Thursday, August 9, 2012

Crazy Eight

Eight weeks already?? How is this possible? 

A couple of times this week Max has actually slept eight hours straight! I was honestly kind of scared of this happening, because his belly digests breast milk in only two hours. He wakes up hungry, I change him, feed him, burp him and he talks to me for an hour before eating again and going back to sleep. It's about a 90 minute process, and we have a lot of fun. He's so chatty and happy when he wakes up, even when he's starving (well I assume he's starving after eight hours!). I love this little boy. 

Sean and Max have been making wolf noises lately. Sean does wolf calls when they are playing, and Max loves it! He giggles and turns his head as he straightens out his little legs. That's when you know he's really having fun. It's adorable. 

We do a lot of talking and repetition of his sounds. I know I could be speaking English to him right now (and I do, most of the day), but when he's chatting I like to mimic his noises to encourage him to do it more. We go back and forth for a while like that. He loves it, and he giggles and wiggles the whole time. 

He's eating hourly while he's awake, he's very predictable when it comes to that. He takes a good nap in the afternoon, and it gives me a chance to do some stuff around the house. I have been totally Max-focused while on maternity leave. If he's awake he is usually always with me, except for maybe bathroom breaks. The cleaning can wait, I want to enjoy every moment that I have with my little boy. It's when he's sleeping that I do some of my mommy duties. Quietly of course. 

Max likes to sit up more and more each day (he has better posture than I do!). He has his chatty time with mommy and daddy, and then he has his observation time where he just wants to look around the room. So we hold him up and let his eyes wander. Sometimes he doesn't want to sit up, and we just put him on our shoulder and let him look around the other rooms. No sitting, you have to walk around with him because he gets bored in one spot. He's quite the curious little munchkin! 

Max curiously looking around the room while on mommy's shoulder

We have been hearing reports of mosquitos with EEE around the area, so we don't go on our nightly walks at sundown anymore. Instead, Max and I go hang out in the yard for a while around 4 or 5pm every day when it has cooled down a little bit. We lay on a blanket on the lawn, or even better... the hammock! He just loves looking around the yard as I walk around, and then when he needs a rest we lay down for him to look at the sky. He loves it. 

Max looking at the sky

Another big change, Max is chewing on his hands! He now has the muscle control to hold his hands up to his face for extended periods of time. It's not just a sign of hunger anymore, he does it right after he eats (and doesn't want more) too. He has his hands in his mouth a lot, he's trying to get his whole fist in his mouth! Lots of drool. He gets so frustrated when he can't get the whole fist in there! It's hilarious. 

I can't believe our little guy will be two months old in a few days. It feels like I've known him for months, but it has only been eight weeks!? Only?? That doesn't seem long enough. Time has become a tricky thing with my emotions lately. I want to slow everything down and really take in each moment, and be able to treasure this time with him. I know that I will love every day, and every stage, but I am in no rush. For now, I cherish each little baby sigh, coo, and smile. 

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