Baby Development at 2 Months Old: Charlie’s Monthly Update
Wow time is flying by! I really thought that the first couple of months of sleep deprivation & constant feeding would drag, however I have been proved so very wrong! In early April Charlie turned 2 months old & I cannot believe I am writing this already. He has changed so much since I wrote his 1 month update!
Charlie has put on A LOT of weight since he was born. The last time he was weighed (at around 7 weeks) he was 10lb. This is a gain of nearly 4lb – so that’s why he is constantly feeding! He is becoming a chunky monkey as I like to call him & definitely does not look like a newborn anymore. His legs & cheeks are so chubby, “I just want to eat you up” type stage & his size 1 nappies are becoming a bit of a squeeze. He is now wearing newborn baby grows (hoorah), although some of these are still a little big in the legs – the only bit of his body that doesn’t seem to fit!.
The lovely red newborn hair is slowly falling out, as predicted. He now has a monk-like appearance as he only has longer hair around the base of his head & looks pretty bald on top. What is actually happening is he is sprouting blonde tufts of hair, just like Sophie did. Now Charlie’s eyes are open a bit more, you can see they are a lovely blue colour. It was bound to happen as we are a family of blue eyes! His neck is getting ever stronger & I don’t have to worry as much about supporting it when holding him. Sadly it seems Charlie has got a bit of eczema on his face. Some days are worse than others when a red rash flares up on his cheeks. We have been using Epaderm Junior products which seem to be really helping him.
Likes & Dislikes
When he is in a good mood Charlie loves to kick about in his jungle gym. He will stare for ages at the lights above his head & at the faces of the different animals. Despite his dislike of baths to begin with, he now seems to really enjoy them. The water certainly calms him down & he loves being close to Sophie who helps me sponge him down. Dislikes? When the car stops & he is trying to nod off in his seat he gets very grumpy. Sadly there isn’t much I can do if a traffic light is red! He also doesn’t like being held horizontally, he wants to be upright at all times – Mr Nosey!
This month we got our first smiles! He took a couple of weeks longer than Sophie, but then he was born that much earlier. They are the loveliest smiles, but they are few & far between. Clearly my silly faces & flailing arm movements aren’t quite cutting it. He still seems quite chilled out, however if he isn’t happy he makes us VERY aware.
With the amount of weight he has put on, it is clear that Charlie feeds a lot! He now has around 4 oz every 2.5 hours. He is more than happy to take his bottle & I don’t think it will be long before we move up to the next set of teats. One thing he does struggle with is wind. He is always so upset towards the end & after a feed I have to do a full blown ‘burping’ session with him before he is OK again. It is also much worse at night & means it can take up to an hour to settle him back to sleep after a bottle. So much fun at 3 am!
Charlie now seems to consistently wake up for feeds every 2.5 hours at night – it’s slowly improving! We still keep him up with us in the evening as he is way too unsettled for a proper bedtime. He cries a lot between 9pm & midnight which means he needs lots of cuddles. We also don’t want him to wake Sophie up. When he does come up to bed he will sleep well before waking up for his feeds. He has had a cold for nearly 2 months solid though so he does struggle with his nose when trying to get into a deep sleep. Thank goodness for saline spray! During the day Charlie has been more wakeful, but not much more. He will sleep for hours if we go out for a day due to all the movement of the car & pushchairs. At home he naps on his nest or in his Moses Basket (if we’re lucky!).
What We Have Been Up To
Charlie went to his first party for a friend of ours. It was the first time I have been out in the evening since having him so was a nice treat for me. Charlie slept through the whole thing, even his disco debut on the dance floor! We spent the Easter weekend doing lots of Easter Egg hunts around our local park & at people’s houses. Again, he slept through it all… We have also spent a lot of time with family. Overall we have mostly spent time at home whilst I have adjusted to my husband going back to work & developing routines for the two children so I can care for them during the day.
Sophie is still very much in love with her new baby brother. She always tells me everything he is doing & wants to help out when he needs something. Bath-time & playtime are her favourite parts of Charlie’s day & she is also a pro at putting his dummy back in. Charlie also seems to be fascinated with her & will sit watching her when she is within his line of sight. One of my favourite moments this month was when Sophie & Charlie lay either side of Daddy in bed whilst he read them a story – my heart melted!
So that’s it for Charlie’s baby development at 2 months update. I’ll write a 3 month update when he hits that milestone & will be sharing how he is sleeping through the night… or not!
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