Thursday, March 13, 2014

One month

So the part about time flying with kids hasn't been any less true with this one.  And Tanner probably will make fun of me trying to take "one month" photos like I'm a real photographer or something.  I'm not.  And not trying to be.  I really just wanted a couple of his whole body and little tiny feet because I haven't taken pics yet and they are already so much bigger than in the beginning.  So these are a few from his one month photo shoot on March 11, 2014 :) 

 But seriously, how cute are those tiny legs and toes?
I also need to blog about one month to just have an excuse and a place to put a ton of other "non-professional" photos that keep getting taken of him.  We really just can't help ourselves. 

My mom made that awesome monster quilt, so we were trying to get some pics of him on it before she left.  He didn't cooperate as well as he could have.  Oh well.  I love love love that quilt! He does too.
Tanner's mom, "Mimi" knitted this blue blanket which he also loves.  She and my mom are so talented, which is working out nicely in mine and Harvey's favor!
 I think these pictures are cute.  Especially his face on the left.  So sad.  He can escalate pretty quick from totally happy to extremely ticked off.  It's bizarre to me.
People always ask if he's a good baby.  I don't know.  I have nothing to compare him to so it's hard to say.  He for sure has his moments of unfreshness.  Some days are better than others.  I'm wondering if I've been eating something or things that he doesn't like.  I'm gonna try a week of no chocolate which might kill me and see if he does a little better.  I'm sure hoping it's not that, but it could be good for both of us if it is.
He has a couple hour period pretty consistently every late evening that it's hard to get him to calm down, but once he's asleep for real, he wakes up a few times a night to eat and then goes back to sleep.  Lots of times in the early morning and in my attempt to keep him asleep as long as possible I keep him in our bed after he eats because he still has a hard time being content for long periods in his bed or even laid down.  Oops.  Am I creating a monster?  I don't know.  All I know sometimes is I get very desperate for a little sleep and so if it's with him laying on me or on the bed...I'm okay with it.  That could and probably will change soon enough.  I'll work on it.

He sure hated his sponge baths in the beginning.  Probably just cause he got so cold or something.  I don't know.  It was traumatic for all parties involved.  Tanner and I tried a real bath for him for the first time a couple weeks ago.  He screamed for like the first 5 seconds and then he was in heaven.  Oh my gosh he loves it.  It's awesome.  But then he hates getting out and lotioned and dressed.  Seriously hates!
This was a bath about one and a half weeks later after he lost all his top hair.

Sorry little dude.  Also during his first month he got a visit from his Mimi.  I guess that could have gone in his "firsts" post, but she wasn't here when I did that so it goes here. 
She was pretty happy to meet him and hang with him.  We didn't do too many exciting things other than hold a baby and chat.  Tanner was on call while she was here and unfortunately got called a lot.  But I loved having all the time to talk and bond and get to know the mother in law a lot better.  It really was so awesome.  We played a few games as well, which we always like to do, and then that trip was over too quick.
Let's see...what else is there that is notable to mention about Harvey's first month of life?  He is smiling more while awake and cooing a lot more which I love.  He keeps the right side of his lower lip tucked under quite a bit which is so cute.  I don't really feel like we are in any sort of pattern with eating or sleeping or location of any of the above.  Maybe I'm being a bad parent already.  I realized with myself there's not a whole lot of consistency in life and that might be being projecting onto the kid.  Or maybe he's really just too young.  It's my first time.  I don't have a clue.  I just hope he turns out alright.  We've got another month before I go back to work so I think after another week or two I'll try to start making things more routine.  It probably won't hurt me either because I need to get back into a schedule and find some time to get some exercise and other things done.  As much as I have loved being home and not working and just hanging with little buddy, it has been amazingly difficult to have "nothing" to do and get absolutely NOTHING done.  What about all the craft things I was gonna get done and scrapbook caught up and books read???  Nada.  Oh well.  It's crazy how he has so instantly become the most important thing and how most of the things I love and care about don't mean quite as much as before.  Don't get me wrong, I still want to be me and do things I love but it all pales in comparison to his well being.  Weird. 

Anyway...more pictures...

We put the newborn clothes away about a week ago.  They looked tiny to me and this sounds dumb but it was weird to me that he really fit in them once.  Haha. Once.  Like 2 weeks before.  But ya.  He's getting big.  And that white outfit said 0-3 months and it barely fit him the first time we put him in it.  Oops.  That 0-3 month size is tricky.  Some of it is still so huge on him. And then yesterday we stopped trying to squeeze him into the newborn diapers. 
 The faces he makes kills me.  He seriously has the scowl down!  Luckily his smiles are becoming more frequent.  Although I think he's wrinkled forehead is pretty darn cute too.

We bought a lay-z-boy last week while Tanner's mom was here.  It has been a dream come true.  Especially when he decides to scream a bit at night, I can come out to the living room and try to give Tanner a little bit of rest time and then if he falls asleep and I'm too scared to lay him down, we zonk out in it and it's way more comfortable than propped up in bed.  Much easier on the tailbone too.  He's pretty stoked on the chair too, if you can't tell.  We also think it looks like a mischevious, "yep, I'll be stealing this chair from dad" look.

 Rozzi still isn't quite aware that a boundary should exist around Harvey.  He's already got a lot of huge furry heads to his face.  We're working on it. 
 A friend from work made him this hat.  Awesome.  We used it while trying out a walk the other day and he was angry.  Not sure if he was getting wind in his face or was too hot or just was mad.  That needs to change or I really never will get outside and will remain very post pregnancy overweight. 
So many pictures.  I do apologize.  Sort of.  It's fun that he's getting more expressive and doing things  that make each picture more unique.  And these darn camera phones make it infinitely too easy to snap a million pictures at any given time.  Happy one month, baby Harvey. 


  1. First of all, Harvey is super adorable! Second of all, I am loving all the pics! Keep 'em coming and don't apologize. Third of all, you are NOT a bad mother! You are a first time mom who is learning what works for HER baby! And what works for one won't necessarily work for the next one. I think you're doing great!! And that monster quilt is amazing!

  2. So, I never comment on your blog, but I enjoy keeping up on the updates. I just wanted to comment today because your experience sounds so very, very familiar to mine. At the time, when Shepherd was a newborn I didn't know if his behavior was normal because I didn't know what to compare it to, and I just felt like he was always soooo unpredictable. Things got better for us a little when I figured out side-nursing while lying down and we kept him in our bed all night long. In retrospect, I kind of think he was pretty colicky. He seemed to have issue with being set down at all or sleeping on his own. I don't know if it's me or him, but he still nurses to sleep and sleeps well only if we're in bed next to him, and hasn't slept through the night. If that sounds horrifying, I don't mean to scare you. That's just to say that's the pattern we've developed that works best for him, and I hope it's not a commentary on how "good" of a mom I am. I think every baby is just really unique, and sometimes having no expectations or previous experience to compare to is a good thing because you're more open to adjusting your life to accommodate your baby's needs?

    Anyway, sorry for the book-length comment. Your son is so cute and it sounds like you are a great mom! I hope going back to work is a smooth transition for your family. That can be so stressful sometimes, but it can also be a great thing. :)

  3. You are AMAZING, and you are doing everything RIGHT. Promise. It's all about trial and error, there is no book and no one size fits all. You do whatever works for you and Harv. That's the RIGHT answer every time.

    He is ADORABLE and I can't believe I have to wait another whole month to meet/see him. Don't stop taking pictures……they are the BEST. LOVE his long lean legs and tiny feet……..Where can I get some in my size??? ;)

    HANG IN THERE………..xoxxoxxo