Dear Austin: One Week

6 lbs. 7 oz. | 20.5 inches

Dear Austin,

I can’t believe we’ve made it ONE WEEK already.  Time, compared to the end of pregnancy, has just flown right by.  The love that I have for you is beyond measurable.  This past week has probably been one of the toughest weeks of both our lives but take comfort in knowing that things will get better.  Ever since we came home from the hospital, you’ve been a bit fussy and we couldn’t figure out why.  It took us a few days to realize that I wasn’t producing any milk so you were always hungry.  After we talked to the doctor, we increased your feedings with a formula supplement to what a normal newborn should be eating and THAT is when things immediately turned for the better.  We were both able to sleep more and you immediately become a more content baby.  Hopefully at your next doctor’s appointment we will see some weight gain!  But for now, just trust in Mommy that you will get the food you need to grow up.

Some of our favorite things about you are well everything… but in particular… your hairy back and legs, your forehead wrinkles, how you try to keep your eyes open after a feeding even though you are so tired, and your sweet demeanor.  You love listening to your Grandma’s singing voice, laying in Grandpa’s comfy arms, and Daddy’s bedtime stories.  You don’t like it when people touch your feet but it’s my secret weapon for trying to keep you awake while feeding.  😉



(Birth story still to come!)



  1. January 4, 2012 / 11:50 pm

    EEEKKK! I am so happy for you guys! Congratulations. What a handsome little boy!

  2. January 4, 2012 / 11:53 pm

    He is so precious, Mama! Sorry to hear about the fussiness – I had the same problem with both Josiah and Lucia. After nursing for about 8 weeks with each of them, I finally gave in and did formula full-time because I was never able to produce enough. The first time I gave each of them a full bottle of formula was the first time they slept a 5-6 hour stretch. It was awesome. haha Keep up the good work, Mama! You are doing great! 🙂

  3. January 5, 2012 / 12:06 am

    you are such a good mama! what a sweet letter to such a beautiful little guy! love to your little family!

  4. January 5, 2012 / 12:19 am

    Well, I just burst into tears at that first photo!! I am SOOOO happy for you, Sandy. Thank you, thank you for posting this. I have been hoping every day for photos and these are wonderful. What a New Year’s present!!! And such a sweetie. (I noticed the hairy legs, too, lol!) xoxoxoxoxoxo

  5. January 5, 2012 / 1:05 am

    He is just so beautiful, I nearly had a little tear reading this.

  6. January 5, 2012 / 1:08 am

    aww Austin he is such a handsome little man. congrats mama!

  7. January 5, 2012 / 1:15 am

    Cuuute! I’m glad little Austin is being less fussy for you 🙂

    Love the lion pillow!


  8. January 5, 2012 / 1:16 am

    precious little guy:-) love all of the hair! and you are such a sweet mama, writing him love notes! xoxo

  9. January 5, 2012 / 7:45 am

    he’s so precious Sandy! I’m happy to hear that your week ended on a high note! big hugs to you all!

  10. January 5, 2012 / 9:02 am

    Oh how precious!!! I look forward to figuring out the ways to keep our little one awake during feedings too! Your letter is so cute!! Congrats again!

  11. January 5, 2012 / 9:18 am

    what a sweet, sweet post. glad you were able to figure things out! love the photos, what a sweetie.

  12. January 5, 2012 / 9:23 am

    He is so stinkin’ cute! Congratulations on the beautiful addition.

    As for your milk supply (and I am sure you have heard all of this before) but I would try fenugreek, mother’s milk tea, and pumping between feedings to help increase your supply. Those have helped most people I know.

    Good luck and welcome to the wonderful world motherhood, it’s a pretty darn cool club to belong to 😉

  13. January 5, 2012 / 9:45 am

    This is beautiful, Sandy!! I hope he gets to read all these adorable letters when he grows up 🙂 He’s so cute!!

  14. January 5, 2012 / 9:56 am

    Love this Sandy =-)

  15. January 5, 2012 / 9:56 am

    oh sandy what a sweet post, love it. He’s going to love reading this when he’s older.I think the first 3 weeks of motherhood was difficult but it will definitely get better. 🙂

  16. cat
    January 5, 2012 / 10:02 am

    very adorable!!! 🙂 i’m glad the week got easier!

  17. January 5, 2012 / 10:03 am

    Such precious moments! Enjoy

  18. January 5, 2012 / 10:22 am

    Aw thats so sweet and what a little cutie-patootie! Brings back memories of when my son was born {he is almost 4 now… time flies!!}. Those first couple weeks were almost surreal. Being pregnant for 9months and then having this little tiny baby in front of you. Amazing!!

  19. January 5, 2012 / 10:37 am

    He is so adorable! His cute little feet and this sweet letter really made me smile. Congrats on being a Mommy! 🙂

  20. January 5, 2012 / 11:12 am

    Awww… tiny newborn! He is so adorable, Sandy! My baby had a hairy back and ears and we also went crazy over it 🙂

    Hang in there… yes, things WILL get better. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel! 🙂

  21. January 5, 2012 / 11:46 am

    Ooh you got a lion! 🙂 it’s so easy to take these pictures when they just lie there lol. Very cute!

  22. January 5, 2012 / 2:38 pm

    Baby A is just too adorable. I can’t believe it has been 1 week already, Time flies doesn’t it. Hoping you are spending some quality time with your new bundle of joy and getting some rest in as well 😉

  23. January 5, 2012 / 2:39 pm

    He’s beautiful, Sandy! Precious boy!

  24. January 5, 2012 / 2:55 pm

    HellOOO Austin!! Oh he is precious! Welcome to motherhood!

  25. January 5, 2012 / 3:38 pm

    This is exactly what happened with us: our little one went from 8 lbs 8 oz to 7 lbs 8 oz bc my supply wasn’t in quickly enough. We continued to BF, but also supplemented with formula for 3 weeks after to be sure to establish my supply.

    After a very rocky first month of BFing, I’ve now been nursing exclusively for 4 1/2 months.

    I highly recommend Mother’s Milk tea. Be SURE to drink at least 3 cups/day. Any less won’t make a big enough difference in your supply.

    If you need any encouragement, or have any questions, just email me. I’ve just been through all of this, so it’s very fresh.

  26. January 5, 2012 / 4:25 pm

    this is too precious!! eeek – i wanna come over to give you a big ole hug and to hold baby Austin!! loved the letter, mommy. 🙂

  27. January 5, 2012 / 5:36 pm

    he’s absolutely perfect!!! love these pics so much~~!

  28. January 5, 2012 / 6:51 pm

    Oh Sandy I hope you keep writing these. Something for both of you to treasure one day. I am sure it was probably one of the most emotional weeks of your life too! It is so hard to be okay when baby is not. So happy you found the solution!
    He is beautiful!

  29. January 5, 2012 / 8:23 pm!!! he is BEAUTIFUL!!! what a precious letter he will love to read one day 🙂 i promise you will feel (mostly) normal again soon! except for having your heart stolen and such 🙂
    he really is such a treasure and is so blessed to have you as his mama 🙂 way to go! and can’t wait to read the birth story!

  30. January 5, 2012 / 8:47 pm

    Oh Sandy, Austin is so precious! And these photos of him are adorable!

  31. January 6, 2012 / 1:42 am

    happy one week 🙂 he is so precious.

  32. January 6, 2012 / 1:48 am

    Ahh he is so beautiful, Sandy! Congrats to you and the hubby!!!

  33. January 6, 2012 / 10:40 am

    i love the pillow! he’s so precious! congrats to you and your new little family!

  34. January 6, 2012 / 2:23 pm

    !! how cute is he on that lion?! so glad you figured out why he was fussy… and that you’re getting more sleep 🙂

  35. January 6, 2012 / 2:46 pm

    congrats! he is such a cutie!! love the pics!!!!

  36. monique
    January 7, 2012 / 3:27 am

    he’s so sweet. I’ve changed my mind, i think he looks more like hi dad 🙂 I’m glad things are going better. one of my cousins had he little Nelson on the same day as you and she also had a first few days. Once you get a little routing going, you’ll be able to figure out you little guys needs better. even though they don’t talk, we moms figure quite fast what their non verbal communication means. hang in there and enjoy, because as you say time flies and pretty soon they’re running around. big hugs to you three

  37. January 7, 2012 / 2:22 pm

    He is just beautiful mama! Congrats!

  38. steph
    January 7, 2012 / 5:38 pm

    Awwwww! 🙂 I’m happy to hear that you figured out why he was so fussy the first few days and that things are going better! He is adorable.

  39. January 7, 2012 / 5:44 pm

    I totally missed the whole birth of Austin! Don’t know where I was, but CONGRATULATIONS! I am so so happy for you and your husband that Austin is here!
    xo Tara

  40. January 7, 2012 / 10:27 pm

    Awh Sandy he is just so beautiful and perfect! Your story game me chills. So sweet! It’s so nice that Austin will have your words to look back on. What a treasure 🙂 xoxo

  41. January 8, 2012 / 7:18 am

    Welome baby Austin and congrats to making it to one week old and congrats to the parents who made it too!
    The first born is always the hardest because it’s your first everything! Enjoy the journey and take it one day at a time.

  42. January 10, 2012 / 6:09 pm

    Love that pillow you have him on! He’s gonna be bigger than that thing before you know it 😉 or at least be able to drag it around before you know it!

    One of the things the nurses told me after having my boy was that when we take him home we will think we have a completely different baby. Babies just cry…its what they do…its how they communicate…but man, we thought something was wrong. Nope, just normal… it was awful until about 6 months when it gets so much better! I love him always though!

  43. January 12, 2012 / 4:25 pm

    This is such a lovely post & something you will definitely treasure as he grows! 🙂

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