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Friday, March 17, 2006

Hungry Like The Wolf

Okay, apparently I gave birth to a wolverine. This kid is hungry, and does he ever let you know it! The noises and expressions that he throws at us are quite entertaining. He is primarily breastfeeding now but Brian is giving him at least one bottle per day with a little Neosure added for a few extra calories. He’s eating about every 2-3 hours but has been going for about 5 hours at night. Sadly, some nights he only goes for about 2 hours. We call those “Weekdays”. He likes sleeping in his bouncer, play pen and crib, but mostly on Mom or Dad’s chest.
It’s been almost two weeks at home and we’re doing pretty well. Jeffrey is truly a joy to behold. We’ve been spending our days eating, sleeping and snuggling together on the couch. I even get to sleep and eat occasionally. Jeff has moved into the crib in his bedroom at night. And while that sounds like an incredibly calm new parent move, we have the video monitor trained on him so that I can observe his every move at night. It’s JeffreyCam, all night long, and the microphone is so sensitive that we hear every noise he makes. I am amazed at the amount of noises that come out of him in his sleep. He seems to laugh at us a lot. I’d imagine that we’re pretty laughable as new parents.
We have been faithfully giving him five minutes of tummy time each day. He hates it so much!! It is obviously the most devastating torture that we could devise. He’s doing well though – he’s moving his head back and forth and lifting himself up a little on one arm. Brian tries to make him climb things like the Boppy pillow, couch cushions and the cats. He’s getting bigger by the day. We went to the doctor for a weight check on Wednesday and the boy is officially five pounds!!! Yeah Jeffrey! He’ll be growing out of the preemie clothes any day now.
Jeffrey’s becoming a very well read baby. At the hospital, we read The Little Prince and a book of Eric Carle stories. Once he came home we finished off Charlie & the Chocolate Factory during his first week. I came back from the book store with a Where the Wild Things Are, Are You My Mother, Grimm’s Faerie Tales, Greek Gods, and Jazz ABZ. Even if he doesn’t understand them, at least his grandfather should appreciate that last one.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ok another 80's tune now stuck in my head. Yeah he's 5 lbs. The same as a bag of sugar and he's as sweet. Liane

Joanne Macek said...

*sigh* Duran Duran...those were the days! Yay for Jeffrey!

Joanne

Anonymous said...

Where's 'Goodnight, Moon?" I didn't see 'Goodnight, moon" on that list! No child's reading experience would be complete without that!!!


ProfB

K said...

I remember being shocked by how much noise babies make it their sleep. I always heard the expression "sleeping like a baby" which must not mean an infant who snorts, moans, twitches and even cries in his sleep.

Connie said...

**sigh** My "baby" is 20 in a few weeks....I miss ALL those baby sounds :(.....Glad Jeff and his parents are doing so well!!!

Anonymous said...

Brian, Brian, Brian
We saw the new pictures today. What are you doing to that sweet little baby!!!!! Grandma's protest putting birds on little sweet boy's head...
Grandma Lelah

Sue Fisk said...

Gotta love baby monitors- my kids are close to Kindergarten and I still leave mine on, just to eavesdrop. I hope I still have it when they're teenagers!
Looks like you've happily slipped right into the new mommy routine, you look SO happy! Trust me, Jeffrey's not laughing at the "laughable new parents", he's pretty new at this whole "being a baby" thing too. That's the beauty of it all- he has NO CLUE that you have no clue, and never reveal that information. Kids always think you have all the answers, at least until they become teenagers. That's when THEY have the answers and we'll have to consult them.