Logan: 4 Weeks Old

May 7, 2013

One month old! I couldn’t imagine that it would come so fast…it makes me so nervous for the next year, 5 years, 13 years, 18 years, 21 years. Before I know it my little boy will be all grown up.

This week has been kind of an up and down week. We had a few days at the beginning of this week that were a little rough. Crying phase beginning around 2 and lasting until 7. Let me tell you, a crying baby can be SUPER exhausting. Especially when you’ve done everything you can think of and the crying still continues. But, I started reading The Happiest Baby On The Block and got some really good tips on how to calm him down before the crying gets crazy and the techniques seemed to work. Knock on wood.

We took Logan on his first road trip this week! We were so nervous to strap him down in the car and drive 4 hours to El Paso, but this little guy shocked us. He slept almost the whole time in the car expect for a few moments where he would get fussy, but we would pull in to the next city gas station and feed him and he’d be calm as a cucumber again. Thank gawd! I think too because I days were spent around so many people and he was constantly being entertained that it made our nights easier. As soon as we were ready to go to bed Logan was already ready to pass out. No crying, no sshhing for an hour, no bouncing him about, just sleep. And when baby sleeps, mama sleeps. I felt like a million bucks on our little getaway.

I’m hoping though that this new and improved sleep pattern will last us when we get home. Maybe now that he’s a month old he will be a little different!

This week he’s also become so much more vocal. He will lay on his play mat or on the bed for an hour just aahhiing and oohing at him self. It is the cutest thing ever. All while kicking and flailing his little arms and legs. I could sit in a chair and listen to him for hours. He’s also starting to get very good at holding his head up, which is so amazing to watch.

His little face has become so animated. In the morning [when he’s usually his happiest] he will smile, grin and laugh at me, staring at me and watching my every move. Our mornings together have become my favorite time of the day. I talk with him and play kissing games, cuddle and squeeze him. He’s starting to get very familiar with Lucas face and voice now too. If someone else is holding Logan and Lucas or I start talking Logan will start trying to turn his head to find his parents.

The kid is still eating like crazy and blowing through diapers like they’re free. He’s gotten so chunky! I’m so curious to see how much he weighs now, we don’t go back to the doc for another month, but I’m guessing Logan is 10 or 11 pounds now. His face is so full, he has this adorable baby double chin, his belly is wider than his hips and his little legs are startin’ to get some chub on them. Swoon! He’s also starting to loose the hair around his forehead. I didn’t even notice how much hair he’d lost until I was looking at the pictures of him in the hospital. But I guess baby hair falls out and comes back [???].

Mom Check Up:

I am DYING for a workout! I’ve got two weeks left until I can start getting back in to a fitness routine and I am craving it more than ever now. That’s been the biggest thing on my mind this week. Now that the weather is getting warmer I can’t wait to get out and start running again. I’m so curious to see where my pace and comfort level is going to be at after many months of not running.

I’ve only had one day this week where I felt like I was on the verge of a breakdown. It was a night that Lucas was at school and Logan and I were home alone. He was having a RAGING fit after not napping at all during the day and the screaming was just wearing on me. I hate when he goes in to those heart wrenching screams because I just don’t know what he wants. My default is to always put him on the boob…I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, but it gets him to stop crying.

My stitches below [which you’ll read more about in an upcoming Birth Story installment] have completely healed up I think. The peri bottle is no longer a bathroom staple! Thank goodness, but even more of a thank goodness is that as of two days ago I have no more bleeding and no more big ole maxi pads. No one ever told me about all the bleeding that happens after child birth, or how long it lasts! I feel like a whole new woman being able to wear thongs again LOL.

The one thing that I need to work on though is to not take my frustrations out on Lucas. If I have a long day with the baby, as soon as Lucas comes home I start snapping at him and just giving him a bad attitude. Sometimes I don’t even realize that I’m doing it, he has to say something to me for me to realize that I’m being a jerk. I’m hoping that now that I kind of know I’m doing it that I’ll be able to start trying to prevent it more from happening.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Emma May 7, 2013 at 4:55 am

Yay for good sleeping and yay for good healing! What a handsome little man you have, seriously adorable.

This stay at home mama gig is no joke right?! The hardest but most rewarding job ever xoxo

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2 Steph May 7, 2013 at 7:48 am

It sure is! I thought I was going to have so much free time on my hands LOL

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3 LT May 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Yep, babies loose their hair and then it grows back. When my son lost his he just had some dark blond fuzz for the first 7 months, and now in the last 2 months he has grown a proper head of hair, though it is still pretty thin around the temples. And yeah, it’s amazing how many post-birth things aren’t talked about! I definitely think that trying to nurse him when he’s crying and upset is the first thing to try, sometimes breastfed babies are hungry quickly even though they just ate an hour before, especially because you don’t know exactly how much he drank and it could have been not much. You can’t overfeed a breastfed baby, they will stop nursing when they are full. And even if he isn’t hungry maybe he just wants to do some comfort nursing where he isn’t drinking much but is sucking out of comfort. If that calms him down there’s nothing wrong with it, and you get some snuggles! I nurse my son after he gets his vaccines when the doc leaves and it calms him down every time. Have you tried white noise at night? It was a lifesaver for us early on, and we still use it because it masks any noises we make around the house at night. Good luck, hang in there!

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4 Steph May 8, 2013 at 11:46 am

Thanks for this comment! It really put my mind at ease with his feedings!

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5 Anita at Hungry Couple May 7, 2013 at 1:40 pm

You’re going to love going back to your blog in a year and being able to read exactly how you felt at the time and see the photos. Great memories.

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6 RavieNomNoms May 8, 2013 at 7:02 am

He is getting big already!!!

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7 Steph May 8, 2013 at 11:47 am

SOO big!

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8 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts May 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm

What a little cutie!! I can’t believe I missed that you had him 🙁 This have been so crazy, I am so far behind. Love going back to see how much he has grown!

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9 Steph May 9, 2013 at 9:16 am

I feel the same way!

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10 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. May 8, 2013 at 11:09 pm

He keeps getting cuter and cuter! I love his eyes!

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11 Steph May 9, 2013 at 9:10 am

Awe, thanks!

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12 Lindsay May 10, 2013 at 7:19 am

Aww he is so cute! I had my baby on April 8th and just LOVE your blog. I use a baby carrier wrap and that sometimes helps lull him into sleep if nothing else works. Plus hands free! I have one off etsy called lovely duds but i heard boba is really good too.

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