One Month With Walton Is a Beautiful Blurr

What day is it? What time is it? What month is it? When I write Walton’s birthday and see the year 2017, I think to myself, how can that be right? We had a baby this year? Pregnancy seems all consuming but then the actual baby comes and the baby bump is a distant memory that is replaced by a grunting, wiggly, tiny body that can’t do anything himself. I mean can’t even hold up his own head out the gate? No wonder new parents get zero sleep … we’re literally holding up this little head so it keeps breathing until it can hold up itself.

But somehow we manage and get through it because we would spend those countless hours just looking at our baby’s little face regardless if he is awake or not. And those little snuggles and sounds that come from that sweet innocent little face are really so wonderful that it is hard to believe that it really makes it all worth while.

What We Know About Baby Walton

  • He hiccups A LOT. Way more than either of the girls that I can remember. They seem violent but seem to bother us more than him.
  • He loves to look at his sisters. They are really good about getting right in his face at eye level so he doesn’t really have a choice to be interested in their crazy faces and sounds.
  • Walton grunts all the time especially when he is working something out in his diaper. This may be all babies but he seems especially grunty.
  • He loves baths. I remember this being a screaming episode with at least Vivi for the first few, but this guy is cool as a cucumber in the tub and would stay in there as long as we let him.
  • He smells like a mix of laundry and warm milk. mmmm baby smell
  • He sleeps right now in 3 hours increments no more … but sometimes less.

I started this blog a little bit after Vivi was born and so she doesn’t have a one month update post. But I wanted to try and get some pics of the kids all at one month to remember what their little bodies looked like compared to Walton’s now.

Smaller than Viv but probably a little bigger than Ellen. I won’t have an updated weight until his 6 week appointment.



12 pounds 11 ounces

10 pounds 4 ounces

While its been a little chaotic with the girls starting school it has really been the best thing for them, to have another focus than being cooped up inside with the baby. They both love to hold the baby and feed the baby bottles. It is almost like a competition of who gets to love on him the most. Ellen’s attention to most things these days is short lived. She likes to be with the baby but is quick to get up to the next thing. Vivi being a little older is more invested in caring for her brother. She gets sensitive when we have to push her away. She tries to insert herself anywhere to be close to the baby.

They are both very interested in his poop and diaper changes and again treats a diaper change as a competition of who gets to be on the stool right next to me to hand me a wipe and diaper.

Oh my milk you ask? I know readers are just dying to know how the milk production is going on my end. I only add this not to add TMI but to remind myself (and the girls one day …) how much one person gives (ME) to feed one other very tiny little person. Right now I am 80% pumping. I will nurse sometimes if I feel like it, if we have time, if we’re comfy on the couch … otherwise I am pumping. I’m not sure what my supply would be like if I hadn’t been on the nursing track to start, but now I pump about 7-10 ounces each pump and have to pump about every 3-4 hours. So that means that yes I make enough milk and then some since Walton is only taking about 3-4 ounces every 3-4 hours and yes I still have a milk dud. Each pump takes me about 10-15 minutes so I am literally hooked up to a machine for no less than an hour in a full day.

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Ellen ONE Month Update

Whew! So Ellen is ONE month old, has had her check up at the doctor and is looking big and beautiful these days. Weighing in at 10 lbs 4 oz she has gained 3 pounds this month and in the 95 percentile of babies. At one month, Viviennne was 12 lbs 11 oz and pretty much off the charts. Smaller is OKAY with me!



  • Chain Sneezes | She cannot give just one or two but more like 5 or 6 every time she sneezes
  • Strong Neck | Arches her head and neck back to the point where it looks unnatural (first pic)
  • Bright Eyes | Ellen has the biggest, inquisitive eyes (second pic)
  • Mad Sleeper | Ellen sleeps with a mad face. Its like she doesn’t want to be asleep but the alternative is so much worse so she makes herself sleep and blames us for it (third pic)

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This is probably the question we most often get. And right now Vivienne is great. We are all in a luxury phase while Ellen sleeps like a baby 80% of the day really. Once she starts to roll, grab and have her own needs and wants besides eating, sleeping and pooping I think we will all be in for a wake up call. But Vivi wants to kiss Ellen ALL THE TIME! Probably about 5-10 kisses in a hour, and that is when we let her. Boullie used to get all the kisses, but these days Vivi only has eyes for Ellen. She has basically found that kissing is one of the only OKAY methods of interaction with Ellen. We put a limit to the touching, grabbing and licking of the baby; you know because we are really good parents.



Which means the end of maternity leave and real life begins. Another maternity leave coming to a close and like the last one I can say that I was really NOT productive at all. Closets did not get cleaned, freezer meals did not get made (or any meal for that matter) and really I don’t care that much. At the beginning of a 6 week “break” we have such high aspirations but this we are thinking in terms of pre-baby. Once those babies come all chores/duties are off besides the “dooty” that comes out of Ellen.

I am looking forward to spending more time with these babies of mine. After much number crunching, weighing the pros and cons and then just getting down to the bottom line that I want more time at home. I am working with Captiva to go to a flex schedule where I will be in the office 3 days a week and at home for 2, so almost part-time.


Ellen: 10 pounds 4 ounces                                           Vivienne: 12 pounds 11 ounces
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