There’s no way I’m writing this update. Surely this should be his 2 week update?! Nope, the calendar confirms it: Chase turned 2 months on Tuesday!
Chase had his 2-month check-up and the doctor said he looks great. He weighed in at a whopping 11 lbs, 4 oz! To put that in perspective, he weighed 6 lbs, 12 oz when he was born and dropped down to 6 lbs the first few days when he was struggling with jaundice. He’s also grown 3 1/4 inches. At 22 1/4 inches, he’s in the 16th percentile for height but Ryan and I always knew we were going to have short kids.
As of a couple weeks ago, Chase is out of his newborn clothes; they’re all washed and put away and I may have cried a bit while packing them up. Every time I go to put Chase in a new 3 month outfit, I think, “There’s no possible way this is going to fit him.” Every time it fits him perfectly. This happens a lot because this kid has a serious wardrobe!
Personality and Likes
Chase is still the happiest baby I’ve ever met. He even smiled at the doctor during his exam (that was before shots of course). He loves to interact with me and Ryan by smiling or talking to us. He’s even started smiling at Bailey and is extremely tolerant of her kisses.
Window blinds are still a favorite, although they don’t seem to entrance him quite as much as before. He loves laying on his activity mat where he kicks his legs and talks away. He recently discovered the patterns on the overhead part of the mat and now stares at those.
Books are popular with him too. Even though he’s usually looking at something else, he’ll listen to an entire book. We have these small black and white books with designs on the edge of the pages and he seems to really enjoy looking at those.
Otherwise, I can’t think of other favorites. He’s so alert now and interested in everything. He prefers to be held over the shoulder or facing forward in a lap so he can take everything in.
On the few occasions he’s fussy, he likes to be walked around the house. I don’t mind because I get some steps in.
His only real dislike is tummy time-we’ve tried to prop him up, lay down with him, put him on our chests; he’s just not having it. We’re lucky if we get a couple minutes. He sleeps a lot on my chest though and has a strong neck, so I’m not too worried. Oh! He also hates the nose sucker but I don’t blame him for that.
We slept through the night! Actually, let me clarify. Chase had a night where he slept from 9:30 pm to 5 am. I, on the other hand, woke up at 2, 3, and 4 to check on him.
His stretches of sleep are getting longer and usually range from about 4 to 6 hours. We typically feed before bed, once in the middle of the night, and once in the early morning after which I could technically get up but usually go back to sleep. He wakes up ready to play around 7.
This weekend we’re transitioning him to his Pack ‘n’ Play and I have a feeling he’s going to be waking up a lot more.
Naps are still hit and miss. Somedays he’s really sleepy and others he’s up all day. His only long naps are in my arms; he’ll sleep in the swing or Pack ‘n’ Play but only for 15-30 minutes. Earlier this week, he slept for around two hours in his baby carrier; the next day he refused to be in it.
Memories and Milestones
- He found his voice! We have conversations where he squeaks at me, I ask him to tell me more, and he squeaks again. It’s adorable. I wake up most mornings to him talking away in his bed. Lately, he hasn’t even been crying during the night; instead he just happily makes noise until I feed him.
- He makes eye contact. This is a huge milestone because he never seemed interested in faces before. This past week though, he’s started looking at my face and making eye contact. It makes the conversations we have even sweeter.
- He loves his head rubbed and he’s started putting his hand up while nursing like he’s trying to rub his head. It’s so flipping cute.
- He hasn’t found his thumb yet but he loves sucking on his fist.
- He had his first trip to the store. Because of this nasty flu season, we’ve been keeping him home as much as possible but we had to make a trip for baby Tylenol. His first trip involved a blanket over his carseat and his mama glaring to keep people away. Fun times.
- Speaking of, he had his first fever. It was from his shots and I knew he’d be fine but I’ve still decided he can’t get sick again. I just can’t handle it.
- He smiles when someone else is holding him and he sees me. He doesn’t do that for anyone else yet, not even Ryan, and it feels pretty special that he does with me.
He’s growing up so fast and I can’t believe it’s been 9 weeks since we met him; on the other hand, I can’t believe he’s only been here for 9 weeks. It makes my heart ache when I look at his sweet face because I just love him so much. I feel very blessed and grateful to have him in my life; I think I say that in every update and will probably continue to do so because it’s true. Being his mommy is the greatest gift.
Question of the Day
Parents, how old are your kids? Does time ever slow down?!