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Riley is 2 Months!

Another month!

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Weight: On Monday Riley had his 2 month check up. He’s 13lb 6oz and 24.5″ long. 98%!!! He’s wearing 6 month clothing. Looking back a photos of him from the early weeks he’s so much more filled out. His little legs are getting thicker, but overall he’s really long and lean still. He got his shots at the check up. He was so perfect and happy until they stuck him with the first shot. He cried. Like real tears cried. Which I don’t like at all, but he calmed down just fine.

Health: Still stuffy and congested in the morning sometimes. We run the humidifier which seems to help, and we’ve developed a very love/hate relationship with the saline drops + nasal aspirator. I asked the doctor what we should do to prepare for the winter and cold/flu season…so we’ll be doing lots of hand washing and trying to avoid large crowded indoor places. Like choosing the open air mall over the enclosed one.
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He’s in LOVE with the Snoopy wallpaper at the Pediatrician’s office. So much that he wouldn’t look away to get his eyes checked, ha!
Sleep: 5 – 6 hours from when we put him down, then he wakes for a feeding and then back to sleep until morning. Lots of napping during the day normally 45min – 1.5hrs. Getting such a long stretch at night has been really nice for me. Depending on when we put him down (we try to aim for 9pm) he’ll sleep until it’s time for me to get up in the morning. Since I’ve gone back to work 6:30am has become my wake up time. It gives us enough time for breakfast (both of us) shower, dressing and morning chores before I need to be out the door.
Nursing: Going really well. I’m much more confident and comfortable. He really doesn’t like me putting a towel or anything over him when he’s nursing…I can’t blame him, with the summer heat I wouldn’t want to eat in a hood-tent either. I saw something online that was kind of cool and it gave me an idea. I took a long scarf and knotted the ends together. I throw the loop over my shoulder of the side I’m nursing (like a sash) and pull it down to “adjust” and then just let it sit right next to his cheek so it’s covering me but not him. He’s much happier and it’s keeping everything “contained” so I don’t feel awkward about nursing out and about.

What Riley is up to: Lots of smiles and “chatting!” It’s the best/craziest feeling in the world when he looks are me and smiles a real smile. In the afternoon’s he’s very chatty so we sit face to face and talk. I love hearing all the sounds he comes up with. Sometimes I make the sounds back at him, or make a new one that stumps him. He’ll give me the funniest look when I make a growl or blow raspberries. In the morning when I’m getting ready for work I sit him in his bouncy chair in the bathroom. I play music and he loves to “sing” along :)

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His favorite thing at home. He loves the black and white.
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Currently my favorite photo. That smile. <3
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Let’s be real for a second…I was fully prepared to have an unfortunate looking baby. Babies can be awkward looking, they take some time to fill out and grow into their features, that’s what I was expecting. Now, I may be bias, but sometimes I look at Riley and think he’s a really good looking little human.
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That outfit he’s wearing doesn’t even come close to fitting anymore…and that car seat had to be adjusted 2 sizes so he would be more comfortable. Little dude is T.A.L.L.

PostPartum: I signed up for a sprint triathlon so I’m working on getting my fitness back. I started eating cleaner, not that my diet was awful before…but I do feel much better when I eat complete balanced meals. I had my 6 week postpartum check up and everything is healed and I’m back to life as normal. I saw my weight on the scale, but it didn’t freak me out. It’s more about the way I feel and my clothes fit. Since I’m focused on eating better I have to plan ahead. Sunday’s are grocery shopping and meal prep. I cooked chicken breasts, chopped fruit, baked sweet potatoes, roasted veggies and made some quinoa. When I get home from work I just reheat dinner, which is great since I’m often home alone with Merfman at work so I can’t cook a complete meal and baby juggle. I’ve done two jogs this week, and the one last night was easier than the one Sunday. Just have to work to make the time to get out there and do it.

Baby Gear: Cloth diapers! We started using our cloth diapers a few weeks ago and I really love them. My favorite brand is Charlie Banana. We have the Bum Genius all in one, and the inserts but the Charlie Banana ones are SO soft and plush. I do an extra load of laundry which I don’t mind. But I did order a few more Charlie Banana’s to carry us through a few more changes. California Baby Lotion, it smells amazing. Riley loves when I put it on his dry forehead. We’ve just started hanging toys for him to see, he seems to love his Lamaze giraffe that I hang over his pack n play. He looks at it, coos and kicks his feet.

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The stare down…also, babies in hoodies…the BEST.

Thoughts: I started back to work last week, and Riley is coming with me! I set him up in the pack n play to nap, and he has a bouncy chair next to my desk. So far he’s doing awesome, napping and eating great. He’s very popular and everyone loves to stop by and visit him. He doesn’t fuss much or cry hardly at all, which is a huge blessing. I started thinking about the holidays this week since fall has officially started…even if it doesn’t feel like it…cough90degreescough. I’m so excited for this to be Riley’s first holiday season. I know he won’t remember it, but I can’t wait :)

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Riley got to sit at a very important table on his first set visit

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