It’s so hard to believe that two months ago (yesterday), we welcomed sweet baby Ralph into the world. It’s amazing how quickly the time has gone and our little newborn is now a sweet baby!
I did an Instagram live last week and many asked quite a handful of questions. Some of the topics I have decided not to cover because I don’t think it’s anyones business (birth story and how I have chosen to feed my baby) but one question that I got asked and LOVED was “what has surprised you most about having a baby”. I actually had to stop and think once this was asked. At first my mind went to maybe something silly he has done or even how little he really is (I mean they are so small at first) but then my response finally came into my head. I would say the one thing that has surprised me the most about having a baby is what an easy transition it has been.
Totally honest, before baby Ralph arrived I was not sure what it would be like having a baby. As someone who has only had to be responsible for my husband and puppies over the last 6 years (and myself prior to that), I was somewhat nervous about Ralph’s arrival. Much to my surprise bringing him home and even getting back into our normal work/etc routine has been super seamless. Yes, I feed Ralph every meal but after his playtime (which is about 45 minutes post feed), we swaddle him up and he goes right back in his crib until his next feeding. My life now revolves in 3 hour time frames during the day (with the puppies it used to be 4 hour time frames…dogs really do prepare you for a baby).
I can credit this easy transition to having taken care of our puppies over the last 6 years and more importantly to having a really good baby. I know, I know everyone thinks they have the best baby but Ralph really is so wonderful. He is the sweetest, most snuggly little love bug and we cannot get enough. See below for a few fun (well what I think are fun), updates about baby Ralph!
- How much does he weight? 6.15 when he was born, now he is 11.4
- How much does he eat? 5-6 ounces per feed (he started at 8 feeds in 24 hours, now we are at 5)
- Does he sleep at night? Amazingly enough, about 10 days ago Ralph started sleeping 10-12 hours a night. We have had him on a schedule since he was born and this has really helped him get to this point so quickly! I also credit the schedule we have baby Ralph on to making this an easy transition because it’s much easier to narrow down what is wrong and how to help him if he gets upset!
- Did you vaccinate Ralph? Yes, we did his vaccines at 6 1/2 weeks, prior to traveling with him.
- How much ‘up time’ does he have in a day? We wake Ralph up 20 minutes prior to his feed, his feedings usually take 15-25 minutes and then after that we do everything in our power to keep him awake for another 45 minutes (take him on a walk, give him a bath, sit outside, play with his toys, tummy time). This totals to about 6 hours of ‘up time’ a day…which if I am being honest, is never enough…I love when he is awake.
- Any new ‘things’ he is doing? Since about 4 weeks old, Ralph has loved to stare at lights…that baby could stare for hours! He is also starting to smile and ‘talk’ a lot more. His smiles are the sweetest things ever, it’s amazing the stupid things we do to try and get just oneeee little smile!
- Do you do tummy time? Yes, we have done tummy time since he was 9 days old. He loves it!
- How was it traveling with a newborn? Honestly, I was so nervous but it was such a breeze. Plus my peace offering to the other passengers (a.k.a. baby Ralph cookies) really helped ease my stress. I will do a post on what ‘products’ we used/traveled with soon!
Baby Ralph has been the biggest blessing and the best addition to our little family. It has been so fun to see his daily changes and watching him learn and take in everything. Thank you all for following along on this new journey! xx