Tall Cake finally admitted that Elias has my nose over Easter Weekend. When we were at my folks house he looked at a photo on the wall of me when I was 6 months old. My nose was exactly the same as Elias’s nose is now, and Tall Cake’s baby pics don’t have the matching nose. Finally. I’ve been saying since he was born that he has my nose and Tall Cake always said “that’s just a baby nose he has, baby noses change, etc etc etc.” NOW I can claim a part of his cuteness! The other 95% of his appearance is undoubtedly Tall Cake though lol.

Tall Cake finally admitted that Elias has my nose over Easter Weekend. When we were at my folks house he looked at a photo on the wall of me when I was 6 months old. My nose was exactly the same as Elias’s nose is now, and Tall Cake’s baby pics don’t have the matching nose. Finally. I’ve been saying since he was born that he has my nose and Tall Cake always said “that’s just a baby nose he has, baby noses change, etc etc etc.” NOW I can claim a part of his cuteness! The other 95% of his appearance is undoubtedly Tall Cake though lol.

What a difference 2 months makes

Even though I wish Elias was in a higher weight percentile, I am absolutely amazed at and incredibly grateful for how much better he looks now. I looked through his pictures from the first 2 weeks and they made me cry. I cannot believe how skinny my poor little baby was! I pray that I’ll never have a baby that little again. But seriously, look at him now. Isn’t he just wonderful?

Where'd you get the maternity cradle?
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The prenatal cradle maternity belt? I got it at the supply store at the hospital where I delivered. If your insurance has FSA you can get them online at the FSA store I think, otherwise ask at your hospital if they sell medical supplies and they should be able to hook you up! =D 

I know you struggle with your son being such a low weight, you should think about supplementing your breast milk. 4 lbs gained in 2 months isn't very much, especially for such a small baby. My kiddos gain about a pound a week during the first 3 months. Have you talked to your doctors? Are they recommending anything?
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holy cow, 4lbs in 2 months isn’t a lot?? I think it’s a ton! He’s almost DOUBLE his weight, he’ll definitely be double by 3 months and everything I’ve read says that it’s normal to double around month 4… most babies gain 5-7 oz a week and his numbers put him at 8oz a week overall. His doctors and nurses say he’s right on track with weight and they expect him to catch up to other kids his age at around 2 years old. He’s grown leaps and bounds with head circumference and he’s steadily moving up the ranks of percentiles with length. The nurses at the county health department as well as the nurses at his general practitioner’s, as well as his GP, all say Breast Milk is enough and are pleased with his growth (though I wish he was higher up in the percentile range). I did ask for a second opinion from my old physician in Grand Rapids, especially since I found out my script of Domperidone is illegal where I am and I can’t get it filled. He suggested supplementing with formula, 1 or 2 servings a day. I don’t think that’s necessary since all the nurses and his doctor here said he is growing well, but I’m less against it now that a doctor has suggested it than I was when my husband suggested it. I still don’t like the idea of giving him formula when I’m a stay at home mom and capable of feeding him myself, but if we ever did decide to supplement, being able to say “this doctor suggested it” makes me feel less terrible. 

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I went Saturday morning. They didn’t tell me when Id know and I forgot to ask when I would …

It took my doctor about a week to get the results back. :)

Thank you ! (:

Mine was…

I didn’t know for like a week. My doctor scared the poop out of me by calling, on a Friday at the time the phone lines close for his practice. I passed with flying colours but I was so worried because he doesn’t usually call for good news lol.

About 2 weeks for me. I didn’t get word on the results until I was at my next appointment and I asked specifically about the test. If there had been a problem they would have called like the next day, they said, so no news was good news. Still good to ask and check to make sure nothing slipped through the cracks. Passed with a 74 so all was well even though I was kind of nervous for that whole second week when I still hadn’t heard anything XD

my sweet little guy <3
he had a terrible fever last night (aftermath of the vaccinations from Monday we figure). I usually sleep about an hour after Tall Cake gets home until about an hour before he goes to sleep, but because of Elias not feeling well I got maybe one hour of rest total. Tall Cake’s mom told us she could baby sit whenever so I wanted her to take the baby from about 1-5, from just after lunch to when Tall Cake comes home. The hubs however said it’s better to just let her watch him the whole day, get me more rest, let her spend more time with her grandson, everybody wins, etc… But gosh it’s just making me nervous! He doesn’t have a crib or a pack-n-play or a bassinet or a moses basket or anything over there. If he needs to lie down they lay him on their bed. Tall Cake said a made and unoccupied bed is just as safe as a crib until he starts rolling but I disagree, I think he needs something safer with sides and fitted sheets and and and… I don’t know I just don’t feel comfortable with the arrangement =( I might ask him to bring the baby back at lunch, I don’t know, I’m probably over reacting. I just trust so few people with the baby for that long of a time period (9 hours) and only then when they have the proper equipment. My folks have a moses basket, swing, pack-n-play with changing napper, and baby bathtub at their house for him, as well as a back up package of diapers and wipes in case they run out and an emergency package of formula in case something happened to all the milk I supplied them with. However they are like 2 hours away so if something is needed or forgotten we can’t just pop up to the apartment, whereas Tall Cakes family is a 5 minute drive and he can always swoop back home if necessary. Gah… as soon as I pump a couple bottles worth of milk I’m going to bed but it’s silly to take Eli so I can sleep if I worry so much I’m awake the whole time… why am I so nervous about this???

my sweet little guy <3

he had a terrible fever last night (aftermath of the vaccinations from Monday we figure). I usually sleep about an hour after Tall Cake gets home until about an hour before he goes to sleep, but because of Elias not feeling well I got maybe one hour of rest total. Tall Cake’s mom told us she could baby sit whenever so I wanted her to take the baby from about 1-5, from just after lunch to when Tall Cake comes home. The hubs however said it’s better to just let her watch him the whole day, get me more rest, let her spend more time with her grandson, everybody wins, etc… But gosh it’s just making me nervous! He doesn’t have a crib or a pack-n-play or a bassinet or a moses basket or anything over there. If he needs to lie down they lay him on their bed. Tall Cake said a made and unoccupied bed is just as safe as a crib until he starts rolling but I disagree, I think he needs something safer with sides and fitted sheets and and and… I don’t know I just don’t feel comfortable with the arrangement =( I might ask him to bring the baby back at lunch, I don’t know, I’m probably over reacting. I just trust so few people with the baby for that long of a time period (9 hours) and only then when they have the proper equipment. My folks have a moses basket, swing, pack-n-play with changing napper, and baby bathtub at their house for him, as well as a back up package of diapers and wipes in case they run out and an emergency package of formula in case something happened to all the milk I supplied them with. However they are like 2 hours away so if something is needed or forgotten we can’t just pop up to the apartment, whereas Tall Cakes family is a 5 minute drive and he can always swoop back home if necessary. Gah… as soon as I pump a couple bottles worth of milk I’m going to bed but it’s silly to take Eli so I can sleep if I worry so much I’m awake the whole time… why am I so nervous about this???

"Thank you, I love you"

Most of us have seen the video where the infant is crying and fussing and making messes while the mom is run down and exhausted. A voice over for the infant says something like “I wish I could tell mommy how much I love her” for doing all of that stuff for him/her.

Elias definitely tells us he loves us, he thanks us for feeding him and changing him and playing with him now. He was fussing and kind of crying so I plopped him on the changing table and took off his dirty diaper. One minute into wiping him up and he was making eye contact with me and smiling. If that’s not “I feel much better now mama, thank you for changing me!” then I don’t know what is. When Tall Cake is sitting next to Elias or holding him and having a conversation with him, Eli smiles and coos and kicks his little legs. If that’s not ‘I love you too, daddy!’ then nothing could be. 

I’m so glad my boy is to this point and I’m eager for him to continue to develop and communicate. 

Update: Vaccinations

Elias received his first set of vaccinations today! Of course he had the very first shot in the hospital for Hep B, and he was circumcised there too so this wasn’t the first time a medical staff member has caused him pain. However it was the first time I was present for the hurt and gosh did I just about cry. He was a little trooper though, according to the nurse. He startled, shook a bit, screamed for a moment and cried for a minute but by time we put him back in his car seat after the last shot he was hardly fussing. By the time we started driving home he was completely fine and then when we went to his doctor’s appointment for a regular check up he was looking around, squirming, and smiling like normal. What a champ! Doc suggested we get him some baby acetaminophen syrup anyway to help with soreness later and we did, but I’m so proud of him for doing so well and being so well behaved <3 I really do have a good baby. incredibly poopy and gassy baby. I cannot believe how much waste he can hold in such a tiny body oh my gosh for real I’m going to tell all of his girlfriends about this when he’s older as pay back and now he’s trying to smile and make coos and be cute so I’m not upset with him and just ugh what a little thing 

Update: Measurements

I don;t know what chart my doctor is using but it’s very different from all the calculators online for baby growth. Then again, some of the online calculators disagree with each other anyway so who knows. 

At his 2 month check up, Eli measured in the 5th percentile for weight again, between the 25th and 35th percentile for length, and between the 15th and 40th percentile for head circumference, depending on which chart/calculator you listen to. 

I cannot hide my disappointment with his weight percentile. He’s gained 4 pounds in 2 months. From 5lb2oz at birth to 9lb2oz. at 8 weeks exactly after discharge he was about 8lb15oz, and since he was discharged at 4lb13oz I was incredibly pleased. I thought surely he’d be higher than 5th percentile by now… I’m happy that he is filling out and he’s growing steadily as he should but I do wish he’d at least hit the 20th percentile there =( 

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"I told him that he looked so cute with bunny ears on." Submitted By: Susan S. Location: Idaho, United States

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"I told him that he looked so cute with bunny ears on."
Submitted By: Susan S.
Location: Idaho, United States

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seriously worth watching. 

Dry Shampoo?

Elias eats, burps, poops, and needs to be snuggled so often that I always end up taking my showers in 2 parts, unless I shower when Tall Cake is watching the baby but usually I just sleep then. It’s incredibly time consuming and I get water everywhere. I want to try showering maybe every other day and using a dry shampoo on the off days. My hair is very fine and long so if I go 24 hours without cleaning it I look pretty gross really fast. Does anyone have any suggestions on the subject? Experience with dry shampoos and my hair type? Tips and tricks? I’m all ears! 

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