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2 Months

2 months - 9/29/13

2 months – 9/29/13

Weight
11 lbs 14 ounces on Wednesday (9/25) – slightly above 50th percentile

Length
22.5 inches – slightly below 50th percentile

Health
We had a doctors appointment last Wednesday for his normal two month checkup.  But he also perfectly timed a blocked infected tear duct.  We noticed on Monday that his eye had a little bit of sleepy stuff in the corner.  By Tuesday, it was full on goo, especially when he cried.  So the doctor prescribed him some eye ointment that he is not so fond of but his eye has cleared up.

Looking forward to
GiGi and Grandpa’s visit this month

Changes
He SMILED!

9/4/13 - first on camera smile

9/4/13 – first on camera smile

9/9/13

9/9/13

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cutie pie

he’s getting nice and chunky and adorable.  He has great head strength (in my totally biased opinion).  He’s started moving his arms and legs a lot and seems to understand that he’s the one moving them.  Today he was wiggling his feet and grinning at them as they moved.

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funny feet

He has always been a chatty baby but he does it even more now!  Tons of coos, oohs, ahhs, and squeaks.

He still sleeps from 4-5 hrs at night, then 3 hours, then he is ready to be awake – He’ll sleep a little longer if you cuddle but that means I have to be awake so we watch Good Morning America in the morning and it gives us time to wake up!

He’s started taking a pacifier and a bottle.  He took the first bottle we offered him with no complaints.  Go Brody!  He will even take one from me which I’ve heard is difficult.  We also give him a pacifier at night and if he gets super fussy but he’s started sucking on his fingers when he gets upset.  Yay for self soothing.  But sometimes he gets really mad that his fingers aren’t doing what he wants – so then we have to give him a pacifier to calm him down.  But he doesn’t really need it – I usually only use it if i’m super lazy because a quick walk around the house would calm him just as much.  Or at night time to let him know that it’s time for bed.

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Things he likes: – He loves his bouncer, He likes being held up (sitting or standing) so he can look around.  He still loves looking at lights and bright places in the house.

Things he doesn’t like: He does not like for me to bathe ;). But there aren’t many things that upset him beyond if he’s been left alone for a while.  He’s not fond of the eye ointment that I have to put in his eye.

Activities & Outings:

 We make a great shopping team, we go to the grocery store, Target, CVS, everywhere together.

This weekend we had a doggie playdate with some neighbors and Brody had fun watching Axel play and listening to the adults chit chat.

Last weekend, when Ethan and Natalie were here we went to Hillridge Farms.  Brody had his first hay ride and pumpkin patch picking.

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We also visited Charlottesville on 9/15 and celebrated our best buddy’s birthday!  Here is the picture of Clara and Brody meeting for the first time

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We also enjoyed watching many Georgia games together!

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And he’s always willing to help with my day to day chores

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laundry time

Nicknames: Little B, Bro, Broseph, Little dude, and Bro Bro.

Clothing Size: We just started wearing 3-6 months.  Brody has a long torso plus the extra bulk of the cloth diapers and we had to go up a size!

Often heard:

“He has so much hair”
“He’s so alert”
“He’s very calm”
“So handsome” (says his grandparents) 😉


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So we’ve officially made it one month using cloth diapers.  How’s it going you ask?  They are fabulous.  Perhaps we just had a bad experience with a certain named brand disposable (HUGGIES) but before cloth we experienced some kind of leak (pee or poo) once a day (on average – more with Huggies – less with Pampers) – we tried all sorts of things – making it tighter, less tight, pointing certain things down (if you catch my drift) -still B and I routinely got wet.  It definitely wasn’t fun.  You sit there holding your adorable baby wondering if you are having a weird hot flash all of a sudden…nope…you just got peed on. Since starting cloth diapers we’ve only had maybe 4 leaks – and half was because he was a bit small for them in the beginning – the other half user error. I’ve also noticed that we haven’t had any rashes…yes I know at 8 weeks he’s a bit young for rashes – but in those first two weeks of using disposables I will admit that during that middle of the night feeding he didn’t always get his diaper changed – the choices are change it before feeding him and listen to him scream because he is hungry (which is not an option since Daddy has to get up to go to work at 4:30 so we try to be quiet) or change him after he’s eaten which in the middle of the night normally means that you are gonna wake him up.  Now idk about you but at 1 a.m. I normally choose letting him sleep over changing his diaper.  So I noticed during those two weeks his bum getting a little redder than normal 😦 which definitely made me feel awful for choosing sleep.  Well since switching to the cloth we haven’t seen any red on the bum and he is normally in the same diaper from 10pm-5am because I still don’t want to wake him up after our 1 a.m. feeding. Our stash is made up of BumGenius 4.0s.  They are a pocket style diaper which just means there is an insert you put in it – this cuts down on drying time and allows you to customize absorbency.  Fancy Shmancy!  We like the ones with snaps because they don’t collect stuff like velcro does (by stuff I mean dog hair – ick) So you take the diaper off – and put it in the diaper pail – which is lined with a pail liner (or wet bag) – from here you just throw it all in the washer – once he starts eating real food – things get more complicated.  But for now you just do one wash on warm – another on hot – and an extra rinse – and all done!  Well ya gotta dry them and stuff them – then all done!

IMG_0032   Here are the diapers ready to go (for some reason all the blue ones got used in one day (I have two of almostevery color 🙂 ) IMG_0033   The diaper changing caddy holds my cloth wipes (cheap washcloths in a disposable wipe container with a mixture of water, baby oil, and baby soap), coconut oil for rashes, and hand sanitizer.  The scissors are to remind me to take the labels off of his toys 🙂 IMG_0034   The diapers hanging to dry – the top right is one of the pail liners drying.  It’s super water proof so really the water is just dripping off of it 🙂 – and the bottom left are two baby wet bags for my diaper bag.  They are pretty small but still can hold about 8 diapers each as I found out on my trip to Cville this weekend. IMG_0035 The diapers are cute enough to wear without clothes 🙂 – but seriously who does love a naked baby. photo (20) photo (21)   This weekend we went to visit a friend for her birthday and LB ended up in only his diaper at one point.  We got so many compliments on them 🙂 – guess it’s nice to have pretty underwear.

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“Bad Momma”

I read this article recently about how new mothers get nothing done.  And if a new mom is saying that she gets stuff done then she is lying or not a good mom.  The point of the article was basically to say enjoy these times with you baby and measure each day in moments and not tasks accomplished.  

While I love the premise of the article, not worrying about chores and tasks but just enjoying our child, It made me realize what a wonderful baby I have and how lucky I am.  Because I’m not lying when I say that I do get stuff done during the day, and rarely do I have to wear my baby in order to do it (I would love to but right now it’s just too gosh darn hot for either of us to be smushed together for longer than a grocery store trip).  Luckily he’s chill enough to let me get 3-4 hours of work done for my part time job that I do from home (and am immensely grateful for), as well as keeping a clean house (so I haven’t had to calm my inner OCD yet – which honestly probably needs to happen) and occasionally (thought not as often as I used to) I have time for a craft project here and there AND I still have plenty of time for cuddles – seriously no one need worry that I don’t hold my kid enough.

Anyway the purpose of this post was not to gloat over my glorious child 😉 but to say hey! fellow bloggers don’t throw out words like “bad momma” willy nilly!  Everyone has different mothering styles and basically people…don’t judge.  I’m not going to lie – I used to see people with their babies and they might be doing “no-no’s” like wearing their child facing forward, or putting the car seat in the top part of the buggy, or playing on their iphone.  And I judged.  But now that my little guy is here I realize that all of us are just trying to do the best we can to ‘survive’ and we have to make our own judgments about what to do with our children – am I going to wear my child facing forward probably not (mostly due to the fact that I have a 100 dollar child carrier that doesn’t allow that option 😉 ) – but hey stay informed and then make your own decisions that work best for your family.

Side Note:  Last night my child peed himself in the face during a diaper change – I just wiped his face off and went back to sleep – if you told me this I probably would have been like “oh no poor baby” – not poor baby – pee is sterile and I was sleep deprived from a cranky baby – he can wear a little pee until morning – he’s fine.  Have I heard him poop as I watched his eyes close to go to sleep?  Yes – Have I let him sit in it until he wakes up? Yes – Am I a bad mom? – No – so there.

Rant Over

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