Friday, August 30, 2013

Nolan Eben Salton!

Wow, it's really been a while hasn't it? I've said it before, and I hope I can keep my promise this time but I really will be updating here more often!

That said, obviously if you know me in real life (or many of you in my online life!) you'll know that I had a baby almost SEVEN weeks ago now!

Tired mama + screaming baby = MAGIC!
Nolan Eben Salton was born on July 14, 2013, at 2:11 pm at Mary Greeley Medical Center. He is officially the new light of my life. The past few weeks have been such a whirlwind! I can't believe that he's already here, let alone that he's already 6 weeks and some change.

Since being born, I have been on maternity leave. I decided to take the full 12 weeks off (per FMLA) meanwhile I'm jealous beyond belief for England and their maternity leave policies (up to a year PAID). My sleep has been sporadic at best and I now know why sleep deprivation is a torture device.

But more than anything, Nolan has been amazing. I've probably said, "you're such a good boy!" and "I love you, little man" more times than I can count.

Nolan is a very calm baby. He really only cries when he needs something. Some babies are colicky and I feel very fortunate that Nolan isn't crying constantly. It helps make for a more sane mommy.

At 6 days old we took some awesome pictures of him and I'm so glad we did! Here are some of my faves:

Since then he has met almost all of his immediate family. Grandparents, aunts, uncles (besides Christian... that's happening in about an hour though!), and several friends have dropped by.

He has gotten SO big. He was born at 8 pounds 4 ounces and he definitely is more than 10 now. I wouldn't be surprised if he's 11 pounds already.

The little guy is just SO cute. I often find myself thinking, "Oh my god, he's just so f*cking cute" and then remembering that I'm a mom and can't drop the F*Bomb anymore. *tiny violin*

Probably the best thing that's happened recently is that he's starting to smile! I can't believe it!!! It's one of the cutest things in the world. And when he smiles, it's for real. No longer are they the "gassy smiles" that you'd see when he was little(r). And he really lights up my day when he smiles at me. It's just genuine happiness. I finally caught him smiling on a picture yesterday, sorry for the quality but he's a wiggle worm and it was taken on my phone.

Could you just melt??
So far, Nolan hates Tummy Time, but I'm trying to get better at making him do it throughout the day... he doesn't have a flat head (in case you were worried!), he is using cloth diapers and they make him look like he has dumps like a truck (what, what?), he makes the cutest sigh/exhale when I can tell he's actually asleep, and his arms are always hanging out over his head.

Oh, I forgot. My favorite newborn thing he does is with his feet... he just pulls his knees into his chest and kicks out. I know it's simple, but he does it over and over again and it's honestly the most adorable thing. I have tried to do it myself, and if I could master it the way Nolan has, I'd have a 6 pack by the end of the hour.

LOVE LOVE LOVE! Once again, I WILL update more often. Now that he takes longer naps and I kinda know what I'm doing I think you'll see more frequent posts.