The Single Momma's Guide:
Baby's First Month
How to cope, enjoy and bond
I though it would be fun to write a month by month series for the little guy as I have seen on some of my favorite blogs. Let me know if you want me to include anything else in the updates and tell me some of your stories as first time or fifth time moms.
Having a new person to care for is something I had been told would be daunting perhaps even intimidating. However, I somehow found learning with Bram how to be a mommy totally natural. In the first month I had yet to feel truly changed. It was more of a feeling that I was still me but what that meant was different now.
The little guy bravely met the horses for the first time though to be honest he had no idea where he was, what they were and only wanted to stick his hand down my bra. Aw, little boys and their laser focus.
Amazingly within a short time Bram did manage to discover his nose. This shocked him as he had been jabbing at my nose all month and now here he finds he has one of his own to poke!
We went pumpkin hunting for his very first Halloween but being only two weeks old Bram slept through the whole thing. Only waking to cry for 3 hours once I was home.
Wonder Weeks/ Growth Spurts to watch out for:
My son had 2 big growth spurts in his first month. They were both time consuming because he needed to be held and nursed around the clock and sweet because all he wanted in the whole world was a cuddle with mom. The 2 week growth spurt was short but made him crabby. Tip: This is a good time for calming techniques and warm burrito wraps.
The dreadful 4 week growth spurt starting at right on his 4th week lasted from an early Friday all the way through Monday. The little sweet pea was eating literally every 20 minutes. This was the beginning of his absolutely only letting me hold him. Bram was extremely fussy.
Sleeping: He doesn't. Bram did not sleep more than 40 minutes his entire first month. The only way I could get him to sleep at all was on my chest while I sat upright in bed.
Eating/Feeding: Bram would easily eat 20- 24 times a day. In fact at his one month check up the doctor put him on a diet and told me to fed him water. That did not go well, as Bram looked at me after his first taste of water and did not approve of his serf feeding such dreck.
Sizes: Newborn pampers diapers. Newborn is a little big on him so I would say preemie is his current size. He was born weighing 5.6 pounds and now at a month he is 8.4 pounds.