Today August is one month old. Not that long in the big picture. But in my eyes, it’s quite the accomplishment [for me anyways]. This month has been one of great joy. August has brought out the best of me and the worst of me. Motherhood has been filled with great pleasure [cuddles and coos] and pure frustration [pooping on the changing table and unexplainable crying]. All this to say, I’ve learned a lot these past 31 days.
As I share this, I am fully aware that not everyone wants to read about the ins and outs of our lives with August. Maybe I say this because I get annoyed by some blogs that seem to “brag” about family life or children. My purpose here is to document our first year with him. Also, it’s a good way to keep family in the loop since most of them live at a distance. Inevitably, we probably will brag about our son. After all, what parent won’t? 🙂
Below are some of the highlights from this month:
- Wiggly little boy: August is just that. He wiggles and jiggles all day long. When he’s sleeping, getting his diaper changed, laying on his tummy, cuddling with mom and dad…he wiggles. Our guess is that he will grow into a busy little boy.
- He is his father’s son: Everyone tells us how much he looks like Chris. There is no denying it. I just hope he inherited some of my traits too [hopefully not my stubborn personality].
- Firsts: trip to the ER (long, embarrassing, first-time-parent story), coo-ing, diaper “blow outs”, trip to Target, Hobby Lobby, dad’s office, church, library. In month 2 we will work on his first trip to Starbucks! 🙂
- Visitors, visitors, visitors: August has felt the love this month. We’ve had family, church friends, Chicago friends, college friends, Trinity students, coworkers, preschoolers etc. come to meet August. We have felt very blessed by the amount of love he/we have been shown [and the food that has been given]. We are still welcoming visitors to come and meet him!
- Eat, Wake, Sleep: This is the routine that every book says babies should fall into. I see this starting to develop with August [slowly but surely]. I was really hard on myself the first couple of weeks to get him on a “schedule”. I have really had to calm down and take the time to enjoy my baby.
- No Control: Throughout my pregnancy my OB kept telling me, “Amanda, once your son is born you will lose all control over him”. I didn’t really believe this until that special December day. No matter how hard I try to get August to take a nap from 9:00-11:30, if he is wide awake and unwilling, it won’t happen. Even though he’s asleep when I pull into the Hobby Lobby parking lot, it doesn’t mean he will stay that way. This has been hard for me to grasp.
- Sleep: The #1 question we get is, “how is he sleeping?”. At night he sleeps about 3 hours at a time. He usually goes to bed at 7:30/8 wakes up around 11:30, 2:30 and then again at 5:30/6. My goal is to get that morning wake up time closer to 7:00! Some days he naps really well and some days not so well!
- Likes/dislikes: August likes snuggles with mom and dad, his swing, laying on his tummy, being carried in the Baby Bjorn, looking around and being alert. August does NOT like: diaper changes, clothes changes, baths, taking naps in his crib, sleeping for more than 3 hours.
- Love: Chris and I have fallen in love with this little guy. It has been a month of a growing love that I never knew possible. We are quite smitten with him.
My prayer for August comes from Ephesians 3:17-19
“…and I pray that you [will] grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
[on a side note: when i was a baby my mom made signs and took monthly pictures of me. i used to make fun of her for doing this. jokes on me now, eh? she would be so proud!]