Micah was two months old yesterday. He is so big now, it is hard to believe that he ever fit inside me. I know everyone says “they grow up too fast” or “my, how the time flies,” but it really seems like a lot more than two months has passed since he was born, not because the days drag by, but because it seems like he has always been a part of our family. Christian and I were talking about this the other day. He said that he feels like the family dynamic didn’t really change that much, though of course it has, but he fit so seamlessly into our lives it is hard to point to a single moment when things really changed.
I am completely healed from the C-section and have recently started exercising again on a regular basis. I am starting slow and aiming for at least 30 mins of cardio every other day, in the form of running or riding my bike. On the other days I do yoga, go for a walk and/or do strength exercises like crunches, push-ups, etc. I am curently about 12lbs heavier than my pre-pregnancy weight and 20-25lbs heavier than my “ideal” weight. Having never been overweight before, I feel surprisingly energetic and spry. I guess I just assumed that if I was 20 lbs overweight I would feel really yucky, but I have always had a pretty healthy self-image and I still feel good about myself. So, I’m not stressing over trying to lose weight, I just want to be healthy.
As for Micah, he is doing great. At his last Dr. appointment, he weighed 10lbs even and was 23 inches long. That puts him in the 35th percentile for height and the 20th for weight. I find that rather amusing since Christian was in the 90th percentile for height and the 75th for weight. But both my dad and my father-in-law are a little shorter than average, so perhaps Micah will take after his grandfathers instead of his father. I don’t care either way as long as he is healthy, which he is. 🙂
The night before last (Tuesday night) Micah slept from 10pm-4:30am, the longest he has slept at one stretch. He is a good sleeper (at night anyways) and normally goes to bed somewhere between 9 and 10. He wakes up to eat every 3 or 4 hrs but always goes right back to sleep, so it really isn’t bad and I get plenty of rest since I have the luxery of sleeping in with him until 8 or 9 most mornings. But, when he slept 6 hours straight I got all excited thinking that maybe he was going to start weaning himself off of some of his nighttime feedings. I was quickly disabused of this notion last night when he woke up at 1:30am, 3am, 4:30, 6 and 7. Clearly, he doesn’t really NEED to eat that often but I nursed him each time because I knew that he would go right back to sleep if I did. However, I can see this leading to some bad habits developing if he wakes up to nurse for comfort and not because he is hungry. I am going to wait until he is three months old, and if he hasn’t begun to wean himself from his nighttime feedings, I probably will make some effort to do so. At least to space them out more. If he can sleep from 10-4 one night, there is no reason he can’t do it every night.
Other exciting things happening in our lives: we sold Christian’s car two weeks ago with the intention of purchasing something bigger, automatic, with decent gas mileage. He had a 2003 Ford Focus ZX3 (2 door, hatchback) which was manual. I am capable of driving a manual if I have to, but I don’t have much experience or confidence and would rather not if I can avoid it. My car is old and very beat up (not my fault!), though reliable so we wanted something a little newer that is big enough for a car sear or two that I can drive and Christian can drive my poor old car to work. We sold his car within 12 hrs of posting it on Craigslist, but two weeks later we have yet to purchase anything else. Which means that either a) Christian rides his bike to work so that I can use the car or b) Christian drives to work and I am stuck at the house all day. This really hasn’t been too bad because Christian can ride his bike, but if he closes, then he doesn’t get home until 9 or later and I don’t want him driving up and down Capitol on his bike in the dark. So, he takes the car on days when he has to close and I stay at home with Micah, but this means that I can’t go look at any othe cars, which is the main reason we haven’t purchased anything. So, to summarize: we need to buy a car so that I have something to drive while Christian is at work, but I can’t go buy a car becuase I don’t have anything to drive while Christian is at work. 🙂
On Monday we had a Five Generation photo shoot, below are some of the pictures from that, courtesy of Bekah Morton.