Nathan is two months old, and Aidan is getting close to his two-year birthday!
Aidan has gotten sick again with something, which means he isn’t sleeping through the night and wakes up early in the morning screaming and crying. I’ve been having a sore throat, nausea and fatigue as well. Our house really is what my mother-in-law refers to as “The Plague Hhouse.”
On the bright side, Aidan has been doing very well in his speech development. I had been worried that he wasn’t really talking much, at least not anything that we can understand, but lately he has really improved his pronunciation and has been more willing to imitate what we say. One time my husband said “unacceptable,” and he imitated the word with some accuracy, which was pretty cute. I managed to get him to say “food” and “juice” during dinnertime, and he will also make the sign for “more” while saying “neh?” Either he’s lazy about moving his lips, or the “m” sound is difficult for him.
For the most part though, Aidan’s favorite words that he likes to say unprompted are “outside,” “shoes” and “ball.” These are all related to play or things that he really enjoys, as is typical and expected for a little active boy.
Aidan doesn’t really pay much attention to his little brother, probably because Nathan is still kind of a boring lump right now.
At his two-month checkup, Nathan weighed 11 pounds and measured almost 23 inches. He isn’t quite as big as Aidan, who was 12 pounds at 2 months, but he’s definitely growing well.
Even though I shouldn’t compare, it can be hard not to do it. Like Aidan, Nathan has a bit of reflux and spits up a little, but it’s not as bad. When we were at the pediatrician’s office, Nathan did have some wheezing and noisy breathing due to the reflux, so the doctor prescribed Ranitidine/Zantac for him. Also like Aidan, Nathan screamed until his face went all red when he got his vaccine shots, but he quickly calmed down and was not that fussy after. He didn’t even need Tylenol, as he never got a fever above 99° F.
Nathan seems a bit more social and has smiled earlier than Aidan, starting from 6 weeks as opposed to not really smiling until nearly 3 months. It could be that I don’t remember as much now, but Nathan’s coos and noises seem more numerous, and he makes more eye contact as well. Nathan isn’t quite as impatient and crazy about getting milk as Aidan was. When Aidan was this little, he would cry like it’s the end of the world and go nuts for the milk. Nathan seems to be able to wait while he gets his diaper changed, trusting that he would get milk soon.
It also seems like time is flying by faster with Nathan, despite all of the difficulties I’ve had with illnesses. It could be that this time around, I know more of what to expect. It feels like Aidan is taking forever to become a big boy, while Nathan is just zooming past all of his milestones. I might eat my words in a few months, though!