2 months down…

To my sweet baby boy,
It’s been two months already, I can’t believe it! You just keep growing like a weed; you went from 9 pounds 12 ounces at your 1 month appointment to 11 pounds 13 ounces at your 2 month check-up! You’ve finally outgrown all of your newborn clothes, except for your little brown zip-up jacket.

This month has been all about sleep! You still hate sleeping in your crib, so you sleep on the couch with me most of the time. Sometimes, on rare occasion, you will sleep in your bassinet, but not very often. When I put you in your crib, you just lay there and look at me like, “Um, get me out of here right now or I’ll start screaming!” But we’ve been working on it the past couple weeks; you’ve started to take naps in there during the day, usually for about an hour at a time.

You are just like your mommy and daddy – night owls – and you usually stay up pretty late (which makes it hard for mommy to get anything done). Sometimes mommy just puts you on the counter or the dryer so I can get stuff done in the kitchen or fold laundry. But you have finally started to fall into a sleep routine! You get a bath between 7 and 8, nurse, and take a short nap until about 10 or 11. You get a diaper change, nurse again and fall asleep between midnight and 1, and then sleep until about 7. So mommy is finally starting to get some more sleep at night (and just in time, since I go back to school soon!)

You are so cute when you get tired and fall asleep. You’ve started rubbing your eyes now when you get sleepy, and you love to burrow your face in my neck or your blankie. And when you finally fall asleep, you can always be found in some cute position, usually with your hands up by your face.

When you wake up from a nap, you always do a cute little stretch, where you bunch up your legs, stick out your belly, and arch your back; then you stick your arms and legs straight out and stretch AAALLLLLLLLL the way out. And that is usually followed with your cute little open-eyed yawn. Adorable.

Even though swaddling has worked wonders for you, if you’re not ready to go to sleep, you hate it. You wiggle all around and scream your head off. And you are a certified expert at getting your arms out; I call you my little Houdini because no matter how tightly I swaddle you, if you want your arms out, you’ll shimmy back and forth until you work them free.

Since your umbilical stump finally fell off and you can have regular baths now, we finally bought you a big boy tub… and you LOVE IT! You love to sit in the water and watch your feet floating in front of you. You’re not too big on splashing yet, but I’m sure that day is coming soon. Sometimes you smile when you feel the water on skin or when mommy washes your hair (you’ve always loved to have your head rubbed), but usually you just watch mommy wash you. And speaking of hair, yours is finally starting to grow! It’s getting long enough on top now that mommy can “mess it up” when I run my hand over it!

Pacifiers have always been a struggle with you. You took the “Gumdrop” pacis when we first brought you home from the hospital, then after a couple weeks, you decided that you didn’t want it anymore. And after I became your paci and you were hooked on a boob all the time, we tried to give you the paci again, but you didn’t like it. We switched to a “Nuk” paci and you loved it! I think you liked the shape better, and it was easier for you to keep in your mouth. But, no surprise, after a couple weeks of the Nuk pacis, you decided you didn’t want them anymore either. When we try to give it to you, you stick your tongue out to taste it, feel the silicone, and start crying and pushing the paci away from you. So now we’re back to square one, no paci, just mommy.

Your first Christmas was this month! Mommy and daddy didn’t really get you anything, you were so small, weren’t really interested in any of it (except for the lights on Christmas trees), and you slept through most of our Christmas gatherings! But your family spoiled you enough to make up for it; you got lots of goodies from Nana & Papaw and Gramma & Grampa!

For Christmas, Gramma and Grampa got you the Baby Einstein “Neptune’s Ocean Wonders” play mat that we wanted… and you L.O.V.E. it! You love to look at the lights on the musical aquarium; you also like to look at yourself in the mirror up on the very top. You just lay there, looking around, and kicking your feet like crazy! Since our house is kinda small, we put your play mat on floor in front of the TV (that’s about the only place in the family room that we have to put it). That’s when we discovered that you are intrigued by the television. It’s actually kind of funny, you love to watch the picture change, and your eyes get really big when it does.

You smiled your first real smile this month! And ever since then, whenever mommy or daddy starts to talk to you, you always smile. It always melted mommy’s heart when you smiled in your sleep, but even more so when you’re awake and you look up at me and grin… gets me every time.

You don’t like tummy time very much. Sometimes you like to watch the lights on your play mat, but most of the time you just fuss. You would much rather be on your back looking up at the ceiling fan (which you love to look at, even if it’s not moving) or the pots and pans in the kitchen or at somebody’s face. Even though you don’t get quite as much tummy time as you probably should, you are really, really good at keeping your head up when sitting or being held upright. Everyone always says, “Look at how well he keeps his head up!” and then mommy doesn’t feel quite so bad about not making you do enough tummy time.

I can’t lie, I am still obsessed with your perfect little feet and your perfect little bubble toes. They just keep getting cuter and cuter!

 You started cooing in the past couple weeks. And mommy loves it. When you lay on your changing table, mommy will make noises like “oooooooh” and “aaaaaaaaah” and you try to copy me. We hang out on the couch a lot, and you like to sit in your Boppy and talk with me. I’ll tell you about what we have planned for the day or I’ll explain what I’m doing on my laptop and you’ll just smile and talk back to me. Sometimes you make little outbursts when something excites you – it’s almost like you’re trying to laugh. So cute.

Mommy printed out some high-contrast pictures and hung them up by your changing table and on the inside of your crib and  you love to look at them. Every time we change your diaper, you turn your head to see the pictures, and recently you’ve started talking to them. And sometimes when mommy needs to do something while you’re awake, I’ll lay you in your crib and you’ll just kick your feet and talk to the pictures in there, too.

 Your first New Year’s Eve was this month, too! We had family over and we fixed a big feast for dinner, and there was so much going on, I don’t think you slept all day. Mommy and daddy were trying to hang out later that night, but you would just NOT go to bed, you stayed up until mommy went to sleep around 2 am. And since you were awake that long, you thought you were hungry all day, so all mommy got to do was sit in the recliner and nurse you; but that’s okay, I can’t really think of any better way to ring in the new year than with my sweet baby boy.

So, that’s what you’ve been up to for your second month of life! More growing, more changing, becoming more active, and learning how to interact with all sorts of things in your environment! You are getting so big and mommy can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next month!

No one else will ever know the strength of my love for you ; after all , you’re the only one who knows what my heart sounds like from the inside. I love you more today that yesterday…

❤ mommy

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