Thursday, May 21, 2015

JSS: Two Months

Happy two months to my sweet boy, Jacob Steil Special.  I don't know how it's possible, but this second month went by even faster than the first.  It's hard to believe that we've only had him for 61 days - it seems like he's been part of my life forever, and I can hardly remember the time before.
The month zipped by, with lots of lovely visits and cuddles from his grandparents and aunts and uncles (he is so loved!) He met his first Californian (Christine) and went on his first playdate/walk around Park Ridge with his second cousin Charlotte (and her mom - Scott's cousin, Lindsey).  We went on walks nearly every day, and had "adventures" to Target, Old Orchard twice (an awesome outdoor mall - our favorite destination with Grammy), the Pediatrician, an a nearby ice cream shop.  He ventured the furthest away from home that he's ever been (Gurnee Mills, IL - about 30 miles).  

We started Jacob on The Baby Whisperer methodology this month.  The premise of the methodology is a routine - NOT a schedule - consisting of EASY (eat, activity, sleep, you-time).  We have been consistent with it for almost two weeks, and it has already begun to pay dividends.  His schedule has become more predictable, which has benefited all of us, and it's allowed us more flexibility to really enjoy our time with our boy.  We started the routine the day he turned 7 weeks (and if we have more children, we'll start it at 4 weeks).  

Jacob's favorite thing is... his ceiling fan.  I am not even kidding!  It sounds hilarious, but it's true.  It's black, and is against a stark white ceiling, and he just LOVES to stare at it.  It's pretty funny :)  He also loves stroller rides, and being outside (although he doesn't sleep through his walks as consistently as he did in his first month).  He likes to be active and kick his legs.  He has excellent head and neck control... and this month he began rolling over in earnest - typically when we practice Tummy Time.  (I caught it on video, and it's the cutest thing ever).    
At the pediatrician on 5/15 (six days shy of two months) he weighed 12 pounds 7 ounces (an increase of 2.5 pounds since his one-month visit).  His doctor was thrilled with his growth, impressed with his head and neck control during tummy time, and agreed that he was very alert.  Jacob is a happy, thriving boy!   

Jacob loves his parents, his ceiling fan (see above) and loves to hang out on his changing table.  He likes to snuggle with his mama, and his daddy can quiet him down like no other.  He still likes to be in the action, but he's getting more and more grown up by the day - he's begun being content with playing independently in his swing or Boppy Lounger (while mama throws in a load of laundry or unloads the dishwasher).  He sleeps mostly in his own room, but occasionally naps in the swing in the living room.   He doesn't mind diaper changes at all anymore, and still loves baths in the kitchen sink.  Much to his mom's chagrin, he likes when Grammy sings him the Hokey Pokey :)  He learned to smile this month - and while he is still using it somewhat sparingly, I can tell that big smiles are just around the corner!  

He is a JOY in our life - a happy, loving little two-month old who has taught me more than I thought possible in just two months.  Here are some of my favorite pictures from the second month of JSS! 

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