Week 5: Cullen’s First Thanksgiving!

For the past month, I feel like I’ve obsessed over every passing day that Cullen has been here.  Somehow with all the craziness of the holiday week and having family in town, and entire week went by and I barely even realized it.  And here it is Friday and my baby is FIVE weeks old!

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This has been a wonderful week for many reasons.  Cullen turned one month old, celebrated his first holiday, met his cousin, aunts, and uncle, and went for lots of fun walks and outings.  Somewhere in the midst of it, he also became a baby who is WIDE awake most of the day, and is so much fun to be around.  Baby sneezes!

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Even though I tell myself he is still just a little peanut, I had to accept a few realities when he upgraded from newborn to size one diapers this week, and his newborn pajamas started to become too short to zip.  My baby is getting bigger, which is a GOOD thing, because it means he’s getting big and strong on all that delicious milk.  Even though I want him to be tiny and cuddly forever, I feel so lucky that he’s such a good eater, and that he’s continuing to thrive so well. 

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You know who probably hasn’t been mentioned enough in these updates?  DAD!  The only thing I love more than staring at Cullen all day long is watching Casey with Cullen.  He had essentially no baby experience going into parenthood, but he’s already so comfortable and great with him.  Cullen absolutely adores him and stares at his dad whenever he gets the chance.  His number one favorite activity is having Casey swing him back and forth in the air!

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He doesn’t like when his mom swings him for some reason – perhaps smaller hands don’t feel sturdy enough?  As for me, I made a major turn in the recovery department this week.  Last week I still felt like I was in the late stages of recovery – a bit sore, a little slow, and often uncomfortable.  This week I am feeling…normal?  I barely remember what that feels like, but I think my pain and soreness has finally subsided. 

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Still no major exercise beyond walking yet, although I have stepped up my walks quite a bit to 3 and 4 mile loops.  Whenever the weather cooperates I make a point to get both me and Cullen outside for some exercise and fresh air!  I’m only about 3 pounds up from my pre-pregnancy weight now, but my body definitely looks much different.  I call it my new “mom body” and I like it more on some days than others.  I’ll be happier once I lose the rest of the stomach flab, but for now I’m feeling okay.

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This week’s big development that has been a blessing to both me AND Cullen has been the huge improvement in his schedule.  Out of nowhere, he has suddenly developed a predictable sleep pattern.  His days are still a bit more varied, but almost like clockwork now, every night around 7:30pm he is ready for bed and falls into a deep, sound sleep.  He sleeps (with short breaks for feedings) soundly through the night, and we both get up around 6:30 or 7am.  Mom and baby are both feeling a bit more rested and happy this week!

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His predictable bedtime has freed me up in the evenings for cleaning, computer work, and just enjoying some down time.  As much as I love my little guy, it has been really nice to be able to count on a few hours after he goes to bed where I can focus on the other things that need to be done.  Beyond his bedtime, he has also consistently started sleeping for 5 to 6 hour stretches at night.  I’m afraid to even talk about it because I don’t want to jinx the progress – I hope it lasts!

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His personality has continued to grow and develop this week, and I’m amazed at how someone so small can entertain me all day long.  He is goofy, cranky, and everything in between.  I can’t get enough of his big toothless smiles, and I hope he just continues to shine a little bit brighter each week. 

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Have a great weekend!