Things have been a bit quiet over on the blog, but not in our house ☺️. I’m finally getting around to writing Houston’s first monthly update, just a couple weeks late.
I can’t decide if this month has gone by fast or slow. I did accidentally refer to him as my unborn child (like I thought I was still pregnant) the other night, so there’s that.
Anyway, without further ado, here’s a bit about one month old Houston Alkek.
As of last measurement, Houston is 9lbs 5oz and 21in long. So he’s gained almost two pounds and grew two inches since he was born. He’s already growing out of his newborn clothes. His eyes are blue and getting lighter, so I’m hopeful that they will stay blue like his sisters.
So far I am exclusively breastfeeding, something I wasn’t able to do the first time (Leighton was mixed fed from the start because of my supply).
Eat, Sleep, Play
The first two weeks of Houston’s life he was a pretty typical, sleepy newborn. He ate, pooped and slept around the clock. He was a great napper and I would have to wake him to eat even. At night though he was up every 2-3 hours. He had some wind related fussiness in the evenings but overall he was pretty easy.
Around the three week mark, he seemed to “wake up” and that fussiness began to extend to the middle of the night. We tried several natural gas drops with mixed results and I eventually looked up the definition of colic, which fit him to a tee. I learned colic pretty much just means a baby that cries excessively, for various reasons. For Houston it’s the wind pain and if he’s crying he is scrunching up his legs and his tummy is hard.
I took him to the pediatrician and he said he was perfectly healthy but he did see bloating in his tummy so it was just typical colic/wind pain. He told me to keep up with probiotics and see if they help before we try other things. I’m also cutting out dairy as much as possible to see if that helps. We have seen improvement in the past week, but still have a very uncomfortable, unsettled guy around the 4am mark.
During the day he nurses every 2-3 hours depending on his naps, which tend to be interrupted by his tummy pains. At night he goes down around 6:30-7 and will sleep 2.5-3 hours and then nurses every couple hours throughout the night, sometimes less which makes for a long night. A far cry from Leighton who was always an amazing sleeper at night. I knew there was no way we would get that lucky again.
So far Houston has been quite social, as he is dragged along to all of his sister’s activities and play dates. Luckily he is a trooper and snoozes away in the Solly or sling. I find it easier to get out of the house because he sleeps the whole time and Leighton and I are not homebodies at all, so we are all much happier. We try to go somewhere everyday even if it is just walking down to the park on our street.
When my parents were here, my dad was the Houston whisperer. No matter how fussy he was he would calm when my dad held him. It was so sweet watching them together, and makes me sad we don’t get to see them more often.
Leighton is getting more and more comfortable around him and will ask to hold him, whereas at first she was a bit standoffish. She is protective when anyone comes over and is holding him, she starts crying and telling me to get him back. I can’t wait to watch their relationship grow.
One big thing happened in his life this month, he became an American! As I mentioned in my last post, Houston had his first flight at three weeks old. In order to add him to our residency application we had to get his US passport and the convolute wasn’t visiting Brisbane for several months, so off to Sydney we went for the day! He was awesome all day even though he kept us up the entire night before.
Solly Wrap and Wildbird Sling
I love baby wearing and Houston isn’t a fan of the car seat (which is also his stroller seat for now) so the wrap and sling are our go to. I’ve had the Solly from Leighton and I still love it. I don’t love having to tie and untie it every time, but he almost always falls right asleep in it.
The wildbird was a gift from my brother and his girlfriend after I had been eyeing them for awhile. It’s so easy to take on and off, which is nice when you have a toddler around. I feel like he will like this one even more when he’s a bit bigger since he can see out more. He still sleeps well in it once he’s settled but it takes a bit longer than the wrap.
If you read my updates on Leighton you might remember this odd little bath tub. It was a hand me down then and we weren’t sure about it but Leighton loved it. It looks like a glorified bucket but it’s supposed to simulate how they feel in the womb. Houston immediately relaxes when you put him in there and I’m pretty sure he would stay in there for hours. Leighton and I have been giving him a bath in the tummy tub when ever the witching hour hits and it always makes him so calm.
Those are my main favorites with him right now, everything else is a hit or miss still on wether he will like it.
That’s all for now, I can’t wait to see how this little man grows and changes over the next month (and I hope I get that update published on time).