warm
- His car seat
- Anything over his face
- Being undressed
Items of note:
Luke nurses like a champ. In fact, he loves to nurse so much, it’s pretty much all we do all.day.long. He nurses about every hour to every 2 hours during the day and then every 2 to 3 hours at night. We introduced a bottle (of pumped breast milk) last week and he took it without a problem (yay!!). He will even take the bottle for me. The only time he won’t take a bottle is when the milk isn’t warmed. He’s apparently prefers his milk at 98.6 degrees.
We’ve battled jaundice with him. We almost had to do light therapy, however, his levels finally started to go down. That said, when I took him back to the doctor for his one month appointment last week, he was still a bit jaundiced. We had to do another blood draw just to make sure everything was okay. The level came back at 7, which is better than it was before, but it’s still elevated. His doctor is attributing it to the fact that he’s breastfed. Apparently there’s something called breast milk jaundice. It’s not dangerous, and it should be gone by the time he’s 12 weeks old.
In his first two weeks, I spent a lot of time marveling (and bragging) about how good of a baby he is. He really is a good baby, however, he has stomach issues. The poor little guy is sooo gassy and ends up absolutely miserable at times. That pretty much makes everyone miserable. I don’t think he has colic, but he definitely has issues. I’m not sure if he’s sensitive to something I’m eating, or what, but I’m hoping that things will improve with time. I’ve been told that babies are born with immature digestive systems and it takes them about 12 weeks to function appropriately. I’m working with a lactation consultant to see if we can’t pinpoint what’s going on, just in case it’s somehow breastfeeding related.
In the beginning, he wouldn’t sleep anywhere that wasn’t in someone’s arms. He is now sleeping all night in his crib. He’s goes down between 8:30 and 9 p.m. and wakes for the first time between 11:30 and midnight. He’s pretty good about eating and going right back to sleep. I can’t complain too much about that. The only time we have really bad nights is when he has an upset stomach. On those nights, we camp out on the couch together and do everything we can to get some sleep.
Luke’s most noteworthy physical trait seems to be his fingers. He has exceptionally long fingers. Whenever I take him anywhere, the first comment about him is usually that he’s so tiny, and then the second comment is about his long fingers.
I’ll leave you with another picture. This one depicts how we all feel about him turning one month old already! (and you can see his long fingers!)