Weight: 10.2 lbs (done on the scale at home)
Height: 22 inches/ 57cm
Health: Besides his gas pains that still makes him squirm and cry, Elijah is a healthy happy baby. He had a diaper rash but we quickly got that under control, and he randomly breaks out in little spots all over his face and neck. This is pretty normal for newborns and it tends to clear up in a couple of days. It seems that Eli is getting cradle cap and he is losing the the beautiful hair that he was born with. We hope that it doesn’t all fall out, but it seems that the top is almost all gone. Sad, but true! The “cradle cap” is all over the top of his scalp, on his forehead and even a bit on his eyelids. We are using a natural remedies and if that doesn’t work, apparently we can use a stronger medicated shampoo. Unlike in his first three weeks, Eli has had far less congestion this last week.
Don’t lose all that beautiful hair Elijah
Sleeping: Our baby boy seems to have a good grasp on the difference between night and day. He has a couple of periods during the day when he wakes up and wants to look around and coo at mommy. Fortunately by about 10 or 11pm he has finished his last feeding for the day, and is ready for bed. He has reached periods of roughly 5 hours of sleep between 11pm and 4am. I usually expect him to be hungry at 4 or 5am (depending on when he has his last feeding), and occasionally I even wake before him because I NEED him to eat. I haven’t had to wake him yet, but I get very swollen so I’m happy when he wants to eat. He still doesn’t really like his arms swaddled so we leave them out, and he now sleeps in his crib every night.
Clothing: We are still dressing Eli in the same clothes but we have far more options now since he has grown so much in the last week or two. Sadly a few of the outfits will not fit him in a couple of weeks. I was shocked this week when a couple of them were tough to put on. Those outfits might never be worn more than two or three times because he doesn’t really need many outfit changes during the day. This little boy barely spits up at all, doesn’t have blow outs, and since it’s so hot minimal clothes are best! It’s a pity that his cute onesies won’t get used much, but who knows, we might have another boy in the future and he can wear them. Lots of his 0-3 month things (especially the jammies) are too big or wide, but then some of them are suddenly hard to get him into. Due the the inconsistency in sizes, I find myself constantly holding up onesies against his body to see what fits him. I can’t wait until he can wear the cute things we have for him, like jeans, shorts, and hats.
Social: Eli is alert when he is awake, but for the most part he is a very sleepy guy! We have noticed that he is becoming more anymore aware of his surroundings, making eye contact, and even tracking things that move around him. We are so proud of every development that he makes. We socialised a ton this week! On Monday Justin had a friend come over to BBQ and watch a soccer game. On Tuesday and Wednesday we spent all of our time with a dear friend who left for the States on Thursday. It was a wonderfully relaxing time, and Elijah got to be around our friend’s daughter who gave him lots of love and kisses. We haven’t gone on any walks this week because we have all been quite tired and/ or busy.
Milestones: Our boy is now able to lay on his stomach and hold his head up for long periods of time. He likes to stares at us intently while keeping his head up, and even though he sways a little that gets less as the days go by. On July 10th he started responding to voices. We spoke to him and he turned to face us. ADORABLE! On the same day we also noticed that he followed black and white images held by daddy and Amber while they played with him. We were so proud! The following day his eyes followed me as I walked around the bedroom!! On July 12th we took him to the beach for the first time, and this was also his first kiddies birthday party. On July 13th we read him his first bible stories.
Likes: black and white pictures, riding in his stroller/ going for walks, riding in taxis (puts him right to sleep), bath time, loud music, his sound machine, lights, baby massages, being carried in his summer sling (baby carrier), and lying on his daddy’s tummy.
Dislikes: waiting for food, his gassy tummy pain, and being too hot.
Mommy: Feeling good but a little tired on days when Elijah has a bad night (when his tummy bothers him). I haven’t started working out or going on regular walks, and my weight loss seems to have slowed down drastically. I guess the easiest part is over and it will take work to get those last 25-30 lbs off. PITY! I don’t feel that ravenous hunger that everyone talks about when you are breast-feeding, but we have been pigging out so I guess I can thereby disprove the theory that you can “eat anything” and keep losing the baby weight if you breastfeed. No true, haha, at least not for me. Tears have been shed in this last week – for the most part I have been happy and balanced, but after a night or two of hourly feeds (when Elijah is struggling with stomach pain and wants to comfort-feed) I find that I am very emotional (tired) and cry at the drop of a hat. Thankfully, we generally have three awesome days and then a couple tough ones so I have time to recover and get back on track. I can’t imagine how people have constant struggles. That must be completely drained – I feel for those moms!
Daddy: We really missed Justin this last week – this could also be why I had a rough couple of days. He picked up lots of summer work so that we can save for our trip to South Africa. He is therefore gone all day and when he gets home we don’t have much time to spend together. Not as much as we would like. We are NOT cut out to work different jobs or be apart all day, so this is a huge adjustment for us. As crazy as it sounds, being away from him all day is a bigger adjustment than having a baby is!! We have been together 24/7 for years now, so this summer marks the beginning of us not being side-by-side all day. It’s tough, and we don’t enjoy being tired when we do get to spend time together, but he won’t work this much all summer so better days are coming. He is sneaking in as many cuddles as he can with Elijah when he is home in the morning and evening, or on his lunch break. They are so cute together. Seeing him with Eli reminds me how small Elijah is, but in my arms our boys seems to be quite heavy compared to when we brought him home.
We are looking forward to: More time with daddy. This next week we will work a lot again, and then things will get quieter for a few weeks.