Saturday 23 August 2008

One month old

Dear Noah,

Today you are officially 1 month old, in truth however you shouldn't even be born for another 4 days. I'm glad you came early - I was ready to meet you.

The first couple of weeks at home were really hard and I was starting to wonder if I was going to be any good at being your Mum. You and I never got the hang of the breastfeeding thing but once we resigned ourselves to bottles and formula the stress just melted away.

It goes without saying that your dad and I are completely in love with you - in fact we are totally besotted. Sometimes I waste hours of the day just watching you sleep - you look so peaceful and angelic.

Sleeping is something you love to do, which, in theory sounds great (and it is) but you never sleep for more than 2 -3 hours at a time. In fact 3 hours and 15 minutes is your record and I was very excited when it happened. I thought it was the start of longer sleeps - I was wrong!!

You haven't been the most settled baby - and who could blame you - it was a very rough start you had mate. Daddy and I have been experimenting with lots of things (different formulas, gripe water, massage etc) to try and help your tummy pains but I think you're just a windy baby and it will get better in time. You are a happy content little man so long as you're not in pain.

It's taken a while for me to start to understand your signals and your different cries but I'm really getting the hang of it now and we're doing fine. You always wake up starving and you sure let us know about it. You love baths and showers and make the loveliest happy noises once you're in the warm water immediately followed by horrendous screams when you are taken out.

You've started life with lots of socialising and interacting and love to be held and cuddled by anyone. This makes Daddy and I very happy. You absolutely hate to have your nappy changed and your clothes taken on and off. You scream every time without fail - at first it was quite distressing but we're getting used to it. We really hope you grow out of it.

You love your hands and do all kinds of funny things and gestures with them - it's really adorable.

So, here's to your first month, Noah. I hope I haven't annoyed you too much with all the kissing. Your cheeks and lips are amazing and I can't help myself. Thank you for the life lessons you are teaching me, I look forward to what's coming next on our journey together.

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