Simon @ 1 Month

posted by Andrea | 04/4/2014

simon at one month

one month

Simon is one month old today :)

I’ve already shared Simon’s arrival (right on his due date), the story behind his name, and his birth story… so I don’t have a ton of new information. However, the monthly posts and photos are something I really wanted to continue with Simon… so here we go!

So far, Simon has been much easier than Nora was as an infant — but I’m POSITIVE that at least part of his “easiness” is because I’m so much more confident in my mothering abilities and I’m not second-guessing every decision I make. Yes, he’s easier, but I’m also a “better” mom so I can handle his fussiness.

Does that make sense?

Simon is definitely not what they call an “Angel Baby” but he’s also not nearly as fussy or high-needs as Nora was. He really likes to be held and to snuggle with mom (which is nice) but I’m hoping he warms up to his bouncy seat and swing sometime soon!

He’s also VERY fussy when he’s on his back. He will only fall asleep on his stomach and screams uncontrollably when he’s on his back — which makes putting him in his carseat somewhat of a chore (non-stop screaming for the majority of the car ride). Thankfully, I like to stay home a lot!

He’s a nursing champ and he loves his pacifier, but we’re still working on getting him to take a bottle well. We WILL keep trying different bottles and techniques because I’m not willing to be his sole source of food for the next year :)

He’s also been a pretty good sleeper so far. It only took about 2 days for him to get his days and nights figured out… and while he still wakes up around 3 times each night, he goes right back to sleep after eating. He also goes to bed easily around 8:30 and usually has one 4-5 hour stretch of sleep!

He doesn’t take long naps, but he does take several one-hour naps throughout the day. When I can tell he’s getting fussy and tired, I just put his pacifier in, lay him down, and rub his back for a minute or so until he drifts off to sleep. No hours of rocking and crying and pacing like we had with Nora!!

We’re also still doing lots of couch naps — but that’s mostly because it’s one of the only ways I can get Nora to sleep so we all just hang out on our couch for an hour in the afternoon.

In some ways, it’s been a long month of adjustments and changes… but at the same time, it’s gone really fast.

I’m looking forward to many more moths of sharing his milestones here on the blog — but for now, I’ll just leave you with a few of his “funny face” pictures, as Nora calls them… we’ve even gotten a few smiles lately!

Happy 1-month sweet Simon John.

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26 comments

  1. JoAnn C.

    04/04/2014

    Beautiful. Just beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing. I can’t wait until next month to see more.

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  2. Paulette Smith

    04/04/2014

    Andrea, you have Dave produce BEAUTIFUL babies! Simon really is adorable. Thanks for keeping us updated! :)

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  3. Paulette Smith

    04/04/2014

    Good grief! I meant to say, you AND Dave…

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  4. Happy

    04/04/2014

    Beautiful pictures. :) I’m interested in hearing how Nora is coping with the adjustment from Only Child to Big Sister.

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  5. BarbaraL.

    04/04/2014

    Simon is adorable…what a sweet little baby! ( I think he’s going to look exactly like you)

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  6. Katelin Reagh

    04/04/2014

    He is absolutely precious!! Be well :-)

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  7. Rebecca

    04/04/2014

    He’s adorable! Thanks for the post! I was wondering how things were going so far! He’s got some great expressions. ;-)

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  8. Heart and Haven

    04/04/2014

    That newborn gaze….trying to see the past of their nose to focus, so precious :-)
    I’m glad he’s not an extra fussy newborn AND that you have more confidence in mothering skills this time around.

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  9. bj

    04/04/2014

    Oh my!!! He is such an adorable little boy!! The picture of Nora and Simon on the couch sleeping made me smile; that’s what I call “bonding time”. I am so thankful and excited for you all that Simon is better with the naps, eating and sleeping schedule. That’s a praise!!!

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  10. Avia

    04/04/2014

    He’s just adorable! Couch naps are good for mommy too…forced rest!

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  11. Kim {Pinspired Home}

    04/04/2014

    Oh, what a sweetie!
    I completely get what you mean about the confidence making for an easier baby experience.
    And seeing Simon in that sweet blue overall outfit brought back so many memories. My little boy had the same outfit! :)
    Blessings to you, Dave, Nora, and Simon!

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  12. Carie

    04/04/2014

    What a sweetheart!! For my first baby, we had the same issues with him not wanting to be on his back. And car rides were torturous for all of us. I took him to a chiropractor and one of his little shoulders was out of alignment. After a couple of visits, he was MUCH more comfortable in his car seat and really didn’t cry being on his back anymore!! Good luck and congrats on your sweet Simon!

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  13. Barb

    04/04/2014

    Simon is so adorable! I love your posts on he and Nora!

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  14. Tara

    04/04/2014

    He is adorable!!

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  15. Victoria @ Creative Home Keeper

    04/04/2014

    Oh my! How sweet! He is adorable, I love baby photos. Thanks for sharing! My second baby was also much less fussier and a better sleeper then the first, one of the blessings of a second child I liked to tell myself, plus you’re right on. As a second time parent you are so much more confident! Best wishes to you in this sweet season :)

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  16. April

    04/04/2014

    Looking at the pictures of Nora on the couch napping reminds me so much of my own high-needs baby girl and what it was like for her when her baby brother came along. Makes me really homesick for my babies.

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  17. Rana

    04/04/2014

    He is absolutely beautiful! I can’t believe a month has passed already! Congratulations again.

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  18. Sandy K

    04/04/2014

    He is so cute. You and your hubby many beautiful babies.

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  19. Yvonne

    04/04/2014

    Just precious!! Thank you for sharing!

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  20. Mary

    04/04/2014

    I love your scarf!

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  21. Justina

    04/05/2014

    What an awesome smile he has! That is wonderful that you get cuddle time with both. :)

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  22. Kathy

    04/05/2014

    So glad that you’ve not been frightened off and had your second child. It is just a whole different experience when you go from a couple to a small new born that does not come with instructions. I found the second baby easier for lots of reasons mainly because you knew what to expect and therefore you are more confident and as you say at times you can still have a screaming baby that you have no idea what to do with however your more relaxed so I’m thrilled that you are feeling the same because parenting is exhausting but usually the 2nd baby just slips right on in there with your already established family routine. It’s the first that is the almighty shock because you go from being independent (even as a couple) ie going where you want, when you want, sleep in, get up early it’s entirely up to you, to all of that at the hands of this tiny screaming bundle with no manual. Glad you are enjoying mothering with less stress than your first time round….you are not alone in that. He is so cute that’s for sure. I can’t believe it’s been a month already too. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  23. Lisa Rohrssen

    04/06/2014

    He is beautiful and I am glad it’s going better for you. I have never doubted myself so much before I became a parent.

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  24. Morgan

    04/07/2014

    He is so perfect. Love seeing bits of your day to day with your two darlings. xoxo

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  25. Sarah

    04/07/2014

    Oh he is SO sweet. He looks like an “observational” baby-he’s going to watch, learn and take it all in. You can already see his mind churning, making sense of everything. (I had a few of those “love the stomach” babies also-and car seat hating babies-so stressful driving, till they could sit up and face front.)

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  26. Bec

    04/11/2014

    Naaw so cute! I love his little dimples in the last pic, and the big yawn at the start had me awwing throughout this post. Thanks for the update *Cluck Cluck* :D

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