Hello Friends!! I wanted to check in with Arlo’s 2 month update… (only a week late this time!) These are just some pics from my iphone… I know, tsk, tsk, I should whip out the good cam for these… but these pics were totally unplanned (it was the only day I dressed him in something other than a white onsie, because we were having visitors lol) and I got carried away with my phone, and then before I knew it he was fussy and it was too late to document with the camera… I’ll be better next month, I swear ;)
So, anyway, my baby is two months!!! I can’t honestly say that time feels like its“flying” because, for some reason it doesn’t feel that way, BUT, I can say that it feels like he’s grown so much bigger and changed so much SO quickly! So I guess what I am trying to say is they change SOOOOO fast! Actually, I read an amazing quote on a friends instagram pic (Ya, that’s where I get my wisdom these days haha!) that really summed it up perfectly, it said ” The days are long but the years really are so fast.” @Sollybabywrap I know, I have not yet been a mom for a year, not even close, but I grasp the concept and I feel it nails my life in this present moment.
I know my 1 month update was sorta debbie downer, I just want to try and be as honest about my motherhood experience as possible, because I like to keep this blog real and not give my readers diabetes with all the sugar coating and what not ;) but mainly because, when I do it all over again, If I ever am so blessed as to have future babies I want to look back at this like a journal to remind myself of all the moments of motherhood, the good, the bad and the ugly! That being said at about 6 weeks things started getting SO MUCH EASIER!!! Thank the Lord Jesus!
Arlo Ace O’Rourke
2 months old
24 inches long
confirmed “Big Boy” weighing in at the top 25th percentile in weight and height
SLEEPS THROUGH THE NIGHT
Around 6 weeks Arlo started SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I seriously hope I did NOT just jinx that by typing that!!) Actually, it should be noted that these past few nights he has been waking twice, because apparently he is going through a mental leap / growth spurt… so that’s especially rough now that we’ve had a taste of sleep again! Hopefully once this leap is over we’ll have our good sleeper back!!
He usually sleeps somewhere between 6-8 hours a night and oh my goodness is it HEAVENLY! We’re not positive how it happened really because he is on no schedule, I never tried to put him on one because, well, I am not on a schedule of any sorts, so I wouldn’t know what schedule to try and put him on even if I wanted to put him on one haha! But one thing we did start doing is gradually moving him out of our bedroom and I think that helped a lot. Arlo is a VERY noisy sleeper, he grunts and flails like 24/7 so when he slept next to me in the moses basket he would wake me up several times a night and I thought he had woken up so I would pick him up and feed him, but once we moved him out and observed him on the monitor we found he still flails and grunts but is NOT really awake and 90% of the time we both fall back asleep without any need to feed! So once he outgrew the moses basket, I wasn’t quite ready to move him into his crib because we didn’t have a window shade in his nursery and I didn’t want him waking up with the sun, so for a couple weeks, Arlo slept in his stroller and we rolled him into the hallway outside our bedroom near the bathroom, with the bathroom fan on to drown out his grunts and work as white noise for him… We set up the baby monitor, but could still hear him if he started crying and that’s when we discovered he sleeps through the night! I just kept waking him up when he was next to me! Another thing we believe helped was we pulled a “bad parent” move and let him sleep on his stomach at about 6 weeks too because he is much comfier that way and always hated being swaddled so on his back his arms were always flailing like a mad man! I let him sleep on his stomach during naptime before this (as per pediatricians recommendation to help pass gas) and he was stellar at moving his head side to side and lifting it up, so that made us feel like he would be fine on his stomach at night. Just in case, any of you were ready to call CPS on me or anything ;)
In other Arlo news, he has become such a happy boy, his colic has gotten SO much better, dare I say he’s outgrown it? I went Dairy and soy free, and I think that has helped also! He smiles at me throughout the day and it just melts my heart!!! I know he knows who I am now and no other feeling in the world compares!! It’s amazing! At his 2 month check up we found out that he is chunky 12.2 pounds of chunk to be exact, he’s just a few ounces away from doubling his birth weight at 8 weeks! Also, he’s tall, 24 inches! Hopefully he’ll end up being tall like his dad, I’ll feel bad if he gets my height gene haha! He loves playing Patty Cake, “Standing” up, and being naked! He is very busy, always moving his legs and arms around like crazy, he’s a wiggle worm! He hates the bottle (still hasn’t taken one!!) and pacifiers and the nose frieda. He wears size 2 diapers and 3 month clothes.
I have been exclusively breastfeeding him since day 1, he’s never had a bottle, I waited until 6 weeks to try and introduce a bottle and he HATES it! Will not take it and chokes and gags on it! I’ve tried like 6 different bottle / nipple combos now too! So any tips there would be greatly appreciated! Luckily, I can bring him (and my boob) basically anywhere I go so there’s no urgent need for him to take a bottle and now my milk supply has settled down and so pumping a bottle actually seems like more work than just taking him along, but, it does sound oh so enticing to drop him off with grandma and gramps for a couple hours and grab dinner with my man without having to hurry and be checking my phone every second to see if I’m “needed” or without having to bring our plus 1 along to dinner with us for once (he always seems to be hungry right when my food comes…how convenient…)
All in all things are going great! We cannot imagine our life without our little man hunk and wonder now what we did before him, haha, slept and ate out I guess ;) He’s the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me. It’s sad looking back at photos of him when he was SO tiny, but at the same time it’s so much fun because it seems like each week more and more of his personality comes out and he just keeps getting more fun! I love him to pieces and I love watching him learn new things and take in all his surroundings. It’s such an amazing opportunity we get as parents to view life and the world through BRAND NEW eyes and experience everything for the first time again, alongside our children. Such a blessing. It’s indescribable really, hard to put into words, but I love it, and I’m pretty sure he’s my favorite person… sorry Pat :)