can you believe my baby boy turned 2 months old on monday, let alone 9 weeks old today??? crazy, huh? it seems like time is speeding up on me.
it just so happened that his 2 month check-up fell on his 2 month birthday. he weighed in at 10lb 15oz and measured 23", which is perfectly healthy - exactly what every mama wants to hear. he was so good for the doctor, as usual. she commented on how happy he looks (he's all smiles almost all the time) and how strong he is. he was squirming all over the place as she looked him over. she asked about doing tummy-time and i told her about how he's been raising up on his forearms over the past week. she told me that she wouldn't be at all surprised if he became mobile very soon. she also cautioned me about putting him too close to the edge of things, which is a warning that she normally doesn't have to give until the 4 month check-up. hearing that my child is ahead in something gave me a surge of pride that i've never experienced before. :)
mack has been a very content baby from day 1 and i certainly count my blessings because of it. he was quick to start smiling, as in deliberate, social smiling, a while ago and now smiles any time someone else smiles at him.
he's quite the big eater, too. one of the advantages of formula feeding (don't get me wrong, i wish i could've breastfed - always the better option!) is that i know exactly how much he's taking in at each feeding. the day he was born, he was eating 2oz every 2 hours. he has since progressed to eating over 6.5oz every 4 hours. he gets so excited as soon as he sees the bottle that he starts flailing his arms and moving his mouth like a fish!
night-time was pretty tough at first, with the frequent feedings and consequent exhaustion, though he would sleep a good 3 hours at a time when the sun went down. at about 4 weeks, he was sleeping 4 hours at a time. at 6 weeks, he was up to 6-7 hours and for the past week he has been sleeping 8-8.5 hours. it's been wonderful! i really do feel blessed, as if the man upstairs knew i needed a good sleeper, since i wasn't going to have anyone to help take a shift at night.
one big help in the sleep department has been the book "healthy sleep habits, happy baby". i'm not the type that is really into parenting books, so this one is the only one i've read, but it really has been a real eye-opener, explaining the importance of sleep for brain development and basically giving step-by-step instructions on how to sleep train your baby. thanks to what i learned in that book, i've been able to develop a nap-time routine and a night-time routine, which have created cry-free bedtimes!
i've probably painted a perfect baby that i see only through rose-colored glasses in this post, so believe me when i tell you that there are days when i get so frustrated, not knowing why he won't eat well, or feel exhausted from washing his bottles and doing his laundry. truth be told, this life isn't perfect, but it's perfect for me and i remind myself everyday of how blessed i am.