Saturday, November 7, 2009

One Month Old!

Nate was one month old yesterday!! It's hard to believe it's already been a month. Wasn't I just responding "five days old" or "eight days old" when people asked me how old he was?

He has changed so much already. He's outgrown most of his newborn clothes, but it's been fun to start using the (far more abundant) 0-3 month sizes. It's so sad, though, to set aside the tiniest outfits, knowing that he will never wear them again. He genuinely smiles at us already, and he can focus on our faces and track a toy with his eyes. His neck control is terrific already, which makes my life a lot easier-- he makes me carry him up over my shoulder a lot, so it's important that I have a free hand to feed myself or carry his bouncy seat up and down the stairs (and up and down and up and down).

He's still completely unpredictable in so many ways, though. While I'm sure that's totally normal, it's nonetheless frustrating. He'll have one excellent day of sleep-- multi-hour naps and happiness all day-- followed by a completely cranky, sleepless day. We haven't been able to figure out what causes the good or the bad days, although it becomes clear early in the day what kind of day we're facing: A good early nap leads to a good day, while a short or absent early nap spells disaster. The question is how to induce the early nap on days when he fights and fights against it or wakes up after only a few minutes.

We're finding our feet, though, and we are both already so much more confident than we were only a few short weeks ago. I can't wait to see how we feel in another month!

1 comment:

Lisa said...

There is no good way to predict how a day will go with a baby. They change their habits daily, it seems. Once they transition to two regular naps, it gets easier. And way easier when they move to one nap. Hang in there.