At this very moment you are nestled on my lap feeding - you're such a big boy I don't even need to cradle you now! You are just on five weeks old and while the transition into parenthood was difficult in the early weeks, we're now relaxing into a gentle rhythm with you and better understanding how we can best meet your needs (plus your mum has surrendered to the sleep deprivation!) It really is a lesson in savoring the moment, you are growing and changing so quickly.
You entered the world after a (mostly) calm, 12 hour labour, where we utilized the techniques taught to us in the Calmbirth course - you worked with me every step of the way and showed no signs of distress - I really couldn't have asked for a better birthing experience. I won't lie though, pushing out all 9 pounds 7 oz of you was no walk in the park!
We've nicknamed you 'The Guzzler' since you love to breast feed so much - you regained your birth weight very quickly and you're now in the 90th percentile on all measures. It's very satisfying to see you thriving solely from the food my body provides you. Every day we take Bronco for a long walk and you fall asleep to the motion and sounds of the gravel crunching underfoot. You don't enjoy the car as much, as your grandma and I found out when you cried all the way from St Kilda to Chelsea on the way home from a wedding.
In the last two weeks you've become so much more alert, you become transfixed at looking at the wall or ceiling, and now you're even focusing on a wooden book of animals. You're more content to lay on the lamb skin or change table just taking things in, rather than needing to be held - though we still love to have you fall asleep on us like a little koala bear. Watching you bob your head on my chest as you try and hold yourself up and focus on my face is so lovely, and you seem to enjoy it too, making little excited sounds which we mimic back to you. You also love bath time - we think you'll be a strong little swimmer as you love to kick against the outside of the bath to propel yourself forward.
You've met so many people already - your grandma (who was there when you were born) and grandad, poppy, nan and poppy pete, your great pop, uncles and aunts and many of your mum and dad's good friends. And there's still so many more people who can't wait to meet you!
We're amazed at how you're changing before our eyes which gets us thinking about how we can bear facilitate your development and build a fun and happy family life. Your Daddy can't wait to take you to the football and already had your MCC application underway when you were three days old!
Hugo Charlie, thank you for coming into our lives little man xxx