It's been just over a month since I first introduced you to the newest addition to my family, Harrison. It's been crazy to say the least. The first couple of days after bringing him home from the hospital wasn't the easiest as I was in so much pain and Josh was back at work again pretty soon after. Luckily I had help on hand so those days were made much easier for me so that I could adjust to looking after two children rather than just the one.
Harrison is now 5 weeks and 6 days old. It's gone by so quickly. I just can't quite believe he's been with us for so long. It only feels like he's been with us for a short period of time. So much has happened over the last 5 weeks. He's had numerous visits from the Health Visitor. He had his heel prick test(my poor baby!) and he also had his hearing screening too. As you may know, I'm partially deaf, although not from birth, so that was one thing that I was really concerned about. Thankfully all was well and he had a clear response to both of the tests. There seems to be no concerns at the moment which is a relief.
He is developing well too. When he was born he was 7lbs exactly but when he was last weighed a few days ago he was 9lbs 2oz which is a good sign as he is putting the weight on rather than losing it. It's baffling just how much weight he has put on in such a short space of time. He looks so much bigger now. When he was first born he just looked so teeny and fragile but now he just looks completely different. As soon as he was born I could instantly tell who he looked more like. With his dark hair and little pout, he looks most like Josh, but then he has my button nose which is so adorable.
Harrison has now started getting to that stage where he is looking around at people and getting to grips with new voices and other sounds around him. The quietest noise can startle him, which if he's asleep can be an absolute pain, but I'm not complaining. I'm just thankful that he has his hearing.
Now, let's talk bedtime and feeding. I'm actually not breastfeeding, nor co-feeding. I have chosen to bottle feed this time around with Harrison. For the first week or so he was an absolute pain to feed. I would have to wake him every three hours to give him a bottle else he would be asleep for hours on end. Whilst it is good to have a break from a screaming newborn, I couldn't leave him to sleep for so long without having his milk. Apparently his lack of appetite was down to being jaundiced but that thankfully disappeared within a couple of days to a week. He now wakes up every 3-4 hours for a feed throughout the day, although he can be rather unpredictable at night. Sometimes he will want a bottle three hours later, or maybe five. Me and Josh take it in turns doing night feeds, so at least then we get a good nights sleep at least once or twice a week.
Yes, most days we wake up in the morning with a banging headache and a miserable look on our faces due to the lack of sleep but all we have to do is take one little look at Harrisons beautiful face and we know that it's all worth it.
It's so nice looking after two boys. There is never a dull moment in our household. Alfie absolutelely adores Harrison. He shows him so much love and affection, it truly melts my heart. He holds his hands, kisses him and holds him(with a little help from me or Josh of course). I am so proud of how well he has took to being a big brother. I was so apprehensive about how he would react as he is no longer an only child, but luckily for me he seems to enjoy it. I think he will be quite protective of Harrison as he gets older.
I really can't wait to see what the next couple of weeks brings. I imagine it will be rather busy as it's now the summer holidays so Alfie is no longer in nursery for the next couple of weeks. It's the perfect opportunity to have days out as a family.