Length: 22.25 in. (94%)
Weight: 11 lb. 13 oz. (96%)
Head: 15.5 in. (90%)
It’s hard to believe I’ve been a mommy of two for a month already, but alas it is here. The good news is that I made it and we are all alive!!
Being a mommy to two kids under two is not easy, but I don’t really find it stressful, either. It’s actually a lot easier than I imagined, to be honest. I’ve heard that being a parent the second time around is a lot easier because you know what you are doing. That is certainly true. I’m so much more relaxed this time around. The only real problem has been the two back to back colds and the food poisoning. This is the first week I actually feel 100% like myself and I am proud to say that I haven’t relied or needed a nap so much lately. This is a good thing since they rarely sleep at the same time, it’s a luxury I need to learn to let go of.
It’s been amazing being home with both my munchkins. It really is like a vacation after being in charge of 200 other people’s kids a day. I’m still trying to get into a good routine so that Jamie doesn’t go stir crazy here, but I’ve started venturing out with both kids for walks in the double stroller and I’m about to attempt a play date at the mall this Friday. I’ve even managed to get some organizing done around the house. Crazy, right?!
As for Austin, he really is a spitting image of his daddy, possibly even down to the blue eyes. It’s too early to say for sure now, but it looks like Austin’s eyes are going to be blue! So funny, since Jamie has huge dark brown eyes like mine. However, like his sister he was born without eyelashes or eyebrows. Go figure!
As you can see from the stats and the pics, he is one BIG boy! I don’t know how it is I give birth to toddlers, but that seems to be my MO. He wore newborn size clothes in the hospital and has been in 0-3 month sizes ever since. This week he has even worn 3 month size sleepers. He’s also in size 1 diapers. I actually never bought any newborn sizes. He used the ones from the hospital and then jumped right into the size 1’s.
It is funny how two children from the same parents are SO different. I mean, there are some similarities in their features. They have identical profiles, however that is where the similarities end. Obviously, Austin is larger than Jamie ever was. And, I mentioned his eyes are different. But, his hair is also a little lighter. Actually, his hair is falling out at an alarming rate, especially after baths. It won’t be long before he is completely bald.
Austin’s personality is also vastly different from Jamie at this age. He is much more high maintenance as far as needing to be held all the time and crying far more then she ever did. In fact, she rarely cried at all, so it was kind of a shock to us that he cried even with a clean diaper and full tummy. As it turns out, after a conversation with our pediatrician, Austin is a little colicky. The horror! We’ve got what I call a “witching hour” every evening that lasts until around 10-11pm every night. On a bad night, it lasted until 1 am!! I’ve been giving him gripe water these days and will begin chamomile tea at the advice of Dr. P in the very near future.
On the flip side, Austin is a better sleeper and much more snuggly than Jamie was. Austin loves to snuggle to the point that anything on his cheek will make him fall asleep if he’s tired.
Case in point: my fingers…
Austin also makes the funniest sounds! He sounds like a little baby elephant, snorting and squealing. He does it while he’s eating, sleeping, and when he’s awake. It’s kind of silly but I think it’s adorable.
He is such a cutie, and we love him so much already! Jamie is so good with him. Anytime he cries she says, “Uh oh, baby!” In the mornings if he’s still sleeping, she asks where he’s at. She loves to hold him and give him kisses. It makes my heart melt every time.
I can’t believe we are a family of 4 now!