Rudy is 2.5 months, but people assume he's much older. I get, "Oh, he's darling! Is he about 4 months?" all day. People at the store, the lady taking his picture, people at church, the guy at the Taco Bell drive-thru, even the pediatrician said he looks and acts developmentally like a 4-month old baby. At his 2-month appointment he was 12 pounds (65th percent) and 23 inches long (45 percent) but he carries all his weight in his face (like my other two). He is very barrel-chested and so he looks really, really big. Plus he has a full head of hair. And he is really interactive and will smile and coo at anyone who looks at him. It all adds up to him seeming older. SAD! I really, really wish I could freeze time because there is nothing better than having a newborn. And this little newborn is growing up way too fast.
Rudy rolls over all the time. I still am not sure if it's on purpose or what, but he's done it probably 30 times now. He first rolled over at 8 days old and hasn't stopped. But he only does it when his clothes are off.
He is just like his older brother socially too, but more so. He is very interactive. He smiled and cooed at 5 weeks. He makes eye contact with anyone that looks at him. He tracks us as we walk around. If he can hear us, or if the kids are wrestling or loud nearby but aren't playing with him, he tries to get their attention and has been doing that for several weeks. He kicks his legs and yells out for them to notice him.
He has no interest in toys yet. Not even the mat with hanging toys that my other two boys LOVED at this age (and earlier actually). He does, however, love being held. He loves being sung to. His favorite songs are "Wheels on the Bus," and "Old McDonald." He also likes to be played with any which way. Toys are no fun. Big brothers that rough-house and adoring mamas are VERY fun.
He sleeps wonderfully. I'm not going to brag too much because I've learned people don't want to hear it... but he sleeps through the night from 10pm until 7am, sometimes later if the older kids are quiet. He has been doing it consistently since 8 weeks, but was hit or miss since 6 weeks. Of my three, he was the hardest to train because he loves his binky but it wouldn't stay in. Plus it was hard to be up all night training him and have to be up early to take the older kids to school. But I stuck to my guns even though I was so tired I was seeing stars most days and nights. And it paid off. He has never once "cried it out" during the night. He was sleeping in his bouncy seat until this past weekend because he chokes in his sleep and I wanted him upright. But he seems to be getting better about that, so we moved him to his crib without any trouble at all. In fact, I think he sleeps better in the crib. He was so wiggly, he would slide down the seat and almost fall out sometimes.
Three babies. Three different personalities and sleep patterns. All sleep trained early enough that they didn't even know what was happening. I have seriously considered selling my sleep-training services. I know how tired I was for 6ish weeks, and I would have paid good money to have someone else do the dirty work. (But honestly, I'm not going to judge you if your baby doesn't sleep. I can't get my oldest son to do things most 9-year olds do easily, so I have my strengths and weaknesses in my parenting.)
He is a pretty good eater too. His birthmom nursed him constantly in the hospital for two days, but luckily he had no issues switching to a bottle and formula. He eats 4 ounces every three hours. I have him on a very strict schedule because it stresses me out to be trying to get out the door for school pickup or whatever, and having him cry because he needs to eat. So I worked out a plan that fits with our day and it has been great. He knows when it's time to eat and wakes up and starts smacking his lips. I feed him at 7am, 10, 1, 4, 7, and 10pm. Sometimes (usually) he takes a really long time to eat... like 45 minutes. He wiggles quite a bit and shakes his head around and isn't the type to just sit there, relax and eat, but it's not too bad. If I need him to hurry up, I use a bottle with a faster flow and he eats quicker. I save those bottles for times I day I'm busier. I'm a freaking genius, I tell you. He burps at least twice, sometimes up to four times each bottle.
He was extremely gassy as a newborn. He wasn't fussy because he easily got his gas out. You've heard the term: "silent but deadly." His pediatrician was lucky enough to smell his gas and encouraged me to switch him to "gentle" formula. His birthmom's older son also needed gentle formula, so it was an obvious decision. He has not had a problem with gas since. The funny thing about the gas, though, was nobody wanted to hold him at first because he smelled so bad. I loved this, of course, because then I didn't have to share him. He does spit up like crazy. Our other two did too. The first time he spit up, PTSD came on like a wave and that's no joke. He is always soaked, he always smells like spoiled cheese, and our carpets, clothes and couches are destroyed. He is a volcano! But I actually think he is the least bad of the three. He is the first that hasn't had to be medicated, so that's good. And he is happy and chubby, so he's not bothered by it.
He loves to suck. He loves his binky, but still can't keep it in his mouth. He is no respecter of binkies either. He gladly will suck on any type and we have three different kinds, trying to figure out which stays in his mouth the best. He loves sucking on his hands now too. I'm imagining a real challenge keeping all the kids' Legos, rocks, and other small toys out of his mouth in a few short months.
And he is such a squeaky little baby. This is definitely his trademark, besides his big smiles. We can hear him squeaking in his crib even with his door closed. He definitely has perfected the response to "what does an elephant say?" Unfortunately, I have noticed this week that he is squeaking less and less. I'm going to miss his newborn sounds so much. Fortunately, we've tried to get his squeaks on video as much as possible so we never forget.
He was born with a point elf ear, which was perfect for Christmas. It's starting to fold over now, which is too bad because it is really cute.
Oh, how we love him. We each kiss him approximately 7000 times per day. He is perfect, precious, and so squishy.