Monday, February 14, 2011

1 BIG Month!!

It's been a rough few weeks... our computer came down with a nasty virus that had to be eradicated by the Geek Squad, courtesy of Best Buy. We're now back up and running with a fresh spy ware/virus blocking program. Psheww...

Our sweet boy, Cohen, turned one month old today. One month. He was four weeks on Thursday (three days ago), but today is the 13th, so we'll call this his true one month birthday.
My... How he has changed in this one short month.
Not sure about his activity gym yet...

Big boy after his bath!

He loves his Mommy

Look how long he is!

Daddy is wonderful at getting his Cohen to fall asleep :)

So here's a little about Cohen at 1 month:
-Sleeping- We try to get him into bed before 10 or 11pm, doesn't always work.. He will sleep for about 3-4 hours after we get him down for the night, will wake to eat and will then sleep for another 4-5 hours. (On a good night!) He takes two or three 2-3 hour naps during the day. He still likes to be swaddled when he sleeps. He falls asleep best when we're walking around with him or when we rock him in the glider. He is sleeping in his crib, in his nursery at night. (Yay!) He takes naps on the couch or in his little lamb seat. Sometimes when he wakes up in the morning around 5 or 6am, we'll lay him in bed with us and he'll sleep for a couple more hours. I know, I know... tsk, tsk... slap on the wrist. But how can we say "no" to our precious baby boy when he's sleeping so soundly in our bed? We can't... yet. :)

-Eating- Cohen is about 90% breast milk fed, 10% formula fed. There are just some times at night when I'm so tired and Hector will give him a bottle of formula, if we don't have any breast milk in the refrigerator. He is taking about 3.5-4 ounces. He usually eats every 3-4 hours, unless he sleeps longer or unless he doesn't nap, in which case he'll start rooting around after about 2.5 hours. He nurses really well and it's finally getting easier for me! We really hope we can keep breastfeeding until 6 months!

-Growing- If you'll recall..Cohen weighed 8 pounds, 12.4 ounces at birth and was 20 inches long. We weighed him after his bath tonight and got 11 pounds! Can that be?? We did the ol' "weigh yourself, then weigh with him and subtract your weight" method. Error proof, right? :) We won't get on a baby scale again until 2 months old. Then I measured his length and he was 22 inches. My little baby isn't so little anymore! :( He still has all the hair he was born with, I don't even think it's thinned at all. His tiny hands that I love so much, look rather large now. 

-Development- Our Cohen is changing so much, almost daily it seems. He has pretty good head control, unless he's so tired he can't hold it up any longer. :) We have tummy time a few times a day, he doesn't like it for more than 2 or 3 minutes at a time, but it's helping him with his neck strength. He likes to lay on his back on the floor and look at us and "coo." He seems to be discovering his voice and clusters his "talking" when he's finished eating and is a happy camper.'s..voice. He has such a soft, deep voice that is so perfectly "boy." We have some black frames hanging on the wall behind our couch and Cohen loves to stare at them. He is drawn to contrasting objects. And when the blinds are open, he likes to look outside at the brightness. He makes incredible eye contact that melts hearts. He grasps our fingers. His favorite facial expression is the frown. :) And it's adorable, he almost looks as if he's been offended. When he is falling asleep he'll crack a little smile. :) And he's almost to the point of smiling intentionally at us. He's just starting to. 

Man, oh man, we are in love. Cohen is the sweetest baby ever. We are so blessed! One look at him and I feel like giving him the world. I get butterflies when I see Hector holding Coco and talking to him--comforting him. They are a perfect match. :)

Hector and I are doing pretty good, as good as two people with very little sleep can be. :) It's getting better. We're starting to sleep a little better. We have such a good time with Cohen, he is our angel. We are able to get out and about with him now, so that makes it better, not being cooped up inside all the time. He is a dream baby in the car--falls fast asleep. He likes riding in the stroller, too (in his car seat, of course). If he cries or seems upset, I get upset because it breaks my heart to see him "hurting." He deserves nothing but pure joy and I want to give that to him. 

Well, I think this is a sufficient report on Cohen...right? I promise it won't be three weeks until the next post. :)

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