Baby Development At 1 Month Old: Charlies Monthly Update
On the 6th March my baby boy became a month old! I cannot believe that it has been a whole month since I was in labour & holding him for the first time.
The last four weeks have been a total blur of newborn snuggles & sleepless nights, but I am trying to savour every moment as this is the last time I will experience the baby bubble!
I have decided to write a monthly update as it seemed to make sense after writing my weekly pregnancy updates. I have also always been fascinated by how babies change & grow. By recording Charlie’s baby development at 1 month I can look back & see when he reached his milestones.
Charlie was born weighing 6lb 2oz. He was born slightly earlier than expected due to some growth issues so I was induced – you can read my Birth Story here. For the first few weeks after birth he was wearing tiny baby grows & even some of these were too big! After a month of eating his way through copious amounts of milk he is weighing in at a respectable 8lb. He is still really quite slim & ‘newborn looking’ but I don’t think it will be long before the chubby cheeks make an appearance. He is wearing slightly larger baby grows now, but he still isn’t fitting in the newborn range!
Like Sophie, Charlie has got lovely & soft red hair. I know it won’t last as Sophie’s fell out after a couple of months & was replaced with blonde hair. There is a red hair gene in our family which clearly is trying to fight its way through! However as myself & my husband both have brown hair I can only guess the children will end up with the same. As all newborns do, Charlie has blue eyes although his are really dark. However, we don’t see them too often as they are pretty much constantly shut whilst he’s in the land of nod!
Likes & Dislikes
Not a lot! At a month old the only things we can say he definitely enjoys are milk, milk, more milk, sleep & cuddles. He sometimes likes his dummies to help him settle, but isn’t too bothered. Just like Sophie as a baby he won’t sleep in the Moses Basket, but does settle in his ‘Sleepyhead’. One place he will sleep guaranteed is in his sling. We have been trying out baby wearing & he certainly enjoys the closeness to me. He isn’t a massive fan of the bath & had a major meltdown the first time he was put in, but he is gradually getting more used to it.
He seems very chilled out, very relaxed. This could be because he sleeps ALL THE TIME. Time will tell! Not sure if this fits into personality, but we have nicknamed him ‘Dolphin’. This is because he makes the most hilarious dolphin-esque noises when he wakes from his sleep.
Charlie is certainly making up for a couple of weeks of slow growth during pregnancy as he cannot get enough of his milk. He was breastfed for the first week after birth to ensure he got the colostrum, but from past experience I knew it wasn’t something I could do long-term. He has taken to the bottle without a problem & will now guzzle about 2-3 oz every 2 hours. We are using the Perfect Prep Machine this time around & have found it makes the whole bottle making experience far quicker & easier. He does experience hiccups quite frequently & I must admit I much prefer them OUTSIDE of me then inside. I know some people love the feeling of them, but they drove me slightly mad.
During the day, Charlie sleeps constantly. At night? Well… after sleeping through the entire night in hospital, this sadly hasn’t continued! To be fair, he is a really good sleeper compared to how he could be. The first few nights he was up every half an hour or so wanting milk, cuddles etc. We tried experimenting with different things until we found what made him sleep longer. First of all we had him in the Next 2 Me cot with a cellular blanket. He wouldn’t sleep. Then we bought a Sleepyhead to go in the cot. This really helped settle him as he wasn’t in such a wide open space. Then we brought some Gro-Swaddles. Again, he loved the close feeling. Now, after a month, he is waking every 2 to 2.5 hours at night purely for milk. A killer? Yes, but it is better than every 30 minutes!
What We Have Been Up To
We really haven’t done much (unless you count keeping a newborn & a toddler fed & entertained) – this month has been all about survival! We have had lots of lovely visitors, lots of gifts & latterly I stayed at my mum’s with the children for a few nights for a change of scenery & help when my husband went back to work. During his paternity leave, as well as baby ‘bonding’, we got lots of odd jobs done around the house. We also took Charlie to get registered which meant a mini shopping trip & treating ourselves to a quiet meal out (Sophie was at Grandma’s!).
After months of waiting & asking me if Charlie was still in my tummy, Sophie is over the moon with his arrival. She came to visit us in hospital the day after his birth & immediately jumped on the bed to give him a big cuddle. She has been super helpful, getting nappies & clothes out for him & loves stroking his head. It took her a little while to want to hold him & she got quite upset the first few times he cried as she couldn’t understand why he was so upset. However, it didn’t take her long to get used to it (not like she had much of a choice!) & she hasn’t really shown any signs of jealousy towards him. Overall, he is a big hit!
So there it is, Charlie’s baby development at 1 month old update. I cannot wait to see how he changes & grows over the coming months!