Thursday, March 10, 2011

7 or 8, But Who's Counting?

I swear, all week I've been thinking Carter was eight weeks old. Turns out he's only seven. Oops. But we had his two month appointment this week, so I guess that's why I've been confused. Today he weighed 14 lbs., 8 oz. and was 23 inches long. He's in the 97th percentile for his weight and 50th for length. He weighed nine pounds at birth so we knew he was going to be up there. He's got some catching up to do though if we wants to beat Christopher who has always been in the 100's for both height and weight.

Other than growing, we've reached a few other milestones the past month. Carter has begun to smile. It's such a wonderful thing when they look back at you with their crooked grin. To tell you the truth, it makes me feel a little better with I make those funny faces and strange noises. I don't feel like such a weirdo. I know that it's actually working now that he's responding - even if he's laughing at the ceiling fan more often. He's also started to coo and babble. Hearing those squeaks is the best part of my day.

We're working on Tummy Time. I usually lay him on his stomach two or three times a day. If he makes it a whole minute than I consider it a success. Although he does seem to like better when Christopher lays next to him on the floor and talks. He's in complete awe of his big brother already. He loves to listen to Christopher talk. He'll turn his head to where ever Christopher is.

His brother is also very generous. Christopher caught a cold from our visit to The Magic House (I should have known better in the winter.) And he gladly passed it on to Carter. Carter's had some nasties coming out of his nose this week. He's also been sleeping ALL DAY LONG. Not that I should complain. I just feel bad for him. He also couldn't get his two month immunizations because of it. Dr. Calfee doesn't want a fever to arise when we wouldn't know if it was because of the cold or the shots. So it looks like we'll be headed back to the doctor's office next week.

Speaking of, today was the first time I was out of the house with both boys. By myself. It really wasn't as bad as I expected it to be. In fact, once we got out of the house we were fine. It was the preparation to leave that was tough. Putting the dogs in the kennel, getting Christopher to go potty and buckling Carter into his car seat.

Carter DOES NOT like his car seat. We've only had him out of the house a hand full of times and each instance he's screamed bloody murder the car ride. I've learned though that best thing to do is feed him before we leave. It doesn't calm him completely, but at least once the car starts moving he begins to calm down. The hard part is getting him to eat before we go anywhere. And that means fixing his whole schedule so it's perfect timing. Plus you have to allow enough time for him to fall asleep and sit up right so that he doesn't lose it all the second you click the harness into place. It's not a perfect system, but we're getting there. Hopefully he becomes comfortable in the car soon, otherwise we'll never travel to Kentucky again.

The next big change for Carter will be coming up this week or next. We're transitioning him to cotton diapers. We used them for Christopher and loved them. I decided to wait until Carter was two months old because of the problems we had with Christopher. They say you can start at eight pounds but they're wrong. We started Christopher when he was around 11 pounds and they were too big. Even on the smallest setting, they leaked. They started to work well once Christopher was around 15 pounds. After we finally got the leaking to stop I couldn't have been happier. Christopher had diaper rash maybe once (this from the kid that has the most sensitive skin on the planet) and in the long run they're cheaper, MUCH CHEAPER, than disposables.

My friend, Sarah Hurst, picked up Brian for carpool this morning and came in the house to visit before heading to work. She surprised us with a new BumGenius design. I'm so excited... they have some very cool looking diapers now. When Christopher used them there was just four colors to pick from. Now there's ten plus the five new designs:

In case you forgot how wonderful these diapers were, let me refresh you. (CLICK HERE)

I can't really say enough about these diapers. They're machine washable and with the rice paper liners we use, there's no mess. Poo that is. Most people complain about the poopy mess with cotton diapers. Not me. We just add a rice paper liner to the diaper (each time) and toss it in the toilet when there's a mess. It's completely biodegradable and so thin that any pee just passes through to the diaper. Love it.

So I'll keep you posted (probably with lots of pictures) on how the cotton diaper process is going. But now I have to run and feed an eight week seven week old. See you soon.

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