Our baby turned one month old on the 6th! It is still hard to believe that he is here! When he came home from the NICU last Thursday, he weighed 4 lbs 15 ozs and when we weighed him this morning, he was 5 lbs 10 ozs.! Yay! We have been working hard on nursing and he is getting better. He still has a bottle with every feeding (we nurse for as long as he can first and then finish off with the bottle), but he is getting strong enough to nurse longer every few days. I re-rented the hospital grade breast pump for another month and I am hoping that by August 7th (the date we have to return it), he will be exclusively breastfed. I have been down this road with all three of our babies and it is tiring! Sometimes it feels like all I do all day is feed children, try to get them to eat, or am getting ready to feed them! :)
Other than the nursing situation, everything is going very well (and even that is totally normal for a baby of this age and size)! Most of his day is spent sleeping, but we noticed today that he was awake in the afternoon for over an hour. He was checking everything out and visiting with his big sister and big brother. It was pretty cute!
It is so hard to believe that my forty days ends next week (the 15th of July). We still plan on keeping our little one home as much as we can until his baptism. Though most Orthodox Christians try to baptize their children on or around the 40th day, we are going to postpone it until he is about 8 pounds (I am guessing that will be around the end of August or beginning of September). We did this for Little Man and felt that it was an easier day for him than Sugar Plum's baptism was for her (she was only about 6 pounds and so very tiny!).
We have a hearing appointment scheduled for next week. This is just a precaution since his hearing seems normal, but we'd appreciate your prayers! I'll update you when we get the results!