A part of me is getting a little emo thinking about it and, while I realize that is pretty pathetic, I can't believe that my little newborn is growing and changing so fast! Watching a 7 lb nugget turn into a nearly 10 lb nugget in a matter of weeks is astounding. My dad put it best when he said, "It's like watching a blob turn into a person." (Not that we ever thought you were a blob, Ezra.) Everyday my baby is gaining a little more personality, and learning more about his surroundings.
Milestones: Ezra has been holding up his own head since he emerged from the womb, but he is getting a little better at controlling his head movements every day! He has started responding to James' and my voice, and sometimes even makes eye contact with us. Ezra has started to smile, and the desire I have to get him to smile at me has pretty much consumed my life. My mom voice has gotten out of control, but it is a price I am willing to pay to see that gummy, open mouthed grin. I guess a milestone that I will really not ever forget is the time Ezra projectile pooped on me, and then proceeded to tinkle all over my pants. I guess I am a legit mom now!
Sleep: We had heard that newborns sleep somewhere between 16-20 hours a day. James and I feel a better representation of Ezra's daytime sleep schedule would be between 9 and 15 minutes a day. That's not completely right either, though. Some days he'll take a nap or two at a couple hours each, and other days he'll take maybe one good nap and a few 20 minute sleep sessions. Ezra usually wakes up about every 2-3 hours during the night to eat, but once he made it to 4 hours!
Best Moment: It's really hard to pick a "best" moment, but the night we brought Ezra home from the hospital was probably my favorite memory of this month. It was so fun to see my family go crazy over him, and it felt so good to be in our home after being in the hospital. Entering our house as a family of three was an incredible feeling. And we ate KFC that night, so . . .
Worst Moment: When we took Ezra into get his 3 day check up, we were told that he had a sacral dimple (aka a little hole above his bum hole). Our doctor had us get an ultrasound of the area to make sure that it wasn't connected to his spine, but told us that it was probably benign. Well, when Ezra was 9 days old I received a phone call from the doctor's office letting me know that the dimple was connected to his spine and that we would need to go to Primary Children's Medical Center to see a specialist in case it was Spina Bifida. Seeing as I am the kind of person who instantly thinks of the worst case scenario, I assumed that my baby would be crippled for life. That morning was pretty rough. (A few weeks later we had him checked, and he is fine!)
Eating: For awhile I felt like Ezra was eating pretty much all day . . . and he was! Haha. Nursing is a more than full time job, but it is so worth it to me. (Usually.) It is amazing to know that every ounce he gains is an ounce I give him.
I put Ezra in the first outfit James and I purchased for him today, and he looked so cute that James and I just had to snap a few (read: 100) pictures of him. Here are some of my favorites:
Since I am a picture obsessed mama, here are some more of my favorites from the rest of the time he's been home:
Ezra has very expressive eye brows . . . he makes this "grumpy" face frequently. Especially if I am doing something lame like kissing his cheek, or talking to someone other than him. We think it's pretty funny.
Ezra thought his first bath was pretty weird, but now he's got the hang of it and it's his favorite thing in the world! (Minus milk.)
The cutest outfit Ezra wears is probably his birthday suit.
This baby has definitely stolen my heart. (Not that you're reading this, but:) I love you baby boy!