The first month was such a blur. Dylan was so good through it all. He rarely cried, except when you changed his diaper, he choose to let the world know he was alive and well during those diaper changes, regardless of what time of day or night it was. I found myself silently apologizing to our neighbors during those middle of the night diaper changes. During that month a nasty sickness went through our household. The day we came home from the hospital with Dylan, Jacob started throwing up. He never had a fever, runny nose, cough, etc…just every time he ate or drank something he would throw up. That lasted for about a week with him. Just a couple days after he started getting sick, I got it. It only lasted for 24 hours with me. Then Justin got it, he had it for a while. Then my mom got it and it was only 24 hours with her. Then Jake got it again for 24 hours. It was a vicious cycle of sickness, and for people who very rarely get sick, it was quite a curve ball thrown at us in the middle of our remodel/move/newborn baby life. During that time we were also taking Dylan to his check up appointments. The doctor was concerned at first because he didn’t seem to be gaining back the weight he lost as fast as he would have liked. Dylan was 8 lbs 3 oz at birth and at his first check up 3 days later he was 7 lbs 11 oz. His second check up 4 days after that he was 7 lbs 6 oz. Then 3 days later at his next check up, it started going back up when he weighed in at 7 lbs 9 oz. Although the weight loss is completely normal at the beginning, I think maybe Dylan may have had a touch of the sickness that was going around, and all the stress with the remodel/move, it took a little longer to get a good nursing routine down, so it took a few extra days for him to start packing on the pounds. Two weeks after he was born (and the day we moved!) Dylan had his circumcision and he weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. A week later at his circumcision follow up appointment he had gained a pound and weighed in at 8 lbs 11 oz. His doctor was very pleased with his progress and said we didn’t have to come back until his 2 month check up. Through all of this Dylan was a trooper! Since the day he was born he has been proving how strong he is, his pediatrician noticed the same thing.
I love this picture of my boys snuggling the day we came home from the hospital.
After Dylan’s first bath
He has never been a fan of being swaddled and has been sleeping like this from the beginning.
The first few weeks are just a big cycle of sleep, eat and poop, with some brief moments of alertness and smiles. I am not one to take pictures of poopy diapers or breastfeeding so here are some of my favorites of him sleeping, snuggling or awake.
I know it was pretty ambitious of me to take weekly photos of Jacob during his first year, and I am so glad I did. It is fun to look back on those pictures and see the gradual change in him. My mom asked me if had planned to do the same for Dylan. “Yes, I am!” was my reply. So I started the weekly pictures. I kept the same giraffe but replaced Jacob’s blue elephant with a brown woolly mammoth for Dylan.