Matthew was a big baby – 8 pounds 9 ounces.
Bryson was an even bigger baby – 9 pounds 7 ounces.
Matthew never seemed big to me, probably because he was my first baby and I had no one to compare him to. And yes, I know we’re not supposed to compare our kids – but we all do it! Matthew grew at a regular pace and always had thinner limbs and belly – his chub was in his cheeks. Bryson came out with chub everywhere!
My first memory of Bryson, after thinking that he was a spitting image of my grandpa, was that he was a big baby. I could only see his little arm on the warming table from my angle and I just marveled at the fat rolls on his wrist. I remember shouting over to B, “look at his fat little arm!” Bryson had the most delicious cheeks and chin I’d ever seen on a baby – you just wanted to nuzzle your nose into him and breathe in his adorable chubbiness.
To this day – I’m breathing in adorable chubbiness 😉 Bryson never disappoints us on the scale – HA! At his 2 month appointment, he weighed 15 pounds 5 ounces (a weight I guess dead-on, by the way!). This kid doesn’t seem to slow down, but he doesn’t seem like a huge eater either. He paces himself, and eats on a very regular 3-4 hour schedule. He sleeps longer at night than Matthew ever did, which means he’s not taking in as much food as his big brother. But all of that aside, he keeps up his chub brilliantly.
The other day, as I lifted him out of his rocker in the morning, I thought, “he feels soooo heavy.” So I did what any crazy mother would do and I weighed him. I couldn’t believe what I saw, so I weighed him 4 different times – all resulting in the same number on the scale. Not even 2 weeks after his two month “well baby” check – he weighs 16 pounds 9.6 ounces. YES – SIXTEEN POUNDS NINE POINT SIX OUNCES. I then weighed Matthew (because his pants and diapers are all of a sudden bigger on him) and he weighed 30.6 pounds (30 pounds, 9.6 ounces). Matthew weighs only 14 pounds more than his 10 week-old baby brother. HA!
I think we’re destined to have a big boy on our hands until he becomes mobile. All this time, I’ve been so excited about having the boys’ birthdays just one day apart because then the clothes would all be re-used in the same seasons… but that isn’t going to happen. Bryson will move into 6-12 month clothes in a few weeks, and by late winter/early spring (Feb/Mar), I bet he’s in 12-18 month clothes. That’s OK – this all means that I’ll get to buy more sweaters.
Bryson has slowed down on the eating, which means I’m finally pumping. I need to build up a nice supply for when we wean him next summer in preparation for another FET (I can’t believe that’s coming up so soon!). I want 3 month’s worth in the freezer, and at the rate I’m going, that will happen. In the last two days, I’ve pumped 18 ounces. I don’t expect that to always be the case, but I’m hoping for 4-5 ounces per day. I will keep pumping twice a day to keep my supply up, even if he doesn’t need it in the here and now.
I love my little chunky monkey! I still can’t believe how big he is, but I wouldn’t have him any other way!