Baby Ryan is over 3 weeks old. I can't believe it! It has been a very busy few weeks and I am getting depressed thinking about Kevin going back to work next Monday... so I'm trying not to think about it too much. I have been utterly spoiled!
At three weeks Ryan is such a sweet little boy. He is getting more and more observant and aware of noises and his little siblings love to show him things and bring him blankets, pacis, and toys! Andrew loves to ask to hold him and is so gentle! When our friend Meghan took some photos of Ryan a week or so ago, Andrew was the perfect big brother and was so careful with Ryan. Didn't Meghan do such a great job? I have so many pictures to pick from that I'm not quite sure which ones are my favorite.
My friend Wendy also took some photos of Ryan as a baby gift to me a week or so ago and Andrew was equally as sweet in them. Ryan looked so handome! Once I choose my favorites from that shoot I'll share them here too.
Ryan is pretty alert these days, has rolled from his front to back a few times, and occasionally likes tummy time. He is starting to fill out his newborn clothes more and more and loves to nap cuddled up with either me or Kevin (or really anyone else who will hold him). We just moved him into size 1 diapers since he likes to fill them up so much and so often- exciting times at our house! ;) He also has taken his first few expressed bottles of milk successfully and I managed to escape last week and go to an uplifting meeting for 2 hours all by myself. Considering Catie didn't take a bottle for 9 months... I am so happy Ryan was cooperative this early on!
Little dude is still very much a newborn with his sleeping patterns- very inconsistent. I'm getting better and better at surviving on very little sleep and not being too emotional about it... though the 3rd week is usually the hardest for me because the adrenaline rush of having a baby goes away and I am just plain tired! Shari came into town just in time to help entertain the kiddos, do dishes, hold Ryan, and help Kevin and I have a bit of a break. I'll post more about her visit soon.
I have to say that in the wee hours of the morning when I am snuggling with little Ryan (sitting on my glider in my bathroom... because that's Ryan's temporary "nursery" these days) I rarely feel annoyed that I am awake and instead just can't believe how lucky I am to have such a precious little baby. With our third, I recognize how short lived this cuddly helpless stage is... and pretty soon little dude will be a toddler (like Catie) who wants to do everything "himself." I am totally going to enjoy every snuggly little moment with him for as long as I can! The next few months are going to fly by!