Weight - 15 lbs 10 oz. ( + 6.5 lbs from his lowest. How is that possible? Above 97 %ile)
Height - 24.5 (+ 4.5 in from lowest; 95%ile )
Head circumference - 16.5 in (+ 2 in from birth 90%ile)
Cannot believe how much he's grown. Makes me both very happy that he's so healthy and very sad that he's growing so fast. As the nurse today said, he's the size of a sixth month old!
Cupcakes for his 2nd Month-day!
Evan is really becoming so much more of a little person, and seems to be enjoying life so much more now that he is much more aware of the world. He still loves his changing table a ridiculous amount, and is (almost) always happy there. Of course, he also loves peeing in the middle of changes, which accounts for lots of extra outfits and diapers. Thank goodness we're doing cloth. Bath time is no longer torture, and he's even started kicking around a bit in there. He also loves staring at his daddy - when Ed walks by, Evan can't take his eyes off him and will follow him back and forth. Ed also gets lots and lots of smiles, especially when he rubs Evan's tummy. Evan still loves to eat all the time.
Can you believe how much he's grown since that first week! And the last picture isn't even all that recent. *Sniff* he's becoming such a big boy!
He's actually starting to like the car seat some, and half the time is smiling when he's put in it. He still really likes his wubbanub pacifiers and uses one every night when he goes to sleep (though it falls out about 20 minutes in and he's fine without it for the rest of the night). He's just recently started liking the swing and his bouncy seat, and just generally staring at the world. He also loved our trip to Flagstaff.
Hates being dressed, but he's so, so cute!
He still doesn't like to sleep in his pack n play for naps, though we've finally conquered it for nighttime sleep (yay!). Evan likes to be worn in the moby wrap, but still is getting used to the Ergo and isn't a huge fan. He seems to really dislike those few moments right before he falls asleep and often gets super fussy right before he passes out. The past week, he's been a bit more clingy than usual, wanting lots of cuddles and less alone time. Tummy time is still not Evan's favorite, though he's definitely getting stronger. However, his least favorite activity seems to be getting dressed. Boy loves to be naked and dressing him is akin to sheer torture, especially at night.
This was another very full month. Ashley and Kortney came to visit, which was fantastic. Evan was so happy to meet his aunts and get to spend time with them, and was showered with love (and gifts).
He has grown so much this month - it is amazing just this past week what a transformation he's gone through. He now looks around at everything with these huge wide eyes when we are out together, and is often cooing and smiling. We love having little "conversations" together. His sleep has also hugely improved - he now sleeps 4-6 hours for his first chunk and then 2-3 hours for the second (plus a 3rd 1-2 hour chunk if we're lucky). He is much easier to put down to sleep, which we attribute to our bedtime routine: feed, play, bath, massage, pjs (and however much of a story he will tolerate) and then another nursing session where I sing him a song and then put on the musical seahorse. He almost always falls asleep while eating but then wakes up when he's placed in the pack in play. He gets his pacifier and either can fall asleep or, if the pacifier comes out too soon, needs it put back in once. Bedtime is between 8:30-10 depending on his naps that day, but we're hoping to get more consistent.
Today, in fact, he hit a big milestone....that Ed saw but I missed. He rolled over!! Tummy time is definitely paying off :). Hopefully he'll do it again for me soon.
I think the biggest success is that we have a solid nighttime routine and *knock on wood* rarely have trouble getting him down for the night for at least a 4 hour chunk of sleep to start. I'm also feeling much more confident taking Evan places (wearing him in the wrap has been huge for this). We've gotten a nice routine of going to a coffee shop together as a family a few times a week, which is really special.
Little boy makes the funniest faces sometimes
We continue to be lucky with this little boy. I think the biggest is just finding a balance between getting out of the house and respecting nap time. And, more importantly, figuring out a schedule that works well for all of us. Ed's been pretty busy with working, so we're also still figuring out how to share responsibilities.
We're not struggling with weight gain anymore, obviously, but his latch still isn't great. We've been struggling with him choking while eating, and he's started adopting a shallow latch to compensate. His choking has gotten better, but eating has gotten more painful again. The plan is to talk to the pediatrician about it and possibly make an appointment with a lactation consultant. Still, nursing is much more enjoyable and less stressful than it used to be, and I'm so thankful to share this special bond with Evan.
I've gotten involved with a great group of ladies that has made motherhood much more fun. We attend storytime every Wednesday and breastfeeding every Friday, plus some other activities thrown in for fun. I'm generally pretty shy, so this is a huge success for me. I'm also a lot more comfortable feeding Evan when we're out and about, which has made it much easier to go on errands and do things with our little boy.
Ed continues to go above and beyond helping to take care of Evan and I by cooking, cleaning, and being an extra set of hands. He's still taking Evan almost every morning and playing with him, and is treated to the most smiles of anyone. Evan loves his daddy so much and it certainly shows.
It has to be the start of these smiles and cooing. There really is nothing better in the world.