Yesterday was Sammy’s one month doctor check up, even though it was a few days before his official one month but there’s a reason for that. Annie and I were getting stressed and concerned with Sammy because the previous few days he was straining a lot. It was like he was trying to make something happen but couldn’t…his face would turn all red and he would cry or scream at times because of this.
We asked some people about this and did our due diligence on Google but still wanted confirmation from the pediatrician. Not to be too gross or blunt, but basically two things need to happen to have a bowel movement…1) push it out and 2) relax your sphincter at the same time. Babies are not good at this multi-tasking thing which leads to the straining even though everything is okay. This can go on for several months until the brain and the body start working together rather than against each other.
Now…to the good Sammy stuff.
Sammy was born on October 12 weighing 7 lbs 11 oz, on October 15 when we took him home from the hospital he weighed 6 lbs 15 oz. As of yesterday (11-5-12) morning he weighed 9 lbs 13 oz., evidently he likes to eat. At birth he was 19.5 inches long, he is now 21.5 inches long. The pediatrician said all this is awesome. He also checked Sammy’s eyes, ears, listened to his heart and lungs, checked the circumcision, checked skin color, checked hips and feet, and so on and the Doc says all looks great and sounds great!
As new parents to a now 25 day old baby, it is VERY nice to have confirmation that you don’t suck. Trust me, at this stage I don’t need to be parent of the year, I just don’t want to suck…and all signs point to this little booger being awesome so far! That’s the funny thing, people ask me how I feel or what I’ve learned after one week, two weeks, etc. and I don’t really know. I’m a doer and a problem solver. Things that come across my plate get dealt with and handled, I don’t know any other way.
So when someone says that I must be tired…I just don’t think about it. Am I tired? Yes, I sure am but damn, I’ve been tired for the past 15 years. I guess I could blame all that on Sammy though, why not? As Annie and I have discussed often…complaining, marinating in crap, and stewing in your negative garbage does nothing to move you forward. Are you tired? If yes, get more sleep and if you can’t get more sleep don’t complain about it. If you aren’t tired, congratulations…that truly is a miracle.
Anyways…that’s our life in a nutshell right now. Sammy is thriving and we are trying to enjoy each moment as much as we can…from the smelly diapers to the spit up to the rare screaming that Sammy does…this too shall pass. And that’s the problem, we’re always focused on the “next cool thing” which means we’re missing the current cool thing. Slow down…relax…take a deep breath…look around…hit the pause button and absorb the moment. Cheers!