Wednesday, February 18, 2009

2 Months

Dear Benjamin (aka Cheeks),

Happy 2 month birthday! Boy what a month. You are beginning to spend more time in your fabulous quiet alert state during the day (and sometimes at night—not as fun) and are gracing us with your amazing smiles more and more often. We tend to have the best “conversations” when you’re on the changing table (which is frequently!) and you are just starting to make adorable cooing sounds.

Here's a video showcasing both your sweet smiles and your not so sweet spitting up...

You are currently around 13 pounds and at nearly the 70th percentile for weight and have grown about an inch in length (around the 50th percentile).
You had some shots at your 2 month appointment and handled them, well, like a baby. You recovered quickly and didn’t have any adverse reactions.
Sleeping seems to be two steps forward, one step back. Daddy spent a long night awake with you last night (he’s a saint!) and although Mommy slept well, you decided that it was more fun to hang with Daddy than to be sleeping. I don’t blame you!
You will still occasionally give us a 4 hour sleep stretch but you still usually do more like 3 or 3.5. We know you’ll get there!
You are eating about 4.5 ounces every 3 hours. Most of the time we can set our clocks to your consistency. You are a boy who likes to eat!
You have graduated to size 2 diapers, and while that might not seem like a big deal, it is a reminder of just how far we’ve come. I found a newborn diaper in my jacket the other day (I know that would make a good joke punch line…something like “you know you’re a new mother when you find a diaper in your jacket pocket…or something like that) and stared in amazement. How could you have fit into something so small? I am constantly putting outgrown outfits into storage and am a little melancholy each time.
It goes by so fast!
We have been going to the Rogers Park Parents Group with some regularity and, when you’re actually awake, enjoy looking at the other babies. Mom enjoys talking with the other parents. We went to “Uncle” Chris’s birthday party and everyone enjoyed holding you and marveling at how big you’ve gotten. Daddy had a birthday, too, and we celebrated with a quiet dinner with just the three of us and a nice family celebration with Grandma and Grandpa. They sure do love seeing you!
Grammy made you a beautiful sweater and Pops still loves to play music for you. What a lucky boy you are to have such a wonderful extended family.
“Auntie” Leah has been coming over about once a week. She’s a great support for Mommy and I know you and she are going to have a great relationship.
Your little personality is really starting to show. We think you’re a mellow chap but when you need something, you surely let us know. You don’t mind tummy time and still enjoy staring at fans and ceilings. You are able to track toys and people for quite a distance and are just starting to smile in response to Daddy coming home from work. He sure does like that.
Well, Boy, we sure do love having you here with us and are enjoying every moment with you (even in the middle of the night when you should be sleeping). We can’t wait to see what the next month has in store.
What a great adventure you are.

Love you,

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