Little baby George is a week old today. I’ll post new pictures later (I have to take some for the “photo diary/log” and to send to his family and his daddy’s owner anyway). Yes, I’ve been taking pictures almost daily of the little guy. That may seem obsessive, but honestly, I swear If I look at him for 10 minutes, I can actually see him growing before my eyes. Like my babies, they change so much, so fast.
At one day old, I could hold him flat on the palm of one hand. At four days, he can’t be contained in two of my daughters. (We have similar hand size). We didn’t weigh him at birth. We had intended to buy an appropriate scale, and ran out of time. It was a good thing though. I remembered a couple days later that I had a postal scale and we’ve been charting his growth with that. We estimate he was between 6 and 9 ounces at birth, certainly under a pound. Yesterday he weighed two pounds (at 5 days old).
The wrinkles on his face, including the ‘rope’ over his nose become more pronounced daily. I especially see huge changes around his eyes — and I expect they will open by the middle of next week. Everyone is hoping he will have his daddy’s green eyes. And hoping against hope that if not green than blue (the blue eyed gene is present on both sides). Wouldn’t he just be gorgeous with blue eyes!
The most difficult part of the week has been, of course, the constant supervision. Though I have to admit everyone in the family has been great about pitching in and taking a shift. The late night watches are leaving me blurry eyes to a point. No matter how late I stay up, my internal alarm clock wants me out of bed by 7 am most mornings. I’ve succumbed to some afternoon naps, but for the most part they don’t really help and only make me wish I could sleep longer. With the holiday weekend, I’m hoping to catch up on the sleep.
At one week, he’s still crawling vs. walking and still blind (and I understand deaf too). He does respond to touch and is getting used to being held by me and my daughter. Mommy Lily is still very protective and very concerned though she is allowing herself to leave the box while he is sleeping and doesn’t complain if I separate them for a few hours at night so I can sleep — but only a few hours.
Keep checking back for more pictures and more progress. As soon as he is more active, I hope to include video as well.