Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Evan: 3 months

Evan's gotten so much friendlier and happy now that he can smile! He's spending a little more time awake (about an 1hr and 15 minutes) between naps. I try to do tummy time a few times a day for him, but he either spits up continuously or rolls immediately on to his back. We did get this Sit Me Up using a gift card we had left over and I really like it. It allows him to "sit up" and hold his head up but offers some support so he's not doing it all on his own. He really likes hanging out on his playmate and flailing his arms and legs around. His wake times just fly by, because I've got the other kids to wrangle. I love his middle of the day feeding because it's just Drew awake at that time and we get down on the floor and encourage Evan to do his tummy time, walk out and get the mail, and then Drew usually "plays" with Evan by showing him all his toys.
Evan is on the cusp of being ready for a 3.5 hour feeding schedule, but his wake time is still too short to accommodate that so we're still doing every 3 hours during the day. Bedtime is 7:30/8 and he sleeps until 7am! He's by far my best sleeper. It's glorious.
He's finally taking a bottle moderately well so that gives me some freedom to skip a feeding now and then.
Just today he started chatting and laughing pretty consistently, so I'm excited to interact with him more - especially once he starts spending more time awake.
Drew and Mary have been great big siblings. Drew helps clean up all the laundry even goes through (still waiting for that reflux to calm down!), and Mary likes to bring him various toys and accessories that she associates with the baby.
He's so cute and we just love him!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Evan: 2 Months

Evan was 2 months old on February 16th, so he's 2.5 months old at this point (but I got this written before he was 3 months so technically that counts!). He's a pretty standard baby: eats, spits up, smiles, sleeps. That's about it!

I'm still dairy free and it's made a world of difference for him. I know this, specifically, because I accidentally had dairy when we were at Chick Fil-A last week.). The morning after our dinner at CFA, he was so angry and red-faced and his baby acne was having a flare up. It took my a full day to realize perhaps I had accidentally had dairy, and after some researching I realized it was the breaded chicken from my salad at CFA (the breading has dairy in it, gah!). It took about 48 hours for his tummy to calm down, and then about a week for his acne flare up to calm down. So that really confirmed it for me that he clearly has a dairy sensitivity. Dairy issues aside, he still has reflux but it doesn't seem to bother him - just a laundry issue for me!

He is by far my best sleeper. I think part of it is his nature, and part of it is our routine/scheduling, because I've done the same things with all three and he has responded the best to my methods. I started creating sleep associations for him when he was just days old and naturally really sleepy. He gets swaddled up and placed in his crib in his dark room with the fan on. Around 6 weeks old, when babies become more alert, he already had his sleep associations in place - and they've served him well. He takes 4 solid naps a day, and sleeps from 8pm-7am (with a dreamfeed around 10:30pm). I'm really happy he's such a good sleeper, because he can handle disruptions to his schedule - he'll always go back to sleep once he's home in his crib. I think he loves comfort, much like his dad :-)

This last week he *finally* started smiling for me. He'll hand out smiles to other people no problem, but he has been smiling more at me lately and I'm relieved. Although he rarely smiles for me, he clearly me because he'll only eat from me with a bottle (still working on the bottle intake so that I can drop him off at the YMCA and get a longer workout in without having to break to nurse him), and he generally wants me to comfort him if he's upset. He also did his first laugh for Kyle and I last night! 

At his 2 month check up he was 12lbs (40%), and 23 inches (48%). I expected his percentiles to be higher because he seems big, or at least tall, to me. Maybe at his 4 month they'll be higher? See below for a collection of the face he is usually giving me. Hopefully next month I'll have smiles to show you! Also, my monthly photo shoot quality has really gone downhill...3rd child problems!