Merry Christmas to all our family and friends! It was a very special one for us as we have Aunt Natalie here with us visiting. Here are some photos from our Christmas Day.
Toby turned two months old last week.
It was pretty horrific. He would get uncontrollably upset. We suspect it was mostly due to gas. Feeding was the only thing that could calm him down (which of course makes the gas worse). We discovered that warm baths also did the trick but as soon as we took him out he was back to screaming.
Toby’s more zen-like state has been more enjoyable for all of us – especially Jude. Big Brother did not react well when Toby was upset. Oftentimes it results in both boys crying AND wanting to be soothed by Mom.
Toby loves watching Jude and I as we go about our daily play sessions. Jude often sits by Toby when he’s on the bouncer and will chat with him or point out his body parts. Toby is a champ when Jude is overly enthusiastic with his pointing and gets poked in the eye or has his nose picked.
Schedule wise we have had to be pretty flexible with Toby. He usually has around three naps a day but the times and length vary. This is usually because I can’t spend heaps of time trying to get Toby to sleep with Jude around and when Toby is finally asleep there is a high risk he will be woken up by toddler noise. Thankfully his nighttime sleep is pretty good- he usually goes down around the same time as Jude at 7pm and then will wake up around 11pm or midnight for a feeding. At this point I bring him into bed with me and we sleep until 3 or 4am and then again until 7am when Jude gets up. He will usually settle right back to sleep during the night. I haven’t felt nearly as sleep deprived as I thought I would.
There is something so nice about having a newborn again – especially now that we know how quickly he will grow and change. For now we are just trying to take in all his sweetness. We love everything about this little guy – his tiny features, funny reflexes, sleepy smiles, and newborn smell.
Here he is again!
But he seems to get overwhelmed with feelings of jealousy when I am having to spend a of time with Toby – to feed him or settle him. Slowly, things are getting better. Toby is getting more settled and Jude is starting to realize Mommy can hug two boys at once (and even pick them up!).
He has been so good about sticking to (and even enforcing) our daily routine despite all the changes. A few times this month he has gone into his room and stood by his crib awaiting nap time after lunch.
The outcome always depends on the crew we work with as well as the props. If the camera man and crew are fun and responsive – Jude will be right into it. And its even better if he can freely explore the props.