First Two Months In – Going Great!

Today we are at the end of our first two months into our new life with N, and what an amazing time it has been! After two weeks I wrote this post showing how he was doing and I thought it important to do another summary so if N looks back on this he knows how things went.

Sleeping

Not N but you get the point...
Not N but you get the point…

I have to say that I think we’ve been so lucky with N and how he has slept.

There was a time when he wasn’t sleeping through and understandably that’s the most difficult time. In fact, I wrote an ‘Ode to Sleep‘ all about it. The idea for that came to me in the middle of the night on one of his feeds funnily enough.

However, as you can see in this post, after 31 nights he slept through for the first time. Since then he has generally slept from about 10:30pm until 5am or even later. A few days ago he went until 6:30am so we are really pleased with how he’s doing. Of course he has had a couple of nights where he has woken earlier but not much at all.

It’ll be interesting to see how he goes this week as he has his vaccinations and supposedly a ‘leap’. Fun times I’m sure!!

Feeding

He's a hungry baby!
He’s a hungry baby!

He’s a hungry baby! I mean a really hungry baby. You may be aware that he is on formula as breast feeding didn’t work (as you can see in my post here).

He’s on 7oz already, and has been for a short while. In fact, he may be going up to 8oz soon as he is draining the 7oz easily.

He’s also on size two teat now. It was a struggle at first as he wasn’t swallowing fast enough and was being a bit sick. However, he has now got used to it and is guzzling away.

I’m just so glad to have the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep machine (see my review here). It really makes making those bottles so much easier, especially at night.

Development

It’s really noticeable now how much he has developed over the last two months. The things that come to mind are:

  • He is trying to grab so many things now, especially fingers and a red bird soft toy he has got
  • He’s got the most adorable smile and has started showing it off now. He really gets away with anything when he smiles! He was also giggling to himself a couple of days ago for the first time
  • His tracking of people and noises is excellent, and has been for a good few weeks now. He tracks your movements well across the room and turns his head when you enter the room
  • He noticed the cat recently for the first time¬†and appeared to be pointing at him and smiling (though that’s probably just our interpretation!)
  • He has also recently started sucking on his fist and anything else that goes near his mouth (like our fingers and clothes!)

What has he done?

He's done a lot of exciting things so far!
He’s done a lot of exciting things so far!

Well for myself and Clare it has been fantastic. A great couple of months, even though in many ways it has been difficult too. We’ve tried to do lots with N over the last couple of months, including:

  • A trip to Liverpool to see family over there
  • Meeting lots of family and friends who were desperate to meet him. If I wrote them all in name by name this post would be so so long! Everyone has been so generous with him too, so thank you to everyone that has given him a gift!
  • Gone out with us for a lot of meals (we like eating out!), firstly to Five Guys which was a big step for us to go out and eat with him along, and we loved it
  • Been for lots of coffee (and what’s good is some places do free children’s frothy milk so in the future he can join in!)
  • Been to Lotherton Hall to meet penguins. You can see my review here, plus, Darren Lawson¬†has built a map bringing together reviews from different bloggers (here). Check that out if you’re thinking of going somewhere, it’s another useful resource for parents
  • ‘Watched’ his first Premier League Tottenham game (ok ok, that’s more for me really…)
    Oh I hope he's a Spurs fan!
    Oh I hope he’s a Spurs fan!
  • Been for a walk around the park
  • Played with many toys, like his play gym, sensory equipment and a red fabric bird
  • Listened to many many books as we’ve read them to him, such as “Guess How Much We Love You”, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “The Gruffalo”.

He has done lots more besides but these capture the main things really. It has been quite a start in life for him. It must be so confusing for a baby experiencing so many things for the first time, and there’s so much more to come!!

Likes and Dislikes

Likes (in no particular order):

  • The cat
    He loves his play gym!
    He loves his play gym!
  • Sleeping in the car seat
  • Looking at Mummy and Daddy
  • Lights and shadows
  • Sensory stuff like lights and music
  • Play gym
  • Cuddles
  • Having his formula
  • Having a bath
  • His Ollie the Owl (sends him to sleep so well!)
  • Chucking his arms and legs all over the place randomly!
  • Staring at the Tottenham badge (he genuinely does!)

Dislikes (again, no particular order):

  • Having a dirty nappy for even a second
  • Having his nappy changed (yes, awkward given his first dislike!)
  • Being nude
  • Hiccups
  • Sneezing
  • Being hungry for 0.5 seconds
  • Sleeping during the day (or that’s the way it appears anyway!!)
  • Being put in his car seat (oh the red faced screams!)

Exciting Times Ahead

So, that’s a fairly good summary of his first two months and where he is at now. I’m so excited to see what the next month brings (after the effect of his vaccinations has worn off!!). I’m not sure what to expect really, and I don’t want to look too much at what he’s expected to do in case he doesn’t do something that he ‘should’.

At the end of the day he’s fit, he’s well, his development is going to plan and we are delighted.

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