Friday, March 4, 2011

Update on Silas

Poor Silas is getting short-changed in the blog department. It's a lot harder with two kids to find the time and have the energy to write. When I'm not with one, I should be with the other or getting things done around the house. At night I go to bed when the boys do, because I'm so tired and I know Silas will be nursing every few hours all night long. I have hopes that this is only a temporary situation, though. I know the time goes so fast.

Silas is now almost fifteen weeks old. He is, simply, a total joy. He pretty much only cries when he's tired or hungry, and sometimes even when he's crying he'll grin through his tears if we get close to him and smile. He coos and squeals and occasionally laughs.

He's found his thumb, though he still takes a pacifier. He doesn't seem dependent on it, though, and sometimes he shoots it out of his mouth with a FOOP! sound.

He's not rolling over yet, but when he's lying down he's constantly pushing his head down to the side and trying really, really hard to roll. I don't think it will be long now.

We continue to be amazed at Silas' brilliant blue eyes and reddish-blonde hair. I do have Scottish and Irish ancestry, so the genes are there, but I never expected Silas to look so completely different from Henry. In some ways, that's kind of cool. Henry has the most gorgeous, dark brown, pool-like eyes with long, dark eyelashes, and now I have a blue-eyed baby. Both my boys are beautiful.

And as long as I'm comparing: Silas is a much easier baby than Henry was. We can put him down and he's content for long periods of time. As I write this, he's sleeping in his swing. At night he nurses every few hours, but he stays asleep and goes back to sleep if for some reason he does fully wake up.

To be fair to Henry, he had food intolerances that I didn't figure out until much, much later. The poor little one was probably miserable, colicky and spitting up and needing us to hold him all the time to make the discomfort tolerable. I feel bad that it took me so long to finally help Henry, though I tried my best to solve his issues from the beginning.

And I'm sure Silas has benefited from my experience with Henry. I eat completely differently now than I did when I was nursing Henry. Not only have I cut gluten out of my diet, and most corn and soy, but I've gone from eating a (fairly processed) vegan diet to eating a whole foods, traditional-type diet.

In any case, the only health issue I've found with Silas so far is a small patch of dry skin on one of his legs. I'm monitoring it, but so far it seems to be fading, if anything.

And now you're up to date. :)

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