Holy man, Ben! You will be eight weeks old tomorrow! (Note: I started writing this post a few weeks ago…) Two months is not very old, but you have changed SO much since we first met you.
The first thing that comes to mind as having evolved a lot is your eating habits. While we were in the hospital and for the first week we were home, I talked to a bunch of lactation consultants. You didn’t always have the easiest time latching on, and I wanted to make absolutely sure that you’d get the food you needed to grow. You lost about 7% of your birth weight in the first few days, and the nurses told us that it shouldn’t dip too much more than that or we might have to supplement with formula. Thankfully, by the time we left the hospital five days after your birth, you had surpassed your birth weight and were on the path to growing very well. Once I could help you latch well, feedings were positive experiences. Sometimes though, you’d pull off and bonk your head all over my chest like you had lost the nipple (keep in mind that you were just on it). I’d have to re-position myself in your mouth and wait for you to get a good suction. You also were pretty tough to keep awake during feedings. You’d fall asleep several times and I’d have to tickle your neck, stroke your throat, or blow cold air on you to remind you that sleeping and eating are sort of mutually exclusive activities. Sometimes you would indicate to me that you were finished eating by throwing your head back and both hands in the air. It was a very dramatic way to tell me “Mom, I’m finished”, and you would always do this in your sleep. Nowadays, you seem to be a very efficient milk consumer. You continue to grow well both in weight and height, you’re very strong, and quite alert when awake. You rarely sit still when you feed, and you still pull yourself off pretty often. You still seem confused when you pull off; your reactions range from looking around for where I might have hidden your food supply to screaming your head off. Once I help you re-discover the right spot though, you’ll latch yourself on with no help from me. I think that’s a pretty big accomplishment! You tend to stay awake through full feedings, which shouldn’t be too hard, as they typically range between 7-12 minutes total. This is not very long as far as average infant feedings go, but because you’re growing so well, neither I nor the pediatrician is too concerned.
The next major area of change is obviously size. When you were just born, I could cradle you in one arm and just your little feet would dangle off. At one month, way more of your leg passed my fingers, and now I need to use both arms or have you partially sitting in order to support you with one arm. You were such a big guy at birth that we pretty much ditched all of the clothes that were NB size, so you started in the 0-3 month clothes. At six weeks, we moved you into some 3-6 month outfits, because the smaller jammies and onsies pulled pretty tight between your shoulders and diaper. You’re not all that chubby of a baby though, so most of the outfits you wear (and even some of the ones you’ve grown out of) have a good amount of room in the belly area. It’s sort of sad to me that you’re doing so much growing so quickly, so I like to see that the 3-6 month clothes generally need to have legs and sleeves rolled once or twice to get the proper length.
Finally, your strength and mobility have really progressed. In addition to being big and long, you’ve pretty much been strong since day one. At four weeks, you had reasonably good head control, but Dad and I would still have to provide some support to keep you from flopping around too much. Now, you hold your head up entirely on your own (unless you’re totally falling asleep), you turn your head from side to side, and you’ll raise your head up without using your arms at all when you’re on your tummy. In the one month range, you really enjoyed tummy time. You would open your eyes and look all around, and you’d even prop up on your elbows to get yourself higher. Dad watched you kick on that tummy mat, so he started to put his had at your feet to give you something to kick off from. In this way, you’d propel yourself from the bottom to the top of the mat in no time! Now that you’re two months old, we’re trying to teach you to sit up on your own. You sit pretty well, but you still need our help not to topple over sideways, backwards, or forwards. You will sit and play with us sometimes, but you typically prefer to stand! You hold onto our fingers and stand on mom’s lap or dad’s belly. You smile and drool and talk, and we just LOVE to play with you! Some of your favorite things to do are:
1) Trying to get your toes. You lean forward and look hard at your feet, but your hands aren’t coordinated enough to grab your toes yet. You grunt and groan like you’re doing a bunch of hard work, and end up getting frustrated. Even when we put your hands ON your toes, you don’t seem satisfied. Maybe one day you’ll lay on your back, and bring your feet to your face like other babies do!
2) Airplane. We sing the “Airplane flying in the sky” song and you smile really wide at all the zooming
3) Dancing. I made up some words to This Land is Your Land, and we do a lot of dance moves. The song goes like this: “My name is Ben; And I love to dance; And I dance dance dance (And I bounce/shake my butt/shimmy/hula/etc.); I dance all day; My name is Ben and I love to dance, and so I dance (bounce/shake/etc) all day long; My name is Ben; And I love to dance.” It’s a pretty fantastic song! You like all the different movements, and I like the song because I anything new I think up can easily fit right in.
I could write about you all day long, but I can only write while you’re sleeping, and you just woke up! I’ll tell you more about yourself later 🙂
Sleeping after eating a few days after we got home from the hospital
One month old – laying on Rufus the Elephant
Two months old and standing with Dad