Charlie just passed 2 months old! He is 13 pounds and 1 oz, which puts him in the 80th percentile for weight. He is 23 3/4 inches long which puts him in the 75th percentile for height. The Dr. said he is growing at a good proportional weight and height increase, which is always good to hear when you're exclusively breastfeeding, as it's easy to wonder how much they're eating since you can't measure your boob, ha.
Charlie started smiling at almost exactly 6 weeks old. Wow, that melts your heart. Until YOUR own baby smiles at you it's darn near impossible to know how much joy it will bring you. I've seen a lot of babies, and it's cute when other babies smile, but you're over it about one second later. When I first saw Charlie smile, I felt like I wanted to cry or laugh or freak out or all of the above.
Charlie is very vocal now. He'll have a little chat with you if you chat with him. He coos and goos and sighs and makes all those great little noises. Then he'll listen for your response, then he'll proceed with his next thought. It never fails to crack me up. If we really get going his coos almost turn into a little giggle. It's really funny, but then he almost always gets the hiccups.
Charlie is super alert. Everyone has said it since he was born, and even the Dr. said, 'I LOVE how alert he is!' when we met with him for his two month visit (I have a whole Dr's visit story which I will relay soon, it's not to be missed - Charlie has amazing timing). He seems to really like to sit up and look around like a big boy. I sit him so he's straddling my leg, looking out and hold him around his tummy against my body and it's the way he'll stay content for the longest time. He just looks around and checks stuff out.
Charlie is a pretty good sleeper, all in all. At least it seems he understands night time and day time (although a lot of time he thinks 'day' starts at 5:30 - while some may agree with Charlie on that I'd have to disagree). At night after he's gone to sleep, he wakes up a couple times, but it's typically only because he's hungry, and after he eats his fill he nods back off fairly quickly... MOST of the time.
Charlie likes white noise. If he's screaming and crying, get out the vacuum!
Charlie HATES to be swaddled, it started not too long after he was born, but all the sudden if his arms were tied down he'd just grunt and scream till you let them out and then he would just sigh with relief. I was bummed about this, because I think he would have an easier time getting to sleep if he'd allow it. With his hands free, he just smacks himself in the face all the time.
Sometimes I call Charlie my little lizard, because he's always sticking his tongue in and out. John says he's, 'tasting the air'.
Everywhere we go people are very interested in Charlie and have to ask about him and tell us how cute he is! (We agree.) We went to Texas Roadhouse the other night and were accosted by all these people, patrons and employees asking about Charlie (don't worry mom, we didn't let them touch him or breathe on him, only look from a distance). One of the hostesses nudged the others to look at him and they were all just talking about how cute of a baby he is, and as she was taking us to our seats was saying, 'I'm sorry I'm just staring at him, he's just so cute! You must get that all the time.' Well yes lady, we do, but we don't blame any of them.