Progress Report: Week 3

Dear Jack,

Today you turn three whole weeks old. I can't believe how quickly the time has gone by. It feels like just yesterday that we were standing at the threshold of the mom and baby floor of the hospital, waiting for our "car seat strap-in technique" to be approved so we could be free, and take you home, tiny delicate person that you were. We had no idea what we were doing and I was secretly hoping we would fail the car seat test, just to stay a little longer under supervision of people who clearly had more of a clue than I did about what to do with a baby. 

Three weeks in, we still don't really know which end is up. We hope we're doing all of the things right, but babies come with no instructions (or even an if this, then that guide). We are still learning about you - what you love (head rubs) and what you hate (cold feet), and what makes you sleepiest in the middle of the night. 

This week you worked extremely hard at keeping your little head up above your shoulders. Slowly you're getting stronger with every passing day. You're also getting longer, practically outgrowing all of your 0-3 month clothes after reaching the maximum height of your newborn clothes last week. You're so ridiculously tall you don't even fit on one arm any more -- with all this growing up you require a little more effort to hang on to every day. 

Your nanny and grandad were here this week, visiting from Halifax, and it's unbelievable how much you are loved - by them, and by the rest of your giant family. You're a lucky boy to be surrounded by such a big group of people who couldn't be more interested in the minutiae of your every day. I'm excited to take you to Nova Scotia one day, so you can start to learn about the place that I come from, and help you make memories there. I hope you'll love it as much as I do.

We tried a couple of new things this week, including a new swing, which you love! It lulls you right to sleep, which is exactly the medicine that your exhausted parents needed to get through days 14 - 21. There was a day where you even slept in it for four hours straight and it was incredible. You won't understand how great this is until you have your own children one day - if you do - but believe me, it was luxurious (though it was mostly great for you - I spent it trying to ensure you were still breathing rather than sleeping myself). We also put you in your Onya carrier for the first time, and wow. You went right to sleep. It was amazing. 

You also started to have periods of being more awake and alert - looking at and keeping track of everything going on around you. It won't be long now before this time feels precious and far away - when looking at the world around you was a huge achievement! - I'm trying to make sure I remember how amazing it was and not forget the little things. 

I'm sure next week will bring even more change to your little world and we can't wait.