Sunday, January 15, 2017

Grayson's 1st Month

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What a month!  Although Grayson's first month may not have been as busy as Mattox's, his second month shaped up to be just as rough.  We were definitely thankful to enjoy a relatively peaceful first month and first Christmas at home with baby Grayson before some big changes occurred.   Instead of writing a book to explain every detail of this wonderful month, I will let a few pictures tell the story.

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Grandma enjoyed some more snuggles with her newest grandbaby and big cousin Grady was in love too.  He is positive baby Grayson is his baby. 
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It was a bit chaotic trying to get a picture of Grandma with her five grandsons.  Mattox was the least cooperative. 

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Grayson enjoyed many naps. 

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I finally got the first pictures of the boys all together.  It was too crazy to attempt it at the hospital. 

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Grayson enjoyed snuggling up by the Christmas tree and in his cozy warm blanket. 

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Big brother Mattox takes his new role quite seriously and gives lots of "love."  Ha!

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More love from big brother. 

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First pictures wearing the Santa hat mommy made and his special shirt to match big brothers'.

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2 weeks old already.  It really did go fast!

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I have wanted to take a picture of a baby in a Christmas stocking for so long.  It has been on my pinterest for years.  I finally got the chance since Grayson was small enough.  I also loved this little chalkboard I found at Target's Dollar Spot.  Yes, Grayson's list was quite simple this year.  He only wanted milk. 

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He is Daddy's mini man, but Mommy's baby. 

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First bath is always a must once the belly button stump falls off. He loved it as well as his brothers. 

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Big brother Mattox said it was his turn to help. 

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Baby's first Christmas meant first presents to open.  He received his first Bible from his Great-Aunt Dava. 
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Little Santa Baby is 3 weeks old for his first Christmas. Mommy attempted crocheting a Santa outfit for him. 

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Our little New Year's baby! 

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I can't believe how fast that first month went! 

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So expressive and full of personality at 1 month old. 


Let's play the comparison game to see who baby Grayson looks like:

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So I am going with option number 2.  What do you think?

Health Status:  Grayson did well with breastfeeding and getting on a good schedule his first month, but I have always been happy to have easy babies.  They learn to sleep at night easily and start sleeping through the night by 8 weeks old.  Grayson was still eating about every 2 to 3 hours but started lasting about 4 hours at night by the end of the month.  At two weeks old, he weighed 6 lbs. 15 oz. which meant he had surpassed his birth weight and had put on exactly the amount the pediatricians want to see (an ounce a day gained in 12 days).  He was only 8th percentile but on track for his birth weight.  He was still pretty long in the 83rd percentile although they measured him differently at only 21.25 inches.  His head circumference was in the 58th percentile so maybe not quite as large as big brother Mattox's.  At his one month visit on January 3rd, he weighed 8 lbs. 2.5 oz. which wasn't even as much as big brother Brody weighed at birth, but in my experience, smaller birth weight babies do take longer to catch up, especially when breastfed exclusively.  We weren't too worried because he was still eating great, and I felt he was getting a good amount at each feeding.  They measured him at 22 inches long so he was down to the 67th percentile there.  His head growth had also slowed so he was only in the 42nd percentile.  We were only slightly worried about some spitting up issues and acid reflux as we knew that could inhibit his growth.  We were already using gripe water for the spitting up and gassiness, but we decided to try some zantac for a few weeks to see if it helped. Over all, we couldn't complain about our sweet little guy.  We just loved him to pieces!

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