Sunday, December 30, 2012

Three Months Old December 19, 2012

**I wrote this post a while back, but am finally getting around to publishing it! 

Three Months Old
December 19, 2012

Your Monthly Stats

Height:  25 inches  **Haven't been to the doctor, but we tried to measure!
Weight: 15 pounds, 4 oz.   **We weigh you at our weekly Babysteps class.  They have a scale there!
Head Circumference:  40 cm (81%ile) **Haven't been to the doctor since our 2 month visit.
Hair: blond fuzz and lots of it!  You have a little bald spot on the back of your head from where you sleep every night.  You also have 4 or 5 REALLY long hairs.  
Eyes: They are so blue and sparkly.  When I talk really softly and sweetly to you, you give me the flirty eyes.  Future ladies--watch out.  Love it!
Diapers: Size 2's

Even though you are three months old, you don't fit in any 3 month clothes.  You're wearing mostly size 3-6 months.  Most sleepers with footies need to be 6 months, because your feet are so big.  You're a BIG boy!  I've had to pack away so many clothes already, and many of them still have the tags on them.  You grow so fast!

You are a hungry little man.  You definitely went through a growth spurt this month when you were hungrier than ever.  That seems to have slowed down a little now.  You're still eating every 2-3 hours during the day, but you're sleeping for longer stretches so the feedings aren't as often at night.  I never thought that day would come.  Yay!  We've become experts at feeding in public too. At first, I was so self-conscious about feeding you out in public, and now we just "whip it out" wherever we need!


*bathtime with Daddy.  This is your special time with Daddy, and you LOVE it!  Sometimes I sit outside of the bathroom, and just listen to you two having a conversation during your bath.  It makes my heart happy.  :-)
*the Rock and Play.  We bought this right after Thanksgiving when a friend recommended it for reflux/sleeping.  Oh. My. Goodness.  Why didn't someone tell me about this earlier?!  The first night we had it, you slept through the night for 6 straight hours.  Since then (knock on wood), you've been sleeping through the night---sometimes for as long as ten hours.  It is glorious.    
*your playmat.  You started swatting and grabbing at the toys hanging down from the mobiles.  It's one of your favorite places to be now.  Sometimes you just lay there and giggle and giggle and giggle for the longest time.  I'm not sure what's so funny! 
*watching other babies and kids.  When we meet up with friends or we're out in public, you usually just stare at other kids.  It's fascinating.  
*blowing raspberries, bubbles, and kisses.  You LOVE when Mommy does all of these things to you, and you've started to imitate me too.  You especially love to blow bubbles, and you've become a drooling, slobbery mess.  We have to keep a bib on you all of the time or you end up soaking wet.  BUT, at least you are happy!  :-)


*sitting still.  You love to be walked around to look at things, bounced on someone's lap, or kicking on your playmat.  
*being ignored.  Sometimes, Daddy holds you on the couch.  You do not like when he watches TV instead of talking to you.  You make it known that you aren't being entertained.  
*too much bouncing around after eating=a lot of spit-up.  We try to avoid that.  

Social Skills: 

We've been to lots of holiday parties and playdates this month.  We went to a fun holiday party with lots of your friends--there were 8 kiddos there.  Here are a few pictures from our photoshoot.  Pretty funny...

I have had too much partying, Mom.  Enough with the pictures!


You're SO strong.  People are amazed at how you stand straight up on our laps or the floor and don't seem to get tired.  I think we'll be pulling out the exersaucer soon.  Maybe Santa will bring you a jumper too!

Dear Maxwell Mouse,
       You've become quite the little man this month.  You are such a happy baby, and everyone loves you so much.  When we get together with friends, people can't wait to snatch you up for a snuggle!  You're comfortable being held by other people most of the time, but definitely want to be with Mommy as soon as you're tired or hungry.  We're starting to know your hunger cues (hands in mouth, opening and closing your mouth like a fish) and tired cues (rubbing eyes, grunting with your mouth closed).  Now we can anticipate when you're tired or hungry and help you sooner.  The "colic" seems to have pretty much disappeared, except for the occasional fussy time in the evenings. You're also happier being left to play on your own and spend time alone for short periods of time now.  I can usually make dinner or squeeze in a load of laundry while you're kicking and playing on your playmat.  This month, I watched you pass your pacifier from your right hand to your left hand and then put it into your mouth.  Maybe you will be a lefty?  

       Every day is filled with something new that you can do, and I'm loving every minute.  I'm so thankful that I'm able to stay home with you.  As much as I want you to stay little forever and never grow up, I'm enjoying watching every stage you go through.  We love you so much little man.  XOXO

Love, Mommy

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Two Months Old: November 19, 2012

**I wrote this post a while back, but am finally getting around to publishing it!

Two Months Old
November 19, 2012

Your Monthly Stats

Height:  24.5 inches  (98%ile)
Weight: 13 pounds, 14 oz.  (87%ile)
Head Circumference:  40 cm (81%ile)
Hair: blond fuzz
Eyes: SO blue, and I hope they stay that way.
Diapers: Size 1's--but, these probably won't last too long!

You've outgrown most 0-3 month clothes, and we've moved into a lot of 3 month or 3-6 month clothes.  Most sleepers with footies need to be 3-6 months, because your feet are so big! Yes, I know that you are only two months old.  You're a BIG boy!

You are a champ.  You're eating every 2-3 hours, and I'm still exclusively breastfeeding.  You take a bottle about once a week or so from Daddy.  Sometimes Mommy even gets to sleep in a little in the morning when Daddy gives you a bottle.  What a treat!

*waking up in the morning and giving LOTS of smiles.  You love to hang out on the changing table in the morning--looking around and smiling at Mommy or Daddy.  You especially love to be naked.  Typical boy.
*the SnuggaBunny swing.  You take lots of mini-naps in your swing in the mornings.
*naps with Mommy on the couch--It's the only way you will sleep.
*being in the carseat.  We take you to restaurants, and you usually sleep right through the meal in your carseat.

*being flat on your back (You hate the pack & play, and we really haven't even tried you in your crib yet.)
*sleep.  You fight it all of the time.  You just don't want to miss anything.  At night, you're starting to sleep for about 2 hours at a time, but will only sleep in the bouncing seat that is on an incline.  This is mostly due to your reflux.  You still want to wake up to eat every two hours.
*shots.  You had your 2-month old well checkup this week along with your first set of shots.  It was THE. SADDEST. THING. EVER.  You held my hand during the shots, and screamed with real tears.  But, guess what?  Mommy cried more than you did though. The nurse said that lots of mommies do.  It just made me so sad to see you in pain.  It was the worst.  I am dreading the next set of shots.

Social Skills: 
We are so lucky to have lots of friends with babies around the same age as you.  A few times a week, we meet your friends for breakfast, playdates at the park, or at our Babysteps class at the hospital. I'm trying to find a "Mommy and Me" yoga class for us to join too.

You've always held your head up really well--from Day 1.  You're getting much stronger every day though.  You like to sit on our laps and look around at what's going on. You've even started to push up on your legs when we hold you up.  Maybe soon we will try you out in the Bumbo seat.  I think you could probably hold yourself up.

Dear Little Man,
        You have grown and changed so much this month.  Looking back at your one month pictures, I can't believe how skinny you once were.  In the past month, you have started to get chunky, and I LOVE it.  There is nothing cuter than roly-poly chunky baby thighs.  You've definitely starting to show your personality, and I"m so excited that you're a "happier" baby now.  Since we started giving you medicine to control your acid reflux, it seems like you're so much more content and relaxed.  You smile all of the time and love to laugh at Mommy when I kiss your tummy.  Daddy likes to spend time snuggling with you in the morning too when we wake him up.  We're always awake before he is!  We've been very busy this month.  During the week, we have playdates with all of your friends, go to our Babysteps class every Thursday, and visit Lulu and Pops.  On the weekends, we try to do things as a family (shopping, taking walks, or playing at home).  Soon, we'll be visiting your Grandma and Bup for Thanksgiving.  It will be your second trip to Melrose, the town where your Daddy grew up. We went there once this month during Hurricane Sandy, because we lost power at our house.  It was a fun, impromptu trip, and I know that Grandma and Bup loved visiting with you.

You're our sweet Baby Max.  We like to call you silly names like--
Maxwell Mouse
Mr. Mouse
Little Man
Big Guy
Maximus (Pops' name for you)
Maxie (not my favorite, but it's what Lulu calls you!)

We love you so much, Max.  Can't wait to see what the next month brings!
Love, Mommy

Friday, December 28, 2012

Yes, I am still here!

Obviously I am way overdue with posting.  We've been spending lots of time with family and friends celebrating the holidays.  We had a wonderful Christmas and are continuing the celebration with my in-laws this weekend.

And I'm sure you have noticed that my blog is getting a much-needed facelift.  I owe a HUGE thank-you to my sweet friend Dani for redesigning my blog and making it look oh SO pretty.  I'd been having trouble with uploading pictures on Blogger, because I was out of space.  But now that problem is fixed, so I can't wait to start sharing with you again.  I have lots of blogging goals for 2013---more to come on that soon!  Here are a few pictures to get you caught up on what we've been doing.

Max helped decorate with Christmas lights.

Checking out the pretty Christmas tree--He was mesmerized at first.  

Lots of smiling while watching Elf... "Smiling's my favorite".

Where's Waldo???
I found him!

Have a great weekend, and for those of you in the northeast---stay warm inside during the "blizzard" heading our way tomorrow.  Can't wait to cozy up with a cup of something warm and my little snuggle bunny!