A brief glimpse into the daily happenings of a 6-year-old, his new baby brother and his family.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Family of 4: Week 4

Today, Henry turned 4 weeks old. In honor of all of us surviving the first month, I thought I'd post a run down of what we've been up to the last 28 days.

* Ben has settled into his role of big brother and is doing a great job sharing the limelight.  Last week, he said, "Mom.  I'm really glad we have Hank."  I said, "That's so sweet.  I'm glad we have him, too."  "Yeah," Ben added, "Now you have something else to be busy with and I can play Wii all day." 

* Henry is a good baby (vs. those terrible, nasty babies that purposefully trip old ladies in crosswalks).  He seems pretty content to go with the flow.  As scheduled and high strung as his mama may be, he's a mellow little man.
* When we came home from the hospital, Henry weighed 6 pounds 14 oz. Yesterday, he was up to around 9 pounds, which means he's a good eater and isn't missing many meals. He prefers to follow the "eat many small meals a day" philosophy...about every 3 hours.

* If you want to be his best friend, hold him upright and let him sleep on you.  He also likes the sound of his big brother's voice (lucky for us).  Ben is the most successful Baby Whisperer in our house.  He has made up a lullaby/soothing song that he sings when Hank cries and it works almost every time. 

* If you want to see the Exorcist version of Henry (Zouel Soul from Ghostbusters), put lotion on him.  It truly is the only thing we've found that consistently flips him out.  Nudity? Fine.  Baths? Bring it on.  Put a little lotion on him? RAGE.

* In the last few days, Henry has become increasingly aware of his surroundings. He even spent 6 hours awake this week.  Wide awake. And looking.  It was great.  Even better because it was in the afternoon and not in the middle of the night. 

Highlights for the next month include Mommy getting to start running again (HOORAY!), more visits and play dates with family and friends, and (hopefully) a few more hours of sleep at night.