Month One with Donovan

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Can you believe it??! Donovan is one month old. This month has been amazing, although way too fast in my opinion. Since I haven’t shared his birth story yet, I’ll share a little bit here!

Baby's First Month \\ Graceful Mommy

Baby's First Month \\ Graceful Mommy

Donovan was super cozy in the womb. I was in my 40th week and the doctor decided we should induce. So, the night of December 29th, we packed our hospital bags, dropped Gracie off at her Grammas + Grandpa’s and headed to the hospital. We got there around 9pm. They didn’t give me the Cytotec (medicine used to get the cervix ready) until midnight. The nurse said she would come back in 4 hours to give the next dose and that we should get some sleep. We actually did sleep for a couple hours. I was having contractions but they weren’t that painful yet.

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Around 5 am (an hour after the nurse was supposed to come in to give the next dose), the nurse comes in to check on me. She said she couldn’t give me the next dose because I was contracting too often! At this point, the contractions started to hurt. I didn’t get an epidural with Gracie + I loved it, so I wanted to try the same with Donovan.

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Around 6 am, I was in A LOT of pain. The contractions were SO different than Gracie. The nurse gave me some medicine (not the epidural but I forget what it was called). And I was able to relax for an hour or so. When the nurse came back in I was back in a lot of pain so I asked for the epidural. Things were moving SO fast. The anesthesiologist came in around 7:30 am to do the epidural and at this point I was 9cm dialated. By the time he actually got the epidural in, I was 10cm dilated and we were all just waiting for the doctor. Once the doctor came, Donovan was like SOOO READY. And so was I! I probably pushed 3 times and he was here! The doctor and nurses could not believe how big he was. When they finally weighed him and said he was 10 lbs I  was SHOCKED! Gracie was only 7lbs 10oz. Insane. He was perfect.

Baby's First Month \\ Graceful Mommy

Baby's First Month \\ Graceful Mommy

Okay, whew! There’s the birth story for those asking! It was a beautiful birth, worth every ounce of pain.

Baby's First Month \\ Graceful Mommy

Baby's First Month \\ Graceful Mommy

Our first month with Donovan has been amazing.

Gracie is the best sister. She has been SO gentle, so loving, and so curious about Donovan. I was totally not expecting that, but she really is doing great! One thing we’re trying to do is lots of fun activities with her and have her help with Donovan when she wants to.

Baby's First Month \\ Graceful Mommy

Baby's First Month \\ Graceful Mommy

Baby's First Month \\ Graceful Mommy

Baby's First Month \ Graceful Mommy

Baby's First Month \\ Graceful Mommy

Height/Weight

11 lbs 5 oz. // 23.5 inches

Baby's First Month \ Graceful Mommy

Routine 

We’ve been waking up around 9-10 ish – which is awesome. Donovan still loves to sleep a lot. He really is an awesome baby. Very calm, self soothes, eats a lot. As far as routines go, he likes to eat, be awake for a bit, then sleep. We try to keep Gracie busy with painting, parks, lots of running around, helping with baby, etc. She sometimes will do her afternoon nap, and sometimes will skip it.
Baby's First Month \\ Graceful Mommy
Baby's First Month \\ Graceful Mommy
Baby's First Month \\ Graceful Mommy

Sleeping

Donovan sleeps great! Lots of naps during the day, and at night he wakes up around 1-2 times. It’s crazy. I think because of his weight, he is a way better sleeper than Gracie.
Baby's First Month \\ Graceful Mommy
Baby's First Month \\ Graceful Mommy
Eating/Feeding
Donovan is a champ at breastfeeding. He eats around every 3 hours and we’ve had no problems this time around with breastfeeding. With Gracie, I had all sorts of problems in the beginning, including mastitis. I think this time around it’s WAYYY easier cause I know what I’m doing, lol!
Baby's First Month \\ Graceful Mommy

Sizes

Donovan fit in newborn clothes for about 3 days LOL. He now wears 3 month clothes + fills them out really well! Craziness!

Milestones

As far as milestones go, Donovan had his first doctors visit + went out for the first time (it was his Aunt’s white coat ceremony). We also took a mini road trip to Marco Island for the weekend! He had his first bath, and we took him to his first farmer’s market!
Baby's First Month \\ Graceful Mommy
Baby's First Month \\ Graceful Mommy
Baby's First Month \\ Graceful Mommy

How I feel

I feel great + so blessed! I was so nervous about the transition between one to two kids, and honestly I am pretty shocked at how smooth it went. I think a lot of it has to do with my husband being home this month. That has been a HUGE help and made the transition so great. I can’t believe I’m a mom to two KIDS.
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