baby family

8 Weeks

July 20, 2012

Justus is now 8 weeks.

He is definitely on a roll, literally. We’ve all seen him roll from tummy to back several times, including my mom while she was here for a visit for a few days last week. He sleeps on his tummy when sleeping on the bed, so it usually happens surrounding his sleep times that he is doing push-ups and looking around and then flips over. 🙂

Excited kicking also seem to be more evident this week.

Justus also had his first doctor’s visit this week, and I paid good money to find out that most of the “checks” I’ve been doing at home are indeed in line with what was checked-up at this visit. (Minus the fact that they recorded his temperature as 95, since the office assistant didn’t realize you had to take the plastic cap off for underarm temperature checks ;), and I’m also lacking a otoscope/ophthalmoscope.) But that is okay. I like our doctor, though we typically only see him about two or three times a year if we’re sick. (He had also read my birth story on my doula’s blog, so knew about how the birth went.)

He is 24 inches and right around 14 lbs., depending which scale we use. Still wearing 6 month clothes. We’ve done exclusively cloth diapers (all-in-one pockets) to this point, but he does fit them a little better now.

He also celebrated his first “Cow Appreciation Day” at Chick-Fil-A. We went for breakfast, and he slept through the entire event on mine and Daniel’s shoulders. Since there was no “big cow” there for the girls to see, we went back for supper–and this was a bit loud for him! He was definitely overstimulated by the time we left. (As was I.) After such an event (and the girls playing in a play place with lots of other tots), we all took baths, and I’d hoped Justus’s would calm him down. Right afterwards, he started crying really hard, which has only happened two or three times before. Thankfully we knew it was because he was so tired and overstimulated, so as soon as he was diapered and dressed, I was able to calm him down and he nursed and fell asleep almost immediately.

I’m still waiting for “the second night,” but he continues only wake up long enough to start nursing and then fall back asleep. Like clockwork, he falls asleep for the night as soon as it is dark, if not sooner. This past week, he has had several longer stretches of sleep, several around 8 hours, one 10 1/2-hour stretch, and then back a shorter 5-hour stretch in there. I really wasn’t expecting him to get to the long stretches so soon, but I guess as long as he is still waking once a night, we’re good. 🙂

I think one day when I have no more children at home and have pursued all my other interests in life (ha.), I’ll work on marketing a special line to the Yankee Candle Company. It will be specifically geared toward empty-nester moms who miss the baby days. Scents would include: “Soft Baby’s Breath,” “Scent of a Baby’s Head,” “The Outdoor Head Scent,” and “Exclusively Breastfed Infant Dirty Diaper Smell.” That latter one has to be included, because every Yankee Candle line/collection includes a candle that might have sounded like a good idea, but stinks. (Cause breastfed baby poo actually has it’s sometimes semi-pleasant aroma for those first few months.) It would come with an 8-pound rice bag to lay on your chest, as well. And then I’ll come back and reread this post while I have my “scent of a baby’s head” candle burning and relive these good ‘ole days. 🙂

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  • Charity July 20, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Oh my goodness! I just love his chub! So sweet!! 🙂

    Your Yankee Candle idea had me laughing out loud. I have to say though that I would purchase them all, even the “stinky” one. Let’s face it, as exclusively breastfeeding mommies, when that dear one does start solids, we miss that “exclusively breastfed infant dirty diaper smell” too. 😉

    • Keren July 26, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      O good! I know I’ll have at least one buyer. 😉

  • Julie July 20, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I think you should market it to Demeter. They have “crayon” “play-doh” “dirt” and “earthworm” perfume already. They might be down with it. The diaper scent must smell better than Demeter’s Funeral Home scent.

    • Keren July 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      I hadn’t heard of Demeter until your comment. And definitely not of funeral home scented candles. Ha! Yeah, I think I’ve definitely got a marketable idea going here. 😉

  • Meg Johnson July 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Can’t believe how big he is, Keren! Our little one is almost 9 months and hasn’t passed the 16 lbs yet. I always enjoy your pictures :). Take care.

    • Keren July 26, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      Well, Justus did get a bit of a head start on weight. Enjoy your the 15-pounder. 🙂 Thanks, Meg. 🙂

  • Mom July 21, 2012 at 12:18 am

    I love the Baby’s Head one! And the rice bag would have to have something soft on top so you could snuggle that “baby head” under your chin! 🙂 Nothing smells or feels like a baby’s sweet head!

    • Keren July 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      You are right, Mom. There’s nothing quite so soft as a baby’s head. Well, except when his head had more hair on it. 😉