Our little boy is two months old! Where has the time gone? Each week seems to move by faster than the week before it, and every time we meet with our friends they are shocked at how much Elijah has grown. He is no longer a newborn but growing into a sweet little baby who has quite a big personality! I can’t remember life before him, and strangely enough he even pops into my head when I think of old memories. I really feel that because we waited and prayed for this child, that he is an absolute dream come true and a true blessing to us. He is changing and learning new things everyday. We think that he is pretty fun right now and we can’t imagine how fun he’ll be over the next few months!
Weight: 12.8 lbs
Height: 60 cm
Health: Elijah is completely healthy and perfect! The gas discomfort that I mentioned in previous updates has significantly improved. Now we know exactly what I cannot eat (beans, chocolate, broccoli, eggs and corn) and this has made a huge difference. If I avoid those foods, he has barely any gas issues. This month Elijah had his first round of immunisations, since the hospital. That right there is quiet a story, but we are happy that it eventually all got sorted and we now know where to go in the future. You can read about his 6 week check-up and his shots here: 6 Week Check-up // 1st Shots: No Tears!
|Week 9 – Tummy time|
We have continued using Head and Shoulders shampoo and Elijah’s cradle cap is all cleared up. Unfortunately he started losing all the hair on the top of his head and he began to resemble a balding old man with a terrible toupee on the back of his head. When we bathed him, his “toupee” would flap backwards. FAIL! This made us giggle even though mommy secretly worried that people would make comments about him looking ridiculous. Either no one noticed or they were all very polite because nobody said a thing about it. Thank you kind friends!! By week 7 we noticed that his eyebrows and eyelashes started getting significantly darker, longer and thicker – making it even harder not to get lost in those gorgeous eyes! The hair on the top of his head then also started to grow and within that same week he lost the balding-look and started to grow some new hair. It is auburn in the sun and dark brown indoors, just like his mommy’s.
Eating: Elijah seemed to be eating less and less as the month progressed but still continued to pick up weight. By ‘eating less’ I mean for shorter periods at a time. This can only mean that he is feeding more efficiently with every passing week. He is currently averaging about 7-12 minutes per feed, but sometimes he only eats for 5 minutes and then stops. He doesn’t wake me for feeds in the night anymore, but occasionally when we go to bed early he will need a nighttime snack, which is understandable. He eats every 2-3 hours from the time he wakes up, and then increases to hourly cluster feeds from about 5pm. I quite enjoy the system he has going now because it means he sleeps through the night. I was going to try and enforce a schedule from about week 4 or 6 but I enjoy feeding him “on demand” and I feel that for now it is better for him.
|We call this sleeping position, “The Redeemer”|
In month 1, he reached 5 hours of consecutive sleep at night, but in month 2 we were completely surprised by how rapidly this increased! At 4 weeks 4 days old he moved up to 6 hours at a time, and by the end month 2 he had reached his longest period, 10 hours, of sleep at night!
At the beginning of the month Elijah occasionally sucked his fingers to soothe himself. Even before he was born we decided not to give him a pacifier, and even though there were some very tough nights when we considered going back on that decision, we didn’t and we are very pleased about this. He is now able to soothe himself to sleep without needing to be rocked, fed, or suck on a pacifier. If the need for one did arise later, then we will cross that bridge when we get to it, but for now we are very pleased to have made it this far without one.
Diapers: Elijah was still fitting into Newborn size during the first week or two of his second month, but now those do not fit him properly anymore. We have three different brands – many of the packs are still from Justin’s Diaper Shower in May – and each brand fits differently. The Chinese brand is the smallest of the three. Our favourite is the Huggies because it fits so well and never leaks. The Pampers often leak. During week 8 we switched over to cloth diapers and that system is going very well for us. It is very simple and we will be saving a ton of money in the long run. More on that in an upcoming post. We only use disposables when we leave the house, or when we know he is about to have a blow out (it’s much easier to just throw that mess away!).
I have been quite surprised to so far, Eli has not wee’ed on either of us. He has however wee’ed on himself! On the random occasions that this has happened, it is always amusing to see how he reacts. He doesn’t stop peeing (because he can’t) and he doesn’t turn his head away. It kind of just sprays him in the face and he looks completely perplexed, but not even slightly bothered.
Clothing: If only baby clothing sizes were consistent across brands! It is quite challenging to keep checking what fits from week to week. The label sizes are not very reliable so we keep coming across outfits that are now getting too small for him. There might be some outfits that he only ever wears once – what a waste! If the sizes were more consistent it would be easier to sort his clothes. He is still wearing his 0-3 months clothes, and now also some 3 months, and even some 3-6 months. He seems to be too tall for his clothes but still quite slim, despite the chunkiness he has developed this month.
Social: Elijah has quite the personality and it has really blossomed this past month! We started to notice social smiles around 4-5 weeks, but the first really gorgeous all-consuming one happened on August 1st. It was something this mommy will never forget…
|Week 8 – Squealing with delight! He looooves this B&W bar over his chair!|
On July 24th (week 5) little man starting making new facial expressions, some amazingly cute faces, and turning his mouth up into a small smile! He almost seemed to be flirting with mommy when he woke up for feeds. That night he a slept for almost 6 hours and woke me with a coo-ing sound that was so sweet. It sounded like he was laying in his crib and baby-talking to himself!! Witnessing this filled me with a new kind of joy – it was almost as if I was about to fall in love. At that point I was not feeling what everyone said I would, but felt like I was about to melt. I knew that I was just waiting for that smile to appear! If you missed the blog post where I described how I felt the first time Elijah gave me a huge grin, be sure to check that out here: He Smiled. She Fell in Love! During week 6 he started smiling properly but on week 7 day 2 he learned to baby-laugh, and this was even more amazing that that beautiful smile. It is not a full-blown belly laugh yet. For now it is a big smile, wide open mouth and his head moving head back while he makes sweet happy sounds. It’s the cutest thing!
This month Elijah started “talking to us” – the cooing, humming, shrieks, gurgles and ooohhh’s all make our hearts overflow with joy. One night after we had put him into his crib, we lay quietly in the dark also dosing off, when we both distinctly heard him say “mom”. Of course, he most certainly did not say that but, boy oh boy, whatever sound he made sounded JUST like “mom”!! We both jumped out of bed to rush over to his crib. Hilarious (and slightly freaky in the moment)!
In the evening we always put him down in his crib so that he can soothe himself to sleep, but sometimes he “calls us” back if he is not too sleepy. So if, for example, we both go to the bathroom, we hear him call out to us – “oowwwhh” – and then we have to answer him of he’ll keep doing it! It’s really funny.
|Week 5 (he turned a little in his crib)|
Milestones: FIRSTS THIS MONTH – rolled over, turned around in crib, sucked his thumb, slept through the night, visited the doctor, held his head up while on someone’s lap, smiled, laughed, went to church, and switched to cloth diapers.
Elijah rolled from his belly onto his back on the first day of month 2. Daddy saw it the first time, and then he did it again and we both saw it. We were overjoyed to see this milestone. Earlier that same morning Eli mastered the art of turning himself in his crib. I went to his crib to feed him and he was in a completely different angle from how I had left him.
|Week 7 (completely turned in his crib)|
At 7 weeks and 1 day, I woke up to find him facing the other way and opposite direction in his crib. I asked Justin if he had moved him during the night, but all three of us had slept right through the night so it seems that Eli wriggled his way into a completely new spot in the crib. Unlike first day of month 2, he was a lot larger this time so he looked like he didn’t fit in the crib anymore. He looks bigger and bigger by the day.
Eli has been able to lift his head to look at us since the very first day he was born, but at 6 weeks and 2 days he started keeping his head up when we held him in a sitting position. He can’t do it for a very long time, but he’s getting there. His legs are also very strong and he is able to “stand” on our laps if we help him balance upright. It is incredible to watch how quickly he develops and changes. If only we could slow it all down so that we had time to take it all in and appreciate every single second even more. Although he does not yet have complete neck control, we have noticed a drastic change this month. He lies on his stomach and keeps his head up for the entire duration of tummy time. When we place a book in front of him during tummy time, he looks at it and the starts laughing. Oh my word – so precious! (We still haven’t figured out what is so funny about black and white pictures, but this dude thinks that they are hilarious).
|Week 9 – Looking cute!|
During week 5 he started to swing his hand towards hanging objects. He is able to push them away from his face and he giggles when they come back again. In week 5 he also started to stare at us very intently, like he was studying every inch of our faces. A few people have commented on how steady his gaze is for his age. I don’t know if it’s those big ol’ eyes or not, but when he stares at you, it feels like he is about to start talking, or that he is thinking really deep thoughts.
Week 8 brought on a very surprising development. Elijah started to chew on his hand and salivate all over the place. It seems that this is the beginning of the teething stage. Although the teeth may not appear for a few more months, some babies do begin to show teething sights as early as 2 months old. This is really all happening way too quickly.
Likes: Smiling, silly faces, black and white pictures, tummy time, both bathing and showering, sleeping, staring at swaying curtains, lights, being carried with his head on our shoulders, going on outings, his tummy-time mat, and the “lullaby” sound app on our iPhones.
In the evenings Justin takes Elijah around our apartment to look at the black and white pictures that we have up. As a wife and mommy, this is one of the sweetest things to watch because they look like they are really enjoying themselves. Justin talks to Eli about the picture, and Eli just stares at it and then turns to look at Justin like he can understand what he is saying. I love it!
Dislikes: Wind in his face while in taxis, being hungry, and his nails clipped when he’s not feeding.
(“Give me boob before you cut my nails Mom – geez!!”)
|Afternoon nap ON mommy!|
Mommy: I am doing great! I tried to start exercising around week 6 but after a few days I felt exhausted and quickly lost motivation. I took a break and then started again a week and a half later. The breastfeeding theory – “eat anything and still lose weight” – seems to not hold true for me. I have actually gained weight in the last month. The weight I did lose while exercising, I pick back up again quickly after I started eating junk. In order to lose this weight, I will have to adhere to a controlled eating plan and work my butt off to get back to where I was a year ago. In all other respects I am healthy and happy, and doing well. I can definitely say that month 2 was much more draining that month 1, as all of the post-birth adrenaline wore off I found it harder and harder to wake up in the morning!! Fortunately by the end of the month, I was rested and back on track, and my son started sleeping anywhere up to 10 hours.
Daddy: Justin is doing great. He is officially on summer vacation and loving all the time he gets to spend with Elijah and I. I am thankful for a husband who is great with our child. Whether Eli is cooing and smiling, or upset and needing some attention, Justin is always there. He was completely opposed to the cloth diaper idea at first but since we made the switch he hasn’t seemed to mind them at all! In fact, we are surprised at how easy the switch has been. Only one extra load of laundry every two days and not too much effort at all!
|Quality time with daddy|
Next month: During Elijah’s 3rd month his daddy will be heading back to his full-time job. We already have a couple of mommy-and-baby groups lined up, and we will be continuing our outings even when Justin is no longer at home during the day. We are looking forward to cooler weather as the humidity is quite atrocious at the moment. When all the tourists clear out of our coastal town, we will visit the beach and enjoy the milder, end-of-summer temperatures in peace. We also hope to do a few hikes when it is not too hot to wear our Ergo Baby Carrier. It has honestly swelteringly hot and humid this past month!
Elijah is a very cheerful baby overall, but during week 8 it seemed like he was extra happy and could not stop smiling and chuckling! He is very playful and loves when we pull faces at him. It was the perfect end to a wonderful month with him. He is getting to the “fun” stage and we really enjoy all of his expression in those eyes, smiles and giggle.