Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Luke at 2 months !

Luke is two months old! 

When he was 5 weeks old I went to a breastfeeding support group. I was able to weigh him before feeding him and after feeding him. This showed me how much he was eating. He ate a little over 3 ounces. I had to feed him half a feed about an hour before the meeting, so I was very pleased with how much he ate! He weighed 10 lbs 11 oz at this meeting. 

A week later we took the twins for their 2 year appointment so I weighed Luke at 6 weeks. He weighed 11 lbs 15 oz. He had gained a pound in a week! :)

At his 2 month appointment he weighed 12 lbs 10 oz, the 74th percentile. He is 22 inches long, the 18th percentile. I have a short chubby baby! 

He had 2 shots and one oral. He was sleepy after the appointment. That evening he wanted to be held and didn't nurse very much.

He has a stuffy nose so I am having to suction his nose. 

He is wearing size 3 month clothing.

He wears size 2 pampers swaddlers. 

I still swaddle him at night to sleep. He still startles, but I noticed this week it is improving. 

He transitioned to his crib at 6 weeks old.

He has a white noise machine. I noticed he seems to prefer white noise to music. I ordered the Munchkin White Noise Machine. I like that it is sound activated, so when he stirs at night it kicks on. 

We started his night time routine at 6 weeks old. He gets a bath, lotion, pajamas, swaddled, nursed, and put to bed in his crib with his white noise playing. He goes to bed around 8:30 or 9:00. He sleeps 5 to 6 hours before waking. I feed him for around 10 minutes and he goes right back to sleep. He then sleeps another 3 to 4 hours. So we are normally up around 2 or 3, and again around 6 or 7. 

He does not like to take a bath alone. I normally get in the bath with him to bathe him. He loves it. He hates getting lotion when he gets out of the bath.

He rolled over belly to back several times during tummy time at 8 weeks.

He is such a happy baby! The only time he cries is when he is hungry. 

He loves his swing! He noticed the mirror and mobile on his swing. He talks 
often while swinging.

He normally takes one 3 hour nap in his swing during the day. 

He is definitely more alert now. He typically eats, stays awake for an hour to an hour and a half, then he gets heavy eyes and needs to go to sleep. He naps in his swing, rock and play, or his crib.

He really found his voice. He loves to coo back and forth with me. He really showed off his voice at his 2 month dr appointment. His voice is so precious! I love the way it sounds!

He does great with eye contact. 

He is such a smiley baby! He smiles a lot while on his changing table. 

The twins LOVE to hold and talk to him. Drake constantly kisses him. Hunter likes to lay with him. They play on his activity mat with him. They ask for him when they wake up. 

He still likes his Rock and Play Sleeper. 

He spit up in his car seat last week which is really strange. He never spits up. I had to wash the cover. Luckily we just used the other car seat for the day. One of the blessings on having twins, an extra of everything!

Seeing him in the twins' clothes makes me so happy. It brings back memories of when they wore it. 

He is looking more and more like me. I am surprised how much he is changing. The twins look so much like their daddy, and Luke did at birth. The older he gets he has more mommy in him.

He has a very distinct smell and I love it. I don't remember the twins having a smell, so this is something unique to him. 

He has very serious faces or very happy faces. He is either smiling or giving a serious face with his eye brows furrowed. 

He has the most beautiful turquoise blue eyes!

He likes tummy time which is drastically different than the twins at this age.

He has quite a few rolls on his legs and a big belly which is why we had to move up in diaper size! 

Breastfeeding is still going very well. He eats every 3 hours during the day. Sometimes he eats every 2 hours. At night it is much longer. At least 5 hours from the last feed before bed, then 4 hours. 

I started pumping more often this week. I am trying to pump once in the morning and once at night. This makes me able to have some feeds in the freezer when we need them. He normally takes 1 bottle a week to be sure he will take one when I go back to work in the fall. He takes the Dr. Brown's bottles fine, but he only eats 2 ounces typically. I am thinking about trying the NUK bottle with a wider nipple to see if he drinks more with that bottle.

This month I had a cousin from New York visit. Janet is my age and we had not spent much time together since the summer I graduated high school. I have only had one trip up since then and that was when my grandpa passed away. It was a joy to have her here! The twins loved her! It was such a blessing to spend time with her as adults. 

My daddy is no longer working in California!!! He was able to move home this month and meet Luke for the first time!!! He is working in our area now and we are able to spend a lot more time together!

Luke went to his first Sylvan Beach Day Parade! 

We also had Mother's Day this month. Brandon and the boys gave me an origami owl locket. It has a D, H, L, baby blue footprints, March and April birthstone, and the word Blessed. It is exactly what I wanted for my Mother's Day with our complete family!

Luke has fit in perfectly in our family. I was nervous about how it would work having a new baby. The twins were so easy and such great babies I did not know if I could be blessed with a 3rd easy baby. God saw fit to give me another laid back Olive boy! I adore this baby boy and I am so happy with how everything has worked out. He is everything I dreamed he would be. 

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