Thursday, July 23, 2015

Zachary is 2 months old!

I can't believe it's been 2 months already!  They've gone so fast and have been surprisingly enjoyable.  :)

At 2 months old, Zachary:

  • Weighs 9lbs 14oz.  That's in the 4th percentile, which is right where he was at his 2 week appointment (when he weighed 6lbs 14oz), which means he's gaining the perfect amount of weight to stay on his curve!  That means he's got healthy weight gain!  That means he's healthy!
  • Measures 23.25 inches long, which is in the 61st percentile!  That's up from his 2-week appointment, when he was 20.5 inches and in the 42nd percentile.  That means he's jumping percentiles!  That means he's growing great!  I don't believe I've ever had a kid so high on the curve!  That's just amazing to me!
  • Has a head in the 38th percentile, which is exactly where it was at 2 weeks as well.
  • Takes a bottle at every feeding, usually 3-4 ounces (which is why he's growing so well!).  The other day we left him with Grandma and Grandpa while we went to a wedding out of town.  In 8 hours he drank 12 ounces of milk, and I pumped 2.5 ounces.  I still nurse him before most feedings, but I'm trying to phase it out a little.  I feel like I feed him all day long (nursing takes forever, since my milk doesn't just flow out so easily).  But it's emotionally hard to think about not nursing him.  I don't know why.  I'm perfectly justified in stopping.  I just wish it worked out differently, so I'm trying to hang on or something.  But I've gotta say, it's nice being able to leave him for a few hours without thinking about his next feeding!
  • Drinks donor milk!  I was fortunate enough to have three amazing people offer to donate their milk for Zach since I obviously can't make enough and formula gave him a tummy ache.  He's been drinking it for a little over a month now, and we have enough for probably two more months!  After that I just hope he can handle formula a little better, since his digestive system will be a little more mature.
  • Has slept 6-7.5 hours at night a handful of times, but usually sleeps 4 hours.
  • Is starting to take naps in his crib, but has a hard time falling asleep on his own if he's not on his tummy.
  • Is spending more time awake and aware of his surroundings.
  • Loves flashing a giant smile for his favorite people.
  • Tries often to "talk" and coo.  It's the sweetest thing!
  • Loves listening to music from his swing mobile.
  • Is a big fan on things that move and make sounds in general (like his baby play mat thingy).
  • Only wants to take his binky when he's tired and hungry at the same time.  That's totally ok with me.  ;)
  • Is extremely tolerant of his brothers, who obsess over him!  You can often hear Russell say, "I love that guy!  That guy right there!  I'm going to eat him up!  Num, num, num, num."  They also love to help feed him his bottle.
  • Doesn't have any rashes, bloating, diarrhea, colic, excessive spit-up, etc.  He has a little mucus in his poop, but I'm hoping that's not food-related and it's something that will just go away as he matures.  He's by far the healthiest baby I've ever had, and I just can't believe it!  Even though he's still pretty small, he just feels more solid and soft (as opposed to scrawny and sickly, like Caleb and Russ were).  It's a dream come true!  
Here are some of Zach's cute expressions:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Brothers at 2 months

Caleb at 5 months (2 months adjusted for prematurity):

Russell at 2 months:

Zachary at 2 months:

You tell me: Which brother do you think Zach looks most like?

PS: What sweet, adorable little boys I've been blessed with!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Getting to Know Zachary

Zachary is the sweetest little thing!  I can't believe I got lucky enough to have such a wonderful baby.  In my mind, I told myself I deserved the perfect baby after all I went through with my pregnancy, but I was preparing for a really difficult baby (like Russell...poor thing).  But no!  I got Zach!  He may still poop and cry and wake up to eat at night, but as far as babies go, he's as close to perfect that I can imagine!

First off, my recovery has been a breeze, which helps a lot!  I hardly even needed pain meds.  There were many times in the hospital that I rated my pain as a zero.  Zero!  I was in more pain than that a month after delivering Russell!  It's much easier enjoying your baby when you don't want to cry with every move.

FYI, we decided that when we shorten Zachary's name, it will be spelled "Zach."  I was torn on this name purely because of the shortening dilemma.  Zach or Zack?  "Ch" doesn't technically have a "k" sound, which may confuse him when he starts learning to read, but "ck" isn't part of the full "Zachary."  It's all just preference.  So we decided that we prefer Zach.  :)  I hope he doesn't mind when he's older!

He seems to be a good eater, nursing on demand every 2-3 hours, and often going 5 hours at night, and even up to 7 hours once!  He has a great natural latch, which I appreciate.  But he's following his brothers' trend by gaining weight very slowly.  He was 6 lbs 13 oz when he was discharged from the hospital at 2 days old, and was 6 lbs 14 oz at his first doctor's appointment at 2 weeks old.  They're supposed to be back to their birth weight by 2 weeks!  He was still about 7% below birth weight!  So we started supplementing with a few ounces of formula  a day, and Zach does a great job taking a bottle.  But it's hard to find the "right" formula for him.  We decided to try Alimentum, since it's the most gentle formula you can buy off the shelves, but just a few ounces caused constipation, a tummy ache, and mucus poo.  I was pretty worried that he'd develop an aversion to the bottle (like Baby Russ did when he realized that it caused tummy pain), so imagine my disbelief when a few people stepped forward to offer their own breast milk for me to feed Zach!!  I've been nursing him at every feeding, following it up with a bottle of milk every time.  He usually drinks about 12 ounces a day from the bottle and he's gaining weight great!  He's up to 9 pounds at 7 weeks old, which still seems so small, but he gained a pound in just over a week, so I'm impressed!  I can honestly say I have never experienced what it's like to have a baby who eats properly until now, and it's amazing!  I mean, this baby can nurse for 20 minutes and then down 3-4 ounces from the bottle!  He still has mucus in his poop, but it's not quite as bad as Russ had it, and he still doesn't have any rashes, bloating, diarrhea, or colic, so I'm hoping it's just an immature digestive system and not a symptom of a bad food.  Hopefully he'll be able to handle formula once we run out of donor milk, since his digestive system will have time to mature and get stronger.

Now for the more fun stuff.  :)

He lets anyone hold him, which makes for two very happy big brothers.

He's a great snuggler.

He'll gladly go in his swing or his bouncy chair, as long as he's not hungry.

He's got great skin!  No rashes, no cradle cap, and no baby acne!

He rarely opened his eyes for his first two weeks, but now he's starting to look around and enjoys having the mobile move on his swing.

He's got a major cowlick on the right side of his forehead.

He's a huge fan of his binky!  He's really good at keeping it in, too.  I'm not sure how to feel about it.  There are some serious advantages to having a binky baby.  If he's crying, all I have to do to make him happy is pop in the binky.  But my first two never liked binkies.  They both sucked their thumbs when they were tired, and never at any other time, and it was ideal, I tell ya.  They're both great sleepers.  What I absolutely don't want with Zach is to be waking up all night long to replace a lost binky every time he stirs.  I'm not sure how to keep that from happening, though, since I've never had a binky baby before!  Any tips are welcome.  ;)

He still likes to keep his legs tucked up under him froggy-style.  It's super cute.  :)

He rolls over to his side often.  Very often.  And a few times he's rolled all of the way over to his belly!  Once he rolled deliberately from his back to his belly then back to his back again!  And he was less than three weeks old!

He wears size 1 diapers and size newborn clothes.  He totally rocks plain onesies!

He sneezes a lot, and it's almost always more than one sneeze at a time, and his sneezes are soft and gentle (unlike his parents').

He often (not always, but often) will start to cry then just lose motivation for it and fall asleep for a moment instead.  It made the nurse in the hospital laugh out loud.  :)

Instead of having his grandpa's nose, like his brothers do, he seems to have my nose.

He looks a lot like both of his brothers, especially now that he's thinning out.

He started smiling around 6 weeks old.  These days he'll always give me a smile when I talk to him!  He's much more likely to smile for people he knows, and always smiles best for me, since he loves me most.  ;)