Ian Mac is officially one month old!
Ian has been a very sleepy newborn, but in the last week or so, he’s started to wake up a bit. We’re getting longer alert periods, and he’s getting much better at tracking people when they talk and making good eye contact. No social smiles yet, although lots of dream- and gas-inspired grins, but he’s obviously paying a lot more attention to what’s going on in the world, so hopefully we’ll get some smiles from him soon.
He’s a great eater. At his one month appointment today, he’s up to 9 lbs. 11 oz. (!!!!) and 21″ long. He’s a total chunkamunk. Yesterday while we were out at a local burger joint with a playground, another mom stopped and asked how old he was. When I said he was just one month, she said, “Oh my god, you’re kidding!” And then today, our pediatrician spent half the appointment thinking it was his 2 month check-up! He’s our BIG little guy, and I love seeing him put on the chub. Fat cheeks, numerous chins, jiggly belly, and thighs for days? Yes, please! My only complaint around eating is that he spits up a ton, and not a day goes by when I don’t end up bathed in regurgitated formula. (This started while we were still breastfeeding, so it’s not the formula. I’ll write a post later maybe on switching to formula.)
Sleep is going okay. He has a pretty consistent 3-hour cycle throughout the day and night. He wakes up, eats a bit, has an awake period for half an hour or so, eats some more, and then passes out for a couple of hours. Lather, rinse, repeat until bedtime, when he goes down at around 6:30 and only wakes up to be fed and goes right back down again, usually until about 3:30-4 AM when we get a long period of grunting. He’s SUPER noisy in general, but 4-7 AM is prime grunting time, which means even though he’s (mostly) asleep, he keeps Kellen and I awake. We will probably be moving the bassinet into the office across the hall pretty soon, just so we can get a break from all the early morning grunting. I am glad that he sleeps pretty well swaddled in the bassinet, and so far we’ve been able to put him down drowsy with lots of success. Fingers crossed it keeps going.
I’ve started putting him on his play mats for a while here and there. He’s liking it more and more and starting to interact a bit more with his toys. The chattiest I’ve ever seen him was with Freddie the Firefly, whom you might recall was a big favorite of Isla’s as well. We’ve still got a ways to go before there’s more intentional interaction there, but it’s nice to see him starting to notice the world around him.
- White noise
- Isla’s voice
- Play mat time
- Pooping in a nice clean diaper
Ian’s not so crazy about:
- Baths – he doesn’t HATE them, but they also don’t do much for him, and after a couple of minutes, he’s done
- Tummy time – NOPE NOPE NOPE
- Being hungry – it’s the only thing he gets truly worked into a lather over
On the whole, he’s a pretty chill little guy. Not much ruffles him, other than an empty tummy. I can’t wait to see more of his personality as he gets bigger and wakes up a bit more. For now, I’m enjoying having an easy baby who lets me get showered every day and get out and do fun things with his big sister, and even has a fairly decent sleep schedule for a newborn!