Monday, March 30, 2009

A Very Good Day

The pictures in this post have nothing to do with the actual post, they are just there to break up all the words. They were all taken within the last four days.

We had Aaron's two week doctor's appointment today and it went great! He's not quite up to his birth weight yet, but he's close and he's gaining weight really well. The doctor said that it's harder for big babies to regain their weight in the first two weeks, so he wasn't at all concerned and we don't have to go back until Aaron's two months old.

On the other hand, Aaron is growing lengthwise with no problem. He is in the 95th percentile on height! Wow. He may be tall and skinny?
Everything about the appointment went well. Aaron is doing GREAT. He is already showing great muscle control and holding his head up some. The doctor was also impressed with how content Aaron is. And he is such a content baby! The doctor said he's low maintenance and it reflects on how laid back his parents are...Go ahead and bring on the jokes.

Seriously, though, one of Aaron's parents is a pretty easy-going parent. Takes things in stride, not a lot of worrying. The other one, not so much. That one's got the pediatrician's number on speed dial and is convinced every time Aaron cries that there is - clearly - a major issue. Want to guess which parent is which?

On the other hand, one of Aaron's parents took to the tasks of parenting so quickly and naturally it was like second nature. Diapering, swaddling, soothing, you name it. The other one, not so much. That one's still trying to figure out how to change a diaper without getting peed on and has seen a diaper or two fall off! Not to mention that getting BOTH arms in the swaddle seems rather daunting. Want to guess which parent is which?

The pediatrician did tell me that I need to be taking a nap every day. He said that even though I'm getting eight hours of sleep a night it's interrupted which brings down the quality and I need to make that up with more quantity. I haven't napped during the day yet, partially because I really haven't been tired and partially because Aaron hasn't slept much during the day. However, today was a super day as far as Aaron's sleeping goes!

He's napped after every meal (after a little awake time) and there's been no fussiness. He's slept so peacefully that I've checked on him often to make sure he's still breathing. I was certain something must be wrong for this child to be sleeping a couple of hours at a time during the day!

He also napped today in his crib. What a big step! And he LOVES the Reveille mobile which is good since I think that's what gets him to sleep so quickly. However, I don't care who you are, the War Hymn gets old. And for the Die Hard Aggies that don't believe that, I invite you to my house. Any time. Come on over. I'll leave. You can hang out with Aaron and listen to the mobile. For hours.

In other exciting news, Aaron now has a belly button! Oh my gosh it is so cute! I could just eat it up! The doctor said we still have to wait a few days before immersion baths, but it's looking good.

The doctor also reminded me to do Tummy Time about three times a day for five minutes each. Yeah. Do you have any idea how much Aaron hates Tummy Time? Jory will not be in the house when Tummy Time is happening. He was here for the very first experience and immediately announced that Tummy Time is stupid and was clearly invented by a T-Sip. He, therefore, will not enforce it so Tummy Time is left to Mama. Uggg.

But, with the exception of Tummy Time, Aaron is such a sweet baby! He wakes up sweet - even when I wake him up. The kid, I swear, smiles while he's spitting up. We just couldn't have a more content baby blessing our lives. We love him so much and he is just such a joy!

Finally, Aaron received his Social Security card today! He's a real live citizen. YAY!


Spicy Magnolia said...

That's a fun post!! I'm still getting to know you all that I'm wondering which parent is which. :) I love all the pictures and am so thankful that you all have a content little is such a gift! Brennan hates tummy time, too! Can't figure out how to get him to like it. Even though he can raise his head a lot more now, he still hates it. I guess he'll hate it until he crawls?? :( Have a wonderful night and we should hold each other accountable to take naps! ;)

Anonymous said...

Well, I know who has the pediatrician's number on speed dial. I was there when you were looking up the info in the book the doctor gave you, so as to be ready when Robert contacted you about calling the doctor.
But the diaper part? I know Robert does well on that score, but so do you! What are you talking about, missy--- at age 10, you began babysitting a baby? I'm confused.
Great blog though. Wonderful grandchild!!!!!
Love ---Ohio mom/grandma

Erica said...

On tummy time: Do you have one of those large exercise balls? You can lay him on that and slowly roll the ball so he goes from a more vertical to horizontal position. You can find a place he's happy with and it isn't as extreme, but he still receives the benefits of tummy time.