Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Past Four Weeks

Dillan is four weeks old today.  Time truly does fly when you're having fun, or extremely sleep deprived and days and nights all seem to mesh together.  Dillan's sleep habits are improving.  At night he wakes every 2 to 3 hours to nurse and get his diaper changed.  There have been a few occasions where he has slept 4 to 5 hours, but those aren't regular occurrences. There is no regular sleep pattern during the day.  He just nurses, sleeps, and has short stints of wakeful times... repeat, no sense of routine yet.

Dillan is a gassy little guy. Tanner likes to say "EEEEWWW!!!" after Dillan toots it up! I was talking to the pediatrician about it and told her "Tanner was never gassy like this." She informed me that it's normal and reminded me that this baby is not Tanner.  Tanner never had diaper rashes either, and that is something we're now dealing with as well.  The pediatrician gave us some zink oxide for it, but the cream hasn't had much affect yet.  Poor little butt.

The adjustment of adding another little human to our family hasn't been quite as hard on Tanner as I thought it'd be. I had anticipated lots of jealousy, tantrums, and just general acting up. Tanner is an awesome big brother.  He is always wanting to hold Dillan. He thinks it's his job to run into our room, where Dillan sleeps in his crib, to wake Dillan up in the morning and after he wakes from nap.  This can be frustrating, for Brandon and I, but we are learning to just roll with it.  When Dillan cries, Tanner runs to him and baby talks him in the sweetest little voice, or he runs to Brandon and I to let us know.  He likes to grab Dillan's wrists and point to his hands and then show us his own hands, same thing with the ears, and eyes.    We often hear "wee, wee, wee" and see that  Dillan's little piggies are getting played with if  they are poking out of a blankie.

Tanner has had a hard time with wanting to be held at the same time that Dillan is being held, or is nursing.  It's just as hard on Brandon and I as it is on Tanner. I miss being able to hold Tanner whenever he wants to be held.   Dillan does spend more time in the swing and bouncy chair than Tanner ever did, at this age.  I make it a point to get on the floor to play with Tanner, even if I have to nurse Dillan while doing so.Nap and bed times are something Tanner has started fighting more since Dillan's arrival, it could also just be his age though.  Tanner now wants to be in our room, since this is where Dillan's crib is, or he wants Dillan to sleep on the floor of his room while he sleeps in the crib.  When Dillan is a little older, and sleeping through the night, he'll get moved into Tanner's room.  Then we'll see how badly Tanner wants his little brother in his room. :)

Dillan is starting to look more and more like his brother to me.  He's got great big eyes, the same mouth and maybe even the same nose. I'm still not certain what color his eyes will be.  I would love for them to be dark brown like mine, since Tanner's eyes are just a tad darker than his daddy's, which are a shade of green.  Time will tell what color they turn out to be.   

Dillan and I haven't left the house very many times since his birth.  When he does go out in public he's always got a cover over his car seat.  I'm a bit of a germ-a-phoebe when it comes to my baby.  Brandon and Tanner are constantly being told to wash their hands or put sanitizer on when they come home from one of their excursions. 


At February 14, 2012 at 3:59 PM , Blogger SJT said...

It is an adjustment! But sounds like you're doing well! :)

At February 14, 2012 at 4:30 PM , Blogger Brandi said...

Sometimes, when in the moment, it doesn't feel like we're adjusting well at all. It does good to sit and reflect on it all. :)

At February 15, 2012 at 3:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the stories of Tanner being such a great big brother! So adorable!


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