So it’s totally normal for a 2-month-old to be in 6-9 month clothes, right? Right?! I mean, my kid is obviously average-sized; those clothes are just made for elves.
at his two month appointment:
Nurse: Yes! It’s the giant baby! I love this guy!
Me: Me too.
Nurse: He obviously has no trouble eating.
Me: Not even a little bit. It’s like feeding a whole football team at my house. Except I only have two and they’re both under 4 ft tall and only one of them eats solid food.
Nurse: You know, in his chart, it only says “extremely large and happy”
Me: Accurate. Just out of curiosity, what’s the average size for a 2 month old?
Nurse: Around 10 lbs and 20/21 inches.
Me: Huh. Welp, we started out ahead of the power curve, I suppose.
Nurse: And never looked back.
Another month in the books and I have no idea where it went. Well, I do, but I wish it wouldn’t have gone by so fast! We had two out-of-state weddings (road trip!), two weeks of grandparent visits (lots of great fun and snuggles!), a week without power (hurricanes are un-fun), and just life as usual (circus). That’s where the month went. But this not-so-little guy is a champ. He rode on planes and in cars for hours without complaint, sat through weddings and got passed around without complaint, spent a week of his bottles getting heated on the grill (almost) without complaint (although he’s a veteran of the power outages – we were without power for 12 hours the first night we brought him home), and let me prop him up with some pumpkins with only a complaint about the sun in his eyes (thus the shadow-y picture).
Unless he’s hungry or has gas, he is one happy baby! Loves to talk and smile and laugh, especially at Mama. Yes! Finally one of my children loves me most! He likes to poop up to his armpits (when Mama is on diaper duty) or not at all (when it’s Dad’s turn). I also learned that breast-fed babies can go days without pooping and it’s totally okay. Huh. He sleeps like a champ, too, so I’m soaking it up as much as I can before we hit the 4-month stage where teeth and no more sleep happens. Or maybe he’ll just sleep right through that, too. Hey, a mama can dream!
second month favorites:
- gripe water. I seriously LOVE this stuff. Like the kind of love that’s scary and obsessive and makes people wonder if you’re mentally unstable. Because it works! So wonderful for little tummies. They also make a probiotic that both boys take and it’s simply glorious. If this stuff ever goes off the market, I’ll probably have a breakdown.
- slouchy beanie. This is the hat that Little Fox was wearing in his one month photo and I have them in several colors because they’re just too adorable. Or maybe that’s just my baby…
- 2 in 1 swing. This is a hand-me-down from Saurus (just like 95% of everything this baby has) and it’s still going strong! I know there are probably more fancy swingy baby things out there but this one is a winner in my book – the swing settings are just right, it’s not too overwhelming with ridiculous lights and moving things, and the seat part comes out to be a chair so it’s perfectly portable. Little Fox usually falls asleep in the swing part while I’m working in the house and then I just pop it out and carry the seat outside to water the flowers and the baby stays asleep.
- onya outback carrier. We have a Tula that’s toddler-sized and I love it but thought I’d try something different for newborn size (ha!) and settled on the onya. Mostly because I can’t for the life of me figure out one of those sling thingies. But I have no complaints – awesome for travel (little dude slept through the whole airport experience in it. and the apple orchard experience. and every shopping trip ever.), it can be worn a variety of ways, I can put it on by myself without any body contortions, it’s super durable, and it has awesome pockets in just the right spots.
- ultra soft baby washcloths. Do babies really need special washcloths? I’m not sure. But just in case they do, these are legit and the softest things EVER. Why aren’t all towels and washcloths made out of this material? I don’t know. But they should be.
- muslin car seat cover. Once upon a time, people had babies without all of this stuff and those babies turned out just fine. But those babies probably had the sun in their eyes all the time and had to deal with nosy strangers poking their cheeks. This is one of those not-essential-but-definitely-worth-it items: it’s light and thin and keeps the sun and breeze out of his face on walks but my favorite part is that I can just zip it up while we’re shopping and he can snooze without 9000 people wanting to touch him and telling me he’s the size of a 6-month-old. I really do love people and am proud to show off my baby but sometimes, I just want to let him sleep and I just want to get the grocery shopping done.
- cat and jack sleepers. Y’all. They zip from the bottom. I imagine the development went something like this:
Frank (who I imagine as a round, good natured fellow who wears polyester pants): I’m working on a new design for some baby suits.
Frank’s Wife (I imagine she’s cooking a meatloaf and has a nice midwestern accent): That’s nice, dear. Make them zip from bottom to top.
Frank: No one cares about that.
Frank’s Wife: No, dear. I’ve been telling you for years, they should zip from the bottom so that it’s easier to do diaper changes and you don’t have to get your baby all naked and cold in the middle of the night.
Frank: Yeah, yeah.
Frank’s Wife: For the love of flapjacks, Frank, do the mothers a favor and make them zip from the bottom.
later, at the design meeting (where I imagine it’s all men):
Boss: These are nice, I like the fabric, but it needs something different. Something to stand out from the rest of the baby suits.
Design Team: We could make the feet light up? What if it vibrated? Could we add an attachment to hold an iPad? What if it somehow zipped into a football shape?
Frank: I got nothing.
Boss: Let’s have a focus group.
Focus group (who are all mothers): MAKE THEM ZIP FROM THE BOTTOM.
Design Team: It’s a shame the focus group didn’t have any ideas. What if we could add a cup holder attachment? Or maybe some velcro?
Frank: I’ve got an idea! Just thought of it this instant! What if they zipped from the bottom instead?
Boss: Perfect, Frank! Let’s do it! I bet no one’s ever thought of that!
later, at home:
Frank: Guess what? I had the greatest idea for those baby suits and the boss loved it! I said “What if we made them zip from the bottom?” and he said “Perfect, Frank!”
Frank’s Wife: That’s nice, dear. You’re so smart to have thought of that.
rock n play sleeper. It’s like a hammock. For babies. Have you ever seen an angry person in a hammock? No. Have you ever seen an angry baby in one of these? No. Have you ever seen a baby in this that’s NOT sleeping and looking like an angel? No. Have you ever seen a mother standing next to one of these without a smile? No.