Time sure does fly. I am really going to try to be better about posting. All I can say is that I am either too busy or too tired (physically or mentally – take your pick).
Our little guy turned 2 months on Feb 21st. I love this photo. It looks like he is posing and that smile! Melts my heart! His personality is definitely coming out more.
For the last week he has been (technically) sleeping through the night. I say technically because they consider 5 hours to be sleeping through the night. I certainly don’t define it that way. But he has been sleeping 5-5.5 hours when we put him down. He has been getting to sleep around 12:30am on those nights and he gets up around 5:30-6am to eat. He eats for around 30 minutes and then I try to get him to go back down and that is a bit of a struggle. He typically falls asleep on my chest around 7am and we may get another 1-1.5 hours of sleep. So he is definitely sleeping longer so I am happy about that. Now we just need to work on getting him to bed earlier and to sleeping in his crib. I am not going to force it, but I know there are things I can do to help it along. I ordered The No Cry Sleep Solution. I should get that tomorrow. I have read the reviews and it seems like a pretty good book. I would like to get him to sleeping in his crib within the next couple of months. I know this might not be an easy project, but in the long run it is what is best for our family.
I am currently co-sleeping with him, but really would like to get back to actually sleeping in the same bed as my hubby.
As far as his belly/gas issues, I think they have gotten better, for the most part. I was able to get off of the formula completely. It has been 3 weeks now. He still gets gas and probably always will. Some babies are just gassy. But as far as the really bad gas, that isn’t happening everyday. He poops about every 3 or 4 days and his gas tends to get worse the day before and the day of his bowel movement. But once he does that, the next couple of days are ok. Still gassy, but the smell won’t kill you. LOL
We had our 2 month check up at the doctor’s office on Friday (March 1). He weighed 10 pounds, 1.5 ounces. He is in the 3rd percentile, which the doctor was not concerned about. I am glad. He was small when he was born and he is still small but gaining the way he needs to gain. He is also 23.5 inches long. That is the 57th percentile.
I have skimmed some posts in some of the groups about babies and breastfeeding, and it sounds like I have a good doctor. A lot of pediatricians will tell you to give the baby formula because he is in a low percentile, without taking into consideration the baby’s history. Our pediatrician told me that a good weight gain is about 4 ounces a week for our little guy. So I will keep an eye on him with our baby scale. I think he is getting enough. He has a good amount of wet diapers each day and does not seem hungry after his feeding sessions.
He also got his shots. Poor guy. He took one medication orally and then had 2 shots. One in each leg. Oh the screams! I picked him up right after the 2nd shot and he stopped crying immediately. Whew! I, on the other hand, took a minute to compose myself. 😦
The breastfeeding is going well. I still use the nipple shield. I have managed to get him to nurse without it about 3 times. I don’t want to force it but will still try now and then. There are times I think his latch is a little shallow and there is discomfort with the shield so I am worried that without it, it would hurt worse.
I am also pumping a little here and there. I try to pump at least once a day to get a stash built up in the freezer, but I don’t always get to pump. I need to be more consistent with this I know. So far I have 20 ounces in the freezer. Not a lot, but for me it is great. My goal is to get at least 2 ounces into the freezer each day. Should be doable but some days he nurses a lot more than others and I just don’t have time to pump or he ends up wanting to eat right after I pump and I worry that he isn’t getting much, so the next day I might hold off. Oh and the other day I pumped and got 1.5 ounces out of my low producing right breast *3 ounces from the left)! I was shocked! 🙂
My main reason to have a stash is for emergency purposes or if I need a break from a feeding. I am very grateful that I get to “work from home” so I don’t have to have a stash for that, but I would like to have something if hubby and I were to ever go on a date again or even away for a day. Of course by that time our little guy will probably be eating solids. LOL
We did get to the movies again. I can’t remember if I posted about this, but AMC Theaters has a program called Bring Your Baby Matinee. It is once a month on the 1st Tuesday at noon. We went to the February one. It is nice because they keep the lights up a little and lower the sound. Little one did great! Slept the whole time. We went again to a normal showing. He also slept until toward the end. I had a bottle of breast milk and was feeding him. He got a little fussy so I walked out and watched the rest of the movie in the hall right inside the theater. It felt really good to get out for a “date.”
And finally, our little guy is getting Baptized next week. I can’t wait! My parents are coming up and they are bringing my brother, sister-in-law and their daughters. They are flying in to see my parents for the girls’ spring break, so they are all coming up for the day. It is small intimate affair, but should be nice. I am having the reception at our house since there will be only about 10 people, It is fun to plan our son’s first “party.”
Oh and this is typically how my day goes after I feed him. I am sitting at my desk and he falls asleep after he is finished. Just took this as I am posting this. ♥
Thanks for reading!