Trains, babywearing, and couches – oh my!

I never knew how intense being a mother could be until I experienced being solely responsible for two kids under two for 8+ hours per day. It’s intense! Most days are good … although I still don’t feel like I’ve got a “rhythm” yet. When Gwen was a wee babe, I’d found my stride by now, but two is completely different!

Look at this little guy’s rolls!

We went for Gil’s 2 month check-up on Friday. He weighed 13lbs 13oz!! He has officially doubled his birth weight at 2 months old. Crazy. I asked my doctor when he would like to see us next, since we’re not doing vaccinations. He asked me what I thought. I said that I kind of feel like you don’t need to see a doctor if you’re not sick. He payed me a very nice compliment when he explained that for first time moms or moms that he’s not so sure about, he likes to see them frequently, but that he trusts me and I obviously know what I’m doing :) I love my doctor! He did let me know that if I wanted to check Gil’s weight at any time, I was welcome to call and book an appointment with the nurse. Yay!

My little man is such a sweetie. He smiles a LOT – much more than Gwen did at this age – and is becoming more and more social every day.

He’s getting HEAVY to wear in a sling, so I’m mostly using either the Babyhawk mei tai or the BabyTrekker for the times when I know he’ll be sleeping. A quick walk around the neighbourhood is fine with a slingĀ  – not to mention easiest to nurse in – so I still use them quite a bit.

The other day I managed to get Gil up on my back in a high back carry (seen here). Man, at almost 14 lbs, all the weight on my shoulders was NOT OKAY. While it was wonderful to have my hands truly free (I even nursed Gwen since I actually had access to my breasts!), it was very uncomfortable for any longer than about 15 minutes. I’ll be trying a back carry with some of the weight on my waist next time.

Gwen, at 22 months (seen above “sharing” her ball), is doing well … most of the time. It’s hard to know what’s adjustment to a new sibling and what’s just plain spirited Gwen – after all, hard days with her were certainly not unheard of before Gil’s arrival.

She is doing amazing at keeping herself entertained. She’ll play alone now with minimal interaction for probably 10 – 30 minutes at a time … obviously some days are constant interaction and others are even less, but overall, she’s certainly using her imagination more and doing more creative play.

For example. hiding her trains on the rollercoaster of the tent. When I saw this, it made me howl. So inventive!

One night last week she woke up late in the morning and was not tired for her nap until late. Like 5:00PM late. I tried to push off the sleep by offering a snack. She fell asleep while eating, poor thing. I ended up laying her down on the couch for a quick snooze. I can’t even remember what ridiculous time she went to bed *that* night!

All in all, I feel like we’re all doing pretty good. I still feel like I’m not meeting all of Gwen’s needs, but I try to remind myself that she will not remember (well, at least) these few months and that the love and attention I’m able to give her all count for something :) Today, we actually got 1 hour or so of completely focused one-on-one time while Gil napped on the couch near us. It was fantastic to colour, play with blocks, do some puzzles, and read some books in the sun with my little girl.

It’s amazing how much I miss her.

2 comments »

  1. Shannon says:

    That is one cute baby :) You’re doing great, Kim.

    There are more supportive ring slings out there that are comfy for heavy babies. Plus, when he gets old enough to sit on your hip, ring slings are so convenient and comfy. I would definitely try putting Gil on your back with the Babyhawk wrapped around your waist, and then do a Lexi twist and tie it around your waist again. I could wear 29 pound AK like that for a long time :)

  2. kim says:

    a lexitwist??? i’ll have to look that one up!

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