ONE Month of Jackson James

Our little dude Jackson is officially one-month-old. Summer has arrived and we are just so dang busy with our sweet children.  Reagan is officially on a toddler tear of wanting to do a new activity every five minutes and Jackson wants to eat ALL THE TIME!!! But you know what they say, “Hands FULL, Hearts FULL,” and we definitely have our hands full.

I am so excited to do monthly pics of our little man. Watching him grow, change, and capturing each little smile and baby roll is just AMAZING!!!! It was a lot of work to capture 12 months worth of photos of Miss Reagan, but now I look back on all the tiny changes and am simply blown away by how much she has grown. I’m so thankful I took the time to do them.  Again, time is passing much too quickly and I want to enjoy these little moments and capture who our little dude is in this moment!!!

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PEDIATRICIAN CHECK UP & GROWTH: The little dude went in for his one month check-up and we were just blown away at the weight this man is putting on. He came into this world starving and literally hasn’t stopped eating since.  He is almost a whole pound and a half bigger then Miss Reagan Marie was at this age. He currently weighs 9lbs. 6oz. and is 21in. long.  Our pediatrician was very pleased with his progress.  Its been so nice to feel comfortable breastfeeding this time around and to not stress over being able to produce enough milk for him. We nurse when we want to, I’m pumping 3-4 times a day, and then we supplement with formula if we need to.  With Reagan I was so worried and freaked out about being able to breastfeed.  I never could tell if I was making enough milk and then there was the PAIN. Breastfeeding Reagan hurt like a “B.” Social media and “the PERFECT Mommas” out there put so much pressure on new moms to breastfeed exclusively.  I stressed and stressed over doing the best thing for her at the time.  Now, I just let it go and do what is best for me and  the little man on whatever particular day we are trying to get through. He is gaining plenty of weight and we are both HAPPY!

EYE COLOR, HAIR LOSS, & GOOFY FACES:  I see so much of Reagan in him and yet they are both so different.  Sometimes he’ll make a face or turn his head a certain way and I swear I’m looking at my baby Reagan.  His sweet face and soft eyes just melt my heart.  He definitely has Reagan’s nose but the face shape and eyes are a little different.  Reagan is very round, like her Mommy, and our little dude is long and lean with an angular face like his Daddy. I have big round eyes and when he is nice and awake, doing tummy time, or playing he’ll open his eyes nice and big as well.  They are so bright and beautiful and I can just see him working on things and trying to make out different dark or light shapes.  I absolutely ADORE his awake face and can see so much life in his bright eyes. They are super dark blue and haven’t really changed much since birth.  We are so excited to see if they stay blue like his sister, or go hazel or green like his parents.

He came into this world with the softest dark newborn hair that had a slight auburn tint.  I remember sitting in the hospital stroking his tiny head and just loving the soft feel of his hair. When i’m flipping through his newborn photos, which can be seen HERE, I can see so much RED in his hair.  Right around three weeks he started losing all his newborn hair.  Reagan came out of the womb bald and stayed that way until almost her first birthday. I had no idea what to expect and after doing a little Mommy research, aka, I googled newborn hair loss, I learned this is completely normal.  As you can see in his monthly photos, he looks like a typical bald newborn baby. But he has kept all his hair in the back.  So weird.  I think he may have a mild case of cradle cap which is also extremely common in newborn babies.  I first noticed the faintest dryness on his scalp and that was coupled with the hair loss.  Hair will always grow back so I’m not super worried.  We’ll check in with our Pediatrician at his two month appointment and until then I’m not going to stress about it. He is still the cutest and sweetest little dude I’ve ever seen. Such a handsome boy.

He has a very expressive face and the sweetest eyes. He purses his lips, opens his eyes big and wide, and extends his neck out. It is by far my favorite expression of his so far and we are calling it his signature pose. He has given me a few small smiles and my all time favorite, sleepy newborn dream giggles.  Reagan used to do it as well and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.

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SLEEP: On night one Jeffrey and I were sitting in the hospital counting our blessings on the birth of our new baby boy, but secretly we were thinking WE TOTALLY SCORED. Jackson was sleeping in five hour stretches consistently and we simply couldn’t believe it. We couldn’t get over how awesome and chill he was. The first three days of his life we slept so good and I almost felt fully rested and recharged after giving birth.  Well, reality hit us both pretty quickly and he soon settled into a steady 3-4 hour pattern of eating and sleeping.  He was still an extremely content, peaceful, and easy baby but was definitely waking up on a normal schedule now. Other then a handful of days, mostly triggered by us breaking his routine, he has stuck to the same nighttime feeding and sleeping schedule.

We learned our lesson with Reagan and only swaddle him up tight when its bedtime.  He gets a bath, fresh jammies and a hat, and a fresh swaddle blanket every evening right after we put Reagan down at 7pm.  He eats, sometimes we nurse and sometimes he gets a bottle, and then after some burping and LOTS of rocking he’ll settle into his big sleep stretch for the night. With Reagan we were waking up almost every 2 to 3 hours and would switch the night shift feedings. Jeffrey would stay up late and do a late shift and then I would wake up in the wee hours of the morning and do the remaining nighttime feedings.  He goes down around 8pm and will pretty consistently sleep until 1:30am or 2am.  If we are off schedule then he’ll wake up around midnight. He has a rough patch every morning from 4am to 5am and is usually working on gas.  He is still asleep but is so noisy and loud grunting and farting every few minutes.  Such a little BOY!!!! It always wakes me up and then after 5am he is all good again and will stay asleep until 7am.  Jeffrey does the 1am to 2am night feeding and I am up at 4am everyday listening to him work on his gassy tummy or rocking him, burping him, or trying my darnedest to help him get comfortable and back to sleep. Sometimes I try and go back to sleep or I just stay awake and PUMP. Always always pumping.  It never ends.

We are still working on a daytime napping routine and haven’t found our grove yet.  I keep trying to remind myself that he is still brand new and I need to lower my expectations on getting him to nap consistently.  I do feel confident that we are slowly falling into a routine and I know we will get there eventually. I literally winged it with Reagan and she is an absolute PRO at sleeping through the night and going down for naps. She never makes a fuss and she is almost always on cue for when naptime or bedtime rolls around. We used the “cry it out” method, after a few months with Reagan and she started sleeping and napping pretty quickly. We found that keeping them on a consistent schedule, helping them learn to self soothe, and keeping their little bellies full are the keys to getting them to sleep and nap.

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SCHEDULE:  I don’t really have a set schedule at the moment. I really wanted to give myself some leeway in the early days and working on staying focused on being happy, loving the babies, and sleeping as much as possible.  I also LOVE having a clean house and cleaning is a major stress reducer for me, so I’m making this a priority as well.  Other then that, we are shooting for a few daily activities for Reagan, lots of tummy time for Jackson, maybe a walk for mommy and the dogs #byebyebabyweight, and naps sprinkled in. This is the base schedule that we fell into for month one. We have lots of Summer activities coming up so I know this schedule won’t last for long. But for now, this is what we are rocking.

4:00AM to 6:00AM – Wake up with Jackson. His morning is really unpredictable and he will wake up anytime during this window. Reagan is still sleeping at this point and my main goal is to get the little dude nice and content before she wakes up and starts going a million miles an hour.  I feed the baby, change his diaper, we cuddle, and then I pump to get my supply up.  This has really paid off big time and my supply is picking up. As long as I can get this first morning pump out of the way then I don’t feel quite so stressed in the morning.

7:30AM – Reagan wakes up. I get Jackson settled in the bassinet or a boppy on the floor and then go get little Miss out of her crib in the spare bedroom.  Eventually we will have the kids bunk together, but for now we added a second crib in another bedroom for her to sleep and nap in.  This allows us to feed the little dude at night without waking each other up.  Jackson still sleeps next to our bed in the bassinet and I’m hoping to get him transitioned into his crib soon.

8:00AM to 9:30AM – Coffee, breakfast, and morning playtime for Reagan.  Reagan eats breakfast while I make coffee in the morning. Jackson is such a little cat napper and is still really sleepy all the time. I’m taking full advantage and letting him sleep whenever he wants.  Month two we are really going to try and get him napping on a regular schedule. Reagan loves eggs and goofs off in her high chair while I sip my coffee.  The weather outside has been beautiful but I am struggling with getting outside with both kids. We are slowly finding our grounding and venturing outside.  We got a double stroller which is AMAZING! Now I can walk with both the babies. Its been in the high 80’s to 90’s where we live so wearing Jackson in my wrap hasn’t been an option. Jeffrey will sometimes walk with us in the evening after Crossfit. I can push Jackson in the stroller and he wears Reagan in a hiking backpack. He says its like working out with a 20lb. weight vest so it totally counts as extra cardio. We only do evening walks sometimes because bedtime and dinner get pushed back and we ALL need to be hitting the hay early these days.

10:00AM – Reagan goes down for her first nap of the day.  Jackson is either awake, eating, or sleeping! Sometimes I can sneak in a  quick workout or a shower during this time. Sometimes I just sit in peace and quiet and mentally get my bearings. I love to use this time to make another coffee, work on a blog post, checkout social media, and basically just pretend like I’m not bound by two tiny humans.

11:30AM – Reagan will usually sleep for an hour to an hour and a half. When she wakes up, if I haven’t showered already, we’ll take a quick shower and read books and play some more. Finding activities to keep her busy these days is getting tricky. Normally we would go outside and play and just goof off but having a newborn is a complete game changer. We are slowly baby proofing and toddler proofing our backyard and I am getting more and more comfortable taking Jackson outside. I worry about the heat, about Reagan falling or eating something in the backyard, does she have sunscreen on, Jackson is crying in the background because he is hungry, and now my boobs are leaking because he is crying. So…we just give up on going outside altogether and shoot for having some cheddar bunnies and feeding the baby.  Then we sit on the floor in the living room and sing the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” for the 826th time until its time to eat lunch.

12:30AM to 1:00PM – LUNCH!!! YAY!!! We are officially halfway through the day and its almost nap time again.  I’ve been up since 4am and if only one of the kids are crying at this point…then its a good day!!! Reagan gets corralled into her high chair and Jackson does tummy time on a blanket in the kitchen while a figure out something for lunch.  These days I’m just eating whatever I can get my hands on and that is usually whatever Reagan is eating.  We make it work. If I stock the fridge with only healthy fresh foods then we both end up eating healthy. She is also getting more teeth so our options are slowly expanding. Jackson is just along for the ride.

2:00PM to 2:30PM – Reagan goes down for her second nap of the day and Jackson and I take a nap as well. He loves to sleep on my chest and this is one of my absolute favorite parts of the day.  I love snuggling with this tiny newborn baby and if I didn’t have a toddler running around he might be glued to my chest all day long!!!! I already miss his tiny newborn little self and feeling him close and snuggly reminds me that he is still my sweet baby boy.  I know soon enough he’ll be running around and maybe even out pacing Reagan. I’m literally clinging to every moment I can get with him. I want him to feel important and loved just like Miss Reagan.

4:30PM – Reagan wakes up from her nap and that means Jackson and I must get up too. We play a little more and then start prepping dinner while Daddy is at CrossFit. I’ve been trying to keep Jackson awake from this point until his bedtime to ensure he is nice and tired.  Sometimes he takes a mini nap but mostly we practice tummy time, look at black and white art cards, and track objects while Reagan runs around yelling at the top of her lungs.

5:30PM – Daddy is HOME!!! Yay. This means I finally have backup and someone to wrangle Reagan or feed Jackson. Sometimes we go on a long family walk and then come home and have dinner. Jeffrey and I are usually running on fumes by this point and Jackson is getting hungry. Reagan is usually throwing food on the floor yelling “DDDOOOGGG” at the top of her lungs.  She thinks its just hilarious that the dogs come running as soon as she is in her highchair with food on her plate.  Quite the coincidence.

7:00PM – Bathtime for both the kids. Jeffrey gives Reagan a bath and then I give one to Jackson.  He hated bathtime at first but now he loves it.  He is always kicking and moving his little arms.  His eyes are nice and big taking in all the sensations and stimulation.  We alternate with just water baths and washing baths were we use the basic Johnson’s baby wash from the hospital.  His skin is so delicate that we don’t need to wash him every night.  We want to establish a routine and get him used to the idea that bathtime is always followed by bedtime. We read books and get fresh jammies. Reagan goes down and then we feed Jackson and swaddle him up tight. He fights going to sleep almost every night but eventually falls conks out.

12:30AM – 2:00AM – Every night is a little different and we are still working on getting him on a consistent night schedule.  He usually wakes up betweens 1AM and 2AM but will occasional wake early around midnight. Jeffrey wakes up for this first night feeding.  He usually takes about 5oz. to 6oz. of either pumped milk or formula, gets burped by Daddy followed by a fresh diaper. Then we re-swaddle the little dude and he will fall back asleep within 15 minutes or so. He’ll sometimes fight going back to sleep but after a few toots he is out again.

That takes us full circle back to the 4am mark were he is either awake and ready to start his day or we eat again and then go back to sleep for a little longer.  Tough for me to say which I prefer. I love when he goes back to sleep until 7am or so, the extra sleep is glorious. But I love the feeling of being up with him when the rest of the house is so peaceful and quiet. We cuddle, watch the news, and sip coffee. I really feel like I get a head start on my days when we are up early, but then I pay for it in the afternoons when exhaustion hits hard.

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FEEDINGS: This kid LOVE to eat. He is literally eating all the time as evident by his weight gain.  I feel like I’m barely making enough milk for him.  We have no issues supplementing with formula if I can’t keep up with him. I started doing whats called “power pumping” once a day.  After he is nice and full I pump for as long as I can until milk stops flowing.  Then I rest for 10 minutes, pump for 10 minutes, rest for 10 minutes, and then pump again for 10 minutes.  After about 3 days of doing this routine once a day my supply picked up by about 10 ounces.  I highly recommend it along with drinking about a gallon of water each day. He is still out eating my production but at least we are giving it everything we’ve got. In the early newborn days we were exclusively breastfeeding, love that yummy golden colostrum, and then once my milk came in I started pumping to get ahead of my supply.  He quickly became ravenous and now we are just rolling with whatever works. I struggled making enough milk with Reagan as well and quickly gave up on breastfeeding and pumping altogether.  My supply is steady enough to really get him some good breastmilk and then we bottle feed him formula the rest of the time.

MILESTONES, PERSONALITY, & SIBLING LOVE: He has a very calm demeanor like his Daddy. His favorite activity is sleeping on Mommy’s chest, he loves to eat, and when he isn’t swaddled he loves to nap with his arms up by his head.  He is also a big fan of falling asleep during tummy time, hates the boppy so far, loves to look from side to side and is always sneezing.  Dang pollen in the air. We are still learning who he is and what his little personality will be.  He was calm and steady in the womb, wasn’t a big kicker, and always had a low heartbeat. He has been that way since he was born as well. He loves to just hang out with us and hates being left alone in a room.  He is happiest while being held and immedieyly stops crying once he is picked up. He just wants to be a part of the family and loves to be included in whatever we are doing.

We’ve had lots of outdoor time, walks, and he does pretty good in the carseat. He doesn’t seem to know Reagan yet but eventually I’m sure she will be crazy entertainment for him. He loves his paci and will fall asleep almost immediately once swaddled. He is a loud sleeper always cooing, grunting, farting, and doing his newborn giggles.  I’m such a light sleeper that I hear everything. It really is time to transition him to his crib.

I’m loving my Letter Board from Amazon and am so excited to use it for all his monthly photos and updates.  I also love that I can use it in our house for holidays and events etc.  I wanted to do something different for him and all the Pinterest ideas seemed overdone these days.  I can’t wait to make a big photo book with his and Reagan’s monthly pics.  It will be so cute.

Happy ONE MONTH little dude!! You are our precious baby boy and we love you so very very much!

xo xo,

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Read about Reagan’s first month and to see her monthly photos click here… “One Month of Reagan Marie.”

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One Month of Reagan Marie

Our little Reagan Marie is officially one-month-old. I simply cannot believe how seamlessly she has entered our world and our hearts.  I feel like she has been a part of our family forever and yet it seems like we just brought her home from the hospital. General confusion and fuzziness seem to be a way of life these days, probably due to the lack of shut eye and the fact that a good nights sleep no longer exists. I am currently living on iced coffee, LOVE, and lots of help from my hubby. We are just so completely in LOVE with this little girl. Here is a snapshot of our sweet one-month-old baby girl.

One Month of Reagan Marie

PEDIATRICIAN CHECK-UP & GROWTH:  Baby Reagan went in earlier this month for her 1-month pediatrician checkup and i’m excited to report that she is doing fantastic.  Baby girl looks completely perfect and wonderful. She is still a tiny little thing weighing in at only 8lbs. 2oz. but considering she was 6lbs. 3oz. when we left the hospital, we were simply thrilled with her weight gain.  She is a strong eater and is hitting the oz.-a-day goal like a champ.  She was 19″ at birth and 20″ at her 1-month appointment.  She is a petite little thing, but given that i’m a whopping 5’2″ we weren’t expecting a future WNBA star by any means.  She lost her cord stump at 2.5 weeks and is looking like she might have an outtie for a belly button.  Her little stump began smelling super rank towards the end and was a bit oozy, so our pediatrician used some silver nitrate on it at her 2-week checkup. By her 1-month appt. she had a normal looking little bellybutton that is cuter than ever. I love giving her belly kisses and she just goes bananas. I can tell she is ready to start smiling and giggling any day now.  She is growing and changing by the second and my heart is having a hard time handling it.

EYE COLOR, HAIR, & THE SWEETEST BABY ROLLS: I love her newly acquired baby rolls and those sweet cheeks are getting rounder by the day…just like her momma. She currently has DARK blue-gray eyes and is a fair skinned little angel, again like her momma, and is growing the funniest little patches of strawberry blonde hair.  We joked when she was born that she looked just like me, its the round face that does it, but I think she will get darker thicker hair as she grows from a newborn.  My natural color is strawberry blonde and I was carrot orange as a little kid.  Her hair is so fine and quite a bit darker than mine.  But when she is in the sunlight the “red” really comes out.  Jeffrey and I are both guessing a lighter auburn color will be the final result and she will most likely get darker as she gets older.

One Month of Reagan Marie

SLEEP:  We are working on getting her to sleep a little longer between feedings.  Since birth she has been waking consistently every 2-3 hours to eat.  At three and a half weeks she had a few nights where she slept 4 hours in a row and we were down to one night feeding.  This was glorious but she quickly went back to her 2-3 hour eating schedule a few days later.  Most days she is such a consistent sleeper and a great napper.  She sleeps hard at night and is a light sleeper during the day. She doesn’t “cat nap” which is great but really likes to be held while snoozing.  When we were in the hospital during the early days we got the best piece of advice ever from a night nurse.  We only swaddle her at night, from 8pm to 8am.  This has been fantastic for day/night confusion and as soon as daddy swaddles her up tight, she is out. Our goal for month two is to try and get her to sleep in 4 hour stretches at night. She currently goes around 3-3.5 hours at night which means we are getting closer. My personal “sleep” goal is to stop sleep stalking her and maybe catch some shut eye myself. She is always making little grunting sounds, whimpers, and a hilarious horse neghing sound that I just can’t get enough of.  I could stare at her and watch her all flipping day. I’m officially an obsessed mommy.

SCHEDULE: We have tried to get her on a schedule as best we can. She still runs the show but we have noticed some patterns in her day and we tweak and make adjustments as best we can.  Jeffrey does the early morning feeding around 5:30am to 6am and then she goes back to sleep for a short period.  She usually wakes up and starts her day around 7:30am to 8am. Jeff brings her into our bedroom and we do morning snuggles in bed.  She is ALWAYS super awake and alert in the morning and we play and read and cuddle until she falls asleep or its time to eat again.  She eats around 9am and then usually drifts off to sleep for a nap until 11am.  I recently started doing PureBarre, the most amazing workout for a postpartum mommy body, and head out for class around 11:30am. She stays with daddy while i’m working out. I try and feed her, change her, and put her down for another nap before I leave for class.  She sometimes stays in her crib and dad watches her with the baby monitor OR she hangs out with him in his office and helps him “work.” Our afternoons are really up in the air these days.  I love it if we can get out of the house at least once of twice even if its just for a quick walk around the block or a trip to the grocery store. I keep our afternoons open for any activities, appointments, or necessary down time either of us might require. She has one more super awake period in the late afternoon/early evening and we play and do lots of tummy time. She gets a bath around 7pm every night with daddy. We feed her around 7:30pm and then she gets burped and swaddled by 8pm. She sleeps in her MamaRoo or bouncer for 2-3 hours while we make dinner, relax, or catch up on work. She eats again around 10pm to 10:30pm and then we go to bed.  Sometimes I go to bed and she stays with daddy but we would really like to start transitioning her to her crib. Our month two goal is to work on some “sleep training.”  This will be beneficial now but also later when she enters the early toddler years. Everything I keep reading stresses establishing “good habits” as BEST you can and as EARLY as you can.  Obviously I know my newborn isn’t going to understand what we are doing, but the routines we establish now will hopefully make things easier for all of us in the future.

One Month of Reagan Marie

FEEDINGS: And then there is breastfeeding. I think this might be the toughest topic to talk about for me because there are so many expectations and “Rights vs Wrongs” when it comes to nursing your wee baby. I fully respect the rights of any mother to make whatever decision is best for HER and her BABY! As moms we need to support and lift each other up, not criticize and judge.

Let me start by saying Breastfeeding is REALLY HARD, at least it was for me. Reagan and I started off doing great and she had a fantastic latch. My milk came in about a week or so after giving birth and we met with a lactation consultant prior to leaving the hospital.  I wanted to ensure that we got off on the right foot when it came to breastfeeding.  Baby girl was in fact such a STRONG eater that my poor “tatas” got absolutely torn to shreds.  Reagan was unintentionally ingesting some blood from my breastmilk which caused her to vomit up blood on occasion. We were struggling and I was hurting…BAD.  We met with another lactation consultant who advised me to just keep nursing.  My girls would heal up in a few days and I could pump in the mean time to keep my supply up.  I cried on the daily because I was in so much pain. And my girls DID NOT HEAL up.  Continuing to nurse made it so much worse.  Our pediatrician informed us that Reagan had an incredibly strong tongue thrust for a newborn which is why I was struggling so much with healing.  I was still dead set on breastfeeding as much as possible OR at the very least ensuring she was getting my breastmilk. Our pediatrician is so amazing.  She actually purchased her wedding gown from me a few years back and we really trust her completely.  She advised us to start by nursing for 10 minutes on each breast, if I was feeling up to it, followed by 2oz. of formula to help get her weight up. As soon as we introduced the formula she was a completely different baby.  Extremely happy, content, and a good sleeper again.  This new plan allowed me to heal up and I was able to continue pumping.  She was getting a mix of breastmilk and formula which brought her weight up and she had exceeded her birth weight by her two week appointment.  Breastfeeding continued to hurt and gradually over a few weeks I was down to 2-3 nursing sessions a day and pumping the rest of the time.  We were able to get off the formula completely and she was getting only my milk. I introduced a nipple shield which completely changed the breastfeeding game.  I actually started enjoying it and it no longer hurt to feed my sweet girl.  I was already in such a good rhythm with pumping that I continued to feed her in the mornings and pump the rest of the day.  I was pumping every 2-3 hours right along with her feeding schedule. I think we never really got off on the right foot with breastfeeding and as a result it just wasn’t clicking for us.  She was thriving off of my pumped milk, had no nipple/bottle confusion, and was taking a pacifier like a champ.  Whatever we were doing seemed to be working…FOR US.  We had to adapt and go with the flow.  I had to adjust my views on exclusively breastfeeding and be open to other means of feeding her.  I actually don’t mind pumping now and my supply is up enough that I am now pumping around 4-6 times a day only.  At our 1-month appointment our pediatrician advised us to reintroduce a little formula because it will help her sleep longer between feedings.  I know some individuals are completely against this and thats OK. We had to dig down deep, ignore the ridicule and endless commentary, and make the right decision for US and our girl.  She now gets 2oz. of breastmilk mixed with 1oz. of Gentlease Enfamil Formula every 2-3 hours. She goes a little longer at night, at least every 3 hours since introducing formula and is now getting the sleep she needs. Sometimes she even goes 4 hours and those nights are glorious.

Breastfeeding vs. Pumping, Pumping vs. Formula, Nipple Shield vs. No Nipple Shield…”F” it all. My best advise for a new mom is to do what feels right for YOU. We got so much “advice” in the early days and were honestly trying to do what everyone recommended, that it actually set us back with the feeding situation.  I kept having “mommy instincts” those first few weeks and I wish I had listened more to my gut and less to everyone else.  But there are so many adjustments and lessons taking place in the early days that you sorta have to just “experience it” and figure it all out as you go.  I recall well intentioned moms advising me and telling me what it would be like, but it is SO DIFFERENT from what they described.  Its not even something you can really explain, you have to experience it for yourself…same goes for labor and delivery. I thought I knew what I was in for…I was very very wrong.

One Month of Reagan Marie

MILESTONES, PLAY, & DEVELOPMENT: Oh sweet baby girl, you’ve changed and hit so many milestones already. My mind is officially blown at what your already able to do compared to when you first arrived.

Reagan is an incredibly sweet baby.  Her little personality is slowly beginning to develop and I am just obsessed. She has been extremely alert since the moment she was born.  When awake, her eyes are always huge and open, taking in her tiny world. She loves making eye contact with whomever is in front of her.  She especially likes staring at her Daddy for long periods of time.  I think its that his beard is very dark and she is drawn to the contrast. Well that and the fact that its her Daddy of course!!! She has become a pro at lifting and turning her tiny head.  We have been doing as much tummy time as her schedule allows. Most of the time I prop her up on the Boppy for support but sometimes if she is wide awake we’ll lay on the floor together and stare at the sights around us.  I love playing Disney songs for her on Pandora and we play and talk and make faces at one another.  She has learned to respond to our voices and perks up when we talk to her. I love placing objects in front of her and we are working with her to track the objects with her eyes. We do baby massage and play peek-a-boo for brain stimulation.  And sometimes the best thing for her is to just lay there, very calm, and she gradually moves her eyes around whatever room she is in absorbing all the sights and sounds.  We have made sure to have the animals around Reagan constantly since Day One. We wanted everyone to get used to each other from the start and now we don’t think twice about the dogs or cats being around her.  They are very gentle with her and are actually quite protective of our newest family member.  I’m continually researching and finding new ways to play and interact with Miss Reagan.  We are looking forward to her becoming more interactive and learning about her world right before our eyes.

LOVES & HATES: There are so many things that I can think of that she totally loves and very few that I would say she “hates.”  She is such a good baby in that she just “takes” whatever we dish out.  As parents in the early stages of having a newborn we had to make a conscious decision to stay as positive as possible. Survival mode at its finest friends. Because of this, I can’t think of a single thing that I would interpret as her “disliking or hating.” We tend to focus on only the good because we need the positivity and upbeat attitude to get through the day, but more importantly to survive the night feedings. Some of her current favorites are…tummy time, bath time with Daddy, staring out the windows, checking out bright lights, being held and cuddled, receiving kisses from our girl dogs, and bouncing and playing with Daddy!

Happy One Month Baby Girl!!!!!

We love you so much that our hearts might burst with JOY!!!!

– Mommy & Daddy