1. Jacob is such a smiler. He loves to smile. He will smile at you or at a picture. It doesnt matter, he just loves to smile. He smiles with his mouth closed and with his mouth opened
2. He is starting to laugh. Right now its a gasp/laugh. He tries to breathe in when he laughs and it sounds like a big gasp but it is a laugh.
3. Jacob has become very talkative. He squeals high pitched sounds when he is talking and he also "hoo's" a lot. This is exactly what should be happening now at his age. This is the beginning of communication.
4. He absolutely loves to take baths. He has started to splash in the water and kick his legs. He laughs and smiles when he splashes water onto his face. Its so funny to watch.
5. Jacob has started to sleep through the night. He sleeps the best on his tummy. Even though this is not very safe, we are aware of what we are doing and make sure he is fine throughout the night.
6. He has noticed his reflection in the mirror. In Nate's truck there is a mirror that we attached to the head rest of the middle seat so we can watch Jacob in the rear view mirror. He loves to look into the mirror and talk to himself.
7. He is really lifting his head high when he is placed on the ground. He has yet to rollover on purpose but is lifting his head high
8. He is starting to notice objects. For example, he will stare at the fan and then look away for a few seconds and then look back at the fan to make sure its still there. Also, he gets fixated on objects. He will find a picture or a painting on the wall and will just stare at it for a long time. Also, he watched his first fireworks show and he stared at them the whole time.
9. If we put an object in his hand, he will grasp it and hold on to it for a long time. He is not grabbing at objects yet but will hold objects in his hand.
10. Jacob is finding his hands. Many times we have seen him put his hands to his mouth. I bet he will become a thumb sucker soon.
11. We have noticed that he is starting to drool. I guess this is the first step in teething.
Fathers day was so much fun. We relaxed all day and went to dinner at a cuban restaurant. Then, we went to a park and had some fun. Jacob was able to swing and go down the slide. This time next year he will enjoy it more. My mom, Jacob, Nate, and I drove to Houston to visit family. This was Jacob's first road trip. He did wonderful. He slept for most of the time.
We went to visit Jacob's great grandparents, Great Nana and grandpa. Of course they loved him.
We stayed at Aunt Paula's and we had a wonderful family dinner that night. The next day we met up with Paula and Mike for lunch and loved the baby as well.
That night, Paula held a Sip n See to meet the baby. Jacob did very well. All of this attention made Jacob very tired and he ended up sleeping the WHOLE NIGHT! First time sleeping through the night and he has continued every night. It it so nice to get 6-7 hours of straight sleep. We drove home from Houston and spent the rest of the time in Dallas hanging with friends and going to a Rough Rider baseball game. It was very hot but Jacob loved it.
We drove home and it took us 12 hours but it is nice to know that Jacob travels very well!
So Jacob and I have been in Dallas for a week now and it has been busy! Jacob and I flew to Dallas last Sunday and he was WONDERFUL! I was able to gate check the carseat and the stroller which was very convenient for me to be able to push the stroller around the airport instead of carrying him. I fed him a bottle going up in the air so his ears wouldn't pop and he fell right asleep and slept the whole plane trip. He finally woke up when we got home to my parents house. About 4 hours after we got home we had a "meet the baby party" so everyone could come over and meet baby Jacob. It was a lot of fun to see everyone and catch up with people. Jacob was a little fussy but he had a long day that day. Throughout the week we have been having lunches and dinners with people so they can meet my little man. Its been a long week but very fun. I know that my parents, Nana and Papa and uncle David, have had a wonderful time with Jacob. Nate and Dolly drove to Dallas yesterday and we are so glad to have them in Dallas. Father's Day has been very relaxing. My mom made us breakfast this morning and then Nate and I took a 3 hour nap while my mom played with Jacob. It was nice to catch up on sleep for once. TOnight we are going to listen to a band and eat a little dinner. Very excited. We leave for houston tomorrow to meet the other side of the family and this will be Jacob's first road trip. I know he will be wonderful.
Jacob had his two-month checkup today. We are proud to say that boy can eat! He's now up to 10 pounds, 10 ounces, and is on track according to his growth percentage chart. He's gained 4 pounds since his birth. He now also measures 22 inches. Other than a little flabbiness starting to hang over his diaperline, Jacob's not really accumulating the baby fat rolls. The doctor said breastfed babies typically maintain a leaner (scrawny?) physique. So it looks like we'll be raising another David -- probably not as tall, though.
Jacob also got his first round of shots. Erin had to leave the room. It was probably a good decision. I have never heard him scream so loud! But before either of us realized, the nurse had administered all three shots. Mommy came back in to coddle baby, but he really took it like a man. Within minutes, he stopped crying and fell asleep. That NICU definitely made him a tough little guy.
Jacob is going to be a very very busy baby soon. Tomorrow we go for his 2 month well check up with Dr. Roads. He will get his shots. I am very nervous and I am not sure that I will be able to stay in the room. I hate to see Jacob in pain. I hope he handles it better than I think he will. I am ready for the afternoon and night tomorrow. I have been told that most babies are really fussy after their shots. Although I am taking a test for my degree early early Saturday morning. So hopefully Jacob will feel better than most babies. After the test, I am going to spend the day doing laundry and packing for the two of us because Jacob and I are going to Dallas on Sunday. We have a 7:30 a.m. flight on Sunday to Dallas. I am so excited about going to Dallas but very nervous about flying with him. If anyone has any tips please let me know. Jacob and I will be in Dallas from SUnday June 14 through June 28 which is a full 2 weeks. Nate is driving to Dallas with DOlly on June 20th and we will drive the 10 hour drive back. This will be Jacob's first road trip. We will see how that goes. THis is what is coming up and I am nervous about it all. I am sure things will go great but still nervous but it. Any tips from anyone would be great! A couple of pics from this past weekend with Nate's Parents:
We have been finding out a lot about baby Jacob. Last week, May 27, at my 6 week appointment at my OBGYN, I changed Jacob's diaper and found some blood in his stool. :( I felt so bad for him and didnt know why he was bleeding. I called his Dr. and we made an appt. for the next day. Jacob's pediatrician, Dr. Roads, told us that I need to completely cut dairy out of my diet because Jacob might have a cow milk allergy. It is hard to cut dairy out of your diet but I felt like i did a good job. They weighed him then and he already weighed 9 pounds and 12 ounces. I couldnt believe that my baby was almost 10 pounds. Throughout the week he has been happier and very smiley and not have as many tummy aches. On Tuesday, June 2, I noticed Jacob's right eye was very glossy and teary and had a lot of goop in it. I call his Dr. again and told me that he has a blocked tear duct and a little bit of pink eye. I had to put drops in his eyes and massage his tear duct everyday. It now looks a lot better. Today, June 5, we went back to the Dr. for a follow up appointment and Jacob was weighed again. He now weighs 10 pounds and 5 ounces. He is such a little oinker. HAHA. He is gaining a lot of weight but Dr. was not worried about it at all. We figured out that he does have an allergy so dairy is completely out of my diet until I stop nursing. He is feeling much better though so I am happy to do whatever it takes to make sure my baby is happy and smiley. I finally got that feeling of being a mom when making sure that Jacob feels good and his tummy feels better and his eye gets better. It is a wonderful feeling and love every minute of being a mom. He is now taking a nap while I clean because my inlaws are coming this weekend. Will update with pictures next week of our weekend with Bubbe, Zadie, and Aunt Heather.
Erin read that by seven weeks Jacob should be able to grab an object and hold on to it. We decided to test that theory during his evening tummy time. We found out that boy's got one heck of a grip! His hands are too small to hold a baseball, basketball or football, but it's good to know he's developing right on track.
Nate and Erin met at the University of Kansas during their freshman year. They graduated from KU in 2006 and moved to Clarksville, TN. Dolly joined their family in January of 2007. This is when their family started. They were married in Dallas on September 2, 2007. Nate works at the Williamson Medical Center and Erin is a Kindergarten Teacher at Blackman Elementary. Jacob Lee joined our family on April 10, 2009. And they bought their first house in La Vergne in April '10. Our life is complete and wonderful