ford...newborn post

This post is about almost two months late (second child problems!), but I wanted to post it so that we can have a comparison of Ford in his chair with his teddy bear just like we did with Ama-Watts.

Ford is a tiny, tiny little guy. He weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz. at birth. The next day, July 9, he weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz. On July 10, he weighed 7 lbs., 7 oz., and the day we came home from the hospital, July11, he weighed 7 lbs., 6.5 oz. He was nursing and having dirty diapers on schedule, so they let us come home, even though he still hadn't gained weight since birth.

We took him for his first weight check the day after we came home from the hospital. He weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz. that day (July 12).

Finally, on July 17, I took him for another weight check, and he weighed 8 lbs. even. I was so relieved that he was finally gaining weight!!

Because he still wasn't back up to his birth weight after that check, I had to take him for another weight check one week later on July 25, and he weighed 8 lbs., 5 oz....17 days after his birth, he was finally back up to his birth weight!!

On Aug. 7, I had to take Ford to the pediatrician because he was having eye issues-- his eyes were watering and really red. Dr. Hill, our ped, prescribed him some drops (which have worked beautifully!), but we also got a weight check, too. Ford weighed 8 lbs., 9 oz. that day. (More on his 1 month check-up, which we had two days after this visit, in his one month post...coming soon!!)

So, Ford is my little love, but he's so sweet. I feel like his newborn tendencies have stayed with him longer than AWA's did. He loves to be held close and snuggled. He loves being swaddled and wrapped up, and his favorite place is in my lap, laying on his Boppy.

Because he's so small, I feed him whenever he wants to eat, which seems like all. the. time. But it's usually every 2 hours or less. He eats for long periods of time, so most of my days are spent feeding him. But I know these days won't last, so I try to soak up all their joy while I can.

Ford is already a good nighttime sleeper. Most of the time he sleeps in my lap on his Boppy, and I can't blame him. If I were as little as he is, I wouldn't want to sleep in a crib or bassinet either. He usually sleeps long stretches at night; he can usually make it 5-6 hours before waking up to nurse briefly then nodding back off to sleep. He is a light daytime sleeper, though, so that makes doing things during the day a little more difficult, but like I said, I know these (newborn) days won't last. I'm enjoying the good parts while I can!

My mom stayed with us from the day we got home from the hospital until July 26. We could not have made it without her. Could. not. She washed dishes, did laundry, held and rocked Ford, took care of Watts, and did so many other things, too. She was such a blessing to Mat and I. We love you so much, Mumsy! Thanks for staying with us!!

Ford is sweet, and absolutely the prettiest baby boy I've ever laid my eyes on. He has such bright eyes and lovely features. He has tiny little wrinkled feet, and a dark, dark head of hair. His little button nose is just too cute, and his ears are still wrinkled and folded up from being in the womb. He has precious, newborn lips that I kiss ever chance I get. And top it all off with a flat little butt and two of the skinniest chicken legs you've ever seen in your life. I could stare at him all day long.

I really do love the newborn days. And I really do love having babies. I had such a great experience with AWA's birth. Ford's was a little more trying, so I didn't think I would have as many fond or "butterflies in my stomach" feelings with his birth like I did with hers. I couldn't have been more wrong. We drove by St. Vincent's the other day, and there they came...butterflies in my stomachjust like the ones I used to get when I'd ride by Baptist East in Louisville. I love having babies. And the two best babies that have ever lived live under my roof and under my care. I'm so blessed.

I cherish my little Ford so much. He's my little guy, but he's already taken up so much room in my heart. I'm forever thankful to The Lord for this gift.

Happy newborn post, my Ford boy. Your momma is absolutely crazy about you (and your spunky big sister, too!!)! You make life that much more fun. Welcome to the world, buddy. I'll love you always.


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