Archives for the Month of February, 2013

1 & 2 weeks old

Miles has been in our family for two weeks now! We love this little guy more than words can express. He makes us laugh, smile, and just stare in awe…

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I’m not even sure how to reflect on our first week together. It was a week of ups and downs, the greatest joys and difficult challenges. But overall, I have to say, our little man was very easy going in his first week. Once we were home, he mostly slept, ate and needed his diaper changed. We had a few moments of alert eyes open time and we absolutely cherished those moments. The first night at home, I don’t think I slept at all and spent most of the time just watching Miles to make sure he was still breathing. It can sometimes be a scary thing being a mom, the love and protective instinct has been beyond anything I could have imaged and all I thought about those first few day was how I just wanted him to keep breathing. I just needed him to be ok, and when you are looking at a newborn, there are about a million things that will send the mind going crazy over all the things that might not be ok. But then there are the extreme highs, when he would fall asleep on my chest after nursing or look at me with his beautiful blue eyes…and then of course there is smelling his head, oh that smell sends the greatest sensation throughout my whole body.

Miles had his first visit with his pediatrician, Dr. Gilgoff, who we love. Unfortunately, we learned that Miles lost more than 10% of his birth weight and that was super hard for me. It’s my body that is responsible for his food and it was upsetting to learn that it might not be doing its job of taking care of him. We had two days to get his weight up, and boy did we work hard, we nursed constantly. The doctor recommended supplementing with formula, which I really didn’t want to do but ultimately I wanted him to gain weight more, so we tried some formula although he really didn’t want it and probably only consumed about a half an ounce over the 48 hours. Luckily, when we went back to the doctor, our perfect little boy had put back on plenty of weight! Crisis averted.

The first night was a little bumpy but overall not too bad. He wasn’t really interested in sleeping and wanted to be held but he didn’t cry too much and we made it through. We thought perhaps he didn’t like the quiet of the night since he slept so well throughout the day with the TV on and us moving around and talking, so we decided to put on some white noise and wow what a difference. He slept soundly (as long as he was well swaddled) in between each feeding all night long. And since that night, we have been extremely lucky, he wakes up like clockwork every 2.5-3.5 hours, gets his diaper changed, nurses, and then peacefully goes back to sleep. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this never changes!

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Week two was spent relaxing, sleeping , eating and just hanging out. Our little man sure can sleep! I don’t think we heard him cry for more than a few seconds this entire week. He is so calm and just a absolutely perfect little baby. We are having some difficulties with breastfeeding, his latch is tight and painful and it can get pretty discouraging for me to want to keep going but I’m doing my best to try and work with him on improving and so far we are still at it. I really really do not want to give up on breastfeeding so we are going to make this work no matter what.

I’m still amazed at his night time routine. He sleeps so well at night and just wakes up for his feedings and then off he goes back to sleep. I’m fully expecting for him to leave this peaceful newborn stage and realize the world is a rough place and cry and cry but for now I’m going to enjoy my happy little man.

Other milestones for Miles…his cord stump fell off which meant that we could give him his first bath!! I’m hoping he warms up to the idea because he wasn’t such a fan the first two times.

Week 2 was our last week with mommy, daddy and Miles home together. It was wonderful to have this time to establish our little family. Now let’s just hope mommy and Miles can do just as well with Luke back at work…

Welcome Miles Beckett McCormick

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Its hard to believe that my 36 week belly shot was the last one because our incredible and beautiful son was born February 2nd when I was 36 weeks and 5 days. Miles Beckett McCormick arrived early but perfect at 7:23am, 7lbs 8oz, 19 3/4 inches. He couldn’t wait to join our family and we couldn’t imagine our family without him. It’s crazy to think that this week I would have been posting my 39 week photo and still be days away from our expected due date. But we are beyond luckily that we didn’t have to wait to meet our precious little man and we’ve been able to love him and hold him for the past 17 days. So much more to come…