And Suddenly, He’s 1 Month Old

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Well, I blinked and a month went by.

I feel like I live in a time-warp. In a lot of ways, this month went by slowly. But it also feels like it it way too soon for me to have a 1 month old.

Did I do all the things I wanted to do with my newborn? Is he still considered a newborn now that he’s 1 month old? I mean, he’s still wearing newborn clothes so. . . that has to count for something, right?

So, the obligatory reflective post on what the past month has been like begins now. 

I thought it would be fun to share a few of the things that I distinctly noted as “so this is what they meant when they said. . ” when it comes to motherhood. 

So, let us begin.

1. I learned (with a quickness) to do things with one hand, or with my non-dominant hand. Being ambidextrous would be very advantageous. It always seems like David needs to be held right about the time my dinner is ready.

2. I do laundry constantly. Now, the loads of laundry are small and the items being washed are also small, but our washer and drier has been going non-stop since about December 16th. 

3. Having a baby is a lot more fun than people tell you. So many of my evenings consist of Justin and I sitting on the couch just looking at David and talking about him. And we’ve already said to each other, “what did we talk about before he got here?”

4. I look forward to going to the pediatrician. David didn’t gain weight like he should have right out of the gate, however at this point he is chunking up nicely. Anyway, we had a few pediatrician visits where they would check his weight and I always looked forward to those to get an update on his progress. 

5. Nothing is scarier than peeking in on your sleeping baby only to realize their eyes opened as soon as you peered in the room. I’ve never moved quicker to run back out the door and hope that he didn’t see me. 

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In general, David has been a easy baby. He’s slept through the night (other than being waked, or waking up by himself, to eat every few hours) since the second day we were home. Not a day goes by that I don’t thank God for adequate rest. Justin and I are both very very thankful for that. 

He has had a few fussy days and times, but he’s generally pretty easy going. He’s truly been a delight!

He has a knack for spitting up right about the time I finish getting him dressed. There have been many outfit changes during the day. Somehow, and I can’t really understand how this happened, I only ended up with about 5 newborn outfits. So we’ve been rotating through those and utilizing undershirts until he can fit into his bigger clothes. 

He loves his mobile that hangs over his crib. He also loves going for walks. He does not love getting a bath, but I hope that will change soon. 

Thanks again for your sweet comments about him! It means a lot to me, and I’m still shocked that I have a baby. I prayed to hard for him, and I know many of you did as well. I know I say this a lot, but thank you for that. 


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Maria Luiza Baboiu says · 01.13.14

I am really happy for you knowing that all is well and I hope you will all be healthy and happy! πŸ™‚

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Angela Bennett says · 01.13.14

He is a darling baby. Enjoy and God Bless!

maryj85 says · 01.13.14

he is completely adorable! what a little blessing πŸ™‚

Alisa says · 01.13.14

He is beautiful! So happy for you. My youngest turns one year next month and I don’t know how THAT happened??! πŸ™‚

Kiri says · 01.13.14

Kate, we had the same trouble with our son Nate not liking a bath his is 2months now and we discovere that he likes having his feet at the end of the bath so he can touch the bottom. Time goes so fast with babies I cant believe my son is 2 months either! x

R2P2 says · 01.13.14

We’re creeping up on 4 months, and I know what you mean! I can’t quite remember life before his arrival. Wild. Can I offer a tip I found on bathing? First month out I found a tip that suggested closing the bathroom door & running the shower on hot for about 5 minutes before bathtime. It makes the room nice & cozy so the difference between the warm water & cooler air isn’t so great. It helped our guy adjust to bathtime. Of course this only works if you are bathing in the bathroom vs. kitchen sink!

thebrowsingbrunette says · 01.13.14

such a beautiful baby!!

Jana from Tea Time says · 01.13.14

I can’t believe it has been a month! He gets more adorable every day!!! I love looking at the pictures you post of him and I am beginning to want a baby myself. I am turning 30 in 2 months and my boyfriend and me am starting to consider having a baby within the next two years! πŸ™‚ I really like your advise on all this baby stuff and I will certainly come back here to read them again the minute I know that I am pregnant! Thanks and all the best for you and little David!

Kathy Olson says · 01.13.14

I love hearing about your little boy!

Angela Richardson says · 01.13.14

I remember going to dinner with my husband without our daughter after she was born. I hadn’t left her at all the first 3 months and we just sat there staring at each other because we didn’t know what to do without her lol. It has definitely been different with the second but we still can’t remember what it was like without them. Congrats!

bek77 says · 01.13.14

I found a good trick for bath time with newborns. Lay a warm, wet washcloth on their chest while you are bathing him. It worked wonders with mine!

mommyto3 says · 01.13.14

It does go so fast! My fourth (and final!) babe is about to turn four! I just had him YESTERDAY! The great news is that each stage is so much fun! Enjoy that sweet sweet boy!

Torie says · 01.13.14

What a sweet face he has πŸ™‚ That’s exciting, and totally crazy he’s a month old already! It feels like just yesterday you were posting Instagram photos of your bump barely showing! Congrats, can’t wait to see more updates on the little guy!

Britni says · 01.13.14

Bibs. A lot of bibs. Easier and faster to change than their whole outfit when they spit up. Besides babies don’t really enjoy being dressed and undressed that much. Bibs are a definite lifesaver. And he is so adorable!

Shasta says · 01.13.14

Rylie still hates getting baths at almost 10 months old. And now it’s harder because she stands herself up and throws a fit if I sit her back down. LOL

bonnieshee says · 01.13.14

Loved reading this update! I counted the first two months as the newborn stage, so you’re good πŸ™‚

Jennifer O says · 01.13.14

No. 3 made me laugh. Our son is 10 and my husband and I often look at each other and try to remember what we did before he was born. We go out to eat alone and he’s still, ten years later, all we talk about when we get a minute to ourselves.
Keep enjoying that baby!

LoriU says · 01.13.14

I just want to say THANK YOU for sharing David with us! I love seeing his cute little face, and am so glad things are going well for your family.

Crystal Wesley says · 01.13.14

HAHA! Number 1 was spot on for me, too. I have a 4 month old and I think from the moment we came home from the hospital I was doing things with my left hand or my right foot.. good times! Also, he would seem to wake up right when I was making breakfast or have a melt-down right before dinner. I remember looking at him and saying “No more prime-time TV and dinner for us!” But it’s such a joy and now that he’s developing his personality it’s just that much better… time does go by too fast, but as every parent says, enjoy every minute!

SaraPaige says · 01.13.14

What a precious post. Your experience makes me look forward to it myself…one day πŸ™‚

Emily Roark says · 01.13.14

I’m so happy to hear you say that having a baby is more fun than people say. So many people are negative about having children (they keep telling me, “wait a few more years” or “just wait…”), and I like to hear the positives :).

Mandie McIlroy says · 01.13.14

He is beautiful! I am with you on praying for a child. We have prayed for a long time for a precious bundle and will now have a boy in May! Thank you for the encouraging words on how fun it is. I’m tired of hearing that its all over now and negative comments like that!

Michelle says · 01.13.14

He is precious and you sound like my DH and I when our kids were born. I LOVE babies!!! I truly can’t imagine what our lives would of been like had we not had our kids. I really enjoy my kids (25,15 & 7). I really miss the baby days too. They don’t stay little long enough for me. I was never one of those mom’s wishing them to grow up. I swear I had the spittiest kids. LOL Then add in when they started getting teeth and drooling. My kids lived in bibs for a LONG time. LOL

Amy Teepen says · 01.13.14

Precious! So happy for you. Fair warning: time does fly! Our “baby” boy will be 12 next month. Our other three boys are 23, 21, and 17.. Seriously, enjoy these precious times! We can’t hardly believe their ages.. Savor every moment πŸ™‚

Heather says · 01.13.14

You will live in a time warp the rest of your life, I’m afraid! My firstborn is turning 13 this summer, and I am wondering where my life has gone. I’m having so much fun reading your stories about motherhood already. About bathtime, are you doing spongebaths? I ask because both of my kids hated them and would cry and cry. Finally, I tried doing a bath in the kitchen sink with deeper water, and they loved it. I think they get cold so easily in the shallow water, so the deeper bath is much more comfortable for them. Since they are at countertop-height, you should still feel very in control and able to hold onto him well so you don’t have to worry about him slipping in the water. Anyway, I hope that might help (unless you’re doing that already, ha ha).

Rebecca Lately says · 01.13.14

#5 A scary moment indeed! Hahaha!

Cassie says · 01.13.14

I’m so happy to hear that he’s a joy to have around! I haven’t had kids yet, so I hear a lot of horror stories. I’m so glad your’s is a love story!

Kim~ says · 01.13.14

He’s precious. Find some cute bibs. It’s so much easier to change those than his clothes. God bless you and your family.

Elise Allee says · 01.13.14

My kiddos are 3 and almost 1…my daughter (one) STILL wants to nurse when its time for me to eat. Never fails! So funny! And we STILL sneak around when our kiddos are sleeping!

JenJen says · 01.13.14

So happy for you and your sweet family! I heard another mom say this one time and it rings so true!! Motherhood is made up of the longest days but the shortest years! There are many days that I am longing for bedtime but wow those years go fast!

Reply says · 01.13.14

My friend’s son didn’t enjoy bathtime either, until we let her borrow our Puj. check it out, I loved it because it fit in the sink with my son and then the water would flow out the back so I could leave a constant trickle on that he liked to play with while I washed him up!

Sister Brittster says · 01.13.14

Invest in bibs now! They will be your best friend for the next 6 months, and will really help cut down on laundry. Also (coming from experience, both of my girls wore newborn sized clothes until they hit 3 months) don’t be afraid to invest in some more newborn sized outfits, especially if he’s SOLIDLY in the newborn size and doesn’t appear to be ready to move up any time soon. I think back and kick myself for not just buying more newborn sized clothes and putting up with having to wash the same clothes twice a day (before I started using bibs). It really is the best job you’ll ever have in your life. I’m glad to read that you are enjoying it!

pretty little things says · 01.13.14

wowww that month went by fast! hope youre enjoying mommy hood! xo

Christy says · 01.13.14

He’s precious! #3 is funny, I tell my husband all the time that life was not as much fun before we had Parker. They are such a blessing.

Amber says · 01.13.14

So happy for you, Kate! πŸ™‚

Brianna Schuelke says · 01.13.14

Oh my gosh! What a cutie! I can’t believe it’s been a month already either! Haha. I know he’s not my baby or anything, but I feel like it was just yesterday you were saying, “I’m having a baby!” and now he’s already a month old!

{Jessica} says · 01.13.14

David is precious! Love the photos. You aren’t the only one who feels like time entered warp speed with the arrival of a child. It’s so strange how fast it’s suddenly going by. I have a hard time believing that in 4 short months, mine will be one years old. And don’t worry, Kate! David will grow to love baths soon! Our little man didn’t like them at first either, but at about 3 months or so, he realized how fun they are:)

Jolee says · 01.13.14

He’s so cute! I can’t believe he is already one month either. A little tip I learned for bath time, get a receiving blanket wet and drape it over him. Move it around as you wash him but keep him mostly covered and continue to get it wet so it stays warm. It will keep him warm and (hopefully) relaxed the whole time! This worked great for my little guy.

Lisa Taylor says · 01.13.14

Our son was the same way…slept through the night, easy going, etc… The kind of baby that would make you want to have 20. THEN we had a girl…haha… just sayin!!! Love that little guy because those eye blinks soon become teenagers:)

lyndsay says · 01.13.14

Yay! What a good little guy. How do they seem to know when it is time for us to eat?

blog says · 01.13.14

He is so precious!! Such a blessing!!

Tarah M says · 01.13.14

He’s so sweet! I found once our boys could be fully submerged in the bath, they enjoyed it a lot more than the sponge baths.

Annika Feiteira says · 01.13.14

What a precious boy!

Yes, you have now entered the world of My Laundry Will Never Ever Be Done…Ever : )

dandee316 says · 01.13.14

He is so beautiful! Wishing you many blessings!

Just Hannah says · 01.13.14

He’s such a cutie well done!! I really enjoy your blog πŸ™‚ xxxx

violetsage says · 01.13.14

I don’t normally comment and maybe it’s because I’m sentimental but you will blink and he’ll be one. That is what is happening to me.

Enjoy the good, the bad, the weird <–yeah that will happen.

Aline@TamedMusingsBlog says · 01.13.14

It does fly by…. today my baby turned 5 months old… oh my! Enjoy… they really do grow fast! (

Anna says · 01.13.14

hey. David is so cute. I think that you know this video but if not you should have a look at it. ( It came to my mind as you said David doesn’t like to have a bath

Anna says · 01.13.14

hey. David is so cute. I think that you know this video but if not you should have a look at it. ( It came to my mind as you said David doesn’t like to have a bath

Mrs. Waibel says · 01.13.14

He is so frickin’ adorable! And you are right—the time does fly by– it seems like just yesterday my boys (10 and 12 now) were babies. Take lots of photos! The boys love to sit and look at photos of themselves as babies and listen to the stories behind the pictures. I have made them their own photo albums to take with them when they leave (WAHHH!)

Kristin says · 01.14.14

Really? It has been a month already? Hard to believe. He is a beautiful boy πŸ™‚

Miss B says · 01.14.14

I’ve loved watching your blogs about David…he’s a cutie!! I just found out yesterday that I’m pregnant myself, and I’ll be looking back at your posts during your pregnancy for inspiration and peace πŸ™‚

Angela Moore says · 01.14.14

My little boy is almost 3 and I remember just crying when he turned one month old…it really does go by in a blink of an eye! I encourage you to write a letter to him each month documenting this milestones, weight, what he likes, etc. I did this for my son for the first year and I’m so grateful that I have all that little stuff written down for him and me. You think you’ll remember, but you won’t! Take pictures and document as much as possible! Here’s my first “Dear Karsten” blog post if you’re interested in something to read during your feeding time πŸ˜‰

Jane says · 01.14.14

Re baths have you tried putting a face cloth on his tummy when he is in the bath? Strange trick that has seemed to work for all little people that I know.

LilyNoelle says · 01.14.14

Hi Kate, I subscribe to your blog (found you on Pinterest last year via a hair tutorial!) and have loved following your pregnancy journey as well as your other beauty posts! I’m a believer as well and appreciate your openness and boldness to give God the glory for what He has done in your family’s life by giving you such a beautiful son! I’m 30 wks pregnant today and was curious which mobile you chose, as I’m looking for one for my son’s nursery. The link wasn’t directing anywhere when I had a chance to check! Thanks in advance and keep up the good work, mama! πŸ™‚

Kim Scott says · 01.14.14

Hi Kate! We just had a baby on January 2nd, and I can totally relate to the feeling that he is growing up too fast (already…that’s scary). Anyway, our little guy really dislikes the bath too, but we’ve found that he LOVES the shower. I know, it sounds a little scary, but you just hold him close to you and use your partner to help

Erin says · 01.14.14

Hey Kate! Your little man is a cutie. πŸ™‚ We had our first on October 12th and I identify with so much of what you’ve said. Bath time is now a beloved event in this house (a far cry from the screaming that used to accompany it, no pun intended…yikes) so here’s hoping David learns to love it soon. πŸ™‚

Sarah says · 01.14.14

My doctor said they are considered newborns until about 6 months. And I also found that with my son, he’d poop just as soon as a clean diaper was on – like he was waiting for it! Congrats and so glad to hear you’re enjoying it.

ctlogcabin says · 01.15.14

Just Precious !!!!
Sniff in all that New Baby Scent ….. an Love him Up !!! xox

Tim, Jennie, Paisley, Claire and Moose says · 01.16.14

Kate, you link to what mobile you have isn’t working. Will you tell me what you have because I have been looking for one and haven’t found any I like.

angie.a says · 01.18.14

He’s beautiful and it does fly by so quickly. Treasure every moment! <3

Paula White says · 01.18.14

Congratulations and enjoy every moment because it does go fast! Our boys are 14 and almost 17, but every stage has been exciting. Watching them grow into the men they are meant to be is so heartwarming!

Whole Health Dork says · 01.19.14

Thanks for the update! Congrats and enjoy!

Emily says · 01.20.14

So adorable! And it is so sweet to read a post about a mostly positive first month! Makes our talks about starting our little family one day even more exciting.

After Eleven Blog says · 01.21.14

if only time could slow down – just wait til the 1st birthday :/ ohhh I don’t need to tell you that. lol. what a precious baby!

Allyssa says · 01.27.14

He is such a DOLL! We went through the same weight gain issues early on with both of my boys. He’ll get better with bath time as he gets older and bigger. I think they just feel so insecure and out of place when they’re tiny and in the water. So awesome that he is a good sleeper!

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