Friday, December 05, 2014

Two Months Old

How is my baby already two months old?!  How am I already back at work (for a whole week)?!  Time is moving so quickly!  Caleb turned 2  months old on Thanksgiving day, which I thought was fun.  We were with our families then and got to share Caleb with them. 
There are so many things he's started to do.  Around five weeks old he started smiling, and he will now flash a huge grin when he sees mama, daddy or hears sister.  There are times I even think he's laughing! 
He loves his car mirror and piano mat at playtime.  He's a big fan of lights and will stare and talk to them for a good while. And he still loves walks.  He's not a fan of tummy time or burping.  So far he is indifferent to baths but no longer screams.

We started swaddling him at night and, apparently, I should swaddle him for naps, too.  I have had little success getting him to nap at home but he does so like a champ at daycare.  He usually sleeps from about 8-9 until 230-330, when he still wakes to feed.  This past week he has been waking u at 5am (about an hour and a half sooner than before).  I'm not quite sure I can handle that long term!

At his last doctor visit, he weighed 10 pounds 3ounces (15%) and was 22.5 inches long (45%).  His head is 75%.  He also got his shots.  That was hard on him and this mama!  Despite being a pediatrician, when it's your child, all is different.  When she stuck the first needle in his leg he just let out this awful scream.  My eyes filled with tears and throat got tight..."this hurts my baby" I thought!  BUT it is what he needs!  He was so tired the rest of the day, taking two long naps.  Then he woke up screaming and wouldn't soothe.  He would eat for a few seconds then suddenly scream.  I was so sad and cried myself because I couldn't hel him.  Finally he calmed down and was my happy baby later that night.

We are still breastfeeding.  I pump milk for him to have while I'm at work.  Let me tell you, pumping is hard!!!  We do so much better breastfeeding.  So far, I'm keeping up with him.  I'm hoping things will improve the more I pump.  I figure, he's growing well, no need to change anything.

For comparison:

Definitely growing!  He's longer and has chunkier cheeks!  He's getting better at using his hands...he's actually started batting at the hanging toys on his playmat.  He's also started finding his hands and tries to put his thumb in his mouth.  oops!

Caleb, what a blessing you and your sister are to us.  She loves you, if you can't tell!  Thank you for your smiles, your cuddles, and your trust.  I will try to give you what you need.  I will try to be patient and wise but promise to love you always!!!  I ray that as you watch me, you learn what to look for in a wife and that as you watch your daddy you learn how to be a godly and loving husband.  We love you and are enjoying watching you grow!


Katrina said...

I have not stopped to congratulate you on your sweet new little one, but your posts come to my inbox, so I've seen them. Congratulations and God bless you with your cute lil family!

Lili said...

Hi Claire,

Congratulations on the baby! I am Jordan Ray's wife (from medical school). I follow you from Megan's blog. I pumped while at work and it helped when I looked at pictures of Stella, our daughter, while I pumped. If you are like me your mind is probably thinking of other things, tasks, and not focusing on pumping but many sources say pictures help! : ) It takes a while for your body to adjust to pumping! Merry Christmas to your family!