Max: 2 months

I’m almost a month late posting this, so I guess that tells you what kind of month it’s been. Max has been doing really well, but we’ve been working on some improvements to the house and Mike was gone for a few days for work, so we’ve been really busy.

Thankfully auntie Megan was here for a few days. She is so good with Max.

Harper has also been playing with Max a lot. She likes to lay in the bed and pretend to be him. He loves to watch her.

Right around 10 weeks, Max started getting really fussy. I wasn’t sure why, but then I remembered that Harper also had a really difficult time around then. It’s a “wonder week” with lots of brain development, so that makes sleep and everything else more intense. He also got another cold, poor thing, so I’m sure that didn’t feel good.

One thing that has been great about this month is all the smiles. Those baby grins are just the best.

We’ve had fun dressing him in all his little outfits, too. He has quite the wardrobe!

Sometimes he outgrows things after only wearing them once, so we have to keep rotating in new things. I’ve had the hardest time finding socks that fit him, so now he is in a 6-12 month sock. He still likes to be cozy warm all the time.

Sleep also got better this month. I was starting to get pretty fried from all the night feedings, but he has been going longer and longer stretches. Similar to Harper at this age, he sleeps most of the night until an early morning feeding. Sometimes there’s a second one. Once he even slept the whole night!

Naps have been a lot tougher. He will take a long nap, thank goodness. But most of the time we have to resort to wearing him in the carrier. My neck got so strained at one point I could barely move it, so I have been trying not to rely on that too much. But it’s hard. Trying to put him to sleep in his crib does not work at all.

I shouldn’t say he doesn’t nap outside the carrier. It’s more of a battle to keep him asleep. I’m just trying to take that one day at a time. He still seems a little young for a strict routine.

This month he’s been trying really hard to get his hand in his mouth. Two cheers for self soothing!

He also seems a lot more alert and interested in toys. We have what seems like millions, so we’re trying to keep him entertained. Bath time has gotten a lot better, too.

We’ve got him in cloth diapers, although they don’t fit as well after going through another kid. I’m willing to deal with it though after seeing how much money we spent on diapers, sheesh!

I’m looking forward to Max being able to sit up better and maybe hang out in the jumper or some of the other toys we have. He is doing more every day, and it’s fun to watch.

I pulled out the only KU onesie I have because he needs to cheer for the Jayhawks. So far it’s working!

Saying goodbye to Charlotte

Yesterday we had to say goodbye to mom’s dog, Charlotte. I feel like she’s partially mine, too, since we got her the summer I was living at home after college. That summer we lost our childhood dog, Sammie, and decided we wanted a Boston terrier for our next companion. When we found Charlotte, in a small town in Missouri, she was the runt of the litter. They called her Piggie because she had a curly tail. She only weighed a pound, and we loved her instantly.

Charlotte has always been such a sweet sidekick — social, cuddly, with a great zest for life chasing her tire toy. So when she went blind a few months ago and couldn’t do much anymore, she just didn’t seem like the same dog. I will miss her snuggles in the “butt hut” as we call it. She was an important member of our family, and it just won’t be the same without her.