Baby Roark’s is almost 3 months! (Click here to see his birth video)
Time seems to fly by when you have a newborn. Everything is happening so fast that I missed doing a 1 month update and before more time elapses, I wanted to do Roark’s 2 month update.
Baby R’s Stats
At Birth: 6lbs 12oz, 19.5 inches tall, size newborn clothes and diapers.
2 weeks old: 7 lbs 3oz and measured 20.25 inches tall, size 0-3 months clothes and size 1 diapers.
2 months old: 11 lbs 11oz and measured 22.75 Inches tall, size 3-6 months clothes and size 2 diapers.
This boy is growing like a weed!
Baby R is mostly breastfed, but there have been two instances during the past 2 months in which we had to supplement his feedings with formula. The first time was two days after we came home from the hospital. My milk had not come in and baby R started showing signs of dehydration.
The second time was recent when I starting passing a kidney stone and had to go to the ER and was pumped with morphine. The doctors sent me home with painkillers and other prescriptions that were not safe for breastfeeding, so we switched to formula for a couple days while the stone was moving. Thankfully, I was able to pass the stone a couple days after my ER visit versus the estimated time of 6-8 weeks given by the doctors and resume breastfeeding. During the days in which we were feeding baby R formula, I kept pumping and dumping the breastmilk to keep my supply up.
Baby R has dealt with the changes like a champ. We even tried different formulas and he didn’t complain.
I have started pumping and freezing breast milk just in case something else happens in the next few months.
On our last visit to the pediatrician, he suggested that I go dairy free for 3 weeks. Baby R seems to have an allergy to milk protein which causes diarrhea, gas and mucus in his stool. We will have to see it going dairy free eliminates this issue.
We are going through a lot more diapers than we anticipated. On average 15-20 diapers a day. Baby R hates having a wet diaper, so we change him pretty frequently. He also has had a few bouts of diarrhea which requires more frequent changes.
During the past month, we have started using a 12 hr diaper (Pampers Baby Dry) at night. It seems to keep baby R dry longer, which makes him tolerate not being changed at night. It has also helped contain early morning blowouts.
One thing that I have been shocked to find out is that not all restaurants have changing tables in their restrooms. Even the post office’s bathroom was lacking. There is also the fact that changing tables are only available at women’s restrooms, making it super hard for dads to take the kids out. I feel for single dads out there!
During the first month, sleep was tough. Baby R slept for a couple hours at a time in the morning and at night he only took 45 mins catnaps. Because of newborn reflexes, he would startle himself awake. We tried swaddling (blanket and sacks), but he managed to get out of them after 2 weeks. He also had severe congestion for 3 weeks, which caused some breathing issues (coughing and choking), so we had to let him sleep in his swing chair for a week (per the pediatrician’s recommendation) and to check on him pretty often when he did sleep. Once the congestion cleared up and he started learning how to deal with the choking on his own, he started sleeping better.
Now, at almost 3 months, he wakes up to feed 2-4 times a night for 10 mins and has 1 diaper change. This is a vast improvement from the first few weeks in which we changed diapers every time he fed and he was feeding for 30-45 mins each time and sleeping for 45 mins in between. Although Baby R is still not sleeping through the night, we have not started sleep training him. We have a bedtime routine, but he is still in charge of when he eats and sleeps. We have however limited his naps during the day and close to bedtime to help him sleep better.
Milestones – 2 month update
Baby R has started smiling and focusing on things. On the first month he was attracted by light and shadows. Now it’s moving light and objects. He quite enjoys watching TV, which I leave on during the morning to provide background noise. It’s been recommended to us to do that so he has a clear distinction between night and day.
He is kicking up a storm and has recently started to hit me with his arms and grab my hair. My hair and fingers are the only things he is interested in grabbing so far. I’ve tried giving him toys, but he won’t take it yet.
He has also developed a fascination for his feet and can stare at them for quite a while. In addition he has started drooling and chewing on his hands like crazy. Baby R doesn’t care for pacifiers so we let him chew on his hands. He hasn’t quite figured out how to suck his thumb and we are not encouraging it.
Since he was 9 days old, baby R has had some control of his neck. He is a strong little guy and does tummy time regularly. He is able to turn on his side, his preferred position to sleep and is trying hard to turn on his belly.
Finally, he has also started cooing and even blowing raspberries.
I think this is it for Baby Roark 2 Month Update. I wonder what he will be doing on the next couple months!