Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ethan @ 11 weeks old

11 weeks old , the same day my mum and dad left Cape Town for Malaysia.
I am very sad, heart aching. We will miss them terribly, and Ethan will miss his PhoPho (grandmother) carrying while singing to him, as well as him and AhKong (grandfather) 's morning talking sessions.

Last day

Height / Weight
6 weeks checkup (Height : 58.5cm, Weight : 5.26kg, Head circumference : 39.5cm)
10 weeks checkup (Height : 60cm, Weight : 6.23kg, Head circumference : 39.5cm)

Now who is taller?

11 weeks old

He went to his first immunisation at 6 weeks (17 Jan 2014) and again at 10 weeks (17 Feb 2014) .
Both times, Ethan took it well.
He didn't mind the first jab on his left thigh, but on the second jab on his right, he was ANGRY!  - Video below

We bought a bottle of Baby Panado Syrup  for just in case scenarios but we did not have to use it at all.
Not niggly at all the whole day, and no fever. Strong boy!

Breastfeeding / Sleeping 
Since birth, Ethan was fed at least every 4 hours, including nights. I started feeding only on demand since Week 6. That means, more sleep for me! He is such a good baby, since birth he sleeps well through the night, only waking up to feed. I usually feed him before I sleep, he will wake up once at night, and the next feed will only be in the morning. Lucky me!

Milk expression is also going on smoothly. I first had the Medela Swing Maxi, but found that it was too noisy to use at night. I always ended up waking baby. So I bought a manual Avent pump to use at night or when I am out and about. I am currently expressing 2-3 times a day (which amounts to 200-300ml (6-10oz a day).

I have also successfully introduced the bottle to Ethan - so that the grandparents can feed him when I start work again in April (booo hooo! not going to think about this yet!) , or on the odd occasions when I need to I leave him with Ian. Initially we tried with Medela Calma unsuccessfully, but he took the Tommee Tippee immediately.

When Ethan was 7 weeks old, he got agitated every evening around 5pm+. He would try hard to sleep and got frustrated that he couldn't sleep, and it would go on for ours until 7-9pm. His crying was loud and angry, unlike his usual cry for feed / diapers. The first time it happened, I was really scared because coincidentally I took a Panadol on the very same day as I had a headache. As days went by, we ruled out colic and realised that he was overstimulated during the day.
So we started limiting his awake time, getting him to sleep after being awake for an hour. This broke his 5pm "crazy time" routine. I also believe it is just a phase, as it lasted about 10 days, and now he is back to my normal happy easy baby!

  • Ethan is already lifting head and chest while lying on stomach or when carried. However, he is not a fan of tummy time and gets cranky pretty quickly. 

  • Reacting to sounds and turns to the direction, as well as following a person when spoke to. He loves speaking baby languages, he is going to be such a multilingual baby!
  • He stretches legs out (not that much froggy position anymore). When he gets excited he will start kicking and kicking. 

  • Ethan loves watching the world above. He loves to look up when carried, looking at ceilings and searching for lights. Lights are definitely a favourite, and absolutely love the brown knotty pine ceiling. He can even have a conversation and smiles at the ceiling! 
knotty pine ceiling, Ethan's current best friend

  • He still loves his musical mobile above his cot and usually has a long conversation with them as well.
  • Baby enjoys his bath time, especially on 37 deg hot summer days. So he and mummy had a fun time in the bath tub ! :-)

My dear little special boy. You are growing so quickly and I treasure every moment with you. You have caught the hearts of so many already in just a few weeks. I cannot stop looking at you and smelling you. I love you!