How has three weeks come and gone? Xander is so a part of our lives already, that I’m not sure how we ever lived without him!
First off, thanks for all your thoughts regarding X’s blood work that I mentioned last week. We received the call this week that is it all NORMAL! What a relief! I know I didn’t go into details about what the doctors thought might be an issue and since it’s all normal anyway, I don’t feel the need to now. I do want to say that the genetics department at the DC Children’s Hospital is phenomenal. Everyone was prompt, polite, and just generally nice.
This week has generally been a great week. Gramma is in town and Xander has been enjoying cuddles from mommy and Gramma while daddy is at work. I’m pretty sure the first few days of John going to work were tough on him. I receive many texts throughout the day asking how Xander was… and I know he misses the semi-routine we had as the three of us during his two weeks off. We definitely miss daddy while he’s at work, but Xander always manages to find an hour in the middle of the night to want to play with him (tee hee hee).
Speaking of sleep, Xander for the most part will sleep 2-3 hours at a time at night. He’s had some bad nights of course and does like to stay awake for a whole hour during one of those stretches, but the sleep hasn’t been terrible. After daddy goes to work Xander and I are usually able to have a cuddlefest for a little while longer. He’s not sleeping in his crib yet, but we are going to make a better effort at getting him in his crib when he turns one month.
We take a family walk every day and this week Xander has been enjoying those walks in the Moby! We only use two wrap techniques so far and I support his head the whole time. He’s still a little tike, so I want to make sure he feels fully secure. He really does seems to love the Moby though, as he falls asleep almost immediately!
Just out of curiosity we’ve given Xander a pacifier twice this week. And by “given” I mean we put it in his mouth and he spits it out. We were merely interested in seeing what he would do since he’s approaching the four week age of “introduce bottle and paci now.” It actually seemed like the paci was too heavy for him – does this make sense? It was like he didn’t know how to keep a hold of it to keep it in his mouth (which is a little surprising since he loves to suck). I wish they made a paci that felt like the human pinky! (Weird?)
We’ve been trying to increase his tummy time this week too. Our pediatrician seemed to recommend an amount of time that seemed way too long, so we do what we can when he has awake time. He does get a lot of practice with neck control when we are doing skin-to-skin, but the pediatrician said that doesn’t count (even though the lactation consultant said it does). Like always, we listen to the different philosophies and then decide what works best for us as a family and most importantly, Xander.
The biggest news of week 3 is that all of Xander’s test results are normal!! We are so relieved that our little man is happy and healthy. We’re all still adjusting to the new sleep schedule… ie do whatever X-man wants! But he is getting better and sleeping around 2.5 to 3 hours (most of the time). I also went back to work this week. While I really enjoy having more of a schedule again, it’s been tough combining X’s erratic sleep schedule with a full day at work. I know it’ll get better…but it’ll be an interesting few weeks of zombie-work.
We’ll be checking in with you at week 4!
Love: Katie, John, and Xander