So now we are at our two week checkup. My, how time flies!! Here are his stats for this week:
Dr. Smolen is awesome! He has really made this transition really easy all the way around. This week we had a couple of questions for him. One would be how long do you let them cry? I know that babies need to self-soothe sometimes – and then there are times when you just need to step away because you need a time out. Especially since the crib situation was still up in the air. He said that after 15 minutes you need to pick him up because at that point he’s not going to settle down. We’ve really been blessed with such an easy baby. He is really perfect. So whenever he cries it’s usually because something is wrong. Unless we’re putting him in his crib and then he wants to scream. But we’ve been making great progress and he’s slept in there for the past week.
Our next question involved about when we could “go public” with the baby. Dr. S has a blog that he updates often and it’s been really helpful for us. Uncle Tracy was in town and they were having a going away dinner with all of the family. I was super stressed about this because that was a lot of people and a LOT of germs! For some reason, all I could picture in my head was big clouds of green germs coming from people’s mouths being blown all in his face. Although there is no standard for when to take your child out he recommends 3 months out of the public and also said to keep small children away. He told us that we should make him out to be the bad guy on this – okay buddy, no problem! He explained his strictness like this: if a newborn under the age of 3 months gets a fever, they don’t go to the pediatrician’s office. They are sent straight to the hospital. At the hospital, they will receive a spinal tap. They have to do all these steps and it is extremely painful for the little guys. Lots of tears and LOTS of money. What is the definition of public? No churches, and no group gatherings. Only close friends and families. He also said that it would be better to go to the mall or in public places rather than to go to church. If you think about it, a lot of people in the mall or restaurants are more likely to respect your space. People at church want to see and hold him which passes off more germs and he will be more likely to get sick. The end result? Don’t go out in public for 3 months.
Here is some cuteness this week: