Dear Henry: one month

Dear Henry,

Holy moly, where did that past four weeks go? Scratch that. I think I know. I've been doing a lot of sitting around holding, feeding, rocking, and staring at you.

It goes without saying, but we love you so much. You're just about the cutest thing I've ever seen whether you're sleeping, crying, yawning, you name it.

It's hard to imagine that just a month ago it was just me and your dad hanging out, watching Netflix and wondering what the heck we should do with all our spare time.

The highlights of month one:
  • Your eyes opening
  • Those first smiles
  • Your hands gripping my fingers

You may be small(ish), but you are mighty. Your (long) legs and arms are so strong when you push away from me or are moving around on the blanket during tummy time. And you can already hold your head up and look around pretty well, although sometimes you do bonk your head right back down on my shoulder. This week you weighed 10 lb 8 oz and are growing like a champ!

When you wrap your little hand around my finger while you're nursing it's like you're telling me you love me right back. You are a good eater, which I'm thankful for, but sometimes the feeding sessions just go on and on (up to an hour at times). But I trust you'll get more efficient as time goes on.

You do not like sleeping anywhere that isn't in close proximity of me or your dad. And preferably, you'd like to sleep on us. Night time sleep has been tough. Usually, you will sleep for a few hours in the bassinet and then a few more hours broken up next to me on the bed. It isn't ideal, but it's the only way I am getting any sleep right now. As you're waking up, you yawn and proceed to make no less than 50 different facial expressions. It cracks me up every time.

Around three weeks, you really started opening your eyes. And just shy of four weeks old, you started making eye contact with me and following people as they move, which was just incredible.

And possibly best of all, about a week ago you started smiling at your mama when I smile, talk silly to you, and give you kisses. It makes my heart explode to see your little face light up.

In these moments, I really don't want you to grow up.

You've also had some impressive explosive poops mid diaper change and red-faced upset screaming, but we know we're doing the best we can for you and we feel so lucky to be your parents.

I can't wait to see what the next month brings!

Love you lots,



Leigh said…
He's just so cute! Do anything you have to in order to get sleep in the beginning :) he looks so long limbed in the pictures :)
Amber said…
Wow I can't believe it's already been a month! Time flies. Henry is so adorable and you can tell he has such long legs in those photos! Glad things are going relatively well other than sleep being a bit rough. I agree with Leigh, do whatever you need to do! You're an awesome mom and I love your Henry updates!
Aw this is such a sweet post! I can't believe that Henry is already a month old! I am glad that things are going pretty well for you guys. Hopefully you can get him to sleep for longer stretches in his bassinet or crib so you can get a bit of a break and a bit more sleep. He sure is a beautiful baby, though!!

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