Today's Owen's one month birthday! In some ways it seems like he's been here forever and I was pregnant years ago! In other ways, it seems like we're just getting started.
I've learned a lot about Owen in the past month, just like you do every newborn. First of all....it's possible to love two children. I wasn't sure, but it is! The amount of love I feel when I look at them is overwelming. A little more insight into how God can love each one of us! He is easier to coax into sleep that Jack was, which is a God-send. Jack took quite a bit of maintenance to get to sleep. Didn't like to be rocked, only liked to be seemingly violently swung in a parent's arms for minutes on end. But Owen? He loves to be rocked and usually (not always....ie last night between the hours of 11pm and 1am) goes right to sleep. And I love it. :) He loves to be in the baby carrier! I went to Jack's Christmas party at Mother's Day Out yesterday and Owen slept the whole time in the baby carrier! Jack was not a fan, and I was worried, thinking how much easier it would be with Owen if I could stick him into a carrier and chase Jack around. And I'm so glad he loves it! It's wonderfully freeing.
The biggest thing I've learned....is that all babies are NOT the same. Quick learning curve on that one!
Jack loved....LOVED the lamb swing. He was in it from day1 and was falling out of it at 6 months. Loved it. Well, Owen hates it. Like, loathes it with every bone in his tiny body. He shrieks as if a thousand needles were poking into his back when laid in the swing for just a hot minute so mama can go to the bathroom. What do I do with a baby who doesn't like the swing?????????????
Jack loved....LOVED his paci. And who am I kidding? Still does. Yes, he's 2 and he loves his paci still. And I'm ok with that. It soothes him, it's his comfort, it's actually quite amazing and I love it almost as much as he does. The first paci we popped in his mouth was a big fat winner and ever since then, it's been absolute love. Owen? Well, he's not a fan. I stocked up on 1-3 month paci's, same as Jack's, but different enough so that Jack wouldn't get them confused. Even got some glow in the dark paci's so that I could find them in the middle of the night! I was ready. Ready, I tell you! Well, Owen wasn't a fan of this magnificent paci. What? WHAT? What do I do with a baby who doesn't love his paci?? Seriously. What do I do. Finally this week I accepted the fact that Owen wasn't loving this paci (he spits it out, gags like it's the grossest thing he's ever had in his mouth, and would actually cry more if the paci was in than when it was out. Not the idea.). So I went to Target and dropped another load of cash, picking up one of every single paci that they carry. I mean, seriously. What do you do with a baby who doesn't like a paci?!?!?!?! Well, Owen latched onto the 4th package of paci's I popped open. FINALLY! I'm not saying he loves it, but I'm saying he'll hold it in his mouth for more than 3 seconds. So there's progress.
I'm also not convinced that Owen loves the swaddle. Now, we're swaddling because of the whole startle thing and the fact that I really think it makes him sleep better, but I'm not sure he loves it or how long it will last. Jack? Oh he was swaddled contently until 5 months.
Now, for all the ways that Owen has been different (ahem....more challenging) than Jack, I know...KNOW that when Jack was 1 month old, I didn't know how much he loved the swing. I didn't know he'd latch onto his paci past the age of 2. I didn't know that the swaddle would be so great for him. So the challenge of number 2 is remembering that you simply don't know them as well as you do number 1! I have had 2 years to get to know Jack. Know his loves, know what sets him off, know how to calm him, know how to love him. So I need to allow myself some grace when it comes to Owen. I might not know him as well, but that's ok! It's about challenging what I know as a mother, and finding that God surely did make them different, each and every one. And to keep and open mind, not stuck in a rut of this worked for Jack so it MUST work for Owen or he's high maintenance or difficult. One day I will know his favorite food, his favorite TV show, his favorite books....all in time. These first few months are all about learning about my new son. And that's ok! That's God's design, for me to be forced to engage and bond with Owen and to begin to learn him in a way that will make me yearn to know him as I know Jack. And really, that's so exciting!
We went to our 2 month check up today and Owen weighs....wait for it....7lbs 3.5oz! Rockstar eater. That's up 2 lbs in 2 weeks!!! Yay for my tiny little boy!! With chubby, chubby cheeks. :).