He really is turning into a lovely baby! Not that he wasn’t before, but he’s chunky to cuddle, smiles at the drop of a hat and is just lovely! I know it sounds silly when people ask ‘are you enjoying him?’ but I truly am! I love our days together when its just the two of us and we gurgle and coo at each other and I don’t have to feel guilty that Joel might be feeling put out. Although to be honest, I think Joel thinks he’s lovely too! If I am cooing over Josiah he will come over to coo as well, and giggle if he gets a smile or a yawn.
He was 11 weeks old yesterday and I took him along to be weighed as he’d dropped a channel on
the percentile chart after 5 weeks of green nappies. I was told that the sample I’d sent to hospital had come back with no issues which was fine as he’d actually gone back to mustard yellow nappies a couple of days ago! I guess it’s a mystery as to what happened but everything that was worrying me has cleared up, his eyes are no longer gunky or squinty, his cradle cap looks 100 times better and his tummy is back to normal. And to top it all off, he had gained a pound in two weeks and is now 14lbs 7oz!!
He is finding his hands now and looks like a mini Mr Burns rubbing his fingers together, just because he can! He likes pulling his tops up and feeling the fabric. He’s been putting his hands to his mouth and licking them but the elusive thumb hasn’t made it in yet. In his baby chair he swipes at the toys on the bar above him and likes making contact.
He is a chatty fellow and when he knows he has your sole attention he loves to coo and make noises and smiles and chuckles if you make them back to him.
He is still feeding well and I am beginning to express a bottle a day to practise with him. It’s my anniversary on Friday so Steve and I thought we would attempt an evening out and my Mum is babysitting so he has got to take a bottle! Mind you, knowing him, if I feed before I go, he will have a happy play time, go to sleep and not even miss us but the milk has got to be on standby just in case really. Plus, it’d be nice to have a glass of wine!!
So far he has taken the bottle with a lot of grumbling. He clearly accepts that the flavour is right, but the receptacle is wrong! We will keep persevering though.
We’ve just come through two very rough days and nights of no sleep as I decided to clear the house of Easter Eggs to start a healthy eating regime this week, so of course I ate them. But having looked it up, it seems that chocolate can cause breast fed babies gassiness and I would have to agree as he has been so upset with gurgly tummy for two nights and two days and I have been bouncing him around and winding a lot and he could only settle upright, the second he was laid in his basket his face would grimace and you could see he had pains. I felt awful, as there wasn’t really anything I could do other than offer him gripe water and cuddles. The damage to my milk was done and we are now out on the other side. It could also have been the cabbage I ate on Sunday all combined to make the worst sleep possible. Plus combine that with a Wonder Week leap and growth spurt and it’s a right calamity!!
But the storm is passing and I am looking forward to the magic 12 weeks when all wind issues and gripeyness are meant to be over!!!