I'm so excited to have a little 'baby week' here on The Lovely Prelude. We'll start with some info about August, move onto what's been surprising about the first month with a baby, and close it out with the whole story about our 31-day-early delivery. Fun stuff!
What's in a name?
While I was pregnant, JP and I had an ongoing list of names in consideration for our baby. Unfortunately, I'd been told that 'The Churro' was inappropriate for an actual child, so we had to start from scratch. Because of JP's Spanish heritage, we knew the name should be easy to pronounce and sound the same in both our languages, which knocked out some of my favorites (Thaddeus was high up there). We've also had 'Augustine' picked out as a middle name since March; how could we not show some appreciation for the city that brought us together? If not for St. Augustine, FL, this whole saga would never have started!
I kept telling JP that we would decide on the name while I was in labor, anticipating the standard 18-hour delivery time for a first-time mom. "It'll give us something to do," was my mantra. Well, my delivery time was significantly shorter than expected, and we had NO time to discuss a name while I was pushing in the labor room. Our son was born first name-less!
When we got to our recovery room, we couldn't stop looking at our blank slate of a baby. Our children will grow up with the Diego last name, so JP's family is honored in that way, and we loved the idea of representing both of our families. David, my dad's name (and his dad's), goes just perfectly with Augustine. We decided on the name when August was 5 hours old.
Oh, and David means, 'dearly loved,' while Augustine is, 'majestic dignity.' Pretty awesome combination.
Why did he come early? Is he really a premie?
My doctors insisted that there was no reason for him to deliver early; he just did. Even though he is a generally healthy baby with all his fingers, toes, and major organs accounted for, August was born with a pretty low birth weight compared to other babies born full-term (the royal baby was over 2 pounds heavier than our kid). He was 4.5 weeks early, so his sucking/latching skills for breastfeeding weren't fully developed (we're pretty much okay now), and we had to take him in for some additional tests that most babies don't have to do.
I haven't had my 6-week post-partum check-up yet, so maybe there will be more info then. Despite tons of research into the topic, there's actually no agreed-upon reason for babies to be born when they are. Only 5% of us are born on our scheduled due date, so August is definitely in the majority with this one!
How is Mia doing with a baby in the house?
Goodness, this dog is in love with August. She is a protective and concerned older sister, sticking close to him when he cries, trying to clean his feet with her tongue (we do our best to dissuade it), and watching us closely when he's getting a diaper change. The first week with both the baby and Mia at home was really stressful; she's not used to babies, and he wasn't used to, well, anything. Now, one month in, Mia and August are both doing really well. Mia has calmed down a bit, and isn't quite as up in his business. We're all adapting pretty well!
So, how is August? Does he do anything other than sleep?
Contrary to popular belief (I'm looking at you, Aunt Nesi and Grandma in North Carolina!), August does have his moments of alertness! He's definitely awake more now than he was at just a few days old, which gives us more opportunities for tummy time (which wears him out- see below), singing little songs, and 'chatting' with him.
At one month old, he likes having his hair washed, napping (obviously), laying tummyside-down on our chests, and eating. He does not like diaper and outfit changes.
He's a pretty good sleeper and isn't super fussy unless there's a reason (dirty diaper, gassy, hungry). Right now, we're nursing on demand, which means about 5 hours of me feeding him throughout the day, and one or two feedings at night, depending on his 'schedule.' I can't wait until he's a bit older so we can have a routine, even just at night. I hear things get a bit calmer and easier to predict at 3 months, so we're 1/3 of the way there!
Does JP help out?
Seriously, I could not have asked for or created a better partner in all of this. JP was made for fatherhood: loves kissing August's little cheeks, volunteers for skin-to-skin time with him, and takes over one of the night feedings. Oh, and he's back to work (took a couple of weeks off to be present at home), but still finds time to visit August and I at home during lunch 3 days a week.
Beyond how swoonworthy he is with our son, JP has been an amazing husband. He's helped out in the kitchen, watched August so I can take a nap, and is unbelievably patient with my incessant baby talk. Even during labor, he was encouraging and so sweet. It's a cliche and probably obvious, but I'm even more proud to be his wife since we brought August home; I married a great man. August and I (and Mia!) are lucky to be part of this family.
Come back on Wednesday for more on our baby!