Oh baby bear, you have changed so much this month! It's such a joy to see your personality develop and to watch as you become more and more aware of your surroundings. It's a little bittersweet for me to know that you won't remember all of these fun moments that we have together, but I take comfort in the fact that we're building a strong foundation for a lifelong relationship here...regardless of if you remember all of the special times we shared during your first few months.
During month 2 you started to smile. A lot! You are such a smiley happy baby, and your dad and I just light up every time you give us that smile. It often starts as a half smile (your dad calls it a Harrison Ford smile), and then it turns in to a full-on open mouthed smile complete with crinkly eyes. I love it! We also, right near the end of month two, started to hear a few giggles every now and then. I gotta tell you, I didn't think there was anything better than seeing your baby smile...until I heard my baby giggle! I look forward to lots and lots more giggles in the future.
You also started recognizing things...mama, papa, toys. You love looking at the changing colors on your iPod speakers while I rock you in the rocking chair, and you give us baby hugs when we hold you...arms spread out wide across our chests.
You get so happy when we put you on your changing pad, and I attribute this to all of the baby talk that your papa did during those first two weeks when he changed 100% of your diapers! It never fails that when we put you on your changing pad your eyes light up and you start smiling and babbling away at us. You also get really happy when we give you a bath. At first you weren't so sure about it, but now it's all smiles while you're in that warm water and afterward when we're giving you a little baby massage. It doesn't make you sleepy (like I was hoping it would), but it makes you happy and that's good enough for me.
Some other firsts for month 2 are that you've started to enjoy sitting in your bouncy seat and your swing. This is so nice for your parents, because it means we get to eat dinner together again and neither of us has to be balancing a baby and a dinner plate! It also means that mama gets to take a shower every day, and that is so very important to my peace of mind. :)
We have two black and white drawings of hands in our living room that your papa drew himself, and they FASCINATE you. I know you love the high contrast of the black and white, but we also like to think that you love them because you know who created them.
You took your first trip to the farmers market this past month, and you were very popular there as daddy carried you around. We intended to push you around in your stroller, but you weren't really feeling the stroller that day so you got carried. Better vantage point from up high on papa's shoulder anyway, right?
About halfway through the month you found your hands, and have since spent a lot of time jamming them into your mouth. It's pretty cute to see you explore this new thing, and you haven't yet figured out how to just get your thumb in your mouth so for now it's the whole hand.
Cloth diapering is going well for us, although we've struggled a bit with diaper rash. We've got less than a month left on the diaper service that my coworkers so generously gave us, and the service has been working with us to try and adjust the pH of the diapers to reduce the instances of your rash. We're two days into the new set of diapers from them, and so far so signs of rash. It'll be interesting to see if we have any rash issues once we're doing our own diaper laundry in a few weeks.
At your 2-month well baby exam earlier this week you weighed 14 pounds 8.5 ounces, were 25 inches long and your head is up to 16.5 inches. That's pretty much at the very tip top of the growth charts across the board, and everyone always thinks that you are older than you are because of your size. You've very nearly outgrown your infant car seat already, so we've got a convertible one waiting in the wings for when you hit the 30 inches long mark.
People keep asking us if you're "sleeping any better at night" yet. You aren't sleeping through the night, but I consider it a good night if you go into your bassinet before midnight and only wake me up twice before 8:30 or so in the morning. Besides, as Dr. Beth reminded us this week, babies under the age of 4 months don't have the neurological capacity to sleep through the night so it's very common to still have nighttime feedings (in other words, don't cry it out this young...which we were never intending to do anyway). We feel pretty lucky that we've haven't had too many fussy nights (knock on wood!), and we're sure that you'll sleep through the night soon enough.
We call you Baby Bear, Honey Buns, Wy-Wy and all sorts of other nicknames as the mood strikes us. But mostly, we call you ours...and we love you to bits and pieces. As always, don't grow up too fast. And when you do grow up, don't do drugs! And be a responsible citizen! :)
Here's your continuing photo album. I love looking at how much you've changed!