Saturday, January 12, 2013

Cohen: 1 Month

Eating: Cohen eats consistently every 2 hours at night and every 1.5-3 hours during the day.  He can be hard to burp and subsequently will spit up later. He also gets the hiccups often. We haven't tried a bottle yet but will probably need to try it sometime soon to give me a break from having to be available every 2 hours.

Sleeping: Cohen sleeps in his crip at night, going down for the night between 9 and 10:30.  He does wake up about every 2 hours at night eat which means I never get more than 1.5 hours of sleep at a time.  On a positive note, Cohen doesn't have a hard time going back to sleep after each feeding at night and sometimes will give me an extra "block" of sleep in the morning after Ryan and Adam leave, sleeping until 8:30 or 9, which helps me to catch up a little bit.  During the day, he might have a few longer naps of 2-3 hours but will stretch, grunt, and squeak throughout, so it's always a guessing game of how long he'll stay sleeping and when he's truly waking up.  During the day, he naps in his swing, bouncy chair, or with someone holding him and is pretty tolerant of loud noises/light, etc. (pretty necessary, especially when Ryan's home.) This is one of his favorite positions:

Temperament: When Cohen's awake, he's content sometimes, but lately he wants to be held/walked around/patted on the back on someone's shoulder. We think this has to do with him having some gas trouble, so we've been working on a few solutions for that, including diet changes, burping more often, bicycling his legs, etc. It's generally hard to get things done during the day if he's awake, but I think most moms with newborns would agree with that!  He does NOT like the process of changing his diaper or getting dressed. I always try to change him before feeding him so he has a chance to calm down afterward. There's really nothing that can replace an intent stare and the hint of a smile!

Toys:  A few times a day, Cohen will lay on his playmat for "tummy time" (until he gets too crabby) or on his back to look at toys that we dangle for him.  He tolerates a pacifier if you hold it in his mouth for him, but doesn't sleep with one at night. He seems to like listening to me read books to Ryan at night.

Bath: Now that he's had a few tub baths, I'd say he doesn't hate them. He just seems surprised by the water and gets a funny look on his face, but doesn't scream through them. He just hates being cold when it's time to dry off and get dressed. His skin is dry, so we're not doing a lot of baths and are running a humidifier in his room.

We're looking forward to watching him change and grow in the next month!

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