Friday, April 10, 2009
One Month Old
Really?? How can this be?? Man, if I thought time flies with one baby, it soars with two! Reed is one month old today...wow. Crazy. It's been a busy, and tiring, month. A couple weeks ago, you would have heard me describe Reed's disposition as calm, content, and satisfied. Not anymore! Something triggered in him about 10 days ago that has caused him to be clingy, restless, and very very sad (translation: he cries all the time!). I think the initial problem was excess gas. I wasn't sure at first, but resorted to getting some gas-relief drops and they seemed to help. We ceased using the drops this past Tuesday as he seemed to have calmed down, but he's still upset and can only be calmed by being held. I'm hoping this is just a (short) phase and is not the beginning of a seriously colicky baby. You know how they say God won't give you anything you can't handle? Well, I wouldn't be able to handle this for an indefinite period of time!!! I remember when Drew was about this age, he was super clingy for about a week. I'd rock him to sleep, lay him down, and he'd wake up almost immediately and start crying again. I'm crossing my fingers that this situation will be similar. Reed is still in the eat, sleep, pee cycle of life. His awake time is lengthening, but I have yet to see any lengthening in his sleep patterns. Drew slept through the night for the first time at 5 weeks; I don't think Reed is going to follow suit on that one!
That said, I'll be honest. I'm exhausted. Brad has been really great, taking some of the midnight feedings, and being home on some afternoons so I can get a nap in. It's a little frustrating when Drew wakes up as soon as Reed falls asleep, or vice versa. My brother tells me they are conspiring against me. Really? Already?? I thought I had at least until Reed was a toddler before that happens! Apparently not. I've learned that I'm not a very pleasant person on only 4-5 hours of sleep. I spend a lot of time praying. It goes a little something like this: "Dear God, please help. Amen." :)
Drew continues to adjust to being the Big Brother. We had a really good day earlier this week. He decided that playing by himself was kind of fun, and I didn't hear one whiny word when I was feeding or otherwise taking care of Reed. Certainly, we have those moments, and I can't blame him. Once Reed is old enough to interact with Drew, I think these two will have great fun together.
Here are some photos of the last month. Life has sure changed around here...and we love it!