He has a quirky little cowlick on his forehead that is going to be a pest when his hair gets longer. His hair is dark like Bren’s started out. I do think it is getting lighter though- and, like mine, can appear reddish when outside.
He was born with grayish ocean colored eyes that have actually gotten bluer… maybe he’ll actually have blue eyes? Supposedly he has a 50% chance of brown, 25% chance blue (donor) and 25% chance green (my mother). Andy looks a lot like Brendan did except for his eyes. Definitely not my eyes.
His skin is very pale and he is prone to all kinds of red spots and little bumps and such that go away just as quickly as they come for the most part. He was born with a square patch of little white bumps on his nose that finally went away a few days ago. He has 2 large red birthmarks on the back of his head and neck plus a red eyelid birthmark just like Bren’s (except the other eye) and 3 reddish lines on his forehead that I think are birthmarks too.
He has smiled “for real” twice now. Once to me in response to my smile and once to daddy while playing the “stick the tongue out” game.
He gets so excited when it is time to nurse. He’ll thrash his head from side to side with mouth wide open at the sight of my nipple. It’s cute. 🙂 He often cluster feeds during the morning or evening. Nursing is the only sure-fire thing that will calm him. Thank goodness he can be calmed but some days it is very draining on me (haha). He likes to have his head caressed while eating and it puts him to sleep-lol.
He’s a kicker and a flailer- very active. His legs were very curved from being balled up inside me and still are. He still likes to ball up when held- it makes him seem so small.
He somewhat likes the swing and definitely likes to be held chest to chest and patted on the back. He sleeps pretty well in the car or in a shopping cart in his car seat. He also sleeps pretty well at night in his bouncer even though he gets up every 2 to 4 hours to nurse. He has nights where his tummy just hurts to much to consider sleeping much.
He has said “a-goo” a handful of times but mostly he just grunts. He makes a “hic” sound too but doesn’t rapid fire them out like Brendan did.
I weighed Andy yesterday at the lactation center and he is now 10 lb 14 oz. He’s doing fine there. He only gets a 3 oz bottle on evenings when I’ve fed him over and over for several hours and get too exhausted to go any longer. He’s had 5 or 6 of these. Soon 3 oz isn’t going to cut it as enough to calm him down. He has grown out of a few of the smaller 0-3 month footed outfits. We measured him and he has grown an inch since birth- 21 1/2 inches now.
In addition to his Zantac and Reglan, Mylicon gas drops seem to help a lot. I have never seen a baby have gas and tummy issues like him. The drops are an awful pink color that gets on everything though. Ugh. We also tried gripe water last night and he went to sleep about an hour later and slept for a rare 5 hours. Hopefully they gave him some relief. He goes through more than 12 diapers a day.
He’s definitely a Mama’s boy… most of the time no one else will do and he lets them know it! 😀
Edited to add: Ix-nay on the rare 5 hours… DH recalls a 1 a.m. feeding as he was going to bed. Boo-hiss. LOL.