Oh this month has been a whirlwind. Giving birth right before Christmas definitely made the holidays interesting. We were exhausted, I was battling baby blues, and we were trying to adapt to a whole new way of life – all while attending holiday celebrations and battling the cold weather. Getting out of the house felt like an impossible task, and I’m proud to say we are slowly getting better at it. It helps that Wynn enjoys his carseat.
Outings were few and far between at the beginning, and out of worry with it being cold and flu season we didn’t participate in several things. We suffered a loss with the death of my cousin at the end of December and his funeral at the beginning of January. And, we wanted to be there for our family, but it wasn’t possible for us to take Wynn to the hospital for Dalton’s honor walk prior to donating his organs. Too many germs in hospitals for a two-week-old. Having a winter baby definitely feels like it limits our ability to do things.
We are getting better at getting out of the house when the weather allows it, and I’m getting more comfortable feeding when we aren’t at home. Breastfeeding has been amazing, but also difficult because I am the only one who can do it. It does feel like everything we do is in 2 to 3 hour increments because of his feeding schedule, so it can feel difficult to plan for things.
Mostly we just hang out at home in sweats and pajamas. It’s been pretty great. 🙂
One Month Memories
- I always want to remember the first time Wynn peed on everything. His shelf in the closet, the wall, me, Justin. It was hilarious.
- Wynn is a noisy baby, and I love how he talks/babbles/grunts all the time, even in his sleep.
- I definitely called the nurses station twice the first week we were home. Once, the first night we were home and Wynn kept rolling to his side and wouldn’t stay on his back. I was panicked and a mess and so worried about him sleeping safely that I called to ask them how they’d managed to get Wynn to sleep. The other time was because I’d come home from the hospital with some stomach bug, and I was nauseous and didn’t want to eat so I was worried about breastfeeding Wynn. Don’t fret, all was well in a couple days.
- Celebrating Christmas two days after coming home from the hospital was hard. And, it was and emotionally exhausting, but also so incredible to be able to celebrate with Wynn.
- He poops all the time, and his farts could rival those of a grown man.
- He started spitting up after he belches.
- Wynn tolerates tummy time, but I don’t know that he enjoys it yet. We had to wait for his umbilical cord to fall off, and thanks to all the UV light time in the hospital it didn’t last long.
- We have been very lucky with how well he sleeps at night. He has also been a pretty decent napper. We are taking the Taking Cara Babies newborn sleep class and it is amazing!
- Wynn likes his pacifier and takes a bottle already, and it isn’t causing any problems when I feed him.
- He makes the best faces and furrows his brow all the time.
- We didn’t do anything at all for New Year’s – which I’m okay with because sleep is more important. And we didn’t celebrate Dad and I’s birthday until January 20th.
- I love the quiet, sleepy nighttime feedings when I get Wynn all to myself. Getting up every few hours is hard, but he’s just so precious that I don’t mind it.
- His witching hours are between 6:30 and 8:30 at night. If we miss those sleepy cues to get Wynn down for an evening nap he is almost inconsolable for an hour and just way overtired.
- During Wynn’s first week home he and Justin would spend early mornings hanging out on the couch while I went back to bed for an hour or two.
- His bottom lip quiver when he gets upset is adorable and heart breaking at the same time.
- We do bath time on the kitchen counter/in the kitchen sink, and I’m pretty sure he hates it right now.
Wynn had to have UV treatment for his bilirubin levels before we could leave the hospital.
He kept laying like this, but hasn’t done it since we’ve been home. The nurses said it must have been how he was while in the womb.
On our way to learn how to give him a good sponge bath!
He loves having his hair washed.
We opened all of our presents to each other on Christmas Eve.
We spent Christmas morning at my Mom and Dad’s, and when to my Mema and Papa’s that evening. I’m not going to lie, we probably took on too much for having a 5-day-old and only being home for a couple days. I definitely lost it at my grandparents and asked my Mom to come stay the night with us. It really does take a village, and I am so lucky to have such a great support system.
Wynn’s first bath at home 🙂
We tried to take some newborn photos ourselves, and I quickly realized I wanted to have someone take them for us haha!
And the following pictures were taken on the 20th, when he was one month old!
January 24, 2020