enjoying some beautiful weather!
Seriously?! Ok, from now on when you start to tinkle, you need to stop dancing
Graham at 2 Months
At the arboretum with Jonah’s little buddy Pippa on a beautiful 75° day
Hello world! I feel like we are emerging from the oh-so-difficult newborn stage. It was a rough first month with this little guy. For the whole month, we could not put Graham down without him screaming. Every time we’d lay him down he’d arch his back and squirm in pain from gas. I eliminated dairy again from my diet to see if that would help him. It did and was better but he was still so gassy and was having a lot of problems with feeding too. Most days he had to feed every hour and a half to two hours around the clock. Because feeding a newborn takes so long anyway, many days I was literally nursing half of the time around the clock. When we put him down to sleep he was so tired and would fall asleep right away but would wake every 10 mins because he was in pain. We were all so sleep-deprived.
So at 4 weeks I made an appointment with a lactation consultant and I’m so thankful I did! She discovered that Graham had a tongue and lip tie. It is such a common problem and it’s a shame more doctors don’t check for it. Graham’s tongue and lip ties weren’t allowing him to latch properly, causing him to take in excess air while feeding. This is why he was so gassy and could not take full feedings and therefore needed to eat so often. When Graham was 5 weeks we took him to a pediatric dentist in Fort Worth, who preformed a simple laser procedure to his lip and tongue. Graham was sore for a few days, but after healing—he has been a new baby! He is so happy, eats like a champ, and has been sleeping amazingly! A week after his surgery (at 6 weeks) he started sleeping through the night and has been since! We are so grateful to have corrected this problem and that it was so effective.
The newborn stage is usually a blur for most parents as it flies by so quickly and because you’re so tired you can’t remember much of it. This was definitely the case for us. I felt like I was sleep-walking for a month! Even though I can’t remember the details from the month, I do know a lot of wonderful things happened. Our moms visited for the first 2 weeks and were such amazing blessings to us. My friends threw us a beautiful shower when Graham was 2 weeks old. Another friend set up a meal calendar for us and friends brought us meals every other day for a month! (and gluten & dairy free to boot so we didn’t have to prepare anything separate for Jonah!!). And yet another friend took newborn photos of Graham and our new family of four. [I will post photos soon from the grandmas’ visits, newborn/family photos, and from the shower.] On several occasions friends came over to help with housework and others would take Jonah for a play date so we could rest when Graham rested. We are beyond grateful and know that we are incredibly blessed to have all of you in our lives. Every card, email, text, gift, and act of service has been such an encouragement to us. Thanks to each of you for loving us so well. You have been Christ to us.
Graham at 1 Month
I know these are a little late, but I wanted to post monthly photos like I did with Jonah so we can look back and see how he’s changed from month to month. Here he is at 1 month old. He was already turning from his belly to his back, holding his head up a little bit, and had given us his first smiles. I will post a more detailed update soon…
Oh buddy, don’t lick the floor!
Jonah’s first time with watercolors. He absolutely loved it and only tried to drink the paint water once.