Saturday, October 20, 2012

Babyhood Weeks 7 through 12

September 8th, 2012 through October 20th, 2012

Well baby boy, I haven't done so great at keeping up with your babyhood over these last several weeks.  But we've had a lot going on in our lives, so I guess I have a legitimate excuse.  We've been doing a lot of traveling, and your dear Great Uncle Jeff passed away a week and a half ago while we were in Indiana visiting.  Unfortunately and needless to say, blogging hasn't been a top priority. :(

But here I am, catching up finally.  So let's see...

You are still a very big boy.  At your two-month appointment, at around 9 weeks old, you weighed 14 lbs 13 oz (97th percentile), you were 24 1/2 inches long (95th percentile), and your head was 16 inches around (66th percentile).  Now at 12 weeks old, you weigh around 16 lbs and are about 25 1/2 inches long according to my at-home measurements.  You are wearing 3-6 month and 6-9 month clothing, size 2 diapers, and size 1 shoes (although we don't have any except flip flops).

You're not doing overly great at holding your head up while on your belly, and you still hate tummy time just like your brother did.  I'm doing what I can to encourage you to develop your back and neck muscles, and you honestly seem to have pretty good head control when I hold you upright.  You just hate lifting your head up while on your belly.  Sometimes I wonder if it's due to your size that you struggle so much, but who knows.

You are becoming so much more alert and aware of what is going on around you.  Just in the last week you've started turning your head to look at different things in the room that interest you.  You smile quite a bit, and oftentimes do it on cue if I ask you to.  You laughed for the first time when you were 10 1/2 weeks old, for your Grandma Nancy while we were at the hospice home visiting Uncle Jeff, ironically.  I haven't heard you laugh again since, but it was so neat to hear.  And I know it brought a lot of joy into an otherwise incredibly sad situation.

You seem to love baths but hate when I pull you out of the water.  I've learned that I have about 30 seconds after taking you out before I'll get sprayed with a stream of pee, so I always have a new diaper right there, ready to stick on your bottom.

You've developed a birth mark on the ridge of your nose, which I asked the pediatrician about at your two-month appointment.  She said it will likely continue to get bigger until you're six to nine months old, then it will begin to fade.  I'm relieved to say that it hasn't grown much, so hopefully it won't get too large over time.  But  honestly I think it adds a little character to your face. :)

A lot of the baby hair you were born with has begun to fall out and be replaced by new hair.  This new hair seems to be a light brown, but I could even see it possibly turning blonde.  Also, the middle of your eyes has begun to change color.  I can't quite tell what color it's looks like it may even be a brown/tan color.  I'm so excited to find out what you'll look like over time.  You're already so different from your older brother, and it's fascinating to see and learn about the differences between you two.

I realized a couple weeks ago that you were getting a giant flat spot on the back of your head, more toward the left side.  After that, when I'd lay you on your back, I'd always try to turn your head the other way.  But every time, you'd move your head around until it was resting on that flat spot, and then you'd stay there.  I wasn't sure what to do, so I did some research online and discovered that there are pillows to help with flat spots.  I ordered one, and I am thrilled to say that I can already see a big improvement in your head shape.  I now use it all the your carseat, your swing, your crib, and when you lay flat on the floor.  I'm hoping with time that the flat spot will completely disappear, but we'll have to see if I caught it early enough.

You continue to travel the country with me and your brother, and I'm still impressed with how adaptable you are.  The weekend you turned 9 weeks old, we traveled to Robbinsville, NC to see your Grandma Nancy and Grandpa Gordie at their new land plot in the mountains, the weekend you turned 10 weeks old we were in Ohio visiting your mommy's college friends, and after that we were in Leo, IN visiting Mommy's family through the weekend you turned 11 weeks old.  Your daddy didn't get to go to any of those places with us, which made us all sad, but fortunately he's going with us on our next trip, which we leave for in just a couple days.  We're going to Florida to watch him play frisbee, yay!

While on our travels, I discovered that you are definitely a Momma's boy.  There were times when you wanted me to hold you, and only me.  No one else would do, and if I would try to hand you over to someone else you would just burst into tears.  Of course it made me feel good to be so loved, but it did make things a little difficult when there was other stuff I needed to be doing.

Alright I think that's all for now.  Hopefully your next babyhood update will come sooner than six weeks from now!! :(

Your Momma

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