My little love Harland Hawk Blackstock is 4 weeks old today!
Warning: This post contains excessive photos and sappiness.
Today Harland is 4 weeks old, and I feel like the time has flown by. It seems like just yesterday I was gazing into his eyes in awe that I created this special little human. Every day I feel more blessed than the last. It hasn’t been easy, there were many times I’ve felt overwhelmed or second guessed my methods, but in the end I am so proud of my little family for having made it through these weeks with grace and lots of love.
Since this time seems to be passing by faster than I can digest, I figured it might be fun to look back and acknowledge the milestones achieved.
Oct. 25th 2016 born at 2:46 am
Biggest achievement yet- actually making it through labor, and bringing this sweet boy into the world.
weight: 7lb 11oz
length: 19 in
Mama’s milk came in after 3 days and we learned how to nurse, slowly and painfully but we did it and now it’s such an amazing and intimate bonding experience.
We started having tummy time and realized Harland has a neck of steel…making head butts a frequent occurrence.
He loves the swaddle, but mom and dad still suck at making him look like a little cozy burrito boy.
We went to our first appt: He was within normal range with a 7% weight loss, which we had no problem making up for in the next few days when the milk came pouring in and nipple leaking became a fashion statement.
He lost his belly button stem, and we are oh so proud of his dainty little innie!
Took his first bath after being sponged for a week. It’s amazing how quickly babies go from clean to crusty. Good news is he loves the water, so dodged that unpleasantry.
We enjoy lots of skin to skin time, which is so precious and so important.
He makes the cutest gas smiles that I pretend are for me, because he’s obviously mature for his age.
We noticed he really likes to blow spit bubbles too.
Sometimes he rocks the little mittens because he found his face and likes to slice it (and my neck) with his sharp little fingernails.
Loves being wrapped in the boba, I’m assuming it feels a lot like the coziness of the womb.
We have taken a vote (my immediate family) and determined he has the softest little head.
He may be tiny and unable to see far or clearly, but when he gazes up it’s like he’s looking into our soul and somehow seems older and wiser than me.
Had his 3 week checkup!
Weight: 8lbs 15oz (55th percentile)
Height: 21in (90th percentile)
Happy healthy baby
We went to the park for the first time and slept.
Stared using a paci so moms boobs won’t fall off.
Began the tradition of morning walks because that’s the only way he takes a morning nap.
He is getting too big for newborn clothes and I can’t handle it!
When he’s screaming he’s soothed by the changing table and makes pensive expressions.
We took him out to dinner for the first time and we survived without a break down or a broken dish!
He’s stared to make little adorable sounds and mimicking our expressions. It makes me want to just smoosh and kiss his little perfect face.
I can’t believe how big my little guy has gotten, but I couldn’t feel more honored to be his mother and help guide him through this world with love and compassion. I can’t wait to see him evolve each month and for the rest of his life!
And now the many faces of Harland: