Baby Lelan- 2 Months Old!

Dear Lelan,

You are growing up so beautifully and effortlessly that some days I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. In the last month, you’ve shown us so much more of your personality, yet the essence of you has remained the same… YOU ARE ONE CHILL DUDE! You only cry when your basic needs have to be met, which for someone your age is pretty remarkable.

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These hilarious pictures were taken before and after feeding and it is quite indicative of your personality. I wasn’t trying to torture you but you can go from 0 to 100 in a matter of seconds like your daddy and really work yourself up into a frenzy. But, as soon as your needs are met, you’re back to your sunny disposition.

You started smiling a little earlier than usual, but in the last month you’ve really perfected it. You are the happiest when you wake up in the morning. I live for those toothless smiles!!! Around the first month mark you started losing your hair on top of your head and the sides. We called you Friar Lelan because you looked like a little monk, but your hair is starting to come in nicely now. Around the same time, you also developed baby acne, but I will spare you the embarrassment by not posting any pictures. You were still the cutest baby in town!!!

At five weeks we transitioned you into your crib and you took to it like a champ. I could barely sleep that first night, waking up every so often to check on you, but you did wonderful, my darling! You’re such an independent spirit! You have been sleeping through the night since you were almost a month old, for which I’m very grateful. I’ve watched you in your crib for almost an hour just babbling and quietly playing with yourself. You love sleeping on your belly, but I’m afraid to let you sleep for longer periods. For the most part you are a back sleeper. Yesterday, you slept for the first time without being swaddled. You’re flying through these milestones and I’m happy to take your cue. I hope and pray that I’m always tuned into your needs, like I am now, so that I can help you move along in your journey.

You have met so many new faces this month. For father’s day we went to grandma’s house and met more of your dad’s extended family. On 4th of July we went to a pool party where you met your grandma’s friends. We drove to New Jersey to attend your very first birthday party last week. There, you met my friends and their babies. Uncle Jai and auntie Shivi came to visit you on Sunday, July 10th and we celebrated auntie Shivi’s birthday. You loved sitting on uncle Jai’s lap and watching TV with him. It’s been quite an eventful month and we hope to get you out more in the coming months.

You LOVE music… Daddy and I make up silly songs for you all the time in exchange for the biggest smiles. You love bath time and no longer cry during diaper changes. You take meal times very seriously! Currently you’re eating 6 to 7 oz every 4 to 5 hours. We haven’t weighed you since your last doctor’s appointment, but you’ve filled out quite well and I suspect you’re somewhere around 12lbs and maybe 24in long. You love staring at the Montessori mobiles. You make such adorable cooing sounds while underneath them.

My love, so many adventures await next month and I can’t wait to experience them with you! Being your mom is my greatest joy and I take this role very seriously. I will always make you my number one priority, even when life pulls me in other directions. I’m learning to trust you… because already I can see that you know your needs better than I. You are a determined boy and I’m here to help you achieve your goals, whatever they may be!

Love,
Your Mom

Pee is sterile and other fun facts…

I wasn’t always like this, I swear, but lately I’ve been talking about poo a lot. Like A LOT! To anyone, not limited to my partner or other mothers but including strangers, who dare asks about the baby. I sometimes talk about pee too but the conversation inevitably ends up in poo. If you’re one of those easily grossed out types, stop reading here. I’m giving you fair warning!

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Maybe it’s because part of most of my job right now involves monitoring and recording the excrement of another human being or maybe I need more social interaction or a combination of both?! I don’t know.

A typical conversation might go like this..

Them: How’s the baby?
Me: Oh, he’s great! He only cries if he’s hungry, sleepy or if needs a diaper change. He’s an excellent pooper!
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Them: Is he sleeping through the night?
Me: Almost. He only wakes up if he’s poo’d or if he’s hungry. Sometimes it’s both. It takes real talent to poo while sucking down a bottle, don’t you think?!
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Them: How was your day?
Me: Lelan had an exPOOsion today! It was all over his front and back. It came out of his diaper and I think his outfit is ruined
Them: ???!!! (if it’s a stranger)
Them: That’s awesome! Did you try soaking the outfit (if it’s my partner AFTER we high five)
Them: Did it get on you? Don’t waste your time trying to salvage the outfit (If it’s another mother)
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Me: Narrowly dodged a bullet today!
Them: Poo or Pee (if it’s my partner)
Them: Baby okay? (if it’s another mother)
Them: Are you okay? (if anyone else)
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Me: Lelan almost pee’d in my mouth today!
Them: Pee is sterile! (if it’s my partner)
Them: Well, that’s nothing. My baby almost poo’d in my mouth! (if another mother they always try to one up you!)
Them: OMG! That’s GROSS! (if anyone else)
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Here are some legit things I’ve googled:

Is poo supposed to be seedy if formula fed?
What color/ consistency poo is healthy for a 6 week old?
How many times should my baby poo/pee a day?
How to get poo stain off clothes?
Should I wake a sleeping baby if he’s pooed?
Why does baby poo smell like buttery popcorn?

If you’re wondering about the last question, yes it absolutely does and I will forever associate poo with popcorn. Want to go to the movies, anyone?!

Over the weekend, I had to pullover on the side of a major highway to change my son’s poopy diaper and it was the most daring thing I’ve done in a very long time! Afterwards, my partner and I exchanged glances that I suspect only gladiators who survive the pit give each other. It was intense!

And yesterday, while squeezing mustard on to my burger, I actually marveled at how similar it looked to my baby’s poo. Then I proceeded to eat it without any reservation.

As I started saying, I wasn’t always like this… at least I’m pretty sure I had other non-poo things to talk about… maybe my friends can vouch for it, but I just don’t remember anymore!  All I know is that in three short weeks I’ll be returning to work and I pray that I’m able to carry on a normal conversation with an adult that doesn’t involve the words BABY, POO or PEE. At least, I won’t have to worry about what to say in an awkward situation or at the beginning of a client meeting to break the ice. Having a baby instantly gives you an arsenal of inappropriate, yet hilarious things to talk about and if you can’t find another parent to laugh with then what’s the point in any of this?

boy… oh boy!

I have a confession to make…  I’m obsessed with baby clothes.

Now that my son is getting a bit older I can start dressing him up in cute outfits. I’m obsessed, there’s that word again, with little baby stuff that is a mini replica of adult stuff.

Here are a few things I’m lusting after.

Hats… I finally caved and bought a newsboy hat for my son. It’s way to big for him, bless his little head, but I can’t wait to dress him up in beanies and trapper hats as the season changes.

Rompers and Overalls… C’mon how cute are these?!?! I have to look for a pair of suspenders for my guy.

Baby shoes… I mean he has to have shoes right?!

Here are some of my favorite looks…

Every little boy needs a few long sleeved cardigans, flannel onesies and blue jeans… throw in a couple of bow ties and a fedora and it’s a bonafide party!!!

That’s it for this post…  I seriously have to retrain myself. Whoever thought boy’s clothing was boring had no imagination. Feel free to share your favorite looks.

Let the fun begin!