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February 15, 2013

dean kyler | 2 months

So I'm a few days behind in posting this, but not because I forgot.  No, I most definitely remembered his two-month birthday!  Really!  I just never got around to posting anything that day and then we had company all weekend and looky here, it's been another whole week!!  Today he is actually TEN weeks old.  At times I feel like he's been here forever and then I think, I JUST HAD A BABY!  Well, ten weeks ago, but still!

Dean actually had his two month check-up on the 7th and it was mostly a happy time, just a little traumatic.  The shots really did a number on him and he was sad the rest of the day.  When he wasn't sleeping, anyway.  The hysterical crying was so out of character for him, it left me feeling a little helpless and I was glad when he woke up much later that evening with a smile.  He weighed in at 13 lbs. 5 oz and measured 22 3/4 inches long.

At two months, Dean looooves...to eat.  That is all.  Not really.  He also loves to sleep!  He started sleeping through the night at eight weeks and I'm so amazed by this!  I'm pretty sure Avery still wouldn't sleep through the night if she weren't in our bed.  But guess what?!  Dean sleeps in his own bed.  AWESOME.  When he first wakes up and he's picked up, his back arches and he curls his legs up like a newborn.  It's so cute and I'll be sad when it stops.

He started smiling (intentionally) a few days into week five and his sweet face brightens our days.  He is starting to talk/coo a lot more and is getting so strong!  He still doesn't love tummy time, but he gets plenty of practice holding his head up as we sit him on our lap or hold him tummy to tummy. In general, he gets a kick out of crazy faces and a few Sandra Boynton books.  I know a few by heart so I just recite them and make crazy faces - double the fun!

He gets lots of love from his sister and tolerates it well.  Maybe all that bouncing around she did on my baby bump did help condition him for life outside the womb! At the rate he's growing he'll be able to hold his own soon enough.

While he is a great sleeper, I've been trying to take a page from Pavlov and do some training in the form of sleep conditioning.  I sing him the same song every afternoon before nap and at night after his bath while I nurse him.  I'm hoping I'll eventually be able to start the first verse and he'll be all, Zzzzzz.  I sing my favorite hymn, Victory in Jesus.  He seems to really like music, though his taste runs more to Mumford & Sons and the like.  No surprise since we played them for him while I was pregnant.  If ever he gets really fussy and I'm mid-task, I grab my phone and turn on some M&S or Avett Brothers to calm him down.  He's got good taste in tunes, that boy of ours.

Two months in and I can honestly say that Dean has brought us nothing but joy.  His birth was such a positive, happy experience and I don't think we could ask for a better baby. I wasn't sure what to expect with the second baby, but I'm happy (and grateful) to say we've been blessed with two fantastic babies.  Sure, his sister is crazy now - but she was a good baby! ;)

Lots going on in the next month, we can't wait to see what's in store for our boy.  No doubt more happy days and peaceful nights!  Should I beating on some wood right now?!  Nah, even if he starts waking up five times a night I won't love him any less.  

The monthly iPhone collage, top to bottom and left to right: 1) sleeping/rocking out? 2) feeling stripey 3) early morning smiles 4) sleeping on D, he crossed his hands himself and looked so dadgum cute! 5) happy! 6) playing in sister's room, not very amused 7) another happy morning! 8) sweet boy after a bath, and 9) yet another happy morning!

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Happy two month birthday sweet boy, we love you lots!

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