baby family Life

4 Weeks

June 20, 2012

4 weeks have flown by so quickly, but we have definitely been soaking them all up an enjoying every moment we can. (And I am almost done writing out the rest of Justus’s birth story–but computer time with the ability to type has been quite limited recently. :))

  • Justus now weighs 13 lbs. He’s moving out of some of his 0-3 and 3-month clothes, and into 3-6 and 6-month clothes. (Starting out at 9lbs., 8oz. didn’t really fit into most newborn stuff. :)) He doesn’t seem abnormally large to me–he doesn’t even have a protruding tummy. He’s just a big guy overall. But he still seems so tiny; just heavy! 🙂
  • In the past week, he lost most of his hair. He still has a mini-mullet and a mini-mohawk, though. I’m guessing those might disappear, as well. But the hair loss has made him look a good bit different.
  • He still has a good bit of baby acne. I’ve read baby boys tend to get this worse than girls do. Eden had “perfect” skin, and we didn’t give her a bath until she was several weeks old; Justus is getting one or two baths a week (he loves them), but I don’t know that it plays a very big role in the acne difference. I do think the infrequent baths (compared to the cultural norm) may help his skin be less dry, though. But, we are dealing with babies in different seasons, too, even beyond different babies.
  • Still sleeping great at night. He usually eats 2 to 4 times during a 12-ish hour stretch at night, but nursing while cosleeping means I generally don’t feel sleep deprived. (I haven’t yet had to sit up with him at night, though I know that will come at some point with potential growth spurts and sicknesses.) I do try to stay in bed for longer than an 8-hour stretch, though. Especially since I have two older non-nappers, and I do try to rest during their afternoon rest time.
  • He’s awake a good bit more during the day, starting to smile while awake, and trying to make cooing noises when we talk to him. He is also fairly sensitive to noise if he’s not in a deep, deep sleep.
  • This week he experienced his first: ride in the carseat (to Publix), trip to church (slept for most of the service), and likely other things that I’m forgetting. 🙂 After Eden’s first year of despising the carseat, I’ve prayed that this baby will like it. Well, so far we’re about 50/50–he slept peacefully on the way there, but cried on the way home, both trips. So, we shall see…
  • We’re noticing that he resembles Hana Kate as a baby. The pictures below show Hana Kate on the left, from 4 to 5 weeks old, and Justus on the right from 3 to 4 weeks old. (I previously thought their noses were quite different, but in these pictures even that looks similar. However, in other pictures they look different in various ways.)

I’ve been thinking about how brief this phase is. Even though we now have three children, the “newborn stage” is really only about a month long. (After that, I guess they are infants, but no longer newborns.) So, with three children, we’ve so far been blessed with about three-months of a newborn stage. But in the grand scheme of life, that is such a brief, momentary time–only three months to have this phase of life, both it’s challenges and joys, perhaps over 50 or 60 or even 80 or 90 years. I pray that one day I’ll get to be a grandmother, but even if I do become one, I’ll never be able to enjoy and bond with the baby as I’m now able to, as a mother. That gives me perspective about how fleeting these moments are. I hope we are able to have more children, but we are never guaranteed that. So I hold this little one tight and treasure this time of watching him grow and change so quickly. I look at my 4-year-old and my 2-and-a-half-year-old, and it’s already hard to remember that they were once so small, so dependent, so “easy.” 🙂

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