I remember when Grant was a week old, I was contemplating my life and how much it had already changed, how much time I spent everyday just taking care of his basic needs. I knew it would be work, but I didn't realize how time consuming it would actually be! Grant decided early on that he was only going to be happy if he was in someone arms, which meant all I did everyday all day was cuddle him in mine. I thought about how one day, he wasn't going to be a "little" newborn anymore and he wasn't going to want to be held, I started to panic realizing how little time I had with him at this stage and decided that I was going to soak up every minute of it! So that is what I did. Looking back on the first 6 weeks of his life, I don't regret anything. Even though I was sleep deprived, still wearing maternity clothes(only now covered in spit up stains) and was stuck on the couch feeding him every minute of everyday, I look back and feel like those 6 weeks have been the happiest of my life to date. I love my little man more than anything and I feel like I have learned so much about him and so much about myself.
Things I have learned about Grant:
- Grant's height and weight are in like the 95th - 97th percentile. At his one month check up, he weighed 11 lbs 13 oz, measured 23 inches and his head circumference was 40cm or 15 inches.
- At six weeks old he is growing out of most of his 0-3 month clothes, wearing mostly 3-6 month clothing.
- He looks exactly like Garth did when he was little. The Forsyth genes kicked all of mine in the face because there is not a trace of me in him anywhere. At least not that I can see haha.
- Grant is our little boxer. He has decked me in the face countless times, he even swiped my glasses right off my face a couple of times. He also makes those "uh uh uh" noises which makes it sound like he is trying to punch you.
- Most of the time he hates his soother, he usually spits it out after 10 seconds.
- After every single sneeze, he coos really loudly. He has definitely been cooing more and more over the past 2 weeks.
- Grant has the funniest dreams. I love watching him sleep because he is constantly smiling and laughing in his sleep.
- Grant can recognize mommy's and daddy's faces and voices. At one month old he started smiling at us.
- Sometimes he will just be sitting there, looking around, and he will blow out some air with his lips, it sounds like a sigh.
- I find him sleeping in the funniest positions all the time.
- The first time Grant smiled at me, he was sitting on my lap while I sang the song "Hey Julie" by Fountains of Wayne to him.
- Grant hates tummy time. He lies there helplessly and whimpers, refusing to even try lifting his head, unless he is on top of his daddy. That is when he chooses to be a rockstar and lift his head up and look at dad. It seems like he has been able to lift his head up since birth.
- Every time Grant wakes up from his naps, just like clockwork, he does the same stretch with the same face and it kills me every single time.
- Speaking of faces, they are the best. He makes a great "stink face" like his dad, and he also makes this scowly face that seems to say, "Who do you think you are?" that could either make you feel really insecure about yourself or just make you laugh at loud.
- He doesn't like being strapped into his carseat, so whenever you put him in, he puffs out his chest as big as he can, which makes it really hard to strap him in haha.
- When you go to give him a kiss, he will turn his open mouth to where you are, it is the cutest :)
- He hates being naked, and used to scream whenever you started changing him. He is starting to like bath time a little better, but still isn't such a fan of getting out of the bath.
- He loves being outside! Anytime he is screaming, you can take him outside and he will calm down almost immediately.
- His favourite place to sleep is against my chest. I don't get anything done, but I don't care!
Things I have learned about myself:
- I don't need as much sleep as I thought I did. Getting through the day on a minimum amount of sleep was impossible before he came along.
- I need to learn how to be a multi-tasker. I am the type of person who sets a goal and focuses all my energy on that one thing before moving onto the next. I suck at doing a million things at once and I am quickly learning that is a mom requirement. (And I only have 1 baby!)
- I have separation anxiety that I need to get over pronto. Whenever he is not with me, I miss him too much. I am working on relaxing a little bit.
- I am the master of avoiding being peed on, I just know when it's coming. Apparently it's a gift of mine.
- I can do hard things. Being a mom is not easy, but it is the best job in the world.