My littlest C is now two months old! Here's what the handsome fella has been up to this past month:
At his 2 month check up the doctor still thinks he has more allergies. The way he has terrible eczema all over his face, arms and legs she says it's probably something I'm still eating since I exclusively nurse. I was pretty bummed, and had truly been hoping to only have to cut out dairy. I want healthy kids, damnit! She told me that I know best having done it before and to decide what to cut out myself. Here we go on another hunt! The only direction she gave me was to start with Carter's biggest triggers too. I haven't done anything yet, because just that same week I had tried dairy again. I had gone without it for a little over a month and since we had seen some improvement (better temperament--but still fussy sometimes, and better spitting up and burping--but still some) I wanted to make sure he hadn't just grown out of it and that I was avoiding dairy for no reason. So, I'm not sure if his skin freaking out is due to the dairy or something else because I hear it can take a few weeks to leave your system. I'm PRAYING it's just the dairy. His face has cleared up, so I'm hoping his legs and arms do too soon. If his face is like Carter's...it's the first place to react. I had to avoid eggs, whole grains and soy when I was nursing Carter, so those will probably be the things I cut out next if I have to. Until then, I'll be on a soy sauce binge. Ug...
Also at his checkup his stats were: 11.16 lbs (29th percentile--up from the 9th percentile at his last appointment), 21.75 inches (7th percentile, and I don't think she measured well, because that would mean he's only gained 1.25 inches and by the way his clothes fit I'm doubting it), and his noggin is 15.5 inches--yeah, almost as big as he is tall (65th percentile). In typical St. Germain fashion he's an orange on a toothpick like his dad and brother were.
Carter was also gaining good weight at this point, but Calvin has really shot up. He weighed a pound less than Carter and weighed even MORE at his 2 month check up (Carter was at 10 pounds something ounces at his 2 month). He's my rolly polly (as much as I'll probably ever get) and it's SOOOOOOO relieving to have a kid that seems to gain weight easily. I'm clinging to this fact, and hoping this is a sign he doesn't have EOE. I'm praying this continues because all of Carter's weight issues just about gave me a heart attack! Calvin's a great eater, and thankfully is starting to go about every 3 hours between needing to eat, except for when he decides to just cluster feed here and there randomly.
Just like clockwork, he has horrific cradle cap like Carter did at this age. Guess it comes with the beautiful hair everyone raves about.
At first he did not like his play mat--didn't take to it like Carter did. So, we put it away for awhile since our living room is so small. We brought it back out yesterday and boy was he cooing at it and batting at the toys that hang down.
At first he loved to sleep on his tummy, but he's doing it less and less. It seems that only works if he's pretty much passed out. If he's slightly awake he takes it as a challenge to do tummy time and practices lifting his head until he's crying. So, most of the time I put him a bit raised, and on his side. Speaking of his head and neck--he's had that mastered for quite sometime and can really hold it up for long periods.
His spitting up is A TON better since cutting out dairy in volume and frequency. He doesn't act bothered by it now (versus crying/upset when he had to spit up), and I'd say it's a normal amount here and there. Thank goodness!
He's mostly a happy baby--he's very smiley now and I'd say even more vocal than Carter was. He's very into cooing at you and likes to have a full on "conversation" back and forth. But, he doesn't stay happy if he's set down too much, or when he doesn't want to be. He will start to do what we call "angry breathing" for a little while and then from there it's loud wails! Our poor neighbors. Also, he likes to be held upright with his chest at your shoulders so that he can look out over your back. He's particular and likes to be held while you're standing, even if you don't change your position from sitting down. Odd, huh? You would think it wouldn't make a difference. Since he doesn't like to be set down much we wrap him to us (yes even Claudy has started wearing him in the moby wrap! Funniest and cutest sight ever!) He'll now sit in his swing, but only for a few minutes. I sure wish he'd like it, because he likes to be upright, and that's one of the only safe places for him to be upright if we're not holding him!
He's still sleeping in his bassinet next to our bed, but he frequently lucks out and I fall asleep nursing him in our bed. He loves to snuggle in the laying down nursing position and fall asleep after eating. Spoiled! Carter never got to sleep in our bed. I'm becoming so lax! He doesn't seem to really get in a night time/sleeping mode until around 11pm--from there, he's great at going down after every feeding. I don't have to rock, or even burp him. I can nurse him and promptly put him back down and he goes right to sleep with no help. That is a huge blessing! Now, if we could ONLY get him to not need to eat so much. He still eats around 4-6 times a night (and that's counting from 11pm-8am).
His day time sleeping is starting to find it's rhythm though. He's only awake for a bit in the morning and then takes a good, long nap. From there, it's the typical eat, play, sleep the rest of the day, with the awake periods being pretty short. In the evenings he has a hard time being able to go to sleep and can get pretty grumpy because you can tell he needs to, but he can't seem to fall asleep no matter ours and his efforts--often for hours. And, I know babies aren't meant to be up that long and boy can you tell! Ug. And this always coincides with Carter's bedtime, or when I need to freelance, or clean up dinner...etc. I'd die if Claudy wasn't home in the evenings.
He seems to like to watch Carter. Carter even lulled him to sleep one time because Carter was jumping on the opposite end of the couch where Calvin was laying down. I was about to get after Carter for jumping so close to the baby and then realized it was totally putting Calvin to sleep! Carter hasn't given us any problems with Calvin in forever. He either ignores him, or is giving him kisses--and those two extremes are fine by me. Carter likes to give Calvin goodnight kisses each night after family prayer. MELT MY HEART! I had Carter hold him on the couch for a minute while I went to fill up his sippy. He's not great at holding his head up and was over it after a few seconds.
As is normal, he doesn't have great control over his arms and they can keep him up at night if he's not swaddled. It's kinda funny because he just sits and rubs and rubs his face, but seems upset that he can't make it stop. Thank goodness he's OK being swaddled with his arms down (the first while he wasn't) so he sleeps swaddled most of the time, unless he's on his tummy.
He had his first real bath (I get paranoid about slippery babies so we sponge bathed him forever). It's just in the same, little plastic, blue, bath Carter had. He LOVED it. He used to scream with the sponge bath and instantly when I set him in you could see in his eyes he was like "this is AWESOME". We call it the baby hot tub.
After Calvin's immunizations we took him to church for the first time last Sunday. We got lots of "he looks like his brother". I was proud to show him off!
Whenever we post pictures to Facebook we get lots of comments on how they look alike. I think Calvin is a chubbier, darker version of Carter. However, he seems to be lightening up with all of the skin that's been falling off with the eczema. Here's a comparison of Carter (right) and Calvin's 2 months.
And, here's a comparison of Calvin at 2 months (left) and Carter at 3 months. I think they look more alike here, because of Calvin's chubbiness matches more with Carter at an older age.
Calvin has also been super active (I LOVE having a summer baby!). He's gone to a water park for the first time (7 peaks), gone to a parade (Provo's 4th of July parade), gone hiking and fishing. Of course, he's slept through most of them--but still! So much better than being inside all day, every day during the winter.
I already can't imagine our family without this sometimes grumpy gus, wide smiled, snuggly little boy. Happy two months, Calvin!