Today, August 22, 2013, Carson and Cole are one month old! They have already changed so much in this time period. It is so hard to believe it has already been one whole month since our "Sweet Peas" made their entrances into this big world. Here are some memories of the boys over the past month.
While in the hospital, many family members came to visit us. Grandpa and Nana Herndon, Pa and Nana Alsup and Uncle Josh & Aunt Erin were present when the boys were born and made a few other visits to see us during the four days we stayed in the hospital. Great grandparents, Uncle Chris and cousins Alexis & Drake also came to visit along with a few other family members. We enjoyed our visits with everyone and enjoyed seeing their smiles when they saw and held the boys.
Nana Herndon holding the boys.
Nana Alsup enjoying time with the boys.
Great Grandpa and Grandma Alsup came to visit with the boys.
Friday, July 26th we were discharged from the hospital. What an exciting yet nervous car ride home that was! The dogs were so happy to see us since we had been gone since the Sunday before. They were excited to smell and meet Carson and Cole. The first few nights at home were hard, but we were lucky to have help from our moms. They each stayed overnight with us the first several nights to help us get adjusted to feeding and caring for the boys. It didn't take us long to learn a schedule for feeding and sleeping.
Loaded up and ready to head home!
Daddy loving on the boys.
Mom enjoying snuggle time.
Since being home, we have enjoyed many outings with Carson and Cole. The boys have made trips to the grocery store, shopped for clothes, visited family and co-workers, and witnessed daddy eating the burger challenge at Cheeburger Cheeburger. Carson and Cole enjoy swinging in their swings, lounging together in the Boppy Loungers, being read to, listening to daddy play piano, watching baseball, and most of all snuggling on mom and dad's shoulders. They have experienced bath time several times. During the first bath, Carson didn't seem to mind it too much, however, he did pee all over the kitchen sink, counter and himself! Cole, on the other hand, spent the entire first bath time crying. Subsequent bath times have been more tolerable for the boys:)
All my men snuggling together for an afternoon nap.
Carson's first bath.
Cole not enjoying himself :(
We love snuggling together!
At the end of the one month mark the boys are each eating 4oz. at each feeding about every 3 1/2-4 hours. They have tried out "tummy time" a few times and can hold their heads up about 5 seconds. They are definitely becoming more alert and focus on our faces more when we talk to them.
Trying out "tummy time".
Here's a little about each of our men...
Carson Wade Alsup was born at 7:02PM July 22nd, 2013. He weighed 5lb. 10oz. and was 17.75 inches at birth. When we left he hospital he dropped to 5lb. 2oz. At the first visit with the pediatrician (July 29, 2013) Carson weighed 5lb. 5oz. and 5lb. 11oz. by the second visit. At his one month appointment on August 19th Carson weighed in at 7lb. 11oz. He is our little "chunky monkey". Carson definitely has a big personality! He will let you know if he is not happy with something by giving you the Carson "grunt". At times, he is a fussier baby than his brother and eats quite a bit faster than Cole. Carson's favorite place to be is snuggled up on your shoulder. Lastly, Carson has a sweet head full of hair that we can't get enough of.
Cole Warner Alsup was born at 7:03PM July 22nd, 2013. At birth he weighed 5lb. 5oz. and was 18 inches long. Upon discharge from the hospital, he weighed 5lb. 1oz. He went up to 5lb. 2oz. at his one week pediatrician appointment and 5lb. 9oz. at the second appointment. On August 19th, at the one month appointment, Cole weighed 7lb. 6oz. While his brother loves to gulp down his milk, Cole is a slower, more methodical eater (like his mom). From the first day of his life we have lovingly called him "Cole Man". For some reason it just rolls off your tongue:). Cole is definitely a more independent, self-soothing baby. He loves to snuggle up in your arms with his pacifier. We enjoy watching Cole's funny faces when he is falling asleep.
This first month has been so much fun for us. We have easily learned how to tell the boys apart. Although the boys are still so young, their personalities are already becoming evident. They seem to have grown so big already in the month that they have been in our world. We are excited to see what the next month holds for the boys!