Parker is 2 months old! I can't believe how fast time is going. This is a long one so I will get right to it...
Weight: 6lbs 6oz
Hair: Looks like an old man with hair just around the bottom of his head. He has grown hair on the top but it’s not very dark. It is still brown though. Not sure where he got that since I’m definitely a red head and Ryan was very blonde as a baby.
Clothes: He’s been in newborn clothes for a while now. The preemies are definitely too small!
Diapers: Still in Newborn diapers. I still love Pampers swaddlers.
Feeding: He’s feeding on demand or every 3 hours (hopefully) during the day. Sometimes he gets hungry in 2, sometimes we are busy and it’s a bit longer than 3 hours because he still doesn’t really tell us he’s hungry if he’s being held. The past 4 nights he has had a 5 hour sleep stretch, which I love! After that he might only go 2 hours though, sometimes 3. But it’s still nice for me to be able to sleep for 4 straight hours.
I only pump if I’m giving him a bottle or sometimes I do an extra pump in the morning or if I feel like he hasn’t eaten very well. It sure frees up a lot of time!
Sleep: He’s much more awake. He has a few big naps during the day, but sometimes is wide awake and wants to play.
We moved him to his crib a week ago so that we could sleep a bit better at night and didn’t have to hear every noise that he made. Overall it’s actually going really well. The first 2 nights the angel care monitor kept going off, we still don’t really know why, but it’s been fine since then. He seems to sleep well on his own.
I try to have more of a routine now for my own sake. Regardless of the last time he ate, I try to feed him around 9:30-10pm, then put him down for the night, turn on his sleep sheep, and I go straight to bed so that I can maximize that 5 hours.
Likes: Being held, baths from Auntie Tal (hates baths from Mom…), talking, cuddles with Dad. He likes his car seat or stroller, he goes straight to sleep.
Dislikes: When I don’t feed him the second he’s hungry.
Milestones: I wasn’t sure if his smiles were real, but the midwife saw him smile and said that it was definitely a real smile. She also said that his neck strength is very good. When he does tummy time he pushes with his legs and has definitely been putting more weight on them.
Parker had his 2 month vaccines the other day. He cried pretty hard for about 30 seconds and then he was fine.
This past month: Parker had 2 showers and was totally spoiled! I think we have everything we need and he has a closet full of clothes and book shelves full of books! Lucky boy!
Some days I feel like I can get stuff done, but a lot of days it feels hopeless. I feel more rested now, but he’s still eating a lot. He also still spits up a lot so after a feeding I try to hold him if I can. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for getting anything substantial done. At my shower though somebody gave me this poem, and it’s so true. Although it would be great to get a lot accomplished, have a clean house, blog every day, take on some projects, etc, the purpose of mat leave is to spend time with my baby boy. He’s a baby for such a short period of time, and this year will be up before I know it, so I have to enjoy it while I can!