Josh is 7 1/2 weeks old today. You know you are the second child when you don't get the traditional one week, one month, and two month posts. In our defense, Josh hit one week on Halloween, one month over Thanksgiving, and will be two months at Christmas. Rather than lament that I'm not getting the posts up at the right times, I'm posting some of the Josh highlights right here, right now. So.... at 7 1/2 weeks, Josh is...
...Smiling! Both Scott and I are enjoying the baby smiles we're getting this week. All of a sudden, he seems to know when you are talking to him, and it's heartwarming to watch him respond.
...Fighting Reflux. The zantac we started early seems to be keeping things manageable, but Josh does have a few feedings/day where he is contorted in pain. On the plus side, the spewing is (knock on wood), nowhere near Owen levels. Fingers crossed...
...Tiny but Mighty. We only do doctor check-ups at 2 weeks and two months, so we haven't had a scale reading in a while, but we're guessing Josh is around 8 pounds.
...Strong. I keep getting comments about Josh's strong neck, which I can clearly attribute to: 1. the great muscle to weight ratio that comes when you are only 8ish pounds, and 2. the reflux that makes us hold Josh upright 90% of the time he's awake.
...Often Naked. He loves being out of that diaper! Scott keeps joking that Josh will be potty trained before Owen because he lets us know (loudly) the second he needs a diaper change. He will even hang out by himself on the floor if he can have his clothes off - as you may notice in the previously posted Christmas Tree decorating pictures.
...Sleeping "Better." Josh has finally started sleeping some longer stretches at night - 4+ hours each of the last 4 nights AND he's going down to bed in the room by himself. That give Scott and I some much needed breathing room. Napping is still pretty rough unless someone is lying next to him, but at least some progress is being made.
...Not a fan of the pacifier, swing, car seat, bouncy seat, or any of the other sanity saving pieces of baby gear we have around our house. But, he does seem to be content on his tummy on occasion. Go figure?
...Tolerant. Of all the big brother "love" he gets all day long.