As always, a lot has changed the last month, and even more so in the last 2 weeks. We’re starting to settle into patterns and routines. Some of it is great, some of it will take awhile for me to adjust to…
Weight: 13 lbs 8 oz
- We are definitely settling into somewhat of a predictable routine
- He was having 2-3 hour witching periods before his big stretch of sleep at night and it was getting really had and trying
- He’d get super fussy and nothing I could do would settle him; he had to get to the point of exhaustion where he finally gave in and would nurse to sleep
- About 10 days ago he got rid of his witching hour(s) suddenly and would cluster feed for about 1.5 hours and go to bed anywhere between 8 – 10 and sleep 6.5 – 7 hours, eat and then sleep 2.5 – 3 hours more
- However, now at 2 months he’s back into a fussy-ish period before his night sleep, but it’s nowhere near like it used to be or as long
- Has been consistently sleeping at least 6 hours every night for weeks and his longest stretch of 8.5 hours this past week – I count that as sleeping through the night!
- In the morning, to make up for lack of calories at night, he cluster feeds and has little 25 minute naps, usually on me – this has taken getting used to (more on that later)
- I can usually put him down for a 45 minute – 1 hour nap around lunch so I can actually make my boys food
- In the afternoon he has a whopping huge 3 – 5 hour nap…or he continues his 25 minute naps on a ‘bad’ day
- He sleeps SO GOOD in his car seat (please don’t change!). I can even transfer him still from crib to car seat to crib
- Most importantly: he sleeps in his DockATot and we LOVE IT!!! It’s like a little next and I truly believe it has helped his sleep so much. Read more here.
- He is mostly in a sleep-sleep-wake pattern but sometimes has 3 sleeps in a row
- All the newborn stuff is retired and he’s actually starting to outgrow some 3 month Carter’s and Old Navy outfits already
- He can fit into some 6 month sleepers, especially in the body/trunk, but the arms are a bit too long so I’m not going to rush him into this size!
- He is still in size 1 disposable diapers, I can put cloth on him for his wakeful periods, but he’s still a super heavy wetter and leaks through size small cloth
- As I mentioned with the sleep – he cluster feeds in the mornings and in the evenings to make up for/prepare for his night sleeps
- Some days I feel like his spitting is getting so much better, we have even made it through the majority of a few days in one outfit!
- Then, other days, I wonder how he sustains his life because he seemingly spits up everything I feed him…though I know it not to be true
- I have the best luck with him if he burps when he gets up from a nap, if that nap is short (1 hour or so) I won’t feed him until he has to go back to sleep and that works the best
- I have decided to go dairy-free for 3 weeks to see if it helps with the bit of fussiness he has, his pinpoint rash and his spitting
- Smiling!!! Oh lots and lots of smiles, it makes all of it all the more worth it!
- Slept through the night 10 PM – 6:30 AM – 8.5 hours and what a great night! Then ate and went back to bed for 2.5 hours twice!
- Tons and tons of smiles and is on the verge of laughing, he’s soooo close!
- He’s very strong and can turn himself 180º when he’s on his tummy on the floor
- First Father’s Day
- Took his first bottle
- First trip into Calgary shopping with mommy
- Enjoying his baths and smiling non-stop in them. Not much splashing going on yet!
- Growing some blond fuzz on the top of his head where he previously lost it all
So it dawned on me the other day, when he was particularly fussy for half a day and really REALLY spitty to the point where he didn’t even want to nurse, that maybe something was causing him to be fussy. I don’t know what made me do it, but I started to research dairy sensitivity on KellyMom.com — my fave breastfeeding resource website. He has ALL of the signs – fussiness, rash, excessive spitting up, diarrhea (almost always has pure liquid, explosive stools), eczema/dry skin and dry skin/eczema. His eczema is clearing up after using Aveeno eczema cream after his baths, but a pinpoint rash remains.
If my dairy-free experiment goes well after 3 weeks and clears his rash and helps with his spittiness, I will remain dairy-free until he gets a good start on solid foods (and thus the breastfeeding is decreasing). I’m not going to be militant about cutting out the dairy, just the main sources: milk, yogurt, sour cream, ice cream, butter, etc. I’m not going to be a stickler about buttermilk powder in my margarine as I am certain he doesn’t have a true milk protein allergy, perhaps just a mild sensitivity. He’s gaining weight and growing like crazy, sleeping well during the night, so I highly doubt it’s an allergy or even a bad sensitivity. Bye, bye iced coffees! 🙁
Auntie Jess, Abby and Hank made it out to meet Jonathan last week and we loved having them! We will go on his first road trip to see my family quickly this weekend because we are going to have Grandma’s inurnment ceremony this weekend, as we didn’t want to do it right after mom’s hip surgery in the middle of cold January. We’ll also be taking our annual trip to BC before Jonathan turns 3 months old and hope to do some camping and trips to the lake too. He’s such an amazing car seat baby, I hope he keeps it up forever…or at the least for the next few weeks!
His little personality is really starting to shine through. He’s such a little love bug and loves to cuddle his mama. Sometimes when he doesn’t want to nurse to sleep, I’ll put him on my chest and walk/bounce around and he’ll snuggle right in and drift off to sleep. This is a new and cherished thing for me as Ethan wanted nothing to do with snuggles and cuddles at this age and Braden always nursed to sleep. Always!
He loves it (for some reason!) when I sing to him, especially on the change table, and he smiles and coos and “sings” with me. I love that he’s becoming an interactive tiny little person!