You went from this tiny new babe in the hospital...
You will be weighed this Wednesday, but the last time you were weighed (2 weeks ago) you weighed 6 pounds and 14 ounces. I know you will be well over 7 pounds and closer to 8 pounds when you are weighed this week. You dropped to 6 lbs 3 oz when we left the hospital and you are slowly working your way back up. Mommy is doing her best to breastfeed you and provide you with the very best, but there have been some issues with my production so while I'm working on getting that up to where it needs to be, we are having to supplement with a bit of formula. Since we have started this, you are gaining more weight, sleeping better and seem much more content. We will see how this plays out, but we are taking it one day at a time and trying our very best to make sure you are well fed and getting what you need. It's been very hard for Mommy and I've struggled with various emotions, but I'm feeling a lot better. Your Daddy has been super supportive and helpful through it all.
You are eating every 2-3 hours and sometimes go longer depending on how you are sleeping at the time. We don't really have a feeding schedule in place, I just tend to know when you are ready or might be getting ready to eat. Like I mentioned above, you are starting to sleep more and sleep better with your belly full, but again we don't really have a sleep schedule in place either - it's still a little different each day. Hopefully we will get somewhat of a daily routine in place soon. Luckily, I can be flexible with your eating and sleeping patterns since I'm a stay at home Mommy... which I am so grateful for!
At your last appointment you had grown 3/4" to 21", but that was almost 3 weeks ago so I know you are already longer by now.
You are still in newborn diapers, but we may move to size 1 any day now. You are wearing mostly newborn and 0-3 month clothes. At first you loved being swaddled, but we haven't done it much lately because you tend to kick your way out. For the most part, you really enjoy the swing, but there have been a few times you prefer not to be in there, but that hasn't happened too often.
We recently started "tummy time" and laying on and playing in the floor. Hopefully we can do that once or twice a day to help your development and have some fun. It's also time we start reading books to you. The first few weeks we were in a time of transition and lots of change so we were in survivial mode, plus struggling with the feeding issues. That being said, we didn't do much other than just take care of you morning, noon and night.
You haven't had a real bath (submerged in water) yet, but that will change tonight. Until now, we've been giving you sponge baths.
You traveled for the first time last week. We drove to Grandma and Grandad's in Mount Vernon, Arkansas. Daddy had to work there for the week so we went along and spent the week with your grandparents. You did VERY well in the car. We were very nervous about taking such a long trip with you only being 3 weeks old, but you were awesome. We hope that's how you will always do because we love to travel and visit family and friends when we can. We had a really nice week in Arkansas!
You are so bright-eyed and have the cutest expressions. I know you are on the brink of smiling for us. You are also very strong for as small as you are. We are amazed!
You have met all of your grandparents and they all love and adore you so much. We are anxious for the relationship and memories you will have with them.
You have met several other family members, friends and church members. You are loved and adored by many!
Parker, we love you so much! You have brough so much joy to our lives and we are very blessed to be your Mommy and Daddy. We look forward to seeing what the coming months will hold.
Until we meet again...