Friday, January 29, 2010

Second Week

We here in the Houston household have been busy, time sure flies when you have a new baby around! It is so hard to believe we are at our second birthday. Second week birthday that is! I can't believe Wes has been here that long already! He is doing quite well, and has fit right in around here. He sleeps well (for the most part) and has adapted to our busy, noisy household. He sleeps during the day in a pack-n-play in the living room... I am so impressed with his ability to tolerate noise and commotion. He is such a good baby! Among all the other things we have been up to, we have had a bath or two. Mom-Mom and Mom were here to help with the first, but now I'm doing it on my own! Wes is good about the water, but pees in the tub every time! He had a soak in the sink too after an unusually icky diaper the other afternoon. The "nub" of his cord did fall off, but he still has quite an "outey" that hopefully will settle "in" and I won't get him fully wet until we figure that out... but he did need a rinse rather than wipes! He goes in on Monday for his 2 week visit with his Dr. along with his belly button, I have a few new Mom questions and concerns... so, I'm glad to be taking him in. Both Bill and my Mom have been so helpful with all sorts of worries, and I am glad to have Kelley along for the ride too, since she and Sam are a few weeks ahead I can bounce stuff off her; but, I'll be glad to have him checked out and to have the opportunity to ask some questions.
We have had lots of time for sleeping and snuggling. He and Olivia like to sit in the recliner together after school. It's fun to have big sisters who love on you all the time! Pretty much anything Wes wants he gets... there are plenty of hands to pick him up and fuss with him. I can tell he may be a *bit* spoiled! But, it is hard when he is so gosh darn cute and cuddly! I am having so much fun with his outfits and such, but much of the newborn stuff even is too big! Having a January baby is hard too, as a lot of the onsies are short sleeved... not so good with the wicked cold we have been having!
We have been having growth/feeding issues, he was not gaining weight like they would have liked... so after our third visit with the lactation consultant we opted to supplement him with some formula. He will nurse and get a bottle to help fill him up! It seems that a combination of a weird tongue movement on his part, and low milk production on mine are making breast feeding a bit of a challenge for now. I was pretty disappointed, and rather frustrated (and in pain with sore nipples) with the whole situation. But, the bottom line is that he needs to eat, and if *we* can't do it one way, we will have to do it another. I had hoped to exclusively breast feed him, but like just about everything else... this has not gone as I planned. Thankfully he takes the bottle well, and eats formula fine, so its not a big deal for now- other than my disappointment.

All in all, we have had 2 amazing weeks. Wes is such a joy to have, I am so lucky! He has adjusted so well, and we all have adjusted to him. I am thankful that he is so accommodating... I love this little guy!


  1. Alex, he is so beautiful! Seems like you wait forever to get them here, then once they are here, they just grow up way too fast.
    I had a lot of problems breast feeding. I also had to supplement and was so dissapointed that I didn't produce enough milk. But my local lactation store recommemed a product called "More milk plus" to take. It has fenugreek and some other herbs in it and it's completly safe. They have it in pill form, or you can get the tea and it helped SOOOOO much. You may have heard about it already, but I thought I'd pass on the info just in case. I don't know how it is there, but here just about everyone and their dog has breast feeding advice when you are having problems. It got kinda old having people all the time telling me what to try. So I hope I don't offend by giving you the suggestion. :)

  2. I know I am biased, but those are some of the cutest baby phtos ever! He looks so big boy in them!!