Saturday, May 24, 2014

Two Months Old for the Owlster

Weight--  We went for Ollie's two month appointment on Monday so a few days before two months and he weighed 11 lbs 11 oz.  He is the weight Destructo was at 4 months.  He is a chunk.  Just today I had to fight to get his 3 month shorts on him.  Of course, he has a huge fluff butt which doesn't help matters any.

Battle scars after his first shots

Height--  At his appointment, he was 22.6 inches.   I can't get over how big my baby is getting.  He is also just a bit taller than Destructo was but not by much.  It is so weird to look at him because he is still very newbornish but looks so much like Kai did at four or five months since he is such a big boy.

Medical Issues--  Ollie still has bad reflux.  We actually had to go up on his Zantac once already.  I tell you what though Zantac is a gift sent straight from the heavens.  Within 24 hours of starting the meds Owl was a whole new baby.  He is the happiest, easiest, most sweet and cuddly little baby ever.  He has a great personality which I never would have guessed during the hellish first six weeks.  He is full of smiles (although not as goofy smiley as Destructo was.)  

Just in the past few days, his poop started being green and having a small amount of blood in it.  I am eliminating obvious dairy from my diet since it is the most obvious culprit, but I am a bit skeptical because he has been fine all along with dairy.  I kind of think it was either legumes since I had had chili, refried beans, peas, etc in the two days before the blood or spinach/arugula since I had been eating big salads lately.  But dairy is the first thing to go and if it doesn't help, I will start an actual elimination diet.  Other than those two things, only a blocked tear duct plagues us.

Sleep--  On Mother's day he slept from 9ish until 5 AM and that was amazing.  I got 5 1/2 straight hours of sleep.  He continued to sleep pretty well at least six hour stretches or so for about a week and then regressed back to waking up every three hours which was awful.  Now the past few nights he has done better again going from about 9-4 in between eating.  Which is nice.  If I can even get one four hour stretch of sleep, I feel so much better.

Daytime sleep is hit or miss with him.  Some days he cat naps all day and other days he sleeps the majority of the day.  Usually if he cat naps for a day or two, then he will have a day or two of sleeping the majority of the day.  I actually kind of like both.  Well except for the fact that he has decided his really alert time of day needs to be whenever I put Destructo down for a nap.  It doesn't matter when that is of course.  He is awake.

Clothes Size--  He is in 0-3 and 3-6 depending on how the brand runs.  His 0-3 pants are all pretty much getting too tight with cloth diapers.  I am actually going to have to buy clothes for him most likely.  The way he is growing so fast, he will hit the clothes that both my nephew and Destructo wore in winter only.  It figures.  I have enough clothes to clothe triplets and yet need to get chunker some new clothes.  Ohh his name on here needs to be Officer Owl.  I call him my little Owl all the time after Kai was pronouncing his name Owl Lee.
Can you tell I like owls?

Diapers Size--  Size one in disposables although he will need a size two next time I buy them.  He is on the smallest setting on his one size cloth diapers although some of the smaller ones actually have one snap open on the waist setting.

Diet-- All boob milk all the time.  He does take a bottle well and I try to give him a bottle a week just so he doesn't forget/ start refusing bottles.  He is such a slow bottle drinker though that it is much easier to just nurse him.  And I hate pumping.  A lot.

Baby Gear I Love--  Fisher-Price Snugabunny Cradle 'N Swing   He didn't care for the swing much until half a week ago and suddenly it is awesome.  Which is helpful for the times he is fussy right at dinner time.  He even takes some naps in it.  Not sure why he suddenly likes it, but I hope it continues.
Aden and Anais swaddling blankets  I use these as a nursing cover and they are awesome for that.  They are lightweight so you don't sweat to death in the 90 degree weather and great for keeping sun off baby as well.
myBaby Soundspa Lullaby Sound Machine and Projector   White noise has helped him sleep much better.  I loved it with Destructo and I still love it just as much now.
  bouncy seat  Ollie plays in this all the time.  He has learned how to pull the thing that makes music on mine and it is funny since it startles him each time he does it.

Milestones--  He rolled over twice the day he turned seven weeks.  I didn't get to see it.  My mom was watching him for thirty minutes while I ran by my sister's house.  He hasn't done it since though so I think it might have been a fluke thing.  He slept through the night technically on Mother's Day.  He found his hands and constantly likes to suck on them now.  He got his first set of shots and I wanted to cry nearly as much as I did with Destructo.  He laughed out loud for the first time as well.  We also went to the zoo for the first time yesterday.

First zoo trip that he slept through

But the biggest not really milestone this month is just that the Zantac stopped his colicky crying.  I guess he just had reflux so badly he was in a lot of pain.  I feel so bad for him.  He seems to be feeling so much better now.  Thank God.

Likes/Dislikes--  He loves laying on his changing table (and no longer hates being naked.)  He loves his bouncy seat and play mat.  He likes carrying on conversations with people even though we don't know what he is saying.  He likes sleeping with his frog lovey (or any fleecy material) touching his face.  He still loves eating and taking medicine even Zantac which both Kai and my nephew hated.  He doesn't like having to wait to eat. He can't stand when Kai gets right up in his face or when Kai gets too loud.  Loud noises really freak him out.  
How he would prefer I let him sleep

Things I don't want to forget--  How he says a baby babble that sounds just like Hi so it almost seems like he can talk.  The way he smiles while he is nursing.  How he screams at Sam now when I hand him to Sam while he is laying in bed because he is so afraid we are going to try to force him to sleep when he doesn't want to.  The way his first sweet little laughs sounded.  How great it feels to cuddle him on my chest after nursing.  He has the softest little fuzzy head ever.  I love it.  He is a cuddler unlike big brother at that age.  How he loves to lay on his changing table and always talks and smiles.

I can say I definitely appreciate the second baby a lot more.  New motherhood was a huge shock to my system when Destructo was born.  I just wished it away.  I hated the sleep deprivation.  Don't get me wrong, I still hate the sleep deprivation this time around, but knowing he will grow so very fast makes it worth it.  I like our times just the two of us with him snuggled on my chest.  Already he is awake and alert far more and since I have two kids now I don't get nearly as much snuggle time with him as I had with Kai so I cherish it far more.  Heck even diaper changes take far longer since I sit there and converse in baby talk with him.  Motherhood was a thousand times easier going from one to two than zero to one for sure.

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