It feels like this is probably the last update that I can do with the title newborn in it as the little guy is now 12 weeks old and probably not really classed as a newborn anymore. He definitely doesn’t feel like such a newborn these days, especially since he’s moved into size 2 nappies and has outgrown all his 0-3 clothes! It feels like he is growing so much quicker than Ella did, and as much as I am loving seeing him come more to life with each day and each week, I kind of wish time would slow down a little bit.
Our little man is definitely a little chunk! He was finally weighted by the health visitor at 9 weeks and weighted a very healthy 13lbs 14oz, tracking in the 75th percentile. Exactly 1lb heavier than his big sister at the same age who also tracked in the 75th percentile. I remember worrying all the time with Ella that I was feeding her too much because she was such a chubby little thing, but knowing from experience that it’s just baby fat and all drops off once they start moving around make it easier not to worry so much about it second time round.
Breastfeeding is still going really well with feeds starting to move out to every three to four hours rather than every two which is a much welcomed respite. Over the last few weeks the little guy has got even more efficient with his feeds (which I didn’t think was possible) and can pretty much finish a feed in five minutes. He’s such a little guzzler, but im not complaining!
Over the last month a loose routine has definitely started to appear. Now the little guy has a feed, plays, chats or chills out for 45 – 60 minutes and then will nap for an hour or two before doing the same thing all over again. In the evenings I’ve noticed he’ll want to go to bed around 7pm, wake for a feed around 9pm then go straight back to sleep. He’ll then have a dream feed around 11pm/12pm and then wake once in the night for another feed, typically waking up in the morning around 8am/9am which has been really manageable and quite nice, especially since the little lady started nursery school as I feel like I’m starting to get some of my evenings back.
Life has still been quite hectic over the last few weeks with the little lady starting school which has meant getting used to a school run and a much more structured routine, and then more recently we had the little guys baptism which was ultra low key but lovely. We also managed to squeeze a few more outings out of the last of the summer with a few park days here and there, a Bach to Baby concert with friends (highly recommended!) and we finally started Baby Sensory classes which I’ve been wanting to do for a while. With Ella at school three days a week it gives me and the little guy some one on one time which is such a treat. It would be nice to maybe do one other thing with him like baby massage, baby swimming or baby signing if we can find some classes on one of the other two days that we have together.
It feels like Ella has really grown up over the last few weeks in the way that she interacts with and talks to the little guy. When she wakes up in the morning she’ll peer into his SnuzPod and say good morning to him and when she comes home for school she’ll want to kiss him and tell him all about her day which is so sweet to watch. It feels like she has got used to sharing us and her space with him which is such a joy to see. I think part of that is natural evolution over time, but I also think that as the little guy has started to smile, chat and generally engage with us a lot more over the last few weeks, its made having him around much more interesting and exciting for the little lady.
The little guy finally had his first set of jabs and did really well with them. Although I don’t remember there being so many when Ella had them. I probably should have done my research beforehand and then I wouldn’t have been so surprised when the nurse told me he would have three jabs and an oral vaccination for rotovirus which I actually managed to pick up from him later that week as it was a live vaccine. My little guy rarely ever cries, but boy did he cry when he had those jabs. It was so heart wrenching to hear him properly sob after each one, I felt like such a horrible mummy. But thankfully little ones forget quickly and a quick breastfeed helped him get over them.
The little guy started laughing over the last few weeks. They are quite small little laughs, but they are definitely there and they are super cute.
He’s also been showing the first signs of teething, dribbling loads and his hands are one of his favourite things to mouth at the moment. I can’t see any white lines yet, but it feels like little teethy pegs might not be that far away for this little one!
Most Difficult Moments
Watching the little guy get so upset having his jabs was awful, even if it only lasted a few moments. He hardly ever cries so I know that when he does cry he is really upset which breaks my heart.
The little guys baptism was lovely. He was so good and didn’t make a single peep the entire time, even when he was splashed with water as he was being baptised.
Our first baby sensory class was definitely a highlight. He really enjoyed all the singing, sensory play and activities and I finally feel like I can give him the same focused time and attention that Ella had when she was a baby.
I can’t believe another month has passed just like that. Its lovely seeing this little guys character more and more every day, and finally getting some one on one time to get to know him better. I love spending time with him and the more that my maternity leave ticks by, the more I am enjoying being with my two babies.
What did your second month look like with your newborn?