First of all thank you so much for your comments on the last post. I think I ticked the box of “needing a space to vent” a little earlier than I was planning on this deployment, so I thought to even things out I should also tick the “babies” box too.
Having read this post over at A Jennuine Life, I realised that I really should be using this blog to document Theo’s development and although no one likes to be deluged with baby photos, I think there is room for a little monthly update, so this is his slightly late two month progress report…
We are still following Gina Ford’s Contented Little Baby routine (loosely) and Theo seems to be quite happy with the amount of sleep he is getting and when in the day he is getting it. In fact from 5 weeks old (he’s nearly 10 now) he has slept from 7pm to his late feed at 11pm and then solidly from 11:30pm – 8am. He has a morning nap on the dog walk and has (within the last week) finally got the hang of his two-three hour lunchtime sleep.
He’s steadily putting on weight at a rate of about half a pound a week and is now nearly 13lbs and 62cm in length which puts him on the 98th percentile for height (that’s his tall daddy’s genes) and the 75th for weight. Unsurprisingly all that growing means he’s almost out of his 3-6 month trousers already!
He does love his food too and takes 210ml five times a day, but rejects the bottle with an appalled look if I dare offer milk that isn’t warm enough! I think we will probably have to consider weaning him early (after 4 months) at this rate.
Entertainment comes mostly from his baby gym (the expensive plastic one I didn’t want to buy) but what he enjoys most is a room full of new people, faces and sounds, and as the Tesco disaster proved, as long as there’s something to watch, he’s a happy chap.
The dogs have had very different reactions to him since he came home. Macy acts as though he doesn’t exist, shows no interest in him or his possessions. Bella on the other hand is fascinated and will cautiously approach and sniff around him when he’s on the playmat. She has taken a fancy to a small orange monkey which hangs from the play gym and consequently I am constantly finding in obscure places after she has stolen it!
His next milestone will be sitting up, something I am very much looking forward to as it will allow him to use a door bouncer and I’ll be able to put him in a backpack on the dog walk and have both hands free…. oh and he’ll be taking his first flight tomorrow, wish me luck!