Monday, September 2, 2013

Luke @ 1 Month Old

Time flies when you're having fun and we've had a lot of fun this month! The first month of Luke's life has been full of love, kisses, cuddles, and lots of visitors! 

We've been so happy to have friends and family out to meet Luke --- He's very popular. He's met the Raper family, my parents & niece, and Brendon's parents.  

Our friends in Vegas stopped by to meet our new little guy, too.  We really appreciated all the lunches, dinners, and desserts that were prepared for us! I didn't cook at all the first ten days of his life and I can't even begin to describe how nice it was. I'm convinced that food tastes better when someone else prepares it for you! We moved the Pack-n-Play downstairs at dinner time so we could eat as a family each night.  It only took 3 days for Owen to start including his little brother in his dinnertime prayer. 

Owen's done a great job of slipping into the big brother role. 

He was very curious about all of Luke's baby things. He was really worried about Luke's belly button as it was healing because "it looks crunchy". Owen was completely confused when he saw me feeding Luke for the first time. As the month has gone on, he's realized that mommy feeding Luke means there won't be any crying. He now says, "I think Luke needs his mommy" when he hears him crying.  Owen likes to introduce his little brother to everyone we meet and is very protective of him.  Owen handled the transition really well and I think it was easier for us because Brendon was able to take off work for several weeks.  We did lots of really low-key things the first week... like swimming in the backyard blow up pool, going to the park in the morning, and playing board games. Can you guess who won this game?  

The first few weeks were also full of appointments. Luke did perfectly at all of them. 

At his 5 day check up, he was 7 pounds, 5 ounces.  The doctors said he was looking great! He still has great color and is eating well. He eats about every 2 to 3 hours and naps in-between. 

At his 10 day check up, he weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces. The doctors were happy that he'd grown, his belly button was completely healed and was now 1 ounces heavier than his birth weight.  They told us that he still had the heart murmur that the pediatrician noticed right after birth, so he was referred to see a cardiologist for a more detailed screening.  

This is Luke during our visit to the heart specialist. He had his first EKG and an ultrasound. He was surprisingly cooperative for both. The murmur is something the doctor will keep monitoring, but it should go away as he gets bigger. He was 21 days old and weighted 8 pounds, 4 ounces during this visit.

At 1 month old...
Luke can hold his head up. He enjoys tummy time and really loves when we do tummy time outside. 

His full head of hair is now balding on the top, which makes him look even more like his Poppa! haha

He's outgrown most of his newborn clothes and is starting to wear 3 month clothes. They just have a little extra wiggle room right now. 

He sleeps in his crib! After 3 weeks of refusing to sleep in his bed, our little cuddle buddy is sleeping solo. Daddy worked some magic and got him to sleep there. I'm so thankful too because I was spending the entire night waking up when I'd hear his little noises.  The longest he's stayed in his bed so far is 4.5 hours.  He wakes up twice each night for a diaper change and feeding.  

Since we haven't been snuggling all night, he now gets his cuddle time by curling up in the Ergo carrier. I wear him everywhere!

He's done lots of firsts including....
Going to the movies, the pool, and an all you can eat buffet --- all at a Las Vegas Casino! 

"Watching" the movie Planes.

Hanging out poolside.

He's been "hiking" twice and gone to the park several times.

Picnic day at Red Rock Canyon with my parents and niece.

Hike and lunch with Brendon's parents.

His 1st trip to the park. 

Basically all the cool things he's done... he slept through. But, that's the life of a 1 month old! 

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