Squeaker

Whoever coined the phrase “sleeping like a baby” has obviously never heard a baby sleep.  Babies are noisy sleepers!  Sure there are times when they are sleeping peacefully and quietly but there are also grunts, squeaks, farts and other noises that they make thrown in the mix.  Jacob does them all.  Hence the title of this post my nickname for Jacob is squeaker.  He doesn’t only squeak when he is sleeping, he does it when he is playing, when he finishes eating, when he is waking up, when he starts to get fussy and at other random times throughout the day.  I love that sound it is so cute!  My mom did mention to me one day that I am going to eventually have to start calling him by his name otherwise he will think his name is squeaker 🙂

I am a little late in posting Jacob’s 7 week picture but here it is

7 wks - 7459A few things about Jacob…

  • I weighed him last Friday and he was 11 lbs 14 oz, so I’m sure he is 12 lbs by now!
  • He has started going 6 hours between feedings the last 2 nights so mom has gotten a good 4.5 – 5 hours of sleep!
  • He has always loved his changing table and that is still the case, every time I lay him down to change him he immediately starts cooing and looking around, smiling and is just an overall happy baby.
  • He is wearing his 3 month clothes already and has been for a while!
  • All the baby books I’ve read talk about how after a feeding there should be some wake/play time before going down for a nap, Jacob does the exact opposite.  After eating he takes a nap then wakes up about an hour before his next feeding, I kind of agree with his method, a nap after a meal is always a good idea.

Newborn photos

We had the same photographer who did our maternity pictures come over to do Jacob’s newborn photos when he was 9 days old.  He was so good and slept through the whole thing.

I found this hat when we were visiting my parents in Oregon. I had been looking online and in stores for one of these knit hats and I loved the colors in this one.  The day before the photo shoot I put the hat on him and was surprised to find that it was slightly too small!  So we stretched it out a bit and made it work.
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This one is my absolute favorite one!!
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I found this idea on Pinterest and loved it!  Since Justin wears a suit and tie to work everyday it was the perfect touch to these photos.
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Bittersweet

Today is a bittersweet day…my grandpa passed away last night, our family gained another guardian angel to watch over us.  I am so thankful that I had all 4 of my grandparents at my wedding and that I knew them all well into my adulthood, since then we’ve lost 3 of them.  It is hard when you have to say good bye but I cherish the memories I have with them.  I remember praying over the years that my grandparents would be around to meet our kids and I am so grateful that my dad brought my grandma and grandpa over to meet Jacob that first week after he was born.  When we were coming up with names for Jacob we wanted his middle name to tie in both sides of our family, Carl is Justin’s middle name, his grandfathers name and my grandpa’s middle name.  My grandpa was a wonderful man who served our country, worked hard and together with my grandma created an amazing family.  He always talked about how lucky we were to have the family we did and I always told him that we had this family because of him.  We love you grandpa and you will be missed.
IMG_6905On another note, Jacob is now 6 weeks old!
IMG_7403In Jacob’s 5 week post I mentioned that he had been fussy for a while and thanks to some advice from seasoned momma friends and a book I am reading, I learned that during weeks 5 and 6 fussiness and crying peaks.  Whew, I was so glad to hear that!  I kept wondering what was going on, was I eating something that bothered him, was something wrong with him, should I call the doctor, did we have a colicky baby on our hands??? It was exhausting, if he wasn’t sleeping or eating he was crying and it was almost impossible to soothe him.  He wanted to eat much more frequently, I was feeling like an open bar!  With the exception of nighttime sleep, he wanted to take all of his naps on me, which meant I wore him in the Moby wrap everyday so he could do so.  Truthfully, I really didn’t mind that part, I love the Moby and it is a great way to snuggle with him without putting the stress on your arms or back from holding him for hours on end and it made me feel like I was pregnant again (as much as I love having Jacob here, I do miss being pregnant).  This phase went on for 4 days, then it was like a light switch, he woke up happy, smiling and back to his normal self, and so far so good (at least until we hit the next growth spurt). I am hoping I haven’t spoken too soon 🙂

Another thing we did this past week is bottle feeding. We got a bottle ready with a number 1 nipple (the smallest size) and Justin and Jacob got comfortable and Justin started feeding him.  Jacob took the bottle really well and ate the first two ounces without any problems, then…he started crying and fussing and wouldn’t take any more.  So Justin stopped, calmed him down and I was racking my brain trying to think of why in the world would he freak out like that, I knew he was still hungry because I know he takes way more than 2 ounces when he nurses.  At first I just figured it was part of his fussy phase, then I thought, maybe we should try a bigger nipple.  So we put on the number 2 size and Justin tried again.  Problem solved!  Jacob ate the rest like a champ.  The next time we tried we started with the number 2 nipple and he took the whole bottle with no problem.  It was so sweet to see the bonding between Jacob and Justin as they were feeding, Jacob was gazing up at Justin and it warmed my heart!  At the same time it made me sad that I was not feeding him, that is such a special time and I love it.  But I do want Justin to have that connection too and I want to be able to get away or enjoy a glass of wine once in a while and this way someone else can feed him when needed.

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A whole nother kind of love

When we were trying to get pregnant, I was dreaming of a family and hoped that someday I would have some kids of my own to love.  Then once we did get pregnant, I was elated and immediately felt a bond with the life growing inside of me and that bond grew stronger with each ultrasound picture and kick, roll and hiccup from within.  Even though I already loved our little guy before he arrived, nothing prepared me for the intensity of the love I feel for him.

Sometimes I catch myself looking at him and thinking, is this real?  Is this really our baby, our son! Yes, indeed he is and I would do anything for him. How could I not when he looks at me like this and counts on me for his every need.
IMG_7178I mean, I am willing to give up a good nights sleep so I can sing and whisper in his ear while rocking him back to sleep
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I give up the life that guarantees a shower every morning to make sure he is clean, dressed and his little toes are covered to keep warm
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I’ve learned to enjoy my meals cold instead of warm and whenever I have a minute to shove the food in my mouth instead of eating when I am actually hungry, so I can ensure that he is fed when he is hungry and falls into a milk coma
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The piles of paperwork, bills, housecleaning and laundry get put off because I can’t stop kissing this belly button
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And I will drop everything to soothe his cries because it breaks my heart to think that he may be unhappy about something
IMG_7193I can’t tell you what day of the week it is, or where the hours in the day go, but I can tell you he is by far my favorite snuggle buddy and there is nothing else I would rather do all day long
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5 Weeks

Jacob is 5 weeks old today!
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And he is doing great!  He’s been sleeping in his crib since 3 weeks and is now going 4.5 hours between feedings at night so mom gets about 3 hours during that stretch.  He’s currently going through a growth spurt and has had a few fussy days so we are hoping this passes soon.  We are getting a routine down with starting the day and going to bed at night, but his biggest obstacle is fighting sleep during his daytime naps, he doesn’t want to miss out on anything!  He continues to grow like crazy and no longer fits into most of his newborn clothes, we are moving up to the 0-3 month drawer.  Grandma was here for a few days this past week so Justin and I got a sushi date night and I was able to get a pedicure!  It was lovely!

Tummy time

At our last pediatrician appointment he told us that we should do a few minutes of tummy times a few times a day so Jacob can start working on strengthening his upper body and neck. Sometimes he takes it in stride and works hard, sometimes he just falls asleep, other times he screams the entire time.

His favorite kind of tummy time is when we lay him on our chest on the couch and he looks up at the lamp or out the window behind us.  But we also get down on the floor and play and encourage him when he is on his activity mat.

Here’s one time when he was being a sport and working hard at it. He is looking up at the giraffe hanging down trying to determine how he can get to it
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IMG_7237Then falls down in frustration with his legs in the air
IMG_7241One time I put him on a blanket from his great great Aunt Rosemary and Uncle Miney and encouraged him to push himself up, he was a bit mad at me for making him do such a thing.
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Really mom, isn’t this a bit ridiculous…

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Bathtime

I love how Jacob is so happy and alert after we give him a bath.  One time I made sure I had my camera close by so I could snap some pictures when we were done.  I am so glad I did, these are some of my favorite pictures of him!

This is a common pose of his…Raise your hand if you have a question.
IMG_7218If you remember the post I did a few months ago about the photography class I took and the importance of lighting and how the catchlights in your subjects eyes can make the picture that much better, the next two pictures are a great example.

Here’s a cute picture of Jacob looking into the cameraIMG_7219But if you compare the one above with this one where I shifted my position so he is looking up at the lamp behind him, his eyes come alive with the light.
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28 days – 4 weeks – 1 month

I can’t believe my baby is 1 month old!! He is growing like a weed!  As of last Wednesday Jacob weighed 9 lbs 15 oz! His pediatrician is very happy with his progress.  We’ve been busy doing all kinds of things in the past two weeks.

First up, here’s his 3 week picture
3 wks - 7048We’ve had lots of visits from friends and family.  Papa, Nonnie & GiGi came back to visit.
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It is fitting that Jacob’s monthly picture stickers are Pittsburgh Steeler themed and he is 1 month old on Superbowl Sunday! Even though the Steelers are not playing in the Superbowl we are still representing 🙂
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Go 49ers!!