Jesse Blue / 2 months.
The newborn bubble has well & truly burst this month and it's been tough to say the least. We've hit an awful wonder week which has seen sleep pretty much thrown out of the window and have discovered baby Blue has mild reflux and an umbilical hernia. Though he's still my joyful, contented little boy most of the time, we haven't escaped the awful unsettling crying stints through this last week and right now we're in the very depths of his 8 week growth spurt and praying we make it out of the other end unscathed (and awake).
Weighed yesterday at his 8 week check, Blue is now weighing a hefty 10Ib 8oz and is on the 25th percentile, so the good thing (considering he is extremely sicky) is he is piling on the pounds and thriving. We've been told to get him weighed more regularly than normal to ensure this continues, though we have been prescribed gaviscon to help with the reflux (but haven't tried it yet).
Hahahahaha— what a cruel sense of security we were lulled into with the first 6 weeks of Jesse's life; yes, we were up 2-3 times a night but somehow it was bearable, and he'd fall back to sleep without much hassle. This past week has smacked us in the face with a big serving of sleep deprivation with 1-2 hourly wake-ups (if not, worse) and constant outfit changes due to the reflux. We are completely and utterly exhausted and it's been really tough with trying to keep my manic toddler entertained throughout the day too. Last night especially was a difficult one, as Archie came into our bed from 11:30-1:30 and after we'd put him back in his own bed, Blue decided it was party time and we were awake with him for around 2 hours, ugh. There's also been a couple of times where he's started to get over-tired and really unsettled too, fingers crossed things improve over the next month.
Still breastfeeding! It can be really difficult when Jesse decides he wants to be on the boob all of the time (which is alot lately), but I wouldn't change it for the world. I'm so proud that we're now at the 2 month mark and he's still exclusively breastfed and I'll continue to carry on hopefully until we have to stop. The downside is he's also using me as a dummy and appears to be an over-feeder; we've tried him with a dummy which he'll occasionally accept but mostly just ends up spitting it out. I'm also expressing now to make at least 1 bottle a day and thankfully he's taken to our Tommee Tippee bottles without any problems (Bridget Jones, here I come!).
His dark hair is lightening and I wonder whether he's going to turn into a blondie like his brother. His eyes are still dark blue/grey which will hopefully remain (as that's the colour of my eyes). I don't remember when A's eyes turned brown but I think it was quite early on.
We had Blue's 8 week check yesterday and though we knew he had an umbilical hernia, we've been told he may have to be referred to the hospital to have it checked as it's larger than normal. If you haven't heard of one before, usually they cause no problems and disappear on their own by age 2 when the stomach muscles have strengthened, but as B's is quite large, he may have to see a specialist and worst-case scenario is that it will have to be operated on to be taken back in which would obviously be devastating at his age. The GP said that they may still think it's perfectly fine to leave and see if it goes away on it's own but we just don't know yet.
He also has mild reflux, which luckily isn't causing him distress, he's just a very sicky baby (we knew that from the hundreds of outfit changes we get through each day) and he's been prescribed gaviscon to help. In every other way, he's doing perfectly well thankfully!
THINGS I DON'T WANT TO FORGET
Don't forget to bring him in from the car was Mr J's answer when I asked him what we don't want to forget about Jesse's second month of life.
All of the above really; the bad and the good. I believe I've handled things much better this time (ie. not losing my shit so quickly) as I know like everything else, this too shall pass, and Blue may even be my last ever baby (I'd have a million if it wasn't for that giving birth part). The constant fidgeting, the coo-ing in reply to our questions, the way he gets so annoyed by his big brother constantly smothering him with kisses, the way his bottom lip drops when he's about to cry, the way he headbutts my chest constantly trying to desperately find a boob and all the little things.
He's awake a crap load more than before (too much dare I say, haha) and taking much more notice of his surroundings. He gives eye contact now, huge smiles and has started to kick the toys on his activity mat with his feet. He's also started to coo and 'talk' to us which is so adorable.
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