That's right, Luca is TWO months old!! I know it is cliched to say it, but OMG time flies. I feel that way even when I'm sitting in the nursery at 3 a.m. and he JUST. WON'T. STOP. CRYING.
So yeah - the fussiness has continued, culminating in a WONDERFUL 24 hour period within which the little guy slept a total of 4 hours. Here is a picture of me trying the Baby Bjorn to get him to sleep...
Yes, I'm on the TTC. And yes his eyes are closed, but don't let that fool you. The little monster fought sleep tooth and nail that day. Until I lost it. At ten p.m. I bawled, I yelled at J (oops) and Luca promptly fell asleep for 5 hours. I think he knew I'd hit my limit.
So here is an update on the little guy now that he is two months old:
Mood: Luca is still a fussy baby. He cries pretty consistently between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10 or 11 p.m. If I'm out of the house during the day, he is usually fine because he is sleeping, but when he wakes up, watch out! I will say that I have been seeing more happy periods recently - usually just in the morning when he wakes up and looks like this:
and then like this:
But during the rest of the day he looks like this when he wakes up:
I'm hoping that the fussiness lets up soon - I've heard three months is a magic milestone so I'm looking forward to that!! We are still using the BioGaia and I think it is helping but we still have a long way to go.
Sleeping: This is still a tricky area. Like I mentioned above, if I'm out of the house during the day he is a pretty great sleeper. A 3 hour nap in the morning and about the same in the afternoon if I'm out the whole time. However, if I try to get him to nap at home (you know, in case I want to actually do something around the house) I can only get about an hour out of him, and that is IF I can actually get him to sleep. Sometimes I try to go out to get him to sleep and then sneak back in the house with him in his car seat, but the little bugger knows when we get here and usually wakes up just as I've heated up my lunch.
At night, it ranges. We have had a few nights where the first stretch of sleep is 4 hours (twice it was 5!) but more often than not, the max he will sleep is three hours. Which is fine by me, except that he more often than not is up for 2 or so hours before he goes back down! Which is NOT okay! Mostly because once he's been up that long, he doesn't sleep much after because he gets hungry again. Ugh. He just seems so fussy and gassy and it keeps him from settling down I think. And there was that one time that he woke up screaming bloody murder like he had a nightmare. That was scary.
Anyways - this is still a work in progress. I have been lucky in that my mom has been around for 2 weeks this month and has been taking him in the morning for me, allowing me to go back to sleep after a bad night or blog after a good one (like today!). Thanks mom!
Feeding: Breastfeeding is still a challenge for us. I've been to the lactation clinic twice and they seem to think things are fine, but I'm still feeling a considerable amount of pain. Not just during feedings but throughout the rest of the day. Which is annoying and very very uncomfortable. He is growing so the doctor wasn't concerned but I think I need to get some more help again.
Growth: Luca now weighs 11 lbs and 5 ounces and is 24 inches long, which puts him in the 50th percentile for weight gain and 75th percentile for 'height'. Not sure what those percentile things really mean but the doctor was fine with his progress.
Health: I'd say he is still healthy! The colic/gas stuff is annoying but not indicative of a real problem (according to his doctor). His baby acne went away and he's getting chubbier which I love!
My Recovery: I am pretty much back to normal now (thank goodness!). I still have an extra 12 lbs on me but I'm mostly okay with that. I haven't been working out or anything or dieting because well...I don't work out and I don't want to diet because I've heard that can mess with your milk production. For now, I'm just focusing on Luca and will worry about the weight later.
My pre-pregnancy jeans fit again which is nice, but I still have some extra padding around the top haha.
I am also not crying as much anymore. My tears are now connected to something real (i.e. lack of sleep) as opposed to my raging hormones. I have found that I'm on a 4 or 5 day cycle - I'm fine with the lack of sleep for the first 3 or 4 days and then I lose it. Luca usually gives me a decent night when I lose it, and then I'm back to the beginning of the cycle. I hope this is normal!!
So all in all, Luca is a great, yet challenging baby. I am so in love with him even when I get frustrated. I often beg for him to go to sleep, and then miss him once he is sleeping. I'm such a mom :-)