I had fun documenting my pregnancy bump so I thought I would continue photographing Sam's growth outside of my belly as well. I'm also going to write him a letter letting him know what happened that month and all of the progress he has made.
Jimmy picked out this picture because it looks like Sam is doing "the sprinkler". The dance is about midway through the video but the whole scene is hilarious.
You are 35 days old today and have already changed so much since you joined the world on June 8. I'm not going to lie, these first few weeks have been difficult for your father and me. Both of us were pretty clueless about how much work went into caring for a newborn. Jimmy took 2 1/2 weeks off of work to be with you and we spend our time holding you and watching a lot of movies. Your grandparents and your Uncle Joey all came to visit during that time too and they all admired how beautiful you are.
Caring for you has gotten easier as the weeks have gone by. We have a semi-routine down now that your dad is back at work. You take all of your long naps at night, so that has definitely helped. You either sleep next to me in the bed or in your swing. You got tired of sleeping in your co-sleeper and crib at about 3 weeks old. You and I usually lounge around in the bedroom between feedings and diaper changes until 10 or 11. Then we get ready for your dad to come home for lunch at 12. We either take turns holding you while the other eats or we put you in the swing, which you tolerate for about 20 minutes when you're awake. If you start to fuss, I'll put you in a sling and eat one-handed. I've had to learn to do a lot of things with one hand since you rarely want to be put down. Once your dad goes back to work, we settle on the couch and I'll watch a movie or some tv while you nap on me. If you managed to fall asleep in the sling, I'll get a little more ambitious and do some chores or update my blog (like now). After your next feeding, we head back to the bedroom for a nap. This is my favorite time. You'll nurse or just sleep curled up next to me, your mouth slightly open and eyes shut so tight. I just stare down at you in wonder. I sometimes sleep then too or surf on my phone, enjoying having you next to me. I used to try and get more stuff done during the day but you've gotten to where you wake up quickly if I put you in your crib. I stopped fighting it and just keep you close most of the day now. I'm going to enjoy it because I know once you're mobile, I'll probably lose my cuddly boy and you'll be busy exploring.
We're more active once your dad gets home from work. He takes over the feedings when he is home and he loves to play with you. You don't really do much yet, but that doesn't stop him from blowing raspberries on your belly or waving your arms as he teases you. We do already have a couple unflattering nicknames for you such as Pee Pants and 8 lb. Potato. Don't worry, we'll stop calling you those before you actually remember it and are scarred for life. We have dinner, again with you in the swing or in the sling on one of us, then we take a nightly walk around the neighborhood. I have never met so many neighbors as I have in the last month on these walks and we have lived here for 3 years. Everyone loves a new baby. We watch a movie or a tv show when we get back. I'll squeeze in a shower while your dad feeds you the last time before bed.
You're very serious so far. We have only seen you smile in your sleep but it is a really cute, wide smile. I can't wait until it is directed at me. You have a short temper and your face turns red in a matter of seconds when things aren't going your way. You love nursing, being held close, your swing, and the geometric curtains in the nursery, which you stare at in wonder when you're being changed. You tolerate car and stroller rides, slings, and baths. You absolutely hate being burped, having your face washed, and diaper changes that take too long.
Our lives have changed so much since having you but it has been worth it. We love you very much and can't wait to watch you grow and change.