A Drive-By Update - Week Seventeen

A Drive-By Update - Week One, Week Six, Week Eight, Week Ten, Week Twelve, and Week Fourteen.


He's a poor second child who hardly gets any attention so here is long update on him.

Ever since we got Will's dry skin under control, he's a much happier baby. Our daily routine is rubbing him with petroleum jelly from head to toe during every diaper change. We actually tried a more expensive skincare product - Aquaphor - but it was causing more bumps on the face so we stopped. It can't be comfortable to have sticky goo on your skin 24/7 so I can't wait for warm weather to come and hopefully the end of his dry skin.

Will just eats and eats and eats. We finally stretched his feedings to every 3 hours during the day. We give him 140cc and he drinks it all. Sometimes we give him 160cc and he finishes that too. Sometimes even 200cc and, yes, he drinks every last drop. The bottom line? The boy will drink however much we give him. Most often, we give him 140cc to 160cc bottles just to control his intake. He's still getting up twice a night to eat after going down around 6:30p for the night and waking up around 7:30a for the day. On average, he drinks about 1000cc a day. Pretty nuts.

He takes about 2-3 naps a day. Either two big ones, or one big one and two small ones.

He's still 100% on a Mama's milk diet. My daily milk supply is just enough to feed him, but once a week I do need to dig into my frozen stash. Since I was away from him for 5 days during the Disney trip, my frozen stash is pretty much all used up. So basically, I will need to supplement with formula soon. It won't be much, maybe a bottle of formula a day, but it still bothers me since I never had to do that with Anna. Oh well, I think it's better for me to get over that rather than starving him.

Will loves attention. When we smile at him, he will often smile back. He also loves to be bounced and sing to. No real belly laughs yet, but lots of chuckles. When he shows his sleepy signs, all we have to do is put him in his crib and he falls asleep on his own. We hardly need to use the pacifier anymore, which is great.
Will - 17 Weeks

It's crazy how much she knows, understands, and remembers. Yesterday I took her birthday balloon away because she was playing with it instead of napping. I reasoned with her and thought I got her buy-in, but when I took it away, she cried. After she woke up, I asked her why she cried. She said it clearly, "Mama took balloon away." I was in disbelief. Not only she knew exactly which event I was referring to, she remembered and communicated it so effectively.

Now that we have two kids, I realized that things were so easy when we just had one. I just didn't know it at the time. I was able to focus all my attention on Anna, but now it is divided between two kids. It's just going to get harder once I return to work...I think.

But as hard as things are now, our family is full and complete and life is good with the four of us together.


  1. I am surprised daily by how much Ephram understands and can say at this age too. Love it! So awesome that Will can put himself to sleep (without a nuk!) already!

  2. Times sure are changing, and for the better, mostly. The only thing missing is a solid sleep schedule for Will. Hopefully we'll all figure something out shortly.

  3. Will looks a little like Kenny in the pic on left!


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