I'm woefully behind on uploading photos since Drum's birth. I finally got caught up through his first few weeks, but I still have over 1,000 pictures on my phone and hundreds more on my camera. But I took a little time recently to look through the first three monthly photos I took of him - birth, one month and two months.
This is my babe a few days after he was born, the day we brought him home (it should be noted that it took me two weeks to find the time, energy and wherewithal to take Mo's first photo, so the fact that I got Drum's done the day we brought him home says a lot about the differences in my post-partum experiences. More on that another day.):
I can't believe how much he changed between his birth and his first month photo. It was happening before my eyes, but I didn't see how dramatic it was until I compared these photos.
His face filled out so much! I totally guessed on his weight here though, and in fact we had an unexpected visit to the doctor a couple days later and he was closer to 10.5 pounds. He definitely grew fast, and continues to do so!
At two months, I tried to weigh him with me on my bathroom scale, which often gives strange numbers, but it might be more accurate than the first month. He hasn't had his two month appointment yet, so I don't know for sure. But I think it's clear he's growing rapidly, and that he's big for his age.
I also think it's fun to compare him to Mo at each stage.
Mo was almost a whole pound lighter than Drum, and an inch shorter. She looks a lot darker here, but I think that's a trick of the light. But she really did have more hair than him, which later fell out.
One month olds:
Poor Mo, she looks like an old man in a baby's body! Drum grew into his face a lot faster. Mo was still about a pound and an inch behind Drum at one month.
Two month olds:
Mo's face started filling out, and she kept more hair than Drum did by now. Overall, I think they look very similar, definitely siblings! According to my measurements, at two months, Drum has 2.5 pounds and 1.5 inches on Mo.
The first 8ish weeks with Drum were tough. He was almost never content and took terrible naps. I would spend 45 minutes getting him to sleep, then he'd wake up after 10 minutes and we'd start all over again. It was physically and mentally exhausting. I told several people that I legitimately thought I was going a little crazy.
Around 7 weeks someone told me that for most babies, the peak of fussiness comes around 7 or 8 weeks, and I held on to that like a life preserver. I needed it to be true! And slowly but surely he has improved. He falls asleep for naps more easily, though I still usually have to hold and rock him the whole time, and he stays asleep longer. Sometimes. Fortunately he's a pretty good night sleeper. Pretty early on, he started sleeping 4-6 hour streches, and recently he gave us a couple 8 hour nights. At this point we can usually count on around 6 hours before he wakes up to eat. Only problem is for a long time he started his nights around 11:30 or 12. We've been trying to shift that earlier in preparation for my return to work, and right now we've got him going to sleep for the night around 10:30. He sleeps in a Rock n Play by our bed. We tried to get him a cosleeper, but he immediately wakes up and fusses if we lay him down anywhere but the RnP. When Mo was this age, she was sleeping in a flat bassinet, and we had just moved the bassinet into her room. But she was a loud sleeper, which meant I never slept if she was in the same room. Drum is more peaceful once he gets to sleep (at night, not for naps), so we'll probably keep him in our room awhile longer. At least until he's truly sleeping through the night.
He also has gas issues. It used to be a really big problem - he'd be inconsolable, and we'd have to spend a great deal of time working out the gas. He still gets gassy, but it's a lot easier to resolve. We recently started him on probiotic drops, and I hope that helps a lot of the problem over time.
During his happy moments, he smiles a lot - big open mouth, crinkly eye smiles. He likes looking at and talking to stuffed animals that we hold up for him, and his favorite person is me. Of course. Followed by Mike. He doesn't pay much attention to Mo because she doesn't pay much attention to him. When people ask how she feels about him, I answer "indifferent." She'll bring him a paci or a blanket once in awhile, but mostly she ignores him. Soon enough he'll notice her and find her hilarious, and she'll eat up every second, and then they'll be best buds.