Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Landon Erwin | One Month

I'm only two weeks behind in posting it, but I have officially survived ONE MONTH of motherhood. And when I say "survived", I mean it in its most literal sense. I'm still here to tell about it, and Landon is still alive, so that's saying something!

Newborn babies are no joke. They take your sleep, your sanity, your hygiene, your money - you name it, it's theirs.

But with all of the chaos that this past month has been, it's also been so unbelievably joyous and amazing. I've always wanted to be a mother and knew that it'd be a blessing, but it's a love like none other - it's true. Although I cried a lot in the first month (just like Landon -- thank you, hormones!), I am so in love with our little babe.


Landon had his first ER visit when he was only 5 days old. He had been having serious screaming fits for two days and my heart was completely shattered. He was completely inconsolable. And not just for me, but for anyone. I didn't know how to help him or what was wrong, but my mama heart knew something wasn't right. I called his pediatrician on Saturday night and explained what was happening. She heard him in the background and said that it wasn't right for him being so young and suggested we head to a children's emergency room. So we did. At midnight, my mom, dad, and sister loaded up and headed to Austin. A few hours (and lots of delirious laughter) later, we were discharged and told that Landon was healthy. This news was amazing to hear, but I knew something still wasn't right. Why was he screaming so much?!

Cory's parents left to head back home after the second week, and the last two weeks of Landon's first month were spent with this mama trying to keep her sanity! Thankfully, I'm recovering well from surgery and have been feeling pretty well since about week number two. It's the first time I've EVER had surgery, so I was leery on how recovery would go and how much pain I would be in. Because let me tell you, I don't do pain. Like, at all. But after the second day post-surgery, I was on the road to recovery and haven't looked back since! 

On the other hand, Landon has been struggling a bit with some tummy/digestion issues. He was  diagnosed with silent reflux and is now on medication for it twice a day. Since starting the medication, his screaming fits have subsided for the most part. Hallelujah! He still gets them, but very infrequently and for a lot shorter time period. He's a gassy baby and does not have regular bowel movements yet. His first month included four different formulas - we switched to the Similac Alimentum ready to feed liquid formula two days before he turned one month. So, we'll see how that one sits with him.  Poor little guy! I just want to help him so much and take his pain away. 


Other than that, we've been spending lots of quality time with Cory when he's home from work, and we're getting in lots of time with Grammy and Pops and Auntie Hil! He just recently started to be more alert and really look around, taking it all in. I can't wait for our little guy to start smiling back at me. But he's healthy and growing oh so much! At one month old, he's 10 pounds and 21 1/2" long. 

Landon has taught me so much about myself and just how hard it is to function on very little sleep. And when I say very little, I mean very little. He only sleeps in about 2 hour intervals before he's up and crying for more food. By the time I settle him back down to sleep and try to go back to sleep myself, it's only about an hour until he's up wanting food again. I'm really praying that month 2 sees more sleep at one time. Don't get me wrong, he sleeps constantly, but just not for very long intervals yet. Fingers crossed that this improves soon! 


L A N D O N  L O V E S

Being held

Cuddling

His wubbanub pacifier (we've named her Gina)

Eating

Car rides


L A N D O N  H A T E S

Bath time

Diaper/Clothes changes

Sleeping at night


Through it all, he has me wrapped around his little (but long!) fingers and I'd do absolutely anything for him. Granted I can get some sleep - mama doesn't do so well with zero sleep for weeks on end! Thank God for family to help out :). They've been a Godsend, and I'd be even more of a hot mess without them! 

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