Friday, March 18, 2011

Jax's 2 Month Update

Mommy and Daddy cannot believe how fast time is going by. These past two months have been an absolute joy and we can't imagine our family without you. This past month has again been filled with firsts that have been so fun for all of us. Here's what you've been up to:
You are a very laid back baby

You weigh 13 pounds and are in the 75th percentile for weight

and are 23 and 1/4 inches long which is the 50th percentile for length.

You are eating 5 ounces every three hours

and are starting to stretch out your feedings at night. You are going anywhere from 5 to 6 1/2 hours.

You are wearing size 2 diapers and 0-3 month clothes, although you've outgrown a lot of your pajamas because of your length.

You love to cuddle and are on a pretty good schedule,

and you are very expressive.

You love your bath and we've made that part of your nighttime routine. You've gotten really strong and can pretty much hold your head up on your own. You also enjoy tummy time.

Here you are at your 2 month check up. You did not like getting your immunizations and it made me so sad to watch you hurt.

You've made a whole bunch of new friends...

And maybe a few girlfriends..

You've continued to have lots of visitors. Here you are with Grandma...

and Ms. Caroline

We survived Mommy's first night back at work

and you went to a lingerie shower (I'm sure you'll be mad about this when you're older!)

And one of the biggest firsts (for mommy at least!), was your first trip to Target:

(clearly you were not as excited as I was...)

We've gone to baseball games, church and several restaurants. You went to the nursery at church for the first time and did great. You are such a sweet boy and you are always easy to take out since you sleep anywhere!

You love your daddy so much

and he was the first one to really make you smile and laugh..

(He was rapping for you and you thought it was did I)

You absolutely love being outside and we've spent a lot of time recently hanging out in the yard on a blanket playing and going for walks.

You love playing in your playpen and talk and smile while you're in there

You still have a ton of hair, and you are still sporting a mullet

And just this past week and a half you've started sucking your thumb and holding the blankie mommy made you.

You are getting so big!

And probably the thing that makes me the happiest and makes me fall in love with you more and more every day...
You love to smile!

You are an incredibly special boy and are loved by so many. We can't wait to see what these next few months bring as you get bigger and start to discover the world. We have some exciting things coming up, (including your first weekend away from mommy and daddy!) as well as some more tests to see how your kidney is doing. We pray for you daily and continue to ask God to heal you and help you to grow healthy and strong both physically and spiritually. You are a treasure!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Smiles and Playtime!

Jackson and I have been trying to implement the Babywise program with little Jax. We read the book before he was born and our church has classes based on it (we weren't able to take the class). It was really important to both of us that we get him on a good schedule, especially where sleep was concerned, seeing as how I will be working nights and Jackson will be taking care of him while I'm gone. Jax has been a happy baby, but in the past 2 weeks he's gotten fussy, especially in the morning time. Somehow we had abandoned his schedule and gotten him out of taking a consistent nap in the morning, which was leading to one overly tired, fussy boy. After talking to a friend of mine last night who has been successful with Babywise, we were able to pinpoint the problem and I woke up this morning with a new determination to get it right. It took about 20 minutes of back and forth but Jax finally fell asleep and took a good 2 hour nap. Let me tell you, the results were worth the fight! He woke up so happy, which was so encouraging. It was like we had our sweet, happy baby back. We were getting ready to head to my 6 week check up and had him loaded in his carseat when Daddy started making funning noises and music beats. I've never seen the baby so smiley. He LOVED it! This went on for about 5 minutes, and it made my day. Here are a few pictures.

The past two days he's started smiling so much, which I absolutely love! Needless to say, we will be sticking with our morning nap and routine from here on out.

So today was Jax's first playdate with friends. The NICU where I work has had a baby boom in the past several months (I think there have been 7 or 8 of us that are pregnant or have delivered in the past several months. Which means I have some sweet friends who are first time mommies with cute little babies. Katie was kind enough to invite us over to her house today so Jax and I headed over there. We were joined by Kara and Bode (4 months), Jenn and Cooper (6 months), Andrea and Paige (who is one week younger than Jax), and Maggie, Katie's little girl who is 3 months.
It was so wonderful to get together with friends who've all been going through similar things and get helpful advice and tips. It's also nice just to get out of the house! I loved seeing all the babies together and all the different stages they're in. It makes me excited to see how Jax will develop over the next several months. Jax definitely enjoyed being around the ladies :)
Katie's house looked like a nursery with all of us there!

Here are Jax and Paige. I think it's hilarious that they are only a week a part, were the exact same weight at birth, and now he is SO much bigger!

I have the feeling he'll be giving the same look when he's 16 and I'm chaperoning his prom. Ha!!

Trying to hold hands with Paige. At least he's subtle.
Our wonderful hostess Maggie:

Sweet Paige

Kara loving on Jax. So sweet.

Then he moved on to Maggie. He certainly was making his rounds with the ladies..

I love his smile in this picture, although it looks like he just caught Maggie with a right hook!

Here he is with the two girls

All the little ones lined up. Are they not adorable!

I'm so thankful that God has given me these girls to spend time with and be around. It definitely helps to know you're not alone in the insanity! Hopefully today will be just the first of many more fun days Jax will spend with his new friends!