My first month of motherhood has been such a fun and crazy experience! I realize that Maxwell is almost two months old and I'm just now writing his one month update but that basically shows you how amazing AND crazy this all has been! So here I am, in the middle of one of Maxwell's naps, finally working on this blog post + sharing Maxwell's one month update. Eventually, I will share a personal look into Maxwell's birth story: the craziness of my delivery, breast feeding struggles, and my overall experience thus far. Also, I just have to say that I'm glad I'm writing this post almost two months after my delivery because if I wrote this any sooner, I probably would have been a crying hormonal mess thinking about how beautiful and tiring this all has been!
WEIGHT + HEIGHT
Maxwell was born 8.10lbs and 21 inches long. He was huge! So it's no wonder, I needed a c-section! At his one month appointment he weighed 12lbs and measured 23.5 inches long. He's growing like crazy and I'm sad that he didn't really fit into any of his new born clothes. At 1 month he's wearing 0-3 and 3 month clothing. He's in the 98 weight and height percentile. CRAZY!
My poor baby has GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) and was constantly crying after each feeding and struggling so much. Luckily, once we switched from our primary care doctor to a pediatric-only office, we were able to diagnose and help reduce his pain/issues. For the most part, Maxwell is sleeping great (most nights) thanks to his Dock-a-Tot Deluxe and his GERD medicine.
Maxwell has such a big personality! It's so funny because I tell people that Maxwell was born scowling. He pretty much looked at you like, "Hmm, I'm not sure what you're doing but I'm curious about it so I'm scowling." It's seriously funny! He also has the biggest gummy smile I've ever seen. I swear his smile makes my whole day better (even when I'm running on little sleep)!! Currently he smiles the biggest whenever we make an owl noise "hoo-hoo" -- We have to say it just like this, "Maxwell, what sound does an owl make? HOO HOO!" He even hoos back at us!! It's the cutest thing. EVER. (I know, I know...I'm biased!)
BREAST FEEDING + SUPPLEMENTING
I struggled with breast feeding for the entire first month. I'll also go over this more in my birth story blog post. It was a hit and miss most of the time and Maxwell would get so frustrated and angry he would refuse to latch. My husband and I joked that he was "an angry Elf" -- which if you're an Elf movie fan then you will know what I'm talking about LOL. But I wanted this joyous bond that everyone talked about and that I felt when he first latched on literally right after he was born. I was sturggling and it was so stressful, I cried a lot and relied on the patience of my husband to help me get through this difficult learning-curve. I'm thankful he pushed me to not give up. This meant, I was constantly pumping and supplementing his feedings. Because I was struggling with getting him latched, I thought it had to do with my breast/nipples. So I tried nipple guards, breast pumping for a few minutes then trying to get him to latch...but nothing seemed to work! It didn't help that I was overwhelmed and frustrated, too. In my baby book and BUMP app it said I should give two weeks of constant trying and not to give up...my book and app claimed it would eventually "just click". LIES! ALL LIES....I thought. But then sure enough, one day it just clicked. My husband was so shocked and I had the biggest smile on my face, it was the first time he latched without a fight or some type of assistance. I was so happy, I cried. And even now, my husband is so caught off guard with how easy Maxwell latches on. He's like, "I still can't believe how easy it is now!!" -- I'm still just as happy as the first time he latched on with ease.
Because Maxwell is so big and eating like a 3 month old instead of a 1 month old, I'm supplementing with both formula and breast milk. After a couple of weeks my breast milk supply slowed down a bit. So I'm currently trying to boost it by taking UpSpring breast feeding supplements and tea. I'll update you and let you know how well this boosts my supply!
Our dogs have been so great with him! But from the moment we came home from the hospital, my dog, Kingsley, was all about Maxwell. It's as if Kingsley got 10 years wiser and older as soon as he met Maxwell. He was and still is his protector. He watches Maxwell sleep and if anyone holds him he has to "make sure" you're being nice. If Maxwell is throwing a temper-tantrum or crying excessively, Kingsley HAS to known/see what's going on. At one point, he tried to jump onto Maxwell's changing table while I was changing him and he was crying. LOL if we tell the other dogs to get back and they don't listen, Kingsley will literally herd them and bark/push them back. I have to admit I'm a little jealous! It kind of reminds me of the movie Twilight. I feel like Bella and I thought Kingsley was "imprinted" to me...but it turns out he's imprinted on my baby! LOL!!
Well, that's all for now. Maxwell is going to be up from his nap soon and I have a ton of other things I could be doing....like the million loads of laundry that sit on my formal dining table or the 3 bottles that I know need to be hand washed from last night / this morning. LOL.