Two Month Update

Well it's official, I can't get these updates posted on time. We're closer to his third month than his second (which was on September 17); however, I did take his pictures. Our days are full of swinging, singing, strolling and not a lot of sitting or sleeping, so please excuse my tardiness while we get the hang of this crazy schedule. 

At Thomas' 2 month appointment he weighed 14 lbs, and measured 25 inches long landing him in the 99th percentile again. He got his shots which broke his mother's heart but we both rebounded by the next day. 

Tommy is such a sweet boy. He's gotten over his 7-9 p.m. witching hours. We usually sail through that time now by playing on the play mat or starting his bedtime routine.  Sleep is still touch and go. Most nights Tommy sleeps from 9 p.m - 12:30 a.m., and then is up every 2 hours after that to nurse for about 15 minutes. It seems that once a week he gives us (let's be serious...me!) a reprieve by sleeping from 9 p.m. - 2:30 a.m. which feels AMAZING! I'm still in the habit of going to bed when he does so that solid 5.5 hours is what I live for! 

This month I also made the decision to leave my job at Pitt to stay at home with Tommy. It was a very difficult decision but one that I feel very lucky to have made. 

I've also decided to start writing my account of Thomas' crazy delivery and hospital stay. I wasn't keen on sharing it, but after seeing this article, I decided it's important to talk about. While my experience wasn't as horrific as some women in this article, it was unexpectedly emotionally traumatic and definitely nothing that was covered in my preparing for childbirth classes. I think writing about it will be cathartic but believe me, I haven't lost sight of the fact that I have a happy healthy baby and that's all that really matters in the end :)

 More to come soon! 

One Month Update

Tommy was one month on August 17th. This post is a little late since we were heading home from Hilton Head (that's right, he went on his first vaca at 3 weeks old!) 

Tommy is growing leaps and bounds each week. At his one month appointment he weighed 12 lbs, 7 oz. and was 24 inches long which puts him in the 98th percentile. He makes so many different facial expressions that make us laugh and change constantly. We've started to see him smile (especially in the morning) and coo.

We've found that movement is the best way to calm our little guy - he loves his car seat, going for drives, and walks in the stroller. We employ all of these methods during his witching hour that peaks at 7 p.m. each night.  Otherwise, he is a happy, sweet and lovable baby. 

Jay and I are getting the hang of this parenting thing. We've been trying to get out as much as possible with Tommy in order to stay sane and act like normal human beings. It's hard to do some days when we're so sleep deprived we barely remember our names. We've been out to the farmers market, lunches with friends, and tons of walks around the neighborhood. This week Tommy and I went to the mall on our own which felt like a HUGE accomplishment (he did great, slept the whole time!). 

All in all we're finally hitting our stride. We feel more much more confident as parents, and less like bleary eyed novices that were handed a baby. Crazy what can happen in a month! 

Thomas

Well hello! Forgive my extended hiatus but as many of you know we had our sweet baby boy, Thomas Matthew Dundon on July 17th. He was a whopping 9 pounds, 9 ounces, and 23 inches long (that's almost 2 feet!).  He's wonderful and smells delicious; we feel so lucky that he's ours. 

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Jay and I have been acclimating to life with a newborn, and are finally starting to come out of the sleep deprived fog now that we're nearly 6 weeks in. We're getting into a routine, but I've been warned to expect the unexpected when it comes to sleep patterns - so I'm taking what I can get, and trying to fill the teeny tiny amount of free time I have with thing that make me happy - like this blog! 

Here are a few pictures from his newborn session at the hospital. I promise to be back soon with his one month picture. 

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Look at those chunky arms! Gah!Β 

Look at those chunky arms! Gah!