Oliver is now two months old and is doing well. He is now home from a 5 day visit at hospital (he was back home nearly a week ago). The doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with his lungs or his heart, so we were discharged.
Over 6 pounds
Oliver has reached the 6 pound threshold and is above the 0.1 percentile (corrected for his prematurity). This means that out of 1000 boys his age, he is lighter the 999 and heavier than 1. Which is good news because before that, he wasn’t even on the growth chart. Go Oliver!
He is developing
We are starting to notice more and more development changes in Oliver.
- He has been using his hands a lot more, swatting at things (like toys and faces).
- He is also more mobile, by arching is his back and using his head, he finds novel ways to move around while we are trying to hold him.
- Changes in his voice, he seems to have different tones and slightly different cries.
- He is starting to make smiles in his sleep (we are looking forward to seeing a real smile from him)
Sleeping in shifts
Tanya and I have found that if we sleep in shifts, life is better for both of us. This is how it works:
- 9pm I will go to bed and Tanya will stay up with Oliver for one more feed
- 12am Tanya will put Oliver in his crib and sleep in the same room as him.
- 3am Tanya will feed Oliver
- 5am Tanya will wake me up and I will take care of him, Tanya will sleep in our room and get undisturbed sleep
- 6am I will feed Oliver with the bottle
- 8am I will wake up Tanya and hand over Oliver over while I go to work (this is 9 or 10 on the weekend).
This seems to work for us, Tanya will try to get another nap during the day and when follow this schedule, we both get a decent amount of sleep. Definitely seeing the benefit to catching up with sleep on the weekend.