Thursday, June 10, 2010


Well, it has been three weeks since John was born. So far...

Eating: He is becoming quite the pro,and my milk seems to have settled out (that is a blessed relief!!!) He is also a great burper (and seems to have a fair amount of gas)!

Diapering: He had been screaming bloody murder anytime we laid him on his back, and although he still doesn't like being on his back, we did figure out some of it was a diaper rash! It appears to be heat related like Jessica's was as a baby. We had him in Huggies Pure and Natural because the cloth diaper covers I bought didn't fit. Thankfully the Bumgenius One Size started fitting once the cord came off!

Sleep: This has been a real challenge until recently when I discovered that although he would only sleep about 2 hours at a time on his back, in a bouncer, in a swing, etc he WILL sleep at least 4.5 hours at a time if he is on his tummy! Yes, I know you aren't supposed to do that, but I can't survive on 2 hours of sleep at a time! I have been very careful to only put him down on a firm surface with only a burp cloth under his head (to absorb spit-up) and a receiving blanket. Also he already has good head control and tries to roll over.

Doctor: We had our second doctor's appointment today, and I took both kids by myself! It went really well! John has everything he is supposed to. The doctor was quite surprised by his size considering how tiny Jessica was! Jessica was always in the 25th percentile for height and weight. John is in the 90th percentile for height and the 75th percentile for weight! We did not discuss his eyes this time, although the doctor did check them. The doctor had previously said because of the shape we would need to watch them because sometimes it can result in blindness if not corrected. I did not inquire about this any further this time, but I plan to ask about it next time. We actually spent the majority of the appointment talking about Jessica. The doctor wants to see her later this summer to discuss speech therapy. I must say I am a little apprehensive because I am afraid she will end up getting referred to a psychologist, and I don't think that is a direction we need to go in at this point. Thankfully I don't think our doctor is thinking in that direction based on our discussion today. We will just have to wait and see what happens later this summer. In the meantime, I ordered 6 dvds (we have 3 already) from Baby Bumblebee to try to help Jessica as much as I can with her vocabulary between now and then. I was quite surprised at how much she has learned from these dvds!! I have read and talked to her since she was a baby and minimized how much tv she watched, but none of this has helped her learn to talk like these dvds have! Many parents with non-verbal kids have said the same thing. Perhaps between now and her next appointment her vocabulary will take off!

Overall our outings this week have gone relatively smoothly (all things considered)! I feel like I am beginning to figure things out! Maybe by July I'll be in a good routine! By this fall I should be a pro!


  1. Glad you are doing so well! You make this "mom of 2" stuff seem easy! ;) I used to let Drew sleep on his stomach as well. Hey...we had no other risk factors and it meant he wasn't screaming! You do what works.... :)

  2. Well...yesterday went relatively not so much... But Hey...I did just have a baby 3 weeks ago!! I think the hardest part has been the lack of sleep. Once I can start getting good sleep CONSISTENTLY then we will be golden!!!! I just have to remember to be patient while I am healing and John is adjusting...