The little flaky skin on his fingers.
The way lint would become little clumps in the creases of his tiny palms.
The fuzzy sideburns and the creased ears that look just like mine.
There are so many things that I hope to remember about his newborn stage.
He really was just the sweetest newborn. Loved to snuggle and be warmly tucked up against your chest. He would rub his soft cheek against your chest to show just how very content he was in your arms and then his baby fuzz hair would tickle your chin.
He absolutely loved to hold your hand and smiled from that very first week.
He loved being bundled but as much as he liked his swaddle, as soon as he was out, he would pull his toes up into his mouth…just to play.
Now that he is crawling, cruising, and has THREE teeth, I feel like his sweet newborn stage is over. He has officially graduated just to the label of baby. Caught in that middle ground…not quite a toddler but moving quickly out of infant. It’s so sad and equally exciting and smile inducing.
I say all that because I feel like I didn’t share as much as I should about my littlest guy. I showed that he was present but he wasn’t really the subject of the blog like Will was at his age. I am just so honored that I was given two of the best little guys in this whole world. Different and special in their own ways…each with strengths and weaknesses…both with their own little personalities and gifts…and even now I can see how they will be such a great balance to each other and our family.
Now that I am crying over how sweet these boys are…let’s talk something not-so-sweet….baby acne.
You didn’t know it but Weston had a terrible case of it as a newborn. That photo above is heavily doctored. I know it’s really common and didn’t bother me at all but our pediatrician recommended that we treat his skin. I told her at the first appointment (I believe that he was a week old) that I thought nothing of it and she said ok. Then at the two week appointment it had gotten a lot worse. Jeremy at one point asked me “what is wrong with him?!” and of course, I got offended because I took it as I wasn’t taking care of him like I should. Jeremy had no idea it was common. I say all this to say…if you are a mom out there with a sweet little babe of your own…it really helped us to treat the acne with hydrocortisone cream.
Let me explain what our doctor told us. At the newborn stage, one of the most important things is the personal connection through skin to skin contact. When a baby has acne, adults tend to not snuggle as much…not want to touch them because they fear they will irritate the skin or cause more acne…but it’s so important to hold them, stroke them and love on them.
I photoshopped his photos with this blemish removal technique but in real life, the cortisone was just as effective. I think it only took one thin layer of cream once each day for a couple days to see it really work. By day four, it was MUCH better.
Of course, we will show all future girlfriends the acne photo. Don’t want them to think of that sweet little baby and want to cuddle 🙂