Thursday, February 7, 2008

2 month check-in

So it's been a little over 2 months since Kieran was born and I haven't had a chance to do much updating on this blog. I'm thinking I'm going to keep these entries brief and be more of a monthly update as he gets older. You tend to forget a lot of things as the days whirl by so at least this site can be used to capture these before they're long forgotten. So let me start more recently and then think backwards through time. On Tuesday, Mom and I took Kieran to the doctor for his first shots! For the record, I was chicken and wanted Nisha to go, but she wouldn't go without me. So anyway, long story short is that he was given four shots.. yes, four, two in each leg! Of course he cried and cried but after 5 minutes he stopped! What a relief that was.. Other vital stats - he's now 10 lbs 2 oz. and 23 inches long. So we went home and he slept for 4 1/2 hours, one of his longest stretches ever - probably because he was tired of screaming and was cozy in his car seat. Yeah, he loves the carseat now and doesn't object to going in there.

He's also been going longer in his feeding routines. What was a consistent 2 hour schedule is now down to about 3 hours, although he sometimes gets hungry at 2 1/2. Overall, it's going much better in this arena. Nisha is great feeding him and he really CHOWS down when he's hungry, I can hear him on the lower level! He has a specific hungry cry and we know exactly when he's hungry, even if he's not supposed to be hungry. Yes, Nish and I had some "disagreements" about his feeding schedule and her favorite line was "but he's not supposed to be hungry!". We both now know that Kieran doesn't know the words "supposed to be".. he's hungry when he's hungry and knows how to communicate it! He's mostly breast-feeding, but sometimes I'm alone with him and need to give him formula and if I'm not prepared, man, what a nightmare that is. I start off holding him in one hand while I try to get the milk ready, which doesn't work. So I have to put him down in the living room, run back to the kitchen and get the milk ready, all the while he's screaming louder and louder. Stressful to say the least. Then when I finally give him the milk, mind you only 2 minutes have gone by, he sucks away and gives me the meanest look like "why the hell did you make me wait??" Very cute..!

A couple weeks ago he started smiling for the first time! He was smiling before that, but it was in his sleep and not intentional, but now he smiles constantly. He's actually started laughing just the other day (limited laughing of course, kinda like giggling). And he LOVES to be talked to. I put him down and he will stare up at me forever, just listening to me talk to him. He puts in his coos and ahhs, so we have a little conversation going. This really started about a week or so ago and he loves it. My mom was here until Saturday (2/2) and she really noticed it also, he loves to play and talk to himself and listen to you. So cute!

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