Its hard to believe that my baby boy turned 1 month old today! He’s gained so much weight and is visibly bigger than his birth stats (9lbs 11oz & 22inches long)! Kaelen’s arms, legs, and face have filled out since he was born and his little tummy is starting to round out. Kaelen has lots of dark hair although its thin on top so he looks like a little old man. Kaelen’s eyes were dark the night he was born, but since then they have lightened to be a beautiful blue color. I know it is too early to tell what color they will be for his whole life, but they’re amazing now and make his Mama melt when he looks at me!
At one month Kaelen is able to follow our voices to find our faces when we are talking. He often stops looking at a friend or family member who is holding him to look for Mama or Daddy when we start talking in the same room. He is also able to visually track a toy or object that we move in front of his face! It is really funny at times when he is having trouble focusing his eyes or if he gets tired of focusing he completely crosses his little eyes! Other than loving to look at people’s faces, he also loves to look at anything that is “high contrast” (think black & white), and also is fascinated by lights and will stare at them as much as possible.
Little Man is VERY opinionated about how he wants to be held. He is vocal if he doesn’t like the position he is in or if he is restricted. We do swaddle him to sleep for longer naps and overnight so that he doesn’t startle himself awake, however he greatly dislikes the process of being swaddled or being “restricted” in his motion. He won’t latch to breastfeed at all if his head is held tight or covered (like in the sling). He does enjoy the sling for extended periods of time as long as he isn’t in a mood where he doesn’t want to be held close.
Kaelen holds his head up exceptionally well, and does so often, including when we are burping him or at times when it is a significant amount of work. He does occasionally dive his little body away in a random direction from whomever is holding him so I do routinely mention to him that “baby diving” is not a sport that I want him to take up!
Little Man is such a good sleeper! He loves to sleep on our chest or in our arms, which is perfect by me since you can’t spoil a baby under 4 months old, I am content to hold him (or let him be held) much of the time! At times when he is overtired or inexplicably upset the best way to settle him is to lay him on my chest (or Daddy’s) and sing or talk to him until he falls asleep. Mama’s got a little magic!
One of the cutest things that Kaelen does is that when I hold him with his head on my shoulder he will take his outside arm and put it around my shoulder or upper arm and “hug” while he is being held! It is soo sweet and special. He really is a cuttle-bug and I am just eating that up! I sure hope he will stay cuddly as he grows into a little boy, but since there’s no way to know that I’m just making the most of all the little moments I have now.
Kaelen grabs at our fingers or toys we place in hands and will wave the toys around for awhile before letting go. There are times he gets his hands to his mouth and will attempt to gnaw at them, but he often is able to see his hands and not able to coordinate moving them where he might want. He does still “hit” himself with his hands and arms a good bit, especially while sleeping (hence why we swaddle).
During Tummy Time, Kaelen is able to lift his head and turn it in both directions as he desires and will look for our voices or at high contrast toys we place around him. Amazingly he is able to wiggle/move forward already on his tummy. At times he will move 8-10 inches and completely off the edge of the blanket he is on for tummy time! He tolerates being on his tummy usually for 5-15 minutes. We are trying to be routinely spending tummy time a couple times a day (not counting when he hangs out on my chest or Daddy’s chest).
When I am up for working around the house (cooking, picking up, etc) I often put Kaelen in the sling, or ergo carrier with infant insert. He loves to be right with me and I talk to him about what I’m doing. He also likes his bouncy seat and the Mamaroo that his Aunt Lauren lent to us. Sometimes when I am unable to hold him he will spend time in one of those seats, but not for long. He does like to sleep occasionally in the Mamaroo and the motion seems to help him sleep longer during a nap. I am grateful that all of the above mentioned things are good by him most of the time since it means that I have a variety of options for how to hold/carry him or places he can be if I don’t want to or can’t hold him.
Here are the pictures from his 1 month photo-shoot. For each month the plan is to take two sets of pictures: One of Kaelen sitting on the couch and the other of him in a laundry basket.
I love all the silly faces he makes!
He was moving too much for me to get a completely still photograph.
I realize this was a long post, but some of them will be more detailed since this blog is also my virtual baby book!