Thursday, January 31, 2013

Jake Month 2

Jake's second month was a lot of fun.  At about 5 weeks old Papa had to take his first work trip.  He was going to be gone for 5 nights so we packed up and headed to Grammy and Grampy's house to stay.  My Dad was actually also headed out of town after the first night so it would just be us girls and Jake.  I feel like that weekend was a bit of a turning point for me as a Mom.  I feel so lucky to have my Mom close by for support.  It was great for me just to watch her with Jake, to learn from her cues, to see how she reacted to things or what she thought might be going on with Jake.  It helped me get more in tune to what he was needing too.  We had a great time with days full of feedings, walks, shopping, and playing.  There was of course a daily photoshoot so that Grammy could capture all the special little parts of Jake.  The rest of December really flew by.  

Over the next 4 weeks leading up to his 2-month appointment Jake would gain 3 lbs and grow nearly 2 inches. He was filling out and becoming more alert.  He smiled for the first time around 6 weeks, we weren't sure at first if it was just gas, but once he started he didn't stop.  This is one smiley kid.  He started to become a more efficient eater and I became more confident nursing.  We were now nursing everywhere from the back of the car to the women's lounge at Nordstrom.  No gear necessary.  Sleeping made some huge strides this month, going for 5 and 6 hour stretches around 7.5 weeks old.  He started sleeping in his crib after Brian's trip and made an easy transition.  He looks so cute laying there.  He still loves the stroller, the sling, and car rides.  Basically movement is king. 

This month we spent more time with friends and Jake is a great little traveler for dinners out on the town. Below are some of the little details that I never want to forget.  This sweet little boy makes every day so happy for us.  

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