Today you are one month old!
It doesn’t seem like you’ve been around very long so it’s hard to believe that you’ve already been here a month. At this point you’ve spent half your life at the hospital in the NICU and half your life at home with the family. I wonder if you know the difference. You spend most of your time asleep (or at least with your eyes closed) and it doesn’t seem like you’re even aware of your surroundings most of the time. I like to think you’re aware of being home safe and sound with mommy and daddy though.
Even though you spend most of your time asleep, you seem to have three main wakeful periods during the day: about an hour mid morning, an hour mid afternoon, and 2-3 hours later at night (around 8-11pm). When you’re awake, you like to stare at stuff and make incessant and incredibly loud grunting noises. These aren’t your typical bowel movement straining sounds, which is what I originally thought. You just grunt. A lot. And when you’re asleep, you keep grunting. I seem to remember your older brothers grunting as well, but I don’t remember it being quite this frequent or loud.
At one month old you’re about six and a half pounds and just over twenty inches long. You are eating approximately 2 ounces (or a little less) every 60-120 minutes. This pattern is consistent throughout the day and into the night as well. We’re pretty tired, but Dad and I are taking turns being in charge of night feedings. Its wonderful to have a partner who takes an equal role in parenting duties, including the unpleasant part.
So far it’s way too soon to tell what your personality will be. Right now you’re an adorable and puny little lump that sleeps, grunts, eats, and poops.
Your big brother R2 is obsessed with you and constantly wants to hold you, feed you, change your diaper, and shower you with hugs and kisses. Your big brother R1 is more reserved with his affections but always wants to give you affectionate little caresses and hug you goodnight/good morning. We’re all looking forward to watching you grow and seeing some baby smiles! Give us a smile soon little buddy!