Monday, January 9, 2017

ECB 3 Months

Zeke, you fit in here as if you have always been here. You are as content a baby as I have ever known and quick to smile at everyone. You have stopped screaming after bathtime, which has been nice. You love bath time itself, but not the getting out and getting dressed part.

Your good sleeping streak has come to an end. We are trying you in the crib, thinking that the bassinet may no longer be comfortable. It feels silly to think that, but sleep deprivation makes you think lots of funny things. 

You are stronger every day. You can bear weight on your legs and are able to lift your head on your belly. You have finally come into a schedule during the day. You are taking 4 naps a day, 1 every 2 hours, and only for 45-60 minutes. We leave a blanket in your crib and swaddle you with it every time. Sometimes we are able to lay you down awake, and sometimes not. I haven't figured out that sweet spot.

Your brothers still dote on you regularly, but it's harder for them to hold you, as you no longer want to be cradled, but want to sit up and see out. Asher has figured out that he can carry you, which is terrifying, but he does a good job. We have had to ask him to NOT get you out of your crib.

Our days are full and we don't leave the house much anymore. We have switched to a convertable car seat since it's difficult for me to carry the infant one. At your 2 month doctor's appointment you were just under 15 pounds. Taking all 4 of you out by myself is still a bit overwhelming to me and has only happened when your dad has been traveling. Plus, you seem to greatly dislike cold air, sucking in, gasping, or even seemingly choking on it if you encounter it. I'm hoping that doesn't last long as the bigger boys love to ski and I would take you outside more if we could.

You turned 3 months the day before Christmas and we spent your first one in Detroit. The car ride up was esay, the car ride back was a little hairy, but went smoothly after you went to sleep. I am thankful that time in the car with you has become much less stressful!

I am able to handle the sleep loss a bit easier with each child and your dad is such a great help. Without him, we wouldn't be able to do this at all. 

ECB 1 Month

Ezekiel, this has been the fastest month of my life. We woke yesterday (Monday) and I was surprised by the date. There were times in the first couple of weeks of your life that I felt time had slowed, but now that we are back into our "normal" rhythm, time is truly going at breakneck speed.

You came like your other brothers, on the weekend and at night. You have grown right before our eyes and are no longer that little tiny newborn. You are over 12 pounds and are long enough to be stretching out those 3 month pajamas.

You seem to be very laid back, but only with mommy. You seem to know if anyone else has you and aren't very happy about it. We know that will change, so I am trying to soak it in. You do not sleep during the day unless you are held. I have gotten the Tula out to try to get out of the rocking chair for the sake of the rest of the household. I could in fact sit and rock you all day, as long as someone would bring me some sustenance!

You are so incredibly loved! Micah especially loves to hold you, but all 3 fight for your attention and smiles and touch, even a month later.

We think you look like my dad (Grandpa Ankrom) and Micah in the eyes, but wonder if you resemble your Great-Granma Frances in the mouth and chin. Your eyes are still dark blue, the slight brown I thought I saw in the first few days seem to have disappeared. You have a cowlick almost in the center of your hairline, I hope you can figure that out! The 2 toned birthmark on your back was a surprise when you were born, and I am now sad it will have to be removed one day.

We are so thankful you are here and it feels like you have been with us the entire time. We are so in love.