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Well -- Mr. Victor is now 10 weeks old -- and time flies each day. I have a new understanding why parents cry when their children go to kindergarden -- for grown-ups we change over time - but for kids that time between birth and going to school is sooo huge.

Victor had his 2 month check up last week - he's doing great in everything - gaining weight well - now 12lbs! He had to get 4 (!!!) shots -- we both cried the about the same amount. It's hard to see him in pain, even if it is for good reason. He has good neck control and loves to look around. He seems be quite social and perfers to be with people instead of on his own -- for example if we have him propped up on the sofa and I'm in the kitchen - he would ask to be in his rocking chair in the kitchen with me. He still hasn't mastered sleeping through the night, but does give me 4 hour stretches, which is pretty good for me. I get up so often to go to the bathroom anyway - 2 4 hour stretches is normal.

Thanksgiving had extra special meaning this year -- there is so much to be thankful for -- what a joy it is to become a parent. Yes, it is a lot of work, and there are times when it is really hard and other times when you wonder if you are doing the right thing -- but it is all so worth it. I thankful for our gift of a child -- I have so much more sympanthy for people who struggle to have children, so I realize what a gift Victor is.

Even though he's just 2 months old, we already know somethings that he likes better than others -- and there are clearly some things he's not so fond of.
Here are some time the things he likes:

  • Being held
  • Mommy's Diner (Open 24/7)
  • Going for walks
  • Pooping
  • Looking at ceiling fans and ceiling lights
  • Dancing
  • Listening to Mommy sing
  • Riding in the car
  • Pooping and peeing without a diaper on, especially on Mommy and Daddy (or on the wall, the floor, the sofa, his hair)
  • His swing
  • Falling asleep with Daddy and Mommy
  • Taking a bath and being the water
  • Reading with mom is a nice thing

Some things he would like to skip:

  • Wearing a hat
  • Cold wipes
  • When his hands move around when he's trying to fall asleep and bug him
  • Gas
  • When Mommy eats hot and spicey foods
  • Changing a diaper in the middle of the night
  • Getting out of the bathtub and drying off

Some of the things we've learned about being parents:

  • We really, really love being parents!
  • Having a book in the diaperbag is a must - so when you are feeding in the back of the car, time goes more quickly.
  • Along the same lines - if you read while you feed, then breastfeeding is just another chance to get some reading done, and the time goes much more quickly.
  • Your heart has an endless amount of love in it
  • Keep things simple
  • Hardboiled eggs are a good snack
  • Being patient is so important, even if he's upset, you have to keep calm and realize crying is the only way he knows how to communicate
  • I have to remember that this intense baby time will be over in a snap, and life will be different in new ways before long. (It will be followed with the intense toddler years!)
  • T.V. in the middle of the night stinks, and the more you breastfeed at that time, the more you begin to get sick of Elima-date.


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