Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sterling's first month

Sterling's first month was full, full, full! Such is the life of a 4th child. You enter the world and it just doesn't stop especially with it being the end of the school year. Thankfully we had a lot of help.

Adam took a week of paternity leave when we came home from the hospital. Then Denise came up and took care of us for a week and then my Aunt Alice came up the following week. We had a good 3 weeks of care and it was wonderful. Just to have extra hands getting the girls to and from school and extra hands to play with Henry. 

These are pictures from Sterling's first bath at home. The girls are wearing t-shirts from their Spring choir performance. It was on the Monday after Sterling was born (on a Friday) so Sterling and I did not go. I waited to bathe him until it was over because the girls wanted to help. Sterling loves baths but wasn't a big fan until he could be immersed so he screamed through most of this particular bath.

These pictures are from our first walk. We just went back and forth on our street a little bit.

Sterling loves being on the changing table and looking out the window. You can even take him there when he is fussy and he will calm down most of the time.

I used the sling a good bit in this first month.

As you can see, he is held a ton and gets lots of naps on people's chests. We love spoiling our little guy. 

This picture is from our first trip with our family of 6 in the car. It was on our way to church when Sterling was 2 weeks and 2 days old. You can see how we had everyone positioned. This car configuration didn't last. Henry still can't quite buckle and unbuckle himself and my arms are too short to reach back there and help him AND the girls were still in school so they weren't always there to help.....so he and Caroline are switched at the time being except for long trips.

First day at church.

First library trip.

Smiling for the camera.

Sterling wasn't quite at his birth weight at his 2 week well visit. I think they may have reset the scale incorrectly because he gained 15 ounces in 11 days and was 9 lbs 7 ounces at his weight check at 3 weeks old.

Sterling has many firsts this month. Some notable ones:

First time at church
first bath

We love this little guy!