Back by popular demand, it’s the Monday Caramel Update, but this time in form of the Canon Chronicles. What can I say? The little man is quite the attention-getter, at least according to my Facebook population. Lest you forget what he looks like, the campfire is rocking his ONE MONTH birthday tomorrow – how’d that happen already? And as evidenced by this picture, he’s as cute and alert as ever:
Current nicknames: Buddy, Mister, Can Can. (And all of the above, aforementioned names). I do occasionally call him Canon, though. 😉
Weight & length: 10 pounds & 20 3/4 inches long (in the 50th percentile for both weight & length). That means he’s an “exceptional feeder,” according to the doctor because he’s gained two pounds since birth. Do what I can. [On a more serious note, we continue to be so grateful for the extra four days spent in the hospital due to having a c-section, mainly because we got so much extra attention for breastfeeding. According to the lactation consultant, many babies will latch on initially in the first two days, but then on day three they’ll reject the breast, because it’s like they’ve finally woken up and realized, DUDE! I’m not in the womb anymore! What is this place?! Ironically this is when most women leave the hospital, hence we were grateful for those extra days and help, thus leaving feeling professional in the feeding realm).
Sleep story: Apparently it’s quite common for newborns to be incredibly loud sleepers, as evidenced by his usual 2 – 5 am streak. This means that we too lay there wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, much to our chagrin (especially since I can’t sleep with ear plugs and an eye mask anymore – boo!). Since their little esophagus will quadruple in size in the next couple of months (!), the sounds are only going to get louder. Here’s to hoping I learn to pass out to the sounds of Mister’s little locomotive that could.
Poop story: I really don’t know how that much poo comes out of such a little body. And yes, poop does continue to be one of our main topics of conversation. Dinner anyone?
Baby Daddy story: What can I say? James is amazing with him. He loves being with him – he’s an active parent who’s been changed by the birth of his son, and it’s absolutely beautiful to see this love in action.
Feeling: so, so in love. I loved Neighbor Mark’s comment and question a few weeks ago, upon meeting Canon for the first time: “Cara, know what it’s like to go to the SCPA and pick out a dog and take it home and fall in love with it over time. But what’s it like to have this thing growing inside you, whom you’ve known, kind of, and then it comes out and you just automatically love it. What’s that like?” It’s indescribable. Instantaneous. Out of this world. You’re filled to the brim with this love that just seems to gush out of you, all for this helpless little being that came from you. I made this?! Wowee. What would you add?
Musing over: How slow the days go at times, yet how fast a month has gone by already. Was I not 42 weeks pregnant like, yesterday?
Learning: Did you know at birth that babies have 20/2450 vision? Insane! If you haven’t already, watch the National Geographic documentary, The Science of Babies – those 45 minutes will blow your mind. (We found it on Netflix).
Reading: Baby 411, The Nursing Mother’s Companion + The Sparrow, The Night Circus (on Audible) & Cold Tangerines (for the second time – love it).
Anticipating: decisions. ’nuff said.
Another picture, please: You are obliged, little internet world.
That’s it for now, but on another note, what other subjects would you add? More poop? More disgusting bodily functions?
Love to all, chm.0