Weight: He was 7 pounds 10 ounces at birth. When we left the hospital on Monday the 12th he was 6 pounds 15 ounces because he was a sleepy little dude. At his weight check on Wednesday he was 7 pounds 3 ounces! That was a great improvement. We go back in another week for another check.
Height: 21 inches at birth. But at the doctor on Wednesday they said 20.5. Did he shrink? He doesn't really like his legs stretched out, so I'm not sure how accurate that was.
Clothes: Mommy didn't have enough newborn clothes! I was so sure that he was going to be huge and he wouldn't fit in newborn clothes. Boy was I wrong! He has short little skinny legs! Grandma, Aunt Erin and "Second best Auntie Erin" all brought us some newborn outfits so he doesn't look like a ragamuffin in too big clothes anymore.
Diapers: We jumped into cloth on Wednesday, our 2nd day home. We were close to running out of the samples of newborn diapers we had, so it seemed as good of a time as any! He looks so adorable with his fluffy big butt! And it makes his pants fit even better!
Sleep: It was really nice to have daddy home all week. He did most of the diaper changing during the night so I could get ready to feed him. He eats every hour and half to 2 hours during the night.
Eating: He has become a nursing champ! Thanks to Kristin's suggestion (from her mom!) we tortured him by putting a wet washcloth on his naked body to keep him awake for feedings for our first few days home. Now he doesn't need to be tortured, he loves to eat!
Likes: Being snuggled. He is the best snuggler around! He also loves to show off his super strong neck. At the doctor we saw a milestones thing that said by 1 month they should be trying to lift their heads off a parent's chest. He has been doing that since birth!
Dislikes: Being naked or changed. He does NOT like having his skin exposed. I guess that is pretty similar to mommy who is always cold!
Oh! And this: We had his newborn photo session on Saturday with Lil Snaps Photography. It was quite the intense adventure. Newborns are supposed to sleep through their photoshoots so they can be posed. Well, Elijah was having none of that! He made Jessie (the photographer) work hard to get her shots. We ended up being there for 4 hours! She was SO patient and loving and amazing with him. I cannot wait to see them!
**I am a little behind on posting his 1 week update. I guess you can forgive a new mom for that, right?!
Here are a few..cough...many...cough...pictures from his first week!
Pretty flowers (on the left) that we received in the hospital. And the pretty tulips that Elijah sent me for Mother's Day before he was even born! He didn't know that we would be in the hospital and not home for Mother's Day to get them!
Cute baby in a cloth diaper to take our coming home picture.
Daddy getting to give him a bottle because I was pumping for a day when we got home from the hospital to help him gain weight.
Our first night at home, Eli staring at his daddy in the middle of the night.
Elijah wearing the onesie I used to tell Adam we were pregnant!
"My daddy drives a tractor"
I don't think there is anything better in the whole world than snuggling your own newborn
Little Man wanting to hang out in the middle of the night. This face he makes cracks me up!
Adorable baby in a cloth diaper!
We went to the [pediatrician and a follow up visit with the Lactation Consultants at the hospital.
He is skeptical of car rides.
Can you tell I am addicted to his cute little fluff butt?!
Finally wearing some adorable newborn sized outfits!
Mommy loves cuddles!
We woke up to Facebook posts about it snowing!
So we had to go outside and take a picture to prove it snowed on May 16th!
Elijah's first (sponge) bath at home. He was not a fan. Baths involve the whole naked thing.
Auntie Erin helped us figure out the Boba Wrap. Eli loves being worn!
Mommy's favorite face!