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Conor is one month old (a few days ago)!!! He’s started social smiling at us, more and more each day, and in general is a lot more animated and intereted in his surroundings. We’ve heard more “coo’s” and “ahh’s” from him, and he really likes listening to the radio (especially Tiger’s games with daddy). He usually loves tummy time and is pretty good at lifting and turning his head. We tried infant massage tonight for the first time. He was into it for a few minutes then resumed fussing, so we’ll try it again tomorrow at a time when he’s more agreeable.

He still loves his car seat and stroller and is almost always content for a walk around the ‘hood. He loves walking downtown to the park and people watching, and getting lots of attention from strangers. His hair is quite an attention grabber!

Unfortunately he’s also becoming more fussy, especially with his feedings and especially at night. He will turn his head, arch his back, gag and choke, pull off, then cry because he’s still hungry. Lather, rinse, repeat! He’s really gassy, spits up quite a bit, occasionally forcefully, and wheezes and grunts a lot in his sleep. The pediatrician thinks it might be dairy allergy and/or reflux so we’re trying dairy elimination and Zantac to see if that helps. The first 24 hours without dairy have gone well so hopefully I can keep it up. I hope we can continue breastfeeding, especially after all the work we did to get over his late start and latch issues.

Conor was 11 lbs. 11 oz. at his appointment yesterday – up 16 oz. in 15 days! He’s definitely gaining weight well so even though eating seems to cause him some trouble he’s getting what he needs, which makes us feel better. We don’t like seeing him upset and hopefully if it’s something more than typical baby “colic” we can get him some relief.

Conor weighed 10 lbs 11 oz today, almost back to his birth weight. He’s up 3-4 oz since the LC’s visit Friday, and 7.5 oz since his appointment last Monday, so he’s right on track with a ounce/day. He’s in the 95th percentile for weight, length, and head circ., putting him right on target for a 6 week old! He’s “thriving”, so apparently he’s doing okay with nursing.

Conor slept 6 hours Saturday night! Last night he was up at 2 and 6 again so looks like it’s not a sure thing, but it is possible! We have a new routine to try tonight, by suggestion of the NP we saw today. If it works he should be sleeping for 5-6 hours in a stretch at night. One can hope, right???

It’s been a busy couple of weeks since Conor’s arrival! Here’s a recap (I’ll add some pictures soon):

Birthday! June 26 2009 – Conor Timothy arrived at 8:10 pm after an easy 9 hour labor. 10 lbs 13 oz 22 in long! He was taken to the NICU shortly after birth for some breathing difficulty.

June 27 2009 – A chest X-ray showed some fluid left in Conor’s lungs. His breathing was very rapid and shallow as his body worked to clear his lungs. He was put on a CPAP for breathing help. Conor met Nana and Grandpa Carmody and Aunt Megan for the first time!


June 28 2009 – Mom and dad came home today. Conor is off the CPAP. He met Mimi, Uncle Brian, Aunt Katie and Aunt Katie’s mom Mary.

June 29 2009 – Conor is still doing well with the nasal cannula.

June 30 2009 – Got to try nursing for the first time!

July 1 2009 – Still working on nursing and breathing. He was taken off the IV and nasal cannula.
July 2 2009 – Doing great without any help breathing! Conor gets to go home tomorrow if he meets his feeding goal.


1 week old July 3 2009 – Came home today! He met his doggies and kitties. It was a long night with Jackson’s crying – he’s very interested in his new little brother.

July 4 2009 – We watched the Plymouth 4th of July parade from Conor’s nursery window. Nana and Grandpa Carmody came over to visit. A much better night for Jackson.

July 5 2009 – Hanging out at home. The animals are adjusting well. Jackson and Cassady are more curious than Rodney and Otis.

July 6 2009 – 1st visit to the pediatrician, Dr. Becker. Conor is at 10 lbs 3 oz. We’re still working on nursing so Tim gets to give bottles, too. Conor went for a walk around the neighborhood this afternoon. He slept through it.


July 7 2009 – Conor’s newborn pictures were taken today by Kelli from Purple Tree Photography. We went for a walk tonight to the Dairy Go Round.

July 8 2009 – Mimi went home today – we will miss all her help but are glad she’ll be back next week.

July 9 2009 – Went for another long walk today to downtown Plymouth and out to eat for the first time at Panera. Conor was such a good boy and slept the whole time.

2 weeks old July 10 2009 – We went for a walk to Art in the Park tonight in downtown Plymouth. Conor was a bit fussy getting into his carseat but as soon as we got going he settled down and passed out!

We can’t wait to see what happens in the next two weeks!

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