It seems like just yesterday we were headed to the hospital and now in a few short days I am headed back to work. August is 2 months old today. After 2 months of getting to know this little guy, I feel like I am starting to get a grip on him, his schedule, sleeping, etc. That’s not to say that we don’t have our days of an unpredictable schedule and nights of little sleep that leave me scratching my head and saying “I thought I had you figured out”. Overall, August has fallen into a decent eat/wake/sleep routine that is usually happening around the same time each day. Here are some highlights from his 2nd month of life:
- “He’s so alert”: We hear this over and over and over. When August is awake, he is awake! His eyes are big and he is always looking around. He doesn’t like it when he can’t see what is going on around him. Here are some of his favorite things to “watch”:
- Happy Baby: I think it is safe to say that we have a happy baby on our hands. This doesn’t mean that he goes all day everyday without crying. But this does mean that for the majority of the day he is a content little dude (I say this as he is currently crying for “no reason” ha!). Lately he has been full of smiles:
- Likes: August LOVES his swing. He can be screaming and then when I put him in his swing, he instantly is smiling and “talking” as he stares into the mirror and watches the mobile. His other “likes” right now: playing on the activity mat, looking and watching at whatever is around him, smiling, and cooing.
- Dislikes: Bath time (I’ve tried all the suggestions–steaming the bathroom, making the water warmer, putting a warm towel over him and nothing has worked), tummy time, laying/cuddling/sitting in a way where he can’t see what’s going on.
- Firsts: rolling over (this has only happened once…but hey, it has happened!), sleeping for a 7 hour stretch, social smiles, coos in response to us, grabbing at things, being startled at loud noises. He has also discovered his hands which are often found in his mouth. August also celebrated his first holiday this month!
- Sleep?: Ahh–the big question; “how is he sleeping?” During the day, he has fallen into somewhat of a routine of sleeping 1.5/2 hours 2-3 times a day. [i say this on a day where he’s been awake from 8:00 am-1:00pm with no naps]. Within the past week he’s started to sleep from about 8:00pm-3:00am, eat a 3:00 and then wake up again at 6:30.
- Mommy lessons: 1. Don’t move the sleeping baby from the car seat to their crib, let them sleep in the car seat. 2. Never leave the house without a pacifier. 3. Don’t say or think “I’ve finally figured him out” because tomorrow–he will change! 4. Follow your instinct, it’s usually right. 5. Take lots of pictures and enjoy every moment (the good and bad).
Daily I am humbled by the reminder that I don’t always know what to do. I’ve discovered that there’s always something to worry about. We are beyond blessed to be raising such a sweet little boy. Our prayer is that we will raise him to know and love Jesus and then give that love to others around him–may we be a model of that.