Today my Henry is a month old. Where did that month go? I remembered that the early weeks would be a blur and fly by, but that went SO fast! I'm sad that my little man isn't a newborn anymore!
My little bug, little bear, Henry Hugaboo, Henny, Hank, Hankenstein, Hank and Beans (poor kid) -- he has become much more alert and awake in the past week or so. He is still dealing with the symptoms of his (presumed) HS. His blood work yesterday came back with his hemoglobin at 7, which is significantly low, but the hemotologist we saw at Lurie's doesn't feel it is necessary to transfuse him at this point. We will recheck his counts next week, and hope they have improved. He loves to sit up and face out, watches his brother and sister intently, and man, do they adore him! His head control is unreal, and his eye contact is fantastic. And then there's the occasional gas smile that shows off that phenomenal dimple!!
He is a powerhouse when it comes to eating. I've been tracking when he nurses and for how long... some days are better than others, but for the most part, he is nursing every 1.5 to 2 hours during the day, and 2 to 3 hours (sometimes a tad longer) at night. We have an appointment with the pediatrician in a few days to check his weight and I am a little concerned. At our last appointment (two weeks ago now), he was up to 8lb 15oz, but when I stepped on the scale with him a day or two ago, he was only up to 9lbs. He still looks yellow to us, but he is eating a lot, peeing, and pooping fine, so I shouldn't be too worried, but you can never know with breastfeeding what he is actually getting.
And then there's his suspected lip tie (and possible tongue tie). I have an appointment for Henry in a week and a half with the pediatric dentist that I took Emily too to have her lip tie revised. He is nursing much better than either of the kids did, and I have had zero nipple damage (thankfully), but he has had a lot of issues with gassiness and seems to have some silent reflux. Both are common symptoms of lip/tongue ties. I'm hopeful that getting the revision(s) done with help elleviate his tummy issues and also help him gain weight more quickly, but I'm also nervous to have the revision done with his hemoglobin is still low.
Noah and Emily are doing relatively well. Noah has moments that I want to lock him in his room - we've had lots of issues with yelling, talking back, general naughtiness. In the early weeks, I'm sure it was because he was bored. Now that he's back to school, I think it's gotten better, but pops up as a manifestation of exhaustion. Emily has similar moments, but it's the terrible twos. Not getting her way, usually. We (briefly) converted the crib to a toddler bed, and that didn't go well. She wouldn't stay in bed, and in fact the other night climbed in bed and fell asleep with Noah. Made for a cute pic, but the crib was reinstated the next day for my own sanity.
I so wanted to be super stay at home mom to three kids, and do it all right off the bat. Then reality hit me - I'm only a few weeks in, and I have plenty of time to figure this out. For now, I'm just trying to enjoy my time home with my kids. :)