Monday, July 18, 2011

Month Two

Wow. It's already (past) time for the next monthly update. Craziness!

Just FYI- that's not his hair looking all crazy on the right side, it's a shadow :-)


Your second month has been even more fun and love-filled than your first.

At your two month well-baby visit, you weighed... wait for it... 14 pounds, 14 ounces! The nurses kept laughing when they saw you and couldn't believe you were only 8 weeks old. They even checked your birth date in your chart because they thought for sure you were older than that. You were 23 1/2 inches, so you've grown an inch and a half since you were born! You were in the 95th percentile for weight and the 75th-90th percentile for height, so you're pretty proportionate except for your cute little potbelly.

You started smiling at 5 weeks, which made my heart so happy. Your daddy's and my favorite thing now is to do whatever it takes to make you smile and "talk." Your first "words" were a-goooo and boooo and you say them in the sweetest little voice, along with gurgling souds and happy squeals. I'm actually tearing up right now thinking about how happy our conversations make me! You've turned your mama into such a silly sap!

You also like to laugh at and talk to the bugs hanging from your bouncer and the blue whale on your activity mat. I get such a kick out of listening to you with your friends!

You found your thumb during one of the vigorous hand sucking sprees you like to go on when we don't get your food into your mouth soon enough for your liking, but I haven't seen you do it again since then.

You look like such a little man when we put you in "real" outfits (instead of onesies or rompers).

During your first couple of weeks you weren't quite sure what to think about baths. We never knew if you'd coo happily through them or if you'd scream like we were killing you! Thankfully, you seem to have decided that they're pretty fun and we think they're pretty fun too. There's nothing quite like the smell of a freshly bathed baby.

Right now, your favorite place to nap is ON someone. And honestly, we love when you're sleeping on us. It feels so nice to have your sweet snuggly self so close. But we're trying to work on getting you to nap longer in your little bed (though not your crib yet) since we have to go back to work soon. We don't want you demanding to sleep on Mimi and Papa or Gugu and Pop all day long when you're staying with them!

After being referred to an orthopedist, we found out that you have metatarsus adductus, which is a fancy word for intoeing. This means the shape of your feet (especially your right one) is curved. Apperently this was caused by your position in my womb as you developed. Since you're a big baby, you were all squished up in my belly and your poor little feet grew in curved. Daddy and I will need to do stretches on your feet twice a day for the next month to try to straighten them out and then if that doesn't work, we'll have to put you in special shoes for several months. I'm hoping we don't have to do this because it would break my heart to see you in those uncomfortable-looking shoes! So we're praying and doing your stretches and hoping that those will work for you.

We also found out that you're probably allergic to cow milk and since I'm breastfeeding you, this means that I can't have any food with milk protein in it. Do you know how many foods that is? A LOT! Dr. Wood told me to avoid dairy and also to check labels for foods that are made with milk protein and I had no idea how many foods this would include! It's going to be a challenge for me to eat the next several months but we want you to get all the benefits of breastfeeding so we'll do our best to make it happen for you. You know I love you BIG if I'm giving up nutella and other chocolatey goodness for you :-)

The next couple of weeks are my last to be at home with you before I have to go back to work so I plan to continue to soak up every little moment I have with you.

I love you to the moon and back,


missy. said...

he is so cute amber.. you are such a lucky mama!

Selma *Crazy Little World Of Mine* said...

Awwww Amber, he's such a cutie!!!! So happy for ya girl! :D Keeping my fingers crossed for ya, so you won't have too much trouble to give up all that food. But, you can do this!!! :)


Mrs. Potts said...

Oh my Gosh, Amber!! Jaxon is so so precious. I can't get over how beautiful he is!!

Kristin said...

He is SO precious! I am starting to miss the newborn stage now that Leah is almost 1 1/2!! Enjoy every moment!! :)

Ali said...

I love these posts, I really do. And I LOVE that picture of you two! Dying.

We need a Skype session. File under: How Many Times We Say This Every Few Months

Love you.

Malin said...

He's so cute! That's all I can say!!
How do you feel about going back to work??

Amber K. said...


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