Happy two month birthday, Jack! You're getting to be such a big boy! You've really come alive in the last couple of weeks while we were home in Indiana. Moist air and lower elevation seem to suit you. :) I love having conversations with you and seeing you smile at us. I love your huge blue eyes and your fuzzy reddish hair. You are the absolute best thing that's ever happened to me. I love you, Baby Jack!
Weight - 9lb 10oz - 10th percentile. His weight was in the 25th percentile at his two-week appointment, but our pediatrician doesn't seem concerned. His reasoning is that he's healthy, he's gaining weight, and that only a few ounces differentiate the percentiles when babies are still this little. As he said, we've got a wiry little guy on our hands! I just watched Jack's father eat a large Casa salad and a whole pizza this weekend and not be full, so it's not a huge surprise to me that I'm maybe fighting against a high metabolism. I usually give him a couple ounces of formula at night to top him off, but this slip into the 10th percentile has convinced me that I need to supplement more. I just can't produce 100% of what he needs, and I think I've finally made my peace with that (with the help of a wise woman who's been there before).
Length - 22 3/4 inches - 45th percentile.
Head Circumference - 15 1/4 inches - 22nd percentile
Clothing size - 0-3 months and 3 months in Carter's. He wears size 1 diapers and my fingers are crossed that his BumGenius cloth diapers will fit soon so I can stop cranking through the 'sposies so quickly. I did the newborn cloth trial program through Jillian's Drawers, and have decided that I'm probably not a candidate to be 100% cloth. I hated messing with the prefolds and covers but thought that the all-in-ones, like BG's, were easy to use. I'm going to go with those on days we're home, but will still use disposables when more convenient. I'm all for limiting the number of diapers going into a landfill, but I have to consider my own sanity too.
This is maybe becoming more of a confessional than a two month update.
Hair - lots of it! He hasn't lost any yet that I can tell, and it seems to be getting thicker. There's a little blonde fuzz coming in on the top.
Sleeping - Jack slept through the night four times the last week I was home in Indiana. Then last night, he seemed to be begging me to go to sleep around 7:30 when we got home from the airport. This is much earlier than I normally lay him down, but I've been thinking that I need some "me" time in the evenings for awhile now and have known that I need to move that bedtime up at some point. I thought I would regret it but put him down anyway. I also put him in his crib for the first time, because we'd been gone so long that I knew sleeping anywhere would seem like a transition...might as well get the crib transition over with as well! I was so pleased that he slept 9 hours and didn't wake us up until 4:30. Go Jack!!
Eating - He's probably eating more like 7 times a day now, usually around 3-4 ounces each time. He will be getting some formula snacks from now on if I'm out of fresh milk. I started pumping a lot more over the holidays and that's going pretty well. At this point, he's probably nursing three-four times a day and getting a bottle of pumped milk the rest of the time. Pumping is so much faster and the pump never gets tired and cranky and flails its arms at me.
Movement - He loves to kick his legs and move his arms when he's on his back. He's holding his head up pretty well and holds it steady when held from under the arms. He's getting really hard to burp because he wants his head up all the time (but still loses control occasionally and face plants into your collarbone...eek!), During tummy time he can roll from his tummy to his back. He is so strong - it's nearly impossible to pry his fingers open when it's time to file down his nails and since he doesn't like his right armpit washed, sometimes it just has to be that way.
Milestones - So many this month! Jack smiled a few days after he hit six weeks. My friend Christi was booping him on the nose and he thought that was pretty cool. A few days later, he had big smiles for Grandma, Grandpa, and Aunt Conni the Baby Whisperer. Finally, he had smiles for me on Thanksgiving weekend and he never looked back. My mom and dad swear that he laughed at them this weekend while Brent and I were out to dinner. Jack embarked on air travel for the first time of probably many (which makes me tired just typing that) and did very well. He met so many family and friends for the first time over the last two weeks - Thanksgiving posts to come soon. He also found his hands while we were in Indiana and likes to put them in his mouth all the time and slobber. I think it's super cute.
Favorite toys/activities - He loves his Jitter Pal froggy and monkey. We wind them up and put them on his belly, which gets a smile for the first five times at least. He now notices the TV and is in a trance when he's in the same room with one. He still loves a bath. He loves to "Chirpa Chee" with Grandma. It's really hard to explain really, but it involves a lame song from the 70s and a simple dance routine around the kitchen. I Chirpa Chee'd him around our kitchen this afternoon to make him feel better after his shots.
Dislikes - Sitting still, the train at the Denver airport, and when we take his bottle away to burp him or slow him down. His squawking sounds exactly like he's yelling "MORE, MORE!".
What we love - His adorable smiles, surprised faces, how he flails his arms in the bath tub or on the changing table.
What we don't love - Having to create constant motion to keep him content, and all of his sassy squawking sometimes. He's the only person who has bossed me around and not gotten any sass back. :)
What we're looking forward to next month - Learning more about Jack and how to make him happy, seeing more of those sweet smiles, and sharing our baby's first Christmas.