I can't believe it's already been one month! Time with Judah has definitely flown by and we are holding on to our last weeks with just us and him at home. In the spirit of wanting to record as much as possible, I wanted to write out a few things we've noticed over this past month:
- Judah pees and poops on us all the time. Usually it's early in the morning when Joel is changing him--it takes a lot longer and he always comes to me in a new outfit and swaddle. But I have definitely experienced my fair share of it as well. You'll open the diaper to only find it wet, which at that point you think you're getting off easy. Then all of a sudden, just as you've placed a clean diaper underneath him, you hear it then see it--poop everywhere--on the diaper, on the changing pad, on his swaddle, on his clothes (sometimes). Then just as you cleaned that up, he pees on you. This happens at least once every other day--it's just a crap shoot (pun intended) on who is the lucky one to get to experience it.
- Usually* anytime Judah cries, he's either got a dirty diaper or hungry. We are so thankful that he has not suffered from any stomach issues or spit up problems--since I take care of the hungry aspect, Joel does a great job of doing the bulk of diaper changes.
- *Those times that Judah cries for no reason usually fall between 9 pm-12 am. We have no idea why he chooses this time frame that we have dubbed "terror time," but for the first 3 weeks, we both got nervous as 9 pm approached. Now, he sleeps through it after we established a "nighttime ritual" and we haven't had to deal with "terror time" since then, but we still get glimpses of it every now and then.
- Judah makes the funniest faces. Sometimes I delay feeding while I'm holding him because his rooting faces make me laugh so much. Also the face he is making in this picture with his lips puckered is one of our favorites.
- We both have different ways of calming him and holding him. Joel does what he calls "the daddy dance" and only does it when Judah seems to be crying for no reason (see terror time). He also holds him mainly in his right arm. I sing "Moon River" to him and pat his bottom while slightly bouncing him. And I hold him in my left arm. Both do the trick and he'll fall asleep in no time (if he's not hungry). It's one of the best feelings to put your child to sleep seconds after they were just screaming.
- He loves being cradled. I absolutely love holding him in my arms and seeing him look up at me. But one of my favorite things is to rock him while he's sleeping and just hold him while Joel and I watch a movie or TV. I know he won't be this little and sleepy forever, so I'm trying to soak it in as much as possible.
- We can't figure out who he looks like. We hear it all! It's so funny to hear what or who people think he looks like. We both don't favor either of our parents too strongly, so we can definitely understand that he may just be a complete mixture, which is fine by us. I'm still holding out to see if he has my dimple in his right cheek--I keep thinking that I see glimpses of one, but I just can't tell yet!
- He is super alert. It's one of the first things people say when holding him, usually because his eyes are wide open and he is looking around. We don't really have anything to compare it to, but we would agree. When he's awake, he just stares at you or whatever is above or around him. He looks toward anything that has a high contrast or me and Joel. Plus, since he's been awake so much recently, he definitely is sleeping longer at night. We usually have to wake him to eat at night, and we accidentally let him sleep 7 hours one night because neither of us set our alarm--whoops!
- He has a whimper that is heartbreaking. I don't know when it started, but sometimes before he starts wailing, he'll let out the most sad mousy whimper that makes me want to do whatever he wants. I can barely stand it! I've definitely become unphased by him crying, but that whimper does me in every time.
Next up, Judah's birth story!