Meet Hank Nicholas Schnettgoecke!
Born: December 11, 2013 | 2:22pm
Weight: 7 pounds 9 ounces | 19.5 inches long
Soon I hope to post his birth story of the day he was born. I haven’t quite recalled all the details of that day yet, little details still come to me now and then and try to record them all. For now, we will start his monthly updates. Each month I will fill out the same questionnaire (below) as I did through out my pregnancy. I thoroughly enjoyed documenting my pregnancy and having it to look back on and it is a great way for me to keep in touch with family and friends we don’t see all that often.
Weight: 8 pounds 12 ounces
Length: 21 inches
Diaper Size: Newborn, because we have one more box to go. He could be in a 1 shortly.
Clothes Size: Newborn still fits, however, length wise it’s getting a little small. Mostly, he wears 0-3 month size, even though they are still a bit big.
Feeding/Eating: First 2 weeks Hank was breastfed. What a whirlwind. I was a nervous wreck and Hank was wanting to eat every hour to hour and a half and it took him 15-30 minutes each side, which equiv-elated to constant feeding. At his first check up at 2 weeks, Hank hadn’t gained his original birth weight back and I was a baby blues mess. The doctor suggested supplementing with formula, offering him an ounce after nursing him. That night after nursing him for close to 45 minutes, we made his first bottle and he took an ounce down like a mad man, so we made another ounce, same story. I was heartbroken. I had been depriving my child for the last 2 weeks and he was so hungry. I was curious what he was getting while nursing so I pumped both sides and was barely getting an ounce. So discouraging. We did the supplementing for about 3 days until we made a complete switch to formula. It broke my heart, but it was what was best for all of us this time around. We will try again next time. We started out with 2 ounces every two hours, 3 ounces every 3 hours and now made the switch yesterday to 4 ounces every 3 to 3.5 hours. No spit up really to speak of and he takes the bottle like a champ.
Sleep/Nightime: Has improved dramatically with the introduction of the pacifier and making the switch to formula. Hank was fussy and restless in the beginning and I’m sure it was because he wasn’t getting his belly full while I was nursing him. He now is waking up every 3 to 3.5 hours like clockwork to eat. He still sleeps in our room in his Fisher Price Rock n’ Play inclined sleeper. Once we make a few finishing touches to his room and purchase a baby monitor, he will be making the move to the nursery.
Likes: Hank loves music, well country music, that’s the only music he has heard so far. I play music on Pandora and let him listen and if he crying, he usually stops and looks around and seems content.
Dislikes: Bath time, although he is coming around. This cold weather, makes being naked miserable for anyone. ; )
Favorite Books: Big Red Barn, Johnny Tractor And His Pals, and Truck and Loader. We do not have a huge collection and I can’t wait to add more books all along the way.
Favorite Toy: The closest thing to toys Hank has right now are his monkey mat (which we are using to document his growth each month in these posts) and bouncy seat. He spends a lot of time each day on both.
Milestones: Focuses on faces and his hands. Has cooed a little. Can lift his head off surfaces and has tummy time every few days or so. He hates tummy time after a few minutes and screams. It does accomplish what it is suppose to because he keeps his head off the floor to really get some lung behind those screams. 🙂
Discoveries: Hank has made funny faces from the day he was born and they haven’t been in short supply since. Here are a few I was able to catch on camera, others come and go too fast.