(where the heck did he get these long skinny legs?!)
I can't believe Ford is 1 week old! People don't lie when they say the time flies. We were in the hospital for a good chunk of his first week but coming home has been wonderful and a blur. I don't even know where to start with updates!
We had our first pedi appointment early today and our doctor just kept telling us how perfect he was and what a good baby he is/will be. He hated getting naked for the weight check but was alert and content during the rest of the appointment. I did have to nurse him while we waited to calm him down after they stripped him down.
Stats: Ford was born at 8lb 13oz, 21in long and 14.5in head circumfrence. Today, at 1 week, he was 8lb 10oz (52%), 21in (52%), and 14.75in (75%). We may have a 9lb-er at our appoinyment next week!
Sleep: our first night at home I honestly got better sleep than I did the last few weeks of pregnancy. Um, what? Ford gave us two 4 hour stretches of sleep and that was fantastic! We obviously haven't started a schedule but he has been pretty consistent with late evening cluster feeding, 4 hour stretch, midnight cluster feeding (about 2-3 hours between midnight and 4a) then a 4 hour stretch. My mom has been staying with us and will stay until Friday so it is SO nice to hand him off when I am done feeding to hop in bed. As much as I could stare at Ford all night, I know how precious even an hour of sleep is. Crazy enough but I feel rested. During the day he naps pretty much wherever, no consistent naps. At night he sleeps in the Rock and Play right by our bed. Oh and he LOVES to be swaddled! We had to double swaddle him with the hospital receiving blankets but now we use the SwaddlePod and Summer Swaddle Me's at home, he looks like a little burrito, so cute.
Eating: like I said above, boy loves to eat. Nursing has been great for us and I look forward to the end of the toe curling latch pain...OMG! Nursing is exhausting and humbling but it is the greatest feeling knowing I am nourishing my son. My biggest piece of advice is to take a breastfeeding class and have your husband go with you. Jon is so incredible with Ford to begin with and he is a rockstar helping me feed. He was psyched about the class and I couldn't be more grateful that he is so helpful and pro breastfeeding. BFing is basically a 3 person job at the beginning and I am finally getting the hang of it and can do it on my own most of the time. Ford sure has a set of lungs that he proudly shows off when he is hungry. We call it his banshee yell...
Diapering: even though he is a big boy, we are in newborn diapers and going through them quickly! I've been peed and projectile pooped on a few times, life with boys. The first 24 hours of life they want your baby to poop at least once and Ford pooped 11 times. No wonder he lost a pound so quickly!
Clothes: I had to call my neighbor to borrow newborn sized clothing because I didn't have enough and boy do we go through a lot of clothes haha! I mostly keep him in long footed jammies during the day or a onesie/pant set with socks and mitts. He tends to scratch himself so the "boxing" gloves help prevent that. He has a few real NB outfits that we hope to wear on our outings this week
Social: he is such an alert boy when he is awake! He has big, dark, dark blue eyes and loves looking around. We put him in his swing and he really enjoyed that too. One night this week, my dad was holding him and Ford peed through his diaper and outfit and all over my dad, whoops!
Mama: boy oh boy what a week it has been. Physically, things have been rough. I haven't posted about it yet but our labor was very intense and ended in a rough C section. Not at all the birth I ever expected but it is such a dream now and so worth it for Ford. I never thought the recovery would be so hard but everyday it gets better and today I can actually laugh and walk around without major incision pain! I weighed myself at the pedi today and I've lost 20 of the 30lbs I gained during pregnancy. Pretty darn crazy in a week. Now if the belly that is melting at the bottom of my abdomen would just come off haha. Can't wait to start walking with Ford! Emotions have been up and down as you can imagine, mostly up. I've cried a few times but only because of my pain. The first day we were home I forgot about my 4 hour pain meds and became freezing, shaky, woozy and just miserable. I got into bed and just sobbed because I've never had surgery before and never experienced this much pain. Other times I've cried have been because of latch pain but through tears I am smiling looking at Ford and in awe of his pure existence. Spiritually, God has just blown me away. I still can't believe he chose us as parents and blessed us with Ford. Prayer has been powerful and I find myself constantly in conversation with the Lord praying for obvious things like comfort, peace, and pain free nights but also praying for Ford's future and that he knows Christ and lives in obedience to The Word.
Daddy: I really lucked out in the husband department and it was no surprise that Jon so easily fits the role as father. From day 1, he is at such ease with Ford and knows exactly what to do. Changing his first diapers (I didn't change any until we got home because of the C section), soothing Ford, helping me feed, singing him songs. I am crying writing this and can cry at just the sight of the two of them together.
I plan on writing out his birth story sometime this week and sharing more pictures, videos, etc. Here are a few shots of his first few days home...
Daddy's future ping pong mate
I spot a dimple!
We've had lots of visitors who have brought meals, gifts, and love for baby Ford. My dad, Ford's papa, was lucky enough to be peed on by little man this weekend! Good thing F is so cute...