Zachary is the sweetest little thing! I can't believe I got lucky enough to have such a wonderful baby. In my mind, I told myself I deserved the perfect baby after all I went through with my pregnancy, but I was preparing for a really difficult baby (like Russell...poor thing). But no! I got Zach! He may still poop and cry and wake up to eat at night, but as far as babies go, he's as close to perfect that I can imagine!
First off, my recovery has been a breeze, which helps a lot! I hardly even needed pain meds. There were many times in the hospital that I rated my pain as a zero. Zero! I was in more pain than that a month after delivering Russell! It's much easier enjoying your baby when you don't want to cry with every move.
FYI, we decided that when we shorten Zachary's name, it will be spelled "Zach." I was torn on this name purely because of the shortening dilemma. Zach or Zack? "Ch" doesn't technically have a "k" sound, which may confuse him when he starts learning to read, but "ck" isn't part of the full "Zachary." It's all just preference. So we decided that we prefer Zach. :) I hope he doesn't mind when he's older!
He seems to be a good eater, nursing on demand every 2-3 hours, and often going 5 hours at night, and even up to 7 hours once! He has a great natural latch, which I appreciate. But he's following his brothers' trend by gaining weight very slowly. He was 6 lbs 13 oz when he was discharged from the hospital at 2 days old, and was 6 lbs 14 oz at his first doctor's appointment at 2 weeks old. They're supposed to be back to their birth weight by 2 weeks! He was still about 7% below birth weight! So we started supplementing with a few ounces of formula a day, and Zach does a great job taking a bottle. But it's hard to find the "right" formula for him. We decided to try Alimentum, since it's the most gentle formula you can buy off the shelves, but just a few ounces caused constipation, a tummy ache, and mucus poo. I was pretty worried that he'd develop an aversion to the bottle (like Baby Russ did when he realized that it caused tummy pain), so imagine my disbelief when a few people stepped forward to offer their own breast milk for me to feed Zach!! I've been nursing him at every feeding, following it up with a bottle of milk every time. He usually drinks about 12 ounces a day from the bottle and he's gaining weight great! He's up to 9 pounds at 7 weeks old, which still seems so small, but he gained a pound in just over a week, so I'm impressed! I can honestly say I have never experienced what it's like to have a baby who eats properly until now, and it's amazing! I mean, this baby can nurse for 20 minutes and then down 3-4 ounces from the bottle! He still has mucus in his poop, but it's not quite as bad as Russ had it, and he still doesn't have any rashes, bloating, diarrhea, or colic, so I'm hoping it's just an immature digestive system and not a symptom of a bad food. Hopefully he'll be able to handle formula once we run out of donor milk, since his digestive system will have time to mature and get stronger.
Now for the more fun stuff. :)
He lets anyone hold him, which makes for two very happy big brothers.
He's a great snuggler.
He'll gladly go in his swing or his bouncy chair, as long as he's not hungry.
He's got great skin! No rashes, no cradle cap, and no baby acne!
He rarely opened his eyes for his first two weeks, but now he's starting to look around and enjoys having the mobile move on his swing.
He's got a major cowlick on the right side of his forehead.
He's a huge fan of his binky! He's really good at keeping it in, too. I'm not sure how to feel about it. There are some serious advantages to having a binky baby. If he's crying, all I have to do to make him happy is pop in the binky. But my first two never liked binkies. They both sucked their thumbs when they were tired, and never at any other time, and it was ideal, I tell ya. They're both great sleepers. What I absolutely don't want with Zach is to be waking up all night long to replace a lost binky every time he stirs. I'm not sure how to keep that from happening, though, since I've never had a binky baby before! Any tips are welcome. ;)
He still likes to keep his legs tucked up under him froggy-style. It's super cute. :)
He rolls over to his side often. Very often. And a few times he's rolled all of the way over to his belly! Once he rolled deliberately from his back to his belly then back to his back again! And he was less than three weeks old!
He wears size 1 diapers and size newborn clothes. He totally rocks plain onesies!
He sneezes a lot, and it's almost always more than one sneeze at a time, and his sneezes are soft and gentle (unlike his parents').
He often (not always, but often) will start to cry then just lose motivation for it and fall asleep for a moment instead. It made the nurse in the hospital laugh out loud. :)
Instead of having his grandpa's nose, like his brothers do, he seems to have my nose.
He looks a lot like both of his brothers, especially now that he's thinning out.
He started smiling around 6 weeks old. These days he'll always give me a smile when I talk to him! He's much more likely to smile for people he knows, and always smiles best for me, since he loves me most. ;)