So, I'm late... again... he was 5 weeks on Tuesday. Daddy is entertaining him this morning so I have two free hands.
Hunter is smiling a lot in the mornings and during bath time. He has a pretty long period when he is awake in the morning. All we have to do is talk to him and as long as he is looking at us, he smiles. Of course, as soon as we get our phones to take a picture, he stops. If Carl wouldn't kill me I would secretly record him singing to Hunter so you could see Hunter talking and smiling. One day I will get proof of him smiling.
He has lost his hair on the top of his head, but it is starting to grow back. Now we just tell him he will have a mullet. I think he will bring it back in style.
He is noticing a lot more. I can sit him up on the Boppie under his jungle gym and he looks around at the hanging toys. He follows people when they move about the room. If he hears my voice, he looks for me.
Bath time is still a whole lot of fun for all of us. It is a shock for him when he first gets in, but then he just lays back and relaxes. He loves when we pour water on his head (when I say pour, I mean I take a wash cloth and squeeze the water on his head). His new thing is to slide down all the way into the water. I can't wait for him to have better head control so we can remove the little hammock thing.
I didn't know how else to cover his "area"
I have finally found a bottle he will take. He likes the Nuk bottles (but not the Nuk nipples that you get in the hospital... he would take prune juice from those, but not breast milk). He will take prune juice from it right away and breast milk. So now I have all these Dr. Brown's bottles, but I have found a home for them. :] He refuses to take formula. We have started to mix a quarter of an ounce of formula in with 1 ounce of breast milk. I'm going to try to up that amount today. I'm still not sure how much he is eating in one sitting, I'm thinking about 3-4 oz. Although yesterday he literally ate from 1pm-6:30pm with a few 5-10 min. cat naps. Then we took a bath around 7:15 and after bath he ate until 9. Then he ate again at 10 after we changed his diaper (that is our typical routine, although it is usually a little earlier around 9/9:30).
He is sleeping pretty good. We get a good 5 hour stretch, he eats for 30-45 min., then sleeps for another 2-3 hours. I am getting better at not waking up every 1-2 hours to check on him. I actually didn't wake up last night until he woke up. He is still really gassy at night, and I think that is what really wakes him up, then he just realizes he is hungry. Today I am going to finish setting up the Angel Care monitor and the video monitor so we can transition him to his crib tonight. Wish us luck!
Carl weighed himself and then him with Hunter and our scale said Hunter was 12 pounds 2 ounces. I'm not sure how accurate that scale is, but we will find out how much he really weighs Sept. 1st. And when I measured him a few weeks ago he was a little over 23 inches long.