Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Our two-month old

Seth, exactly two months ago, you entered this world! You turned 2 months on February 16th! Wow - time has flown by way too fast! I can still vividly remember the day that Jason and I brought Seth home. I look through photos of Seth in his first few weeks and marvel at how tiny he was. And now, he's like a little boy! You made your entrance known with some fresh cries, but your personality shown through in those first two hours....intense and curious stares, wide blue eyes fixated on my face and your daddy's face trying to figure us out (as you still are!) and quiet confidence that this was where and when you were meant to be.

This is a summary of Seth's 8-9 weeks, when he hit his 2-month milestone.

At two months, gone is the newborn, scrunched up little face. It's been replaced with a calm, content and relaxed curious look. Sometimes you're "serious Seth" with a furrowed brow, which means you're quietly taking everything in and a content little man.

It has been a week of "goos", "coos", "ah-goos" and other little squeals from Seth. He is finding his voice and seems surprised that those sounds came out of his mouth.

Your wide eyes pop open when you've been surprised - the whites around your bright blue iris expanding as you try to figure out the new game Mommy and Daddy play with you. In fact, you abandon your furrowed brow and your eyebrows arch when you are very alert and in a playful mood, which I call your "active wakefulness". These times happen most often after your morning feeding, getting changed on the changing table and in the early evening hours. It's at these times that we get your most cheerful squeals, "coos" and "ah-goos".

You like it when Mommy or Daddy give you kisses on your cheek and neck or give you little raspberries on your neck. I started playing peek-a-boo with you by placing a burp cloth over your face for one second and then quickly pulling it away. You get excited and respond with a smile or squeal.

Light brown fuzzy hair is growing what seems to be an inch a day! Eyebrows are arching their way over your deep blue eyes. And those eyelashes make Mommy swoon when you bat them. It appears that you will have medium brown hair to match your eyebrows.

You shake your arms really fast when you're super excited. You pump your legs back and forth. Dr. Lisa (your pediatrician) says you have strong legs. You also have a little birth mark on your right leg.

At your two month check-up on 2.19.10, you had a recurring theme: 75th percentile! Go baby Seth!
Weight: 12lbs 14oz
Height: 23.5 inches

You also received two vaccines - one was a shot and one was an oral vaccine. You were pretty sleepy during the whole appointment, right up to the vaccine injections. When the nurse gave you the shot, boy did you wake up quickly and gave a big scream! But, you quieted after that and with some cuddles and hugs, you were fine. It seemed that your leg was sore for the rest of the day, because you were a little cranky. Mommy was happy to give you the cuddles and kisses you needed to be consoled.

There is no concern about whether or not you are getting enough to eat. You eat well, even if sometimes you fall asleep on the second side of feeding. Sometimes on the second side of feeding, you get really fidgety and slap your hand against my chest. Only half of your feedings do you keep your eyes open and stare at whatever is behind my shoulder. Do you get bored?

You like to touch and use your hands. You hold your hands and occasionally intertwine your fingers. You grasp onto plastic rings if they are strategically placed into your open hand. You touch and hold onto your ears and rub your eyes.

You are fluctuating between the 0-3 month, 3 month and 3-6 month clothing based on what clothing brand you're wearing. You almost seem to look for the 0-3 month clothing! I think it may be because you have a long torso, which make it a little difficult for your feet to fit in the footsies just right.

In fact, the few nights that I got up to feed Seth in the middle of the night this week, he would look up at me before feeding him in the nursery chair and just smile at me and "goo" at me. How precious! It was like he was saying, "Thank you for getting up for me, Mommy!"

It was also the first week in which I actually did not set the alarm clock to see how long Seth would sleep. The first night, Seth slept until 6:45am! The second night, he slept until 7am! For both nights, he didn't wake up crying for food. It was more like fussiness that he wanted someone to come in and get him because he'd been in the crib for so long. When I went to his crib, he stopped fussing and started smiling and cooing at me. He just wanted someone to come get him! We'll see how many more nights we can continue this nice tradition.:0

Now, I know one of the nice things about Seth learning to sleep until the morning is so that Jason and I can get longer periods of sleep. Wouldn't you know that I was the one waking up at 3am, 4am and 5am thinking that I heard Seth crying when he actually wasn't? I thought something might be wrong with him since he hadn't gotten up yet, so I'd sneak into his room to check on him. Little man was fast asleep! So, I was the one who didn't get a lot of sleep the first night Seth slept on his own through the night.

And now for the adorable two-month pictures taken at the Counihan home studio!

February 10, 2010:

Seth is able to hold his head up at a 90 degree angle for a good 10 seconds. He can tip himself over to his right onto his back.

February 11, 2010:

Seth really likes to be held facing out, with his back to your chest, so he can see around. He really liked being placed in the Jeep carrier for the first time. I walked around the house and he loved it! I can't wait to take him to the mall and walk around like this.

Valentine's Day, 2010:

Our little Valentine!

February 15, 2010:

It was Jason's birthday, so I dressed Seth up in a cute little "Daddy Loves Me" shirt and we made a birthday video for Jason.

I call this the "cha-cha-cha" photo, because it looks like Seth is doing a little salsa dance!

Seth likes being propped up in front of the window and stare outside.

February 16, 2010:

Seth's two-month milestone! He is no longer a tiny little peanut in his carseat like he was when he came home from the hospital!

Ha - I love this preppy little button-down shirt. When we found out we were having a boy, I told Jason that I would finally get to dress someone with cute preppy boy clothes, since Jason will not let me buy preppy clothes for him!

February 17, 2010:
The naked baby photo shoot! Seth happily compiled and even looked at me a few times as though he was unsure of why I would let him chill out without his clothes on.

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