Brooks - 1 month!

Our little man is already a month old!  I can't believe how quickly time flies.  He fits in perfectly with our family and it is hard to imagine life before him (although, I do remember what sleep was like before him)!  He looks just like Emerson and I think am okay with my kids looking like mini Matts instead of me.  Maybe Brooks will get my skin color??  Things are so much easier this time around as far as the baby goes.  We know what we are doing and he is easy compared to taking care of a tot.  With that said, he is more clingy (read: screams A LOT) than Emerson.  The only time I mind it is when Emerson is also crying.  I am still trying to figure out a balance here and I still get nervous taking them both out although we are doing it regularly.  Our first outing was to Nordstroms (aka my favorite store) to get Emerson some shoes so we were in and out.  I have slowly built on this but I have to be quick since he eats all the time.  We have been in multiple stores where he starts screaming, thus Emerson starts in as well.  It is hard, but I just remind myself that this is a phase and will get easier.

Get ready for 678 pictures......


Emerson is so sweet to her brother.  It actually melts my heart.  She gives him kisses all the time and looks for him if I have him hiding in a room napping quietly.  I can't leave him in a room alone with her, but that is really because I think she will try to pick him up instead of harming him on purpose.

Size: He is out of newborn clothes and wearing size 1 diapers.  At his one month appointment he weighed 9 pounds and 13 oz and 21 inches long.
Sleep:  He likes to be held while he sleeps.  This is not something we do unless we have to.  I do not want this to be a habit, but it is also hard having your baby scream.  He wakes up every 3 hours.  We have had some stretches of 4 but that is rare and nothing I can count on.  Brooks and I moved to the basement where the guest room is.  This is to keep him from waking up Emerson and to allow Matt to get some sleep.  There is no point in us both being exhausted.  I feel like this got better around 6-8 weeks with Emerson so I am just going to hold out for that.
Eating:  This is going well for us.  He is a big eater but I think the cluster feeding days are behind us.  I have given up dairy and that really did make a difference in his stomach pains.  This was the same for Emerson.  Matt feeds him a bottle around 9 so I can get some sleep (my stretch is around 8:30-12), but this is typically the only time he gets a bottle.  I did buy some formula because I want a longer stretch here and everyone says formula helps them sleep longer.  Worth a shot.
Likes:  being held, the car, our walks, eating, sometimes the swing, bath
Dislikes: not being held, diaper changes
Me:  I am having a much easier time postpartum this go around.  I gained 24 pounds (21 according to my doctor's scale but you don't go in for your first appointment until you are like 7 or 8 weeks) and lost 16 within the first two weeks.  I came home from the hospital actually only 7 pounds less which was perplexing since he was over 7 pounds but I did have an IV so I assume that is why.  I think I only lost 10 pounds the first week but there were a few days where I was losing like 2 pounds a day which was awesome.  Then it stopped.  The rest of this weight I will have to work off which is fine.  At one month I am down 19 pounds and was able to squeeze into my jeans (with extreme muffin top) around week two.  I think this is because I worked out the whole pregnancy.  I was doing my T25 days before he was born and was able to do my T25 video around 1.5 weeks postpartum.  I started doing slow frequent walks with the kids around two weeks and ran my first extremely slow mile around 4 weeks.  I cannot wait to be cleared and go at my workouts full force, plus we will join the Y and they have childcare...holla.  My stomach needs the most focus, but since I have a gap in my abs I can't start on them yet.  Plus, that area takes time and diet more than anything and I am not ready to give up my sweets just yet.

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