Baby Satski is two months old! He now weighs 17.4 pounds (above 95th percentile) and measures 24.5 inches long (only 1 foot away from being able to ride roller coasters!). He’s grown so much this past month and he’s getting funner by the day.
Smiling: At 6 weeks he started genuinely smiling. We’d seen glimpses of smiles before, but they were mostly gassy faces. The smiles now are big, gummy, purposeful and oh so gratifying. He’s happiest in the morning when he first wakes up and sometimes in the middle of the night when he should be sleeping.
Cooing: With the smiles came the coos. We “talk” back and forth at each other all day. We’re alternating days of language in the house in an attempt to teach him Korean, Japanese, and Spanish. I’m learning a lot of new words in the process. One of my favorites is “mimi” which means ears in Japanese. And I’m singing him Korean nursery rhymes I learned when I was growing up- Santoki and Gom Se Mari.
Crying: He’s gained some new lung capacities in the last month and seems to be experimenting with new pitches and volumes of cries. I feel really sorry for our neighbors. I love it when he sticks his bottom lip out in a pout and when he sounds like he’s saying Umma (mom in Korean) with his cries. I don’t love his evening witching hours, when nothing seems to soothe him. Otherwise, bouncing on the yoga ball and giving him a pacifier are our greatest weapons against his cries. His Wubbanub Pacifier, whom we’ve named Bob, is a lifesaver.My mom said his cries sound like music to her ears, so I sent her this video:
Feeding: Some of my favorite moments with baby are when I’m breast feeding. He looks so sweet, innocent and content. And his milk drunk faces are priceless. I’m going to try to keep it going for 6 months, even though that means pumping at work multiple times a day. Bottle feeding is going much more smoothly too. Now that Russell’s on summer break and doesn’t have to wake up early for school, he’s taken over the 3 AM feeding session. Which means I finally get a longer stretch of sleep! Bless the man!
Spitting Up: We can’t always predict what he’s going to be like every day, but the one guarantee is that we’ll both be covered in spit-up by the end of the day. Burping is recommended after every feeding, and burping inevitably leads to some (or a lot) of his milk coming back up. We’re such milky messes over here.
Sleeping: Baby is still waking up every 2-4 hours in the night. His longest night time sleep to date is 4 hours and 45 minutes. But that was like a one-time deal. We’re trying to start establishing a routine now, with bed time at 7 PM and wake up at 7 AM. In between those hours, he’s waking up at around 11, 1, 3 and 5. Those wake-up times should eventually stretch out. He has graduated to sleeping in his crib. But his favorite place to sleep during the day is in his car seat. Hands up is still a favorite position. And I’m relishing the last few times of being able to have him sleep on me during the day (I go back to work in 3 short weeks!).
Bathing: He finally loves his baths! I knew it was only a matter of time. Thanks to his grandma, we’ve learned that baby likes having a towel under him in the bath so he’s not slipping and sliding around. Now he can really enjoy the water and smiles the entire time. It’s part of the night time routine (alternating bath and massages every other day), so it gets him calm and drowsy for sleep.
Me Time: I didn’t leave the house very much in the first month, but after the 5-week mark I started venturing out a lot more. I went on my first grocery shopping trip with him strapped on my chest, I joined a mommy meet-up group, I started going to postnatal yoga, I’m drinking coffee and wine again, and Russell and I even enjoyed our first dinner out without baby. It’s pretty easy to take baby out with us to family-friendly restaurants too, since he sleeps most of the time. Life isn’t the same as before we had a baby, but we’ve found news ways to enjoy it. In some ways, life seems even fuller than before: I’m constantly laughing, living in the present, loving our family.
Extracurricular Activities: He still hates tummy time, so we don’t do it nearly as often as we should. He seems to really enjoy music. And Dad makes him do some pretty hilarious dances. He loves movement, so we’re always bouncing, swaying, swinging his arms and legs. He’s starting to discover his hands and he has a crazy strong grip. Sometimes he stands up so straight and strong with his legs (while I’m still holding him of course) that I think he’ll be walking soon. He likes the vibration of the sewing machine, so Russell will sometimes set him up on our dining table while working on his latest sewing project.
Some More Favorite Moments From This Month: