Week 4: So Much Fun!

How is it possible that four weeks ago today, I was in my hospital bed cuddling this little peanut in my arms for the first time?  I’m sure I will say it every week, but wow – four weeks?  Where is time going?

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We have had a MUCH better week this week than last week.  After a few long scream-fests last week, I really thought we were well on our way to endless weeks of colic and crying on both our parts.  I don’t want to jinx myself since things with babies tend to change daily, but last week’s angry baby is much much happier this week. 

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He is becoming such a little stinker, and is really starting to show some personality.  He is awake MUCH more during the day now, and I’ve been spending a lot of my days just playing with him and trying to stimulate and entertain him (as much as you can entertain someone who is four weeks old).  Last week he hated all his toys, seats, bouncers – you name it.  This week, he’s discovering that his playmat is not actually a torture device, and it’s actually kind of fun!

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He’s still eating really well, and I think we’re both getting the hang of the whole breastfeeding thing.  Now that he’s four weeks old, I’m hoping to get him started on a few bottles each week.  I just need to get over my fear of the breastpump first. 

I’m hoping that in the next few weeks we can start to work on getting into more of a schedule.  Right now we sort of operate on Cullen time, which alternates between eating, playing, and sleeping.  He’s not napping nearly as long anymore, so I have to really take advantage of his short sleep sessions during the day in order to work, eat, and do basic things like go to the bathroom. 

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He is definitely GROWING too!  He won’t be officially weighed again until his 8 week appointment, but I can tell he is filling out from the way his clothes fit.  His newborn pajamas are all starting to look a little bit tight, and he’s finally started wearing some of his 0-3 onesies.  Now that his umbilical cord stump is off, he’s also wearing little tiny pants!  Too cute!

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He is always happiest in the morning, which is also when there is fabulous western light pouring through our bedroom windows.  Each morning he hangs out playing in his Boppy while I snap away with my camera and take hundred of pictures of him.  I can’t help myself!  I decided to do a 365 Project with his baby photos that will be a fun memory for us to look back through at the end of the year.

One of the big questions I am constantly asked is “who does he look like?”  When he was first born we were both shocked when we saw him – he looked nothing like either of us expected!  Initially we both thought he looked exactly like me – he definitely has my coloring and my nose.  But as the weeks have gone by, there is no denying it – this boy looks like his daddy.  I think he’s a great mix of both of us, and I love that when I look at him I see a little mini Casey. 

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Earlier this week, I bought the Boppy Newborn Lounger pillow.  A few other new moms have sworn by it, and since I needed more places to set him down in the house, I went ahead and ordered one for myself.  I absolutely love it, and wish I’d had it four weeks ago!  How comfy does he look?  I wish they had these for adults.

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He’s still small enough that I’m not overly worried about him rolling out of it, although I never walk far away from him when he’s sitting up on a table or counter.  It’s so nice to be able to take him into the kitchen with me so that I can occasionally eat lunch!  I think he likes being higher up so he can see everything going on.

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Huey is also a fan of the new pillow…

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But when Cullen is using it, apparently Huey is willing to share and use the other Boppy instead.

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Seriously?  I guess it’s a good thing that the dogs have gotten so much more comfortable with their little brother.  In the mornings, I usually pull Cullen into bed with me for an early snuggle before he goes back to sleep and I get in the shower.  Yesterday he ended up snoozing right next to Indy while I folded laundry and got dressed.  I can’t wait for when he is older and these pups are his best friends.

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It has been four weeks of nothing but fun, and even on the hardest days I wish time would tick by a little slower. 

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Looking forward to an exciting weekend of family arrivals, and having Cullen meet his aunts and his cousin for the first time!

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