Raffi- 2 Month Update
Our little boy is 2 months old!
The time is already flying. The first 6 weeks were all about survival. I had no idea what I was doing, and I could barely function. Emails went unanswered, my hair barely got washed (although I did shower every day), and I felt like I could never continue my old life along with my new one.
Then weeks 6-8 happened, and I feel like a new woman. Raffi is starting to figure out what the real world is all about, and I am getting to know him better. It’s starting to become really fun!
Raffi is doing so well with his schedule. Some people might think that I’m crazy for waking him up when it’s feeding time even when he just fell asleep, but it works for us. He doesn’t get overhungry, and he sleeps really well at night. We are up to 7.5-8.5 hours of straight sleep a night.
Here’s his pattern for the last 6 nights:
night 1: fed 8:30 PM slept 9-5 (8 hours)
night 2: fed 8:30 PM slept 9:45- 5:45 (8 hours)
night 3: fed 8:30 PM slept 9-5 (8 hours)
night 4: fed 8:30 PM slept 9-5:30 (8.5 hours)
night 5: fed 8:30 PM slept 9:45-6:15 (8.5 hours)
night 6: fed 8:00 PM slept 9-4:30. fed. slept 5-7:30. (7.5 hours + 2.5 hours)
ETA: night 7 (11/16): fed 8:30 PM 5.25 hours slept 9:45-3. fed. slept 3:30-7:30. *We had to move to the larger size sleep sack so I think he was wiggling too much and woke himself up. The tighter the swaddle the better!
This is a big difference from how things were going a few weeks ago. Raffi hated swaddling at week 3, but we tried it again and it worked. Our nighttime routine goes like this: We give him a bath with water only, then snuggle up together as a family for a few minutes if Raffi isn’t screaming for food yet. Then I put him in a onesie only and wrap him up tight in a Miracle Blanket followed by a Halo Sleep Sack + Swaddle. I close the curtains in the nursery, put on the bathroom light with the door cracked and get into the guest bed (in the nursery) to nurse Raffi in the dark and silence. I nurse him lying down and it is his longest session of the day- usually about 30-45 minutes. He starts nodding off and sometimes the next step is easy. He will fall into a deep sleep, I doze off, and 20 minutes later I wake up and lift him quickly to put him in the crib. I turn on the Sleep Sheep and close the door, leaving it open a crack so that the bathroom light gets into the room.
Sometimes he will stay asleep, and other times he will wake up crying 2 minutes later. I wait 2 minutes to make sure it’s a real cry and not a quick one like he sometimes does in his sleep, and then I sneak in to pop the pacifier in his mouth. It might take 2 or 3 tries, but within 10 minutes of putting him in the crib he is definitely out for the night. I can’t believe it!
Of course I still wake up every hour to check on him on the monitor. He moves a lot during the night but never really wakes up.
I can’t believe I just wrote all that out, but I want to remember all the crazy details of getting him to sleep
I am so proud of him.
The next step is to work on naps. As I write this I have him napping in the crib swaddled for the first time. We usually just swaddle at night. I debated starting this habit since the doctor wants us to break all swaddling by 10-12 weeks, but I figured it was worth it if it would give him good sleep and me a couple of hours to work. It only works for 25 minutes at a time, but hopefully it will get better. Any tips on napping with no swaddle, aside from putting him in the car seat?
Raffi is on a 3 hour rotation of eating/playing/sleeping. He eats about 6 times a day, and goes to bed at night between 8:45 PM and 9:45 PM. Sometimes he eats exactly 3 hours apart, but usually we start at 5:30 or 6 and work in 2 hour 45 minute increments. He has his biggest feeding right before bed, and his fastest one at 5:30ish in the morning. Breastfeeding is still easy and is going really well. I’m very thankful.
We have lots of rolling going on! Raffi now lifts his head up very well and rolls from belly to back all the time. I didn’t know that he would do that this soon, and I love it. On the other hand, he isn’t smiling much yet. He looks really content while playing after a meal, but no big social smiles. I can’t wait for that moment.
Raffi finally knows who I am. He follows me around the room, and if I leave for a minute he cries. I love that he is getting to know me and me him. He loves music and loves dancing around with his baba. When he is being really crabby, Trig holds him in a special way and they dance all around and the cries immediately stop. It is amazing.
I was overdressing my little penguin, and since he has lots of baby fat he was seriously overheating. Bad momma! He got a bad heat rash on his face and neck from it, so now we know that he likes to be dressed in a bit less clothing than us. He is more happy that way and doesn’t sweat as much. Looks like he takes after me in the heat department because Trig is always cold while Raffi and I are hot. Funny.
The startle reflex is still pretty bad. If I put Raffi down unswaddled he will wake up within 2 minutes with punches to his face. Poor guy. The ped said that would disappear by around 12 weeks.
Weight: 10 lbz 9 oz (50th percentile)
Height: 23.5 inches (90th percentile)
Head: 75th percentile
Nicknames: Raffo, Raffarino, Raffarooney, Habibi, Coccolino, Hokees, Penguino
Loves: Bathtime, Whole Foods, car rides, bath time, his Wubbanub pacifier, tummy time (when he’s not tired), the camera flash
Hates: wet diapers, when mom leaves the room, when baba leaves for work, his cosleeper, being burped
PS- Check out my latest Babycenter post on finding the time to exercise.