Little Mister H is one month old.
It is hard to believe that our sweet boy has been in our lives for only one month. I can’t remember what life was like before Little Mister H was part of our family.
I was sad that I never completed a baby book or made a record of Little Miss H’s development. So I have decided to record how Little Mister H changes from month to month. Starting at the very beginning with Little Mister H at one month old.
Little Mister H at one month old
After struggling in pregnancy, I was relieved when I went into labour 11 days early. Little Mister H was in a hurry to meet us and the midwife was taken by surprise at his sudden appearance on the scene.
He was born in a birthing pool and his arrival was beautiful. Lifting our baby boy out of the water and onto my chest was one of the most wonderful and emotional moments of my life.
As this little man nestled into my shoulder, all the anxiety, fear and uncertainty of the past few years disappeared and I cried tears of joy.
The first few days
Before Little Mister H was born I produced a vlog about my depression. In the video I discuss why I took anti-depressants during pregnancy and what this meant for the baby.
I take 200mg of sertraline daily. It is the safest anti-depressant to take in pregnancy but there is still a chance that the baby can suffer from withdrawal.
Once born Little Mister H needed to be checked for symptoms. This meant that we stayed in hospital for 48 hours after his birth so that he could be observed for withdrawal.
Our first few days together were spent in a private room in the delivery suite of our local hospital. We napped when Little Mister H slept, we talked over the birth, enjoyed skin to skin cuddles with our baby and spent time falling in love with our gorgeous newborn.
Little Miss H visited and was able to meet her new brother during our second day in hospital. I had no idea how this meeting would go. But it was wonderful. Little Miss H was instantly smitten with her brother and loved giving him the bunny rattle that she had chosen as a present.
After three nights in hospital we were discharged and left to go home. I had missed Little Miss H hugely and I desperately wanted to give her a big cuddle.
We spent that afternoon as a family of four. It was a lovely few hours, filled with hugs, kisses, giggles and games.
Little Mister H is being exclusively formula fed.
I had every intention of breast-feeding and really hoped that the issues that I had with Little Miss H would not happen again. Unfortunately, this was not meant to be.
Thankfully I had harvested a large amount of colostrum before Little Mister H was born. His feeds in hospital consisted of this colostrum and expressed breast milk.
I plan to write a separate post about our feeding journey over the past month. But at the moment Little Mister H is thriving and I am very proud of our baby boy.
Little Mister H is such a chilled baby. He has a number of naps throughout the day and is beginning to fall into a nice routine. He has a snooze during the morning and then another longer nap in the afternoon.
Thankfully, he also sleeps well at night!
He sleeps in a Bednest next to our bed. I love being able to reach out and settle him during the night or check that he is still breathing. I often fall asleep holding his hand.
He loves being swaddled and I often wrap him in our Bunny Bamboo Swaddle Blanket or Gro-Snug. I am also thinking of buying the PurFlo Breathable Nest. It will help him to feel more secure, comfortable and supported.
We tend to take him up to bed when we go to sleep. He then wakes once or twice during the night. We change his nappy, feed him and then settle him back in his Bednest.
He had his 3/ 4 week growth spurt last week and we had a number of nights when he was starving and would not settle.
During these sleepless hours I try to remember that this is an important part of Little Mister H growing and developing. The lack of sleep is easier to cope with if I know that it is a phase and will be over soon.
Little Mister H passed all his newborn health tests with flying colours. And last week we received a letter to say that the results of his newborn blood spot screening were all fine. I always find it nerve-wracking when my babies have these tests. It is a huge relief to know that there is nothing to worry about.
He does have mild positional talipes on his left foot and ankle. This should be easily remedied with some baby massage and exercises.
Little Mister H is already changing and developing daily. He has a strong neck and he can hold his head, neck and shoulders up to have a good look around.
When not snoozing, he is very alert and his favourite pastime is having a staring competition with mummy and daddy. He has the most beautiful eyes and I am happy to gaze back adoringly.
I can’t wait to see how Little Mister H changes over this next month. Please pop back on 10th September to read “Little Mister H at two months old”.