November 19, 2014
I know this is going to sound incredibly cliche, but I cannot comprehend that on Friday our sweet baby Luca will be one month old. My Papa used to tell me that the days are long, but the years pass quickly. I wish I would have felt the truth to that statement sooner. Even though it seems like these first four weeks have passed by in the blink of an eye, it also feels like Luca has always been with us. It is actually hard to remember life without him because we love him so much! :) These monthly updates are so much fun to look back on, and it's mostly for my own purposes. I promise I won't be upset if you just came for the cute baby pictures :)
Luca was 9 pounds 2 ounces at birth on Tuesday, October 21st. We were discharged from the hospital on Thursday, October 23rd - and at that point he was down to 8 pounds 4 ounces. We had his first weight check a week after he was born on Tuesday, October 28th and he was at 8 pounds 3 ounces. One week later on November 4th, he was almost back to birth weight at 9 pounds 1 ounce! I honestly have no idea how he is measuring right now because we don't go back to the pediatrician until he is two months old. I am going to guess he is currently a little bit over 10 pounds. He also has definitely grown in length!
He is currently in size 1 diapers. (We only used one small pack of newborns and then went straight into size 1.) As far as clothing goes, he is in a mixture of newborn, 0-3 month, and 3 month clothing. So many brands vary with how their clothing fits, so it really depends on what he is wearing! He definitely is getting longer, so I'm only buying 3 month and 3-6 month for his future wardrobe :)
Oh how I wish I could type the words "EXCLUSIVELY BREASTFED" right now, but the truth is - I can't. Mommy guilt is at an all time high right now. The truth is, breastfeeding is HARD and those first few weeks were agonizing for both of us. Luca nursed beautifully in the hospital. My milk came in three days after he was born, and from there? Everything went downhill. Fast. For the longest time he refused to latch on either side, even though he did it so beautifully in the hospital. Lanolin became my 'breast' friend (I have to laugh a little, guys!) and the state of my nipples is something I won't even discuss here. (It was bad. Pumping red milk is terrifying, by the way.)
Weeks two and three were the worst by far. However, things are starting to turn around a little bit! In the past week, Luca has successfully latched and nursed on both sides for around 10 minutes and it feels so much better! There is barely any pain, though he does fidget a lot and sometimes it's still a struggle. We have been supplementing with formula because this little chunk is ALWAYS hungry. It is my hope to back off of the formula and begin to nurse more, but my supply has suffered through figuring all of this out. Can any of you offer some insight into boosting my supply? I'm lucky if I can pump 4 ounces over two days. #thestruggleisreal
The most important thing is that our little man is fed and happy, and I'm trying to tell myself that SOME breastmilk is better than NO breastmilk. For now, we will keep trying to breastfeed and boost my supply. Thankfully, Luca is a lot like his brother. He does not care how he is fed. He will take any bottle we give him, he goes from the bottle, to the pacifier, to nursing with no problems...now. It's so true when you hear people say to push through those first few weeks. They have definitely been the hardest, but I feel like we are getting somewhere now - and it feels great.
Our little red-head (which still baffles us on a daily basis) still naps a majority of the day. We've been noticing that later in the afternoon he has been wanting to stay awake and be stimulated more and more. Honestly? He is a great baby. After he eats, he goes right back to sleep (most of the time) and the times that he isn't asleep, he is perfectly content lying on the floor or on his play mat. He even tolerates tummy time (for now) and is actually quite good at lifting his little head clear off the ground! He does love being held, and sometimes he will wake and fuss if he isn't being held. It's definitely more difficult having another toddler to tend to. I try to spend as much time with Jonah during the day as I can - I don't want him to feel neglected or unimportant. My Moby Wrap has gotten a lot of use because of this.
We try to keep both boys on the same schedule, so we (yes, myself included) are in bed by 9:00 every night. Ideally I would like this to be earlier, but with me at home, it's easy to push it back a bit. Luca gets fed right before bed, and he typically gives us a 5 hour stretch. He wakes at the same two times every single night - which is really nice being on a sort of schedule even at night. He will wake around 2:30 or 3:00 in the morning, and we feed and change him. Then, he'll wake again around 5:30 or 6:00. We feed and change again, and he'll go back down and then wake for the day around 8:30 or 9:00. It honestly has been this way since the first night in the hospital. We're lucky! :) He is currently sleeping in a Rock n' Play beside our bed. Jonah slept in it for the first 6 months of his life - we just watch closely because babies can develop flat heads and also give preference to tilting their head to one side.
You guys, I wish I could put into words how amazing it is to see Jonah interact with Luca. He is SO good with him. He lets me know anytime Luca is "Kyyy" (crying) and he shares his toys with him, too! Jonah is a fabulous big brother. In fact, the transition has gone more smoothly than I ever imagined. Every single time that I change Luca's diaper, Jonah is right there and exclaims, "I seeeee!" until I lift him up into the crib to help. He always offers an exasperated "Ewwwww!" when I finally get his diaper open, no matter the contents ;)
Just today, Jonah wasn't aware that I was watching him while both of them were lying on the floor together. Luca began to fuss, and Jonah started to pat his stomach gently, and then leaned down and kissed his head. I literally melted. MELTED. He is just so good with him!
Oh sweet baby Luca, you have been nothing but an incredible blessing to all of us! We are absolutely taken aback by every adorable little noise, coo, sneeze, and cry. You are happiest when held, but you also like to lie flat on your back to look at everything around you. You are pretty into your pacifier these days, but you aren't completely hooked on them. Like your brother, your favorite pacifier seems to be the Mam brand. However, you do like your Soothie occasionally - especially your Wubbanub! You've met a lot of your family, but you still have even more to meet! With Thanksgiving only two weeks away, I have a feeling you'll meet almost everyone! Although, the ONE person that is excited to meet you most is your Aunt Julie. She is in Hawaii and will be home for Christmas and we CANNOT WAIT for her to meet you!
You have given Mommy and Daddy quite a few smiles, though, I'm 99% sure they are gas related and not social smiles just yet :) I still have yet to capture any on camera, although your newborn photographer did! (Shirley of A Day's Dream Photography is amazing!)
You have a love/hate relationship with being swaddled. Sometimes you love it, but most of the time you hate it. We try it every now and again and follow your lead. You absolutely love to nap on Mommy and Daddy belly-to-belly...it's your favorite position. You are a great car rider, and sleep the entire time, just like your brother did (and still does to this day!) We have no idea where your red hair came from. At birth, it was dark brown/black (as was Jonah's) and it has since turned red. We are completely stumped, especially since Mommy is 100% Italian and your Daddy is dark-haired with no history of red heads either!
You really are a sweetheart, and you and your brother are our whole world! This first month has been amazing getting to know you and we cannot wait to see what the months and years to come bring! We can't imagine our lives without you, little one. We are so blessed to call you ours.
Here is a look back at some of my favorite Instagram moments from Luca's first month! Are you following us on Instagram? If not, we'd love to have you!
Until next month :)