Two weeks ago was the second anniversary or Rayna’s day(s). July 25 is the day we found out she died, and July 27 is the day she was delivered. Last year, we went camping and we wanted to do something similar – to get out of our house and our usual routine and spend time together as a family – but not risk LT not sleeping through the night at a campground. Nick and I were fortunate to be able to take the whole week off of work, and we spent a few days at a friend’s cabin in the woods.
Weight: 17+ pounds
Length: 27+ inches
Likes: Having his face wiped after eating, being within sight of Mommy.
Dislikes: Having his nose wiped.
Clothing Size: Still rocking the 6-9 month clothes!
Diaper Size: He started the month in size 2 and graduated to size 3.
Favorite Toy(s): Not toy things (such as Gatorade bottles), tags on toys—not the tags that are intentionally for playing, but the brand label tags on pretty much anything (including bibs).
Skills: Sitting, doing planks while he works on his crawling muscles
Eating: All kinds of things! He still loves bananas, but we give them to him less often. He’s started in on yogurt (his first dairy) and we keep letting him try all sorts of new things. He still drinks plenty of breast milk and nurses frequently during the day.
Sleeping: He’s still pretty inconsistent, but I would say when we are not travelling he sleeps through the night more often than not. He is not a great nap taker during the day.
Firsts: Trip to the drag race track, ear infection, parade as a spectator
Mommy’s Highlight: Going to library story time and watching LT interact with the other babies.
Daddy’s Highlight: Taking LT to the drag race track for the first time.
Many of the friends we made in the weeks and months following Rayna’s death recently passed the two year anniversaries of their losses – and we are approaching that same date in just over a week. It is wild how fast two years goes by! Our friends all have such neat ways of remembering their babies and giving back to others in their honor: gardens, donated breast milk, improving hospital bereavement programs (particularly raising money for bereavement tools such as cuddle cots), and so much more. We are fortunate to have friends who love their children fiercely and show that love through generosity.
Weight: 17 lbs, 5 oz
Length: 26.8 inches
Likes: Being outside, bubbles, watching big kids play
Clothing Size: He started the month still wearing 3-6 month clothes, but ended the month mostly in 6-9 month clothes.
Diaper Size: 2
Favorite Toy(s): Crinkly-paper toys
Skills: A lot of rolling over! He’s starting to get up on his hands and knees but hasn’t started crawling yet.
Eating: LT still loves breastmilk and eats plenty of ounces at daycare and still every 2-3 hours at home with Mommy. However, he also seems to be enjoying eating food. I’ve been making our baby food so far, and it is fun to experiment and see what he’ll like. His favorite so far seems to be sweet potatoes and bananas, but he’s also had oatmeal, avocado, peas, broccoli, pears, peaches, green beans, blueberry, watermelon, chicken, and more.
Sleeping: He has more good nights than bad nights. He sleeps through the night pretty often. Full disclosure, we aren’t doing anything different and don’t have any tricks or advice, it would seem he is just ready to sleep through the night. One night was even 10 hours!
Firsts: First tooth! Father’s Day
Mommy’s Highlight: Dressing him up and taking him to three weddings in the past month, he even hit up the dance floor with us (while sleeping) at a few of the weddings!
Daddy’s Highlight: Having LT on the sidelines cheering on the little league baseball games.
Weight: 14 lbs, 8 oz (as of 4/10/17)
Length: 25 ½” (as of 4/10/17)
Likes: Holding stuffed animals and lovies while he plays, kisses on his cheeks, sucking his thumb
Dislikes: Stoplights or other times he is in the car seat but not moving
Clothing Size: We made the transition from 0-3 to 3-6 month clothes!
Diaper Size: We switched from size 1 to size 2… right after opening a new box of size 1…
Favorite Toy(s): His fun activity center and a fun tails book he plays with in his high chair while Mommy and Daddy eat dinner.
Eating: Still 12-15 ounces at daycare, and every 2-3 hours at home. Next month we start solids, and mom is finding that hard to believe!
Sleeping: No real changes. He will have 1-2 good nights each week with 5-7 hour stretches, but otherwise he is up more often than we’d like. We suspect he is teething, but have seen no teeth pop through just yet.
Firsts: Meeting a new calf on the farm, Palm Sunday, Easter, trip to the playground
Mommy’s Highlight: LT’s giggles when playing with his balloon.
Daddy’s Highlight: Reading bedtime stories to LT.
Weight: 14 lbs (this is again an unofficial weight done on our home scale)
Length: 25 inches
Likes: Bath time, music class at daycare
Dislikes: Not being able to see a grown up nearby
Clothing Size: 0-3 month, though we’ll have to make that jump to 3-6 months clothes soon.
Diaper Size: Size 1
Favorite Toy(s): He loves watching a balloon he received at our church baby shower.
Skills: He has started rolling from his back to his side, and we can tell he really wants to figure out how to make it the whole way over.
Eating: He has approximately 12 ounces at daycare, and he nurses every 2-3 hours when home with mommy.
Sleeping: His record is 7 straight hours (!!!), which he’s pulled off a few times. And twice he even stayed asleep after we put him back down after the first wake up. He doesn’t take long naps, but we’re working on this whole sleep thing.
Firsts: Trip to the zoo, St. Patrick’s Day (he even participated in a parade!), night with a babysitter, book club with mommy
Mommy’s Highlight: Cherishing the days at home with LT.
Daddy’s Highlight: The way LT rotates like a clock in the pack-n-play at night.