Yesterday Callum turned 2 weeks old. I feel like I can already see him getting bigger, day by day, but then again, it's only been two weeks, so it could just be me. ;-)
He's definitely becoming much more alert and aware (when he's awake, which isn't often!) of his surroundings. I sometimes waste away a good hour just holding him and watching him take everything in. He moves his head from side to side, looking around, staring at the ceiling or his crazy hyper brother who's ROARING about two centimeters from his face, processing it all and taking it all in. He doesn't yet have the strength to control his head movements, but he's been doing really well at holding his head up on his own already. I've found he often likes to look out, instead of in, when I'm holding him - which is mostly an adjustment for me since Logan loved to snuggle his face into my chest anytime of day, so I'm trying to break the habit of carrying him facing in toward my chest.
The last couple of days have marked a significant increase in food intake. So, I think he must be going through his 2 week growth spurt (we'll see if that's true during his 2 week check up on Friday). It's actually been quite exhausting for me - we've been spoiled with how well this little guy sleeps at night, compared to Logan anyway, so when Callum has been a little extra fussy and downing more bottles than I can make at 4am in the morning, it's been a bit of a wake up call for both Jon and I. Particularly since Jon returned back to work yesterday, so I've been trying to cover most of the night time duties on my own so he can catch up on some sleep. Of course, last night, that plan backfired on us when Logan was restless with several nightmares. Jon ended up "sleeping" in Logan's bed with him for a few hours to settle him down. As a consequence, he suffered a number of bruised ribs and feet in his face anytime Logan decided to rotate 360 degrees mid-sleep.
Speaking of sleep, Callum is getting much better at sleeping on his own. He absolutely loves being held and sleeping next to me - but it's harder for me to get a full night's rest since I'm still half awake, aware of his every squeak and move. So, the last few nights, I've been putting him in his co-sleeper for longer periods of time to allow him to get used to sleeping on his own. Sometimes he sleeps just fine and other times he fusses and wants me to hold him - we're still learning, but it's getting better.
One of the hospital's lactation consultants who saw me after I had Callum, called to check up on me yesterday. We talked for a bit and it was actually helpful. She's sending me some material to read up on, on how to increase my supply (because no matter how many times I tell these guys that I already am trying everything, they still don't believe me). But the most useful part of the conversation was her comment about how she's very happy I'm on domperidone, but that she has seen it take about 3 weeks or so to kick in. I've been a little worried that the meds haven't been working for me, since my supply is still extremely low, so it was good to hear that it's still too early to tell.
One of the things I DON'T miss about having a newborn are the constant diaper changes we have to go through. And, our little guy HATES having his diaper changed. He also hates having a dirty diaper and doesn't hesitate to let you know. And when I say he lets you know it - I mean he REALLY lets you know it.
He can be peacefully sleeping next to you and then two seconds later erupt into the loudest torturing scream a mother's ears have ever heard. So, I scramble to change him as quickly as possible, while little feet and arms are flailing and half the time getting smeared with poop in the process. I have to say, it's so much easier when you've got a toddler who not only has more solid poops to clean up, but calmly walks up to you and lets you know he's pooped and needs his diaper changed (or lately, needs to sit on the potty).
Within the last few days I've noticed this tiny little white speck on Callum's lower front gums. I didn't think much about it at first since he's -- DUUUHHH -- a newborn. But, a couple of days ago I decided to feel the little speck and felt the faintest sharpest little nub. I think I'm living on less sleep than I realized since it's hard for me to believe a little tooth is already coming in this early - so you can bet it's one of the first things I'm having Dr. Safir check for me during our Friday visit this week.
Speaking of getting better shots - I have yet to capture the gorgeous little dimples that Callum has on BOTH cheeks whenever he smiles. He doesn't smile too often yet, usually in his sleep when he's dreaming, but I'm hoping the dimples stick around for awhile at least, because they are just too damn cute.