Wednesday, December 9, 2009

One Month Old

Oliver is a month old today. I know I said this with each passing month with Madeline, but truly, where does the time go? It just seems not so long ago that I was largely pregnant and waiting (for what seemed like forever) for him to get here. We are enjoying our time with him so much. It is certainly different than with Madeline. He gets laid down a lot more. But, the adjustment to 2 kids hasn't seemed as overwhelming as I thought it might. In fact, it is going very smoothly. We will see how it goes once he is moving around and stealing someone's toys. :)

Oliver has already learned that he has to raise his hand and wait his turn around here :)

He is very content. After he eats, he will usually lay on his back and hang out for 15-30 minutes. Other times he happily sits up in my lap and takes in all the action going on in our house. He started smiling really big at about 3 weeks old. His eyes get so squinty. :) Of course, I don't have a picture of it. It is hard to capture. He is starting to track things with his eyes now. He will follow our hands moving in front of his face.

He is happy to sleep in his bed and won't usually fuss to sleep when placed on his belly. He has a harder time falling asleep on his back, even in the swing, someone's arms and especially the car seat. Sometimes it takes a little fussing to get that accomplished. We tried swaddling him since Madeline loved to be swaddled. But, it just made him mad. His sleeping schedule seemed pretty predictable up until the past two nights. He was going to sleep around 10:30, eating at 1:30 and 4:30 and then up at 7:30. Thankfully, he seems to be stretching his sleep out a little longer. He will now go to sleep around 9, eat at 3 and then up at 7. It works out pretty well, because now I can feed him and get ready for the day before Madeline gets up at 8:30 or so. Or sometimes I go back to sleep until Madeline wakes me up. :)

Oliver has had quite a busy first month. He has met many people like his great grandma, MeeMaw...

...and great grandpa, C.O...

...little cousin, Ella, who was born 5 days before him...

... and Aunt Katherine and Uncle Daniel (or Uncle Dingo as Madeline calls him).

He is having to fight for grandparent attention since Madeline is still "demanding" their full attention.

Speaking of Madeline, she is being such a sweet big sister. She asks to hold him, especially right before bedtime (she is pretty good at procrastinating bedtime). We have to be right there with her though because as soon as she is done, she just takes her hands away and says, "all done".
She loves to climb up the side of his bed to look at him. She will say, "I be quiet" (very loudly) so that she doesn't wake him up. But, she likes to look at him and give him his toys.

She likes to turn on his glow sea horse for him.
She doesn't seem to be too jealous of him. If I am holding Oliver when she wants to be held, she will say, "I want YOU! Give Oliver away". But, she can wait patiently for him to finish eating. She wants him to play toys with her. But, he is obviously too little right now.
Oliver is such a blessing. It seems like he has been a part of our family forever. We are excited about the Christmas season with him. He is a precious gift for sure.

1 comment:

Becky Swann said...

I can't believe it's been one whole month! WOW way to go Oliver! you sure are a cutey pants!