Oh, baby Graham – I had such high hopes that I would get on top of things and journal all of your amazing squeaks and changes week by week. I took a million photos and stared at you constantly, but none of that ever made it’s way to this space. And here you are – a whopping two months old and I cannot possibly believe it.
I’ve had so much fun re-reading all the weekly posts I wrote from when your brother was just a baby, and thank goodness I did because I barely remember any of it! The last update I wrote for you was when you were one month old, so I’m going to (try to) capture all of your last month right now. Prepare for a photo overload!
At five weeks you had just started to smile and engage with us a lot more. I spent all of your awake time making goofy faces at you, desperately hoping for the gummy smile I’d get back ten percent of the time. It was worth it.
You still had your fair share of grumpy moments…
But for the most part you have been a really low key baby. Although it’s easy for me to say that now that you seem to have grown out of some of your gassy/reflux issues – a few weeks ago I probably felt differently.
At six weeks you suddenly started to be awake a lot more. It has been a challenge for me to figure out how to balance the schedules and needs of both you and your big bro. He is used to being out and about all morning, and you’ve been a good sport Ergo-ing around to all of his activities. But I know you need your own schedule and downtime eventually too, so we’re slowly starting to figure out how to do it all.
Now that you are awake for much of the day, you need stuff to DO! You like your playmat, and your favorite thing to look at is the giant cabbage with a mirror on it. You also like laying on our big cozy master bed while I sort laundry, and I hang your bug mobile from our ceiling fan for you to laugh at. I love watching you kick and coo at all the shapes and colors!
The big development during your sixth week was that we finally got you to start sleeping on your back again. After weeks of experimenting with different sleeping positions and arrangements, I put you back in the swaddle out of desperation. Guess what? You loved it! I have a feeling your silly mom had been over-thinking things as usual.
So now you snooze peacefully in a swaddle on your back in the pack n play next to our bed at night, and all feels right in the world again.
You have just started to make eye contact and follow us around the room, but by far your favorite person to look at is your brother. You think he is hilarious, and you smile and watch him as he cruises around the playroom all afternoon. I love to watch you, watch him.
Your seventh week was also your first Thanksgiving! You got to meet your Mimi and Grandpa and got spoiled by having dad home for the long holiday weekend.
Our new playroom rug finally arrived, so now there is a soft, cushy spot for you to roll around and explore! I don’t know what took me so long to get it. Hard to believe you’ll be learning to crawl on it in just a few more months!
Everyone told me that second babies are easier, and I don’t know if that is true or if parents are just more relaxed the second time around. Either way, you are truly the world’s sweetest baby. You almost never cry, and when you do it is for obvious reasons. It makes me wonder how I ever thought it was so hard the first time!
You are starting to finally fall into some more predictable patterns, but we definitely still don’t have a schedule. At 7 weeks, you still take all your naps either on your pillow, in your swing, or on me. You are very sensitive to noise, so I struggle to find quiet places for you to sleep when your brother is running around being a two year old. It’s probably time for you to head to the crib soon. Sniff.
Although when you do finally conk out into a deep sleep, you can do it just about anywhere. There is nothing in the world better than feeling your heavy breaths against my chest.
And here we are at eight weeks – time is flying a bit faster than I’d like, although I do love watching you come to life.
You have piercing blue eyes that are almost reflective, and everyone who meets you comments on how big and gorgeous they are. Your hair is starting to fill in and your head is covered in the softest, most wonderful fuzz. It is incredible. You have the exact same hairline as your brother, which gives me hope that you might get his thick, gorgeous hair (and not mine!).
Your dad’s favorite thing is your amazing forehead wrinkles. They are perfection.
I’m trying to do more and more with you, and make sure you’re getting plenty of interaction, time on your play mat, and occasional tummy time. It usually lasts about three minutes, but you’re getting better every day.
Your eight week also held a very important milestone – first pair of baby jeans!! You look way too grown up already.
So 400 photos later, that bring us to today – two months old. With eyes the melt my hear and lips I can’t stop kissing.
And a crooked, gummy smile that makes me want to have ten more babies. (But not really.)
I guess I should mention some of the other things you’re doing at two months, because I know I’ll forget as soon as it changes! You eat really well and you are officially ginormous. Your checkup isn’t until later this week, but I’m expecting you’ll weigh in around 14 pounds. You are the world’s fastest eater, and you can gulp down a huge meal in five minutes – it’s kind of amazing. You are finally stretching your feedings out to closer to 2 hours apart (sometimes even 3!) during the day. You don’t love the bottle, but I will not give up so easily this time.
You go to bed each night around 7:30, and you sleep straight through until around 1:30-2am. Occasionally you want to be fed around 10pm when I am going to sleep too, but you usually doze off within a minute or two of eating. You wake up again around 4:30-5ish to eat, and then you’re up for the day by 6:30am. Sleep is about as good as I expected it to be at this point.
I usually feed you at night laying down in bed side by side, and I lose way too much sleep just staring at you once you’ve fallen asleep yourself. You look so peaceful and you are so snuggly. It makes it way too hard to put you back into your bed!
Honestly, Graham – you’re just a really great baby. You are easy-going and quiet, and I can tell you are going to be a really special little guy. A lot of people ask me if I think you look or act like your brother – honestly, I can’t really tell yet. I see many similarities – mostly in little things, or the way your faces look when you two are sleeping. But I see a lot of differences too, which make me excited to see who you become.
Most people tell me that you look just like me, but I don’t really see it. I think you look just like Graham, and I’m excited to find out more of what that means.
Two Months Stats:
- Weight: Unknown – going later this week!
- Clothes: Almost out of 0-3, totally done with newborn
- Likes: Boppy lounger pillow, being smiled at, kicking on the playmat, getting diaper changes, looking at Cullen, nose kisses, the Ergo or JJ Cole wrap, white noise
- Dislikes: the carseat, being cold, wearing hats, waiting to eat, pacifiers