4.22.2014

Jack | 2 Months Old

This month has been busy, busy! Lots of home improvements, many more outings with Jack, and even a visit from Grandma Carroll who flew all the way from WV to meet her chunk of a grandson! Jack actually turned 2 months on the 12th. We've seen many new developments this past month and it has been so much fun! 
 2 month old Jack likes...
bath time
bright lights
singing with mommy
his lamaze peacock
napping in mommy's arms
playing on his activity mat (or whatever you call those things)
 2 month old Jack dislikes...
tummy time, although he's pretty good at it!
napping in his bassinet
wearing anything on his head
interrupted feedings
Health: I can't believe how big Jack has gotten! At his 2 month appointment he weighed in at 14 1/2 lbs and was 23 1/2 in long. Right now he's in size 3-6 month clothes, but even some of those are getting a little tight on him. We also upgraded to size 2 diapers this month. This guy is just growing way too fast! :(

Breastfeeding: Things are getting a little better with breastfeeding every week. My naturopath has me taking a Lecithin and Echinacea supplement 2x a day to help combat the reoccurring mastitis. I've also upped my daily Vitamin C intake and am trying to drink lots of water. The biggest help though in the feeding department has come from Jack himself. Jack is a HUGE comfort sucker and for the first 6 weeks he refused to take any sort of pacifier. This left me feeding him 17+ times a day, causing my body to produce copious amounts of milk! Then out of the blue, shortly after Jack turned 6 weeks old,  he took a pacifier (he'll only take Soothies), and my breastfeeding relationship really took a turn for the better! Now instead of 17 times a day, he's only nursing 7-10 times. He's still a big eater but cutting back on about 7 feedings a day gives this momma a much needed break and is helping my milk supply regulate. Hallelujah!

Also, when Jack was born the midwives advised me to use a nipple shield because he had a small mouth and blah, blah, blah.. I wish I never would have listened to them because since then I've learned that using a shield can lead to mastitis as well. At his 2 month appointment my Naturopath told me to kick the shield. I had been trying to wean Jack from it before, but after that appointment I was more determined then ever to get rid of it. It was a bit of a frustrating adjustment for Jack, but I'm happy to say that yesterday we didn't use the shield for any of his feedings. Hallelujah again and again! I'm hoping my breastfeeding woes are now a thing of the past. :)

Sleeping: The 6 week mark for Jack brought about a lot of changes. Not only did he start taking a pacifier, but he also started sleeping longer through the night. He goes down around 7 or 7:30 and usually does a 6 hour stretch (sometimes 5). He then wakes up to feed and then sleeps for another 4-5 hours. He wakes up a second time to feed and then usually sleeps for another hour or two, waking up around 6 or 6:30. He averages about 9-11 hours a night. Before this he was waking up every 1 1/2 - 2 hours. I know the pacifier has a lot to do with his improved sleeping habits because he doesn't wake up to comfort nurse. So thank you, pacifier. You are truly a lifesaver.

Naps are hit or miss. He fights nap time even when he is getting overtired. We rock, nurse, sing soothing songs, etc. and I eventually get him down only for him to wake up about a half hour later. I know some babies are simply cat nappers, averaging 30-45 minutes a nap, while others take the glorious, regular 2 or 3, 1-3 hour naps a day. But hey, we're working on it!

New this Month: Lots of smiles and even little giggles here and there! I love hearing this little guy laugh and seeing his smile light up his face. He thinks I'm hilarious ;) This month we also had a week long visit from Grandma and ventured out of the house a lot more than usual. Jack went to the park for the first time and even had his first sit down restaurant experience. He was a champ! This month, he also took a bottle for the first time. Since I have to return to work I've been pumping and freezing my milk a lot. We finally offered him his first bottle at 8 weeks. He took it fine, but it was hard for me to see someone else feeding him :(
Saved my favorite pic for last. Apparently Jack doesn't share my love of sock monkeys.

Happy (belated) 2 Months, Jack!
Mommy and daddy love you.

8 comments:

Megan @ InnerHappiness said...

I was just thinking about you the other day!! Wondering how baby Jack was doing.

Natalie | Mrs. Janney | said...

He is so cute!! I have a love for big babies since Henry is a BIG guy. :) Good job feeding him! He looks SO MUCH like your husband. It's crazy.

Ashley said...

He is such a cutie!! Crazy how close our boys are in age, yet how differently they are growing!! Noah is just over 9lbs now! Sounds like you have a good milk supply, where as mine is just getting us by!!
Glad he is able to take a pacifier now and giving you a bit more time to re coop!!

From Foothills to Fog said...

He is so cute! I love the sock monkey theme monthly updates :) I'm so happy to hear breastfeeding has gotten easier for both of you, and that you had a visit from your Mom! Sounds like a great first 2 months

Mrs. V said...

You have an adorable little guy!! Love the sock monkey pics!!

Kenzie Smith said...

Oh my goodness he is absolutely too cute!!

Ruth Herren said...

I admire you so much. Love reading your journey. You are an awesome mother and woman.

jen said...

he is so cute! my dad works with your husband and told me about your blog! what a darling little boy!