Hey guys! Hoo boy, there’s been a lot. Let me catch you up.
First off, Saturday was Gryff’s 6-week anniversary. Week-a-versary? Whatever. On Saturday, he turned six weeks old. We took him to Bosom Buddies again and weighed him, and he came in at 12 lbs 3.5 oz. that’s equal to 5.54kg, which, if you look at his updated chart, puts him very close to the 85th percentile.
He’s actually ramping up his growth, which is pretty cool! Not by much, so it’s probably still within margin for error, but he’s very much on track. He’s still eating very well, and we’ve been focusing on making sure he gets all the hind milk out of each breast before he swaps over. I say we, but really it’s Jenna. Though really, that’s probably still we. When she was pregnant, she used to refer to “our placenta”. It’s in keeping with our relationship, wherein we sometimes forget which one of us we are. So yeah, “we” have been working on getting him that hindmilk, and it seems to be helping a lot. I’ve noticed that he’s less fussy overall, but Jenna might need to give us some input on that since she spends more time with him than I do. She’s also been doing some of this: Biological Breastfeeding
Okay, so here’s what we did for the weekend. Friday night, we had some friends over to play games. Gryff mostly slept straight through, with plenty of cuddles from our friend Liz. We bring him into the room where we’re hanging out, so he gets used to sleeping through adults laughing and talking and making weird noises. This is very good training.
Saturday, we took him to the Colorado Renaissance Festival. I made him this cute little outfit:
Adorable, right? I know. People loved it. Gryff was a trooper about the whole thing, too. It was our first time using his stroller (go big or go home, right?) and it was a 6-hour walking extravaganza. We managed to keep him mostly out of the sun, found places to nurse and change him, and generally exposed him to the world. It was super fun and super cute. The little tunic was really easy to sew. I pretty much just cut out a tunic shape in a folded piece of unbleached cotton, sewed up the edges and called it good. I tried to finish the neckline, but it was super ugly and I did it out of order and all. Not ideal. But whatever, it worked and I don’t think he minded it not looking perfect. He was adorable and just looked a little more like a potato farmer than a prince. We have plenty of chances for him to have cool little costumes, so I’m not too worried.
So that was Saturday, and it was a full day. We took him to be weighed after Faire, then went home and we all pretty much crashed. It was a great day to be outside, but it was still pretty warm and a lot of walking, for sure.
Sunday was Father’s Day, and my very first one as a father to a human baby, so that was pretty fun. We went to the Farmer’s Market in Parker, which we absolutely love. Such a cute little market, with lots of local businesses and all. We also tend to go with some friends of ours, and that’s a good time always. Gryff did well here, too, mostly sleeping in his stroller. He’s such a laid-back little baby, especially when we’re out and about. Does well in the car, does great in the stroller, etc. So that’s cool.
After the market, we went to visit my parents at their house, which is only about 30 minutes from us. We had some food, got to see my sister and nephew, then my dad and I went to the range while the womenfolk hung out and talked about organization and scheduling. I think my dad and I got the better end of that deal, but Jenna came home talking about some cool organizational ideas so only time will tell for sure. Anyway, one of the best parts was getting to see my nephew. He’s a little over 2 years old and is totally adorable. Super active, but very well-behaved, curious, and he never stops talking. I can’t understand most of it, but it’s super cute, and you can tell that he’s working hard to express himself. My sister gets all of it, so I’m sure it’ll just be a matter of time before he tightens up on it a bit and all becomes clear. It’s just really cool to see how he’s grown in the past two years and to imagine Gryff going through all those same changes all too soon. I also love watching my sister with her son, because she is just an amazing mother. So patient, always interested in whatever he wants to do, and constantly teaching him things. It’s very cool.
My wife sent me this video today, and I realized exactly what she realized: We’d been doing it the hard way. For prefolds, we’d been doing the tri-fold, then putting Gryff on it, then trying to fish out the corners to wrap around. The way she explains it in the video looks so much faster and easier. It’s just a great video series all around, and one you should absolutely watch if you’re cloth diapering. I’m willing to bet even veterans could learn something.
It’s always time for tummy time! Thanks for reading!