Mason turned a month old on February 8th. I cannot believe it has been a month already. It’s been such a busy month for us. Here is a month recap for our first month.
Recap Since His Birth
Mason was born on January 8th. We stayed in the hosptial until January 11th due to his jaundice levels. He was checked the following three days to monitor his levels and was readmitted on Thursday January 14th. We were in the hospital until January 16th. You can read about his hospital stay and what happened during that first week here at DAT Positive…What is that?
We had Mason’s newborn photos that following week. You can see some of the photos here at Newborn Photo Shoot. The rest of the month was spent adjusting to having a newborn at home while managing twin 3 1/2 year olds. Our biggest challenge this past month was making sure that the girls got their time too. They enjoy helping us take care of their little brother but most of the attention was directed to their brother. Our goal for the upcoming month is to devote more time to them without focusing on their brother.
Watch Him Grow
Mason was 8 lbs 2 oz and 20 inches long at birth. His measurements this month are:
Weight: 10 lbs 2 oz
Height: Approximately 20 1/2 inches
(This was harder to check because he moves so much).
I started Mason’s babywise schedule this past month. I tried to have a baby led schedule but he was changing his schedule daily and it was difficult to manage with the girls. Babywise scheduling was something I learned about during my pregnancy with Bailey and Brooke. I started this scheduling method to help keep them on a 3 hour schedule together, so that I was not feeding a baby every hour. I had read that other moms used this scheduling technique with their single babies as well.
During this first month Mason had his first transition in the babywise. To be honest, I didn’t start the scheduling until he was in the first transition at 3 weeks. This is his current schedule.
7:00 AM – He wakes up. I change him and get him dressed for the day. Then I feed him. He usually eats about 3 oz or nurses for 30+ minutes. From here he is awake for about an hour and a half to two hours. During this time we are usually taking the girls to school, running errands or heading to bible study. If we are home, he plays on his tummy and on his back, rotating every 15 minutes or so. He gets bored on his tummy for too long or will fall asleep. About 8:45 he will fall asleep for a quick nap.
9:30 AM – I wake him up from his nap. Yes I wake a sleeping baby to keep him on his schedule. I change his diaper and then he eats about 3 oz or nurses for 30 minutes. He usually stays away about 30 minutes and then falls asleep for an hour and a half. I put him in his bed for this nap.
12:00 PM – I wake him from his nap again. I change his diaper, and then he eats about 3 oz or nurses for 30 minutes. This time he is back to sleep as soon as he finishes eating. He naps the entire time. During this time we have to leave to pick up the girls and return just before his next feeding time.
3:00 PM – I wake him from his nap to change his diaper and feed him. He eats about 3 oz or nurses 30 minutes. He is usually awake about an hour after this feeding time. During that time he will have tummy time and individual play time.
5:30 PM – If he has had a nap, I wake him and change him. Then I feed him 3 oz or nurse him 30 minutes. He again stays awake for about an hour after this feeding. During this time I am cooking dinner so he gets tummy time, time in the swing, or snuggle time with Joel.
8:00 PM – This is bath time for him. I schedule his bath time just before a feeding time as it usually wakes him up and he is hungry during this time. If I feed him before the bath, he will spit it up during the bath. I learned that lesson with the girls.
8:30 PM – He is usually awake for this feed because of his bath time. I nurse him for about 30 minutes before putting him to bed around 9 PM.
11:30 PM – I get him up for his dream feed. This is a quiet time where the lights are dimmed and I do not talk or play with him. This feed is quiet because he needs to return to sleep as soon as he is done eating. At this feeding time he eats 4 oz or 45 minutes. Allowing him to eat an extra ounce will get him to sleep longer before the next feeding. As soon as he finishes, he returns to bed.
3:30 AM – I will get him up for a middle of the night feeding. Again this is a quiet time just like before so that he will go back to sleep. He eats 4 oz or nurses for 45 minutes. He returns to bed as soon as he is finished.
With this schedule, Joel and I are able to get 4 hours of sleep in between feeding times. Joel is able to get a little more because he is not up for all the feedings. Mason will have his next transition around 8 weeks which will remove the middle of the night feeding which will promote a longer time between night feedings while still allowing him to eat 8 times a day. Over the next few weeks, we will transition that 3:30 AM feeding pushing it an hour each week. This will allow him to learn how to stretch his feeding times.
Now for the best part…Mason’s One Month Photos
We purchased Mason’s monthly picture stickers here at Amazon.com.
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