Yesterday you turned 8 weeks old! You have grown so much in the past 4 weeks...literally! You have gained two pounds and are now a whopping 9 and a half pounds and measure in at 21 inches long. You are finally reaching the end of being able to wear your newborn clothes and we had to give up on the last 20 or so newborn diapers because you needed more room in the legs. Mommy is sad to see some of those newborn outfits needing to be packed away. With your big sisters they never wore newborn outfits long enough for anything to become my favorite...with you, you have worn some of the outfits multiple times and I have really developed a fondness for them. Your Daddy laughed at me because I was trying to buy one of the outfits in a bigger size this week, but they only have it in newborn size.
You are starting to get stronger and we are working hard on your developing the ability to hold your head up more and more and pushing with your legs. We really want you to meet these first few developmental milestones as close to on target as possible, so that means working with you daily. You have definite longer periods of awake time and it's fun to see what catches your attention and focus. In that way you are definitely all boy, instead of focusing on faces, you look for motion and movement in the room. It is hard to tell if you catch on to different voices, but you will strain your head to look at Mommy if she is holding you in her lap and you cannot see her.
You eat well from a bottle of pumped milk and will nurse a bit here and there. You generally eat every three hours and will take anywhere from 3 to 5 ounces in a feeding. Mommy likes that you take a lot more at night (sometimes up to 6 ounces) because for the past two weeks you have slept 6-7 hour stretches! After a nice long stretch of sleep like that, Mommy enjoys our early morning feeding around 6:30 and will doze with you in bed until your sisters wake up. When we take a nap or snuggle in the morning, Mommy likes to see that you will wiggle until you are close to Mommy and sleeping right under her arm close to her chest. I like being close to you too little guy!
We are looking forward to how much you will change over the next four weeks and we are sure to enjoy every moment of it. We love you much, much more than we ever thought we would.
Mommy and Daddy