(And while this update is a little late since he officially turned three months old on 1/31, I did remember to take these photos on the right days!)
|The cute Aztec print letterboard is from Vermillion Drive, based here in Portland!|
Charlie was a big when he was born (10lbs 9oz/22 in long) and he’s been growing like a weed ever since! At his two month appointment (on 12/30) he was 13lbs 5oz (76th percentile) and 25in long (99th percentile). (He was also 99th percentile for head circumference!) He is just such a long baby and he feels heavier every time I pick him up, so I’ll be interested to see how much he’s grown when he goes in for his 4 month appointment next month. As for his eyes, they are blue and seem to be more blue than Henry’s ever were so I’m feeling more confident that they’re going to stay that way…but who knows! His hair is more of a mystery because he didn’t have much when he was born, except for some darker, almost wavy, hair in the back. Now, his hair in the back has a big bald spot (just like Henry did) from where he sleeps, but there are a ton of little short hairs starting to grow in on top. So depending on the lighting, he either still looks bald or he looks like he has a buzz cut with all these new little hairs popping up. And it’s hard to tell what color the hair that’s coming in is going to be because some of it looks blonde, but then in other lighting it looks more brown or even reddish. So time will tell what this little man is going to look like!
The million dollar question! Everyone always asks ‘how your baby is sleeping??’ and with Henry, I felt like I was so much more fixated on it. This time around? I’m a lot less concerned about sleep because I know things will work themselves out eventually and I just feel like in general, the sleep deprivation is so much easier to handle because I know that it won’t last forever. We have Charlie sleeping in our room in the Bassinest next to our bed. Thankfully, he’s been ok sleeping in there (swaddled and flat on his back) from the beginning and so I’d usually put him in there when we went to bed, but over the course of the night, he’d end up in our bed. For the first two months or so, he wasn’t on any real schedule and I wasn’t even really keeping track of how often he was waking in the night because I can literally nurse him in my sleep. He’d usually take a couple naps a day, either in the wrap or the swing or his car seat and then just nurse on and off throughout the night. When we went to Michigan last month, that’s when I started making a point to actually put him down for naps. I’d feed him and then after he had been awake for about 1.5-2 hours, he’d seem ready to go down and so I was just trying to follow his cues to get him on a loose eat/play/sleep schedule. Now, we have kind of a relaxed schedule that’s helpful because it allows me to predict when he’s going to need to eat again. He typically wakes up around 8am (or I wake him because we need to leave to go somewhere) but he’s usually ok with not being fed right when he gets up in the morning, which is good because we’re often heading out the door for an activity or play date so I’ll just nurse him once I get there, around 9:30 or 10am. Then he’s usually up until around 11:30am or noon and then he’ll nap for a couple of hours. This nap will usually be in his car seat and I can usually get home from wherever we’ve gone in the morning and get Henry lunch and down for his nap before Charlie wakes up and needs to eat again, typically around 2pm. Then he’ll usually be up until around 4pm, then go down for another two-ish hour nap, and this one is usually in his bassinet. (And a lot of times Henry will still be napping at this point so I have a little window of time with them both napping!) Then when he wakes up, I’ll feed him (usually around 6-6:30pm) before we have dinner and then by 8-8:30ish he seems like he’s ready to go down for the night. I’ll swaddle him and put him in his bassinet and this is around the time Henry goes to bed, so it’s nice to have them down for the night at the same time. Then Charlie will usually sleep from about 8:30-midnight and then he’ll fuss and want to eat again, and since I’m a night owl, I’ll usually just stay up until I have to feed him at midnight and then I’ll go to sleep. After midnight, he’ll sleep for a few hours and then wake up at some point and this is where things get hazy as I don’t usually look at my phone to see when he’s waking up. If I bring him in bed and nurse him side lying, then he’ll tend to snack on and off between the hours of 4-7am. I’m trying to work on more fully waking up to make sure he gets a larger feed and then putting him back in his bassinet, and although he’s done some 5-6 hour stretches of sleep at night, I think we’re still a little ways from him sleeping completely through the night. And honestly, it’s fine. I know he’ll get there eventually and the fact that he’ll take some long naps on the go during the day is super helpful so it’s not as big of a deal if he wakes up a little at night. We moved Henry into his own room at around 4 months, but with Charlie, I foresee waiting a little longer but time will tell!
For the most part, we’re still using and liking most of the things we used with Henry at this age, which you can see in this post. I’ve especially gotten a lot of use out of my Solly Baby wraps (I have this pattern and this pattern) and I also used the new Ergo Adapt carrier for our trip to Michigan and loved it. Charlie seems to like these Halo fleece swaddles and we use them every night and at naps when we’re home. When Henry was a baby, I’d usually just stick a blanket over this car seat but this time around I’ve gotten a ton of use out of the my car seat/nursing covers. I also got a Fawn Design diaper bag before he was born and I love it, it’s perfect for two kiddos!
(I’ve been way worse at keeping track of these things this time around…)
-Got to witness multiple snow storms and a unusually cold, snowy winter for Portland!
-Went on his first plane ride and did great 🙂
-Traveled to Michigan to meet his extended family there
-Visited the ocean for the first time at the end of January when we traveled to Newport
-Rolled over from his tummy to his back at his two month doctor appointment. He hasn’t been rolling from his tummy to his back much since, but he is capable of it. And he’s sooo close to rolling from his back to his stomach.
-Can grab on to my hair and is starting to reach for the hanging objects when he’s laying on his playmat
-Smiling and laughing and is able to make eye contact with us across the room
-Great head and neck control and able to sit propped up with a pillow
|Henry wanted to “help” me taking his three month photo – LOL!|