I feel as if many of my posts unintentionally revolve around Lucille. Being the older, more active child, there is usually more to report regarding her. So I thought I’d take a moment to share a little about my 2nd little love.
Lennon Wallace is the best surprise I’ve ever had. Though we always knew we wanted more kids (we want 3 total) we never imagined we’d have Lennon so quickly after his sister. Finding out we were expecting again when Lucille was 8 months old was one of the biggest shocks of my life. Once the reality of my pregnancy set in, Peter and I were both convinced we would have another little girl. So finding out he was a boy was another big surprise. Then when he came 3 weeks and 2 days early, we were surprised yet again. He surprised the doctors by weighing 7 lbs 3 oz already, but that didn’t surprise me, I could feel that he was big! Everything about this little man’s journey to us was unexpected, and I know he will continue to surprise me throughout his life.
From day 1 Lennon was the most observant baby I ever met. Over 7 months later, he still loves to study the world around him. And due probably to his sister’s hyperactivity he gets bored easily if his surroundings are less than energetic. This has resulted in many, many hours being spent walking him around to see new things. He is really toning my arm muscles.
1 major change has occurred since his birthday however, and that is his willingness to sleep. While at the hospital Lennon slept constantly. Peter and I remarked how he slept so much better than his sister already. The nurses warned me that many babies born early sleep well until around their due date and then the trouble begins. They were right, after a few weeks his sleeping habits weren’t nearly as ideal. And I swear it has gotten worse every week since then. Lennon doesn’t nap, and this is not an exaggeration. He really does not nap! At night he sleeps between 6 and 10 hours. But he almost always wakes up several times. He’s slept through the night a few times… but the last time was over a month ago. Oh, and he’s never slept more than 2 hours per night in his crib. I used to be able to get him down in the swing longer, but now he’s outgrowing it so I’ve stopped that. Most of the night he cosleeps with me and daddy. And I use the term sleep loosely.
Lennon loves milk. I thought starting him on solids would be so exciting since he loves to eat so much. But in all honesty, he’s not that interested in solids still. He does love applesauce and pureed carrots, and he doesn’t seem to hate the taste of anything. But he doesn’t really have the patience for this kind of eating. He does enjoy playing with the spoon…. anyways, we still spend many hours a day breastfeeding. My goal was to breastfeed him for a year, but something tells me it’ll be longer.
So long as he’s not hungry and you’re not trying to force sleep on him, Lennon is the happiest little man in the world. And he has the best smile, there’s no way you can see his smile and not catch it! He loves to talk and scream and giggle, a little chatter box just like his sister. None of his words can be understood by adults yet… but he definitely thinks he’s conversing and Lucille seems to think she knows what he’s saying.
Lennon started rolling both ways at about 4 months. But he didn’t enjoy doing it, so it was a rarity. Just these past 2 weeks he’s started enjoying rolling around. He’s not crawling yet, but between rolling and scooching he’s gotten a taste of what it’s like to be mobile. And he likes it… a little too much. He is getting so frustrated that he can’t move around and get the things he wants. I don’t remember this phase with Lucille, so I think it’s a result of him watching his sister enjoy her freedom.
Lennon loves everyone he meets, loves playing peekaboo and hates wearing socks. He has no teeth but I think his bottom right one is about to poke through. When Lennon sees animals he lights up, and he loves books, both reading them and eating them! He’s the very definition of a momma’s boy, which I don’t mind at all. But for the sake of future girlfriends, perhaps I should hope he grows out of this a bit…