Luke and I went to a new mom group meet up in our neighborhood yesterday morning, a first for us. While I found out Luke was pretty big for his age at his 2nd month well visit, I didn't really think much of it.
At the meet up I realized just how big Luke is for his age. He was the youngest baby there at 3.5 months but bigger than the oldest babies that were 5 and 6 months old. When we went around making introductions I assumed everyone else's babies were younger than Luke. :O
Rarely ever seeing other infants, we didn't have anyone to compare Luke to but yesterday it became very evident to me that right now Luke is humungo for his age! There was another baby born one day before Luke and she weighed 14 lbs, 3.5 lbs less than Luke.
I think the other moms could tell I was just as shocked and quickly reassured me that there's nothing wrong with Luke's size. But I have to admit I felt a little bit self conscious about my super-sized baby. I don't ever try to overfeed Luke and always stop nursing him when he pulls away. Oh well, I guess Luke has a hearty appetite like his mom. ;)
I doubt Luke will continue to be the biggest kid on the block as he grows, he is Asian after all, but for now he has the distinction of being the biggest baby in the group. That's my boy!
Anyways, once I got past the surprise of Luke's size we had a good time at the meet up. Luke totally charmed the ladies in the group with his killer smiles and giggling. It was his first time interacting with other people his age (at the birth class reunion he was oblivious of the other babies). It was so adorable to see the babies making eye contact with each other and smiling. Luke's still working on his laugh but he will randomly let out giggles. It's the sweetest sound to my ears!
We sat next to a mom from the UK named Sarah and her adorable daughter Francesca. Luke was smitten! They made eye contact, he smiled, she smiled back and then he started giggling! I snapped a quick photo on my iPhone (sorry it's blurry).
I'm still a total newb when it comes to these mom groups, play dates and baby activities but Luke was a natural!
We had our birthing class reunion tonight. We took a great 5 week class at our hospital with 8 other expecting couples. It was such a cool experience to be with all these other folks expecting around the same time, going through similar experiences and emotions. We had a great instructor named Jo, who did a wonderful job teaching with so much heart and enthusiasm.
During our reunion we went around and each shared our birthing experience from the mom and dad's points of view. It was like we were sharing battle stories! :O It turned out half the moms ended up with c sections! Definitely more than the hospital average and more than we all expected.
I think all the other moms that had c sections had it a lot tougher than I did. I think my labor and recovery was pretty easy compared to the things they shared. After hearing their stories I feel encouraged to revisit our birth story and write it down so we can remember and one day share with Luke if he wants to hear it. Gonna try and sift through the notes we took and write it out.
Here's a cute photo from the reunion:
Luke wasn't a fan of the photo portion of the reunion. Kekee Too cute!! We loved seeing all the babies together!
Happy 2 Months to our baby boy! I will probably say this every month, but I can't believe how fast and how slow time is going by. Fast in the sense that, wow our little one is growing up so quickly but slow in the sense that how can it only be two months? I feel like Luke's been with us much longer than that.
Luke had a huge growth spurt this past month!
At his two week appointment: Weight 9.7 lbs Height 22 inches Head 38.1 cm
Today at his 2 month check up: Weight 15 lbs Height 24.5 inches Head 41.3 cm
I never knew or bothered to look up what growth percentiles Luke was in before but our pediatrician told us today that for Luke's weight he's in the 98th percentile and for his height about 93rd percentile for 2 month olds. Our little baby is getting so big and heavy!!
I love this set of photos of Luke taken after a good night's sleep. He's so smiley and happy in the morning. He looks so mischievous in these photos. :)
Two weeks ago while I was holding him I went to pick something off the floor and strained something in my back. :( I'm really out of shape but it probably didn't help that I was holding my little butterball. :P
Luke's vision and attention span has also started to get better and increase. We noticed that he seemed to focus on objects and would look around his room when we put him in his crib, so we got him a mobile and put picture books in as well for him to check out.
After he wakes up from a nap, he can entertain himself in his crib for up to 30 minutes sometimes! We'll put his mobile on and watch him coo and smile at it in the baby monitor.
Luke also discovered his hand, or rather has discovered the art of putting this thing that comes near his face in his mouth to occasionally gnaw on. He finds a way to bust one arm out of his swaddle to put it in his mouth.
My favorite development of the month is his smiles! He gives us the biggest smiles in the morning after a good nap and when we talk to him. I LOVE to see him smile and try to catch his cute little mug on camera whenever I can to show my parents. Luke's smiles totally melt my heart and make both me and Oppa all moony! :) More Here...
First time taking Luke "shopping". Grandma Lee wanted to check things out so we went to keep her company. Luke wasn't so excited. :P
I saw my OB/GYN today for the 6 week postpartum checkup. The doctor said my uterus was almost back to its pre pregnancy size, the incision and area are healed up nicely and my blood pressure is totally normal. Glad to hear all this news but the most surprising thing was that I'm already back at my pre preggo weight! :O Say what?!?! I guess it's all the breastfeeding.
However, my body is definitely different now. It's sorta sad but I feel like a deflated balloon. I was so blown up when I was pregnant and now well everything is sorta soft and squishy (sorry if this is TMI for anyone that comes across this post :P). I've pretty much lost all muscle tone, even in my legs which is a first in my life. My usually ginormous calves have shrunk. :O
Thankfully my doctor said I'm good to start exercising again and resuming all usual activities so I'm looking forward to getting back into shape (well some sort of shape) and fight the ajumma body that inevitably will come on full force in a few years. ;) More Here...
How is it possible that a month has passed since Luke was born?!?! Oppa and I keep saying it to each other but seriously what did we do this past month?! Actually we know -we've been changing Luke's diapers, feeding, burping, putting him to sleep and then repeat over and over again!
Luke about to take his first cab ride
Life at Home
When we left the hospital, it became so real to both Oppa and I that Luke was ours and that he was for keeps. ;) We were both so nervous to take him home in the cab and get him inside our apt.
So tiny in his car seat!
Oppa and I have been so touched by our friends and family throughout the entire pregnancy but during the first week we really were completely humbled and overwhelmed by the love and generosity of our friends and community in NYC.
Since Luke came early and my parents weren't scheduled to come until Dec 27, our pastor's wife Bethany set up a MealBaby registry for us so that people could bring us food. I thought I would be able to handle cooking and taking care of Luke but thank goodness Bethany convinced us to set up MealBaby! It was so wonderful not to have to worry about meals especially since I didn't anticipate the c section or the longer recovery period.
Our good friends Janet and Jason also helped us a great deal by not only bringing over so much food but by Janet showing us how to take care of Luke. I'm so thankful for her expertise as a NICU nurse! In and out of the hospital I've learned the most about caring for Luke from the nurses in my life! More Here...