So there is this little tiny boy living in our home. And, he smells so fresh and is so soft and wonderful. It feels like he has always been here. His ways are familiar, and somehow, our ways and our routine is completely familiar to him as well. It's our sweet Miles.
Miles is now 10 1/2 weeks old. He is doing fantastic and growing very rapidly. His clavicle injury is completely healed, has been since he was 5 or 6 weeks, and you would never know he ever suffered at all. For a while he seemed to favor his left arm, keeping his right still and low, but that has changed, and his right arm is reaching for toys and flapping in the air just as easy and often as the left now. Gosh, it almost seems as if Someone made babies so even their bones could break to be born, and yet they would heal swiftly and completely...
Miles is BIG. Our biggest, fasted growing baby. Last week at his 2 month check-up he weighed in at 15 1/2 pounds! That is in the 99% range! He is so healthy and pink and chubby. This week he has officially grown out of 3 month clothing, and is now comfortably fitting into 6 month sizes. He eats wonderfully (which is obvious!), and also digests great. No fussy, gassy nights for this baby. It's all just too easy.
Miles is a social little guy. He smiled by three weeks, and even before that, he just looked at us so intently. One of the comments we receive again and again is about how alert he is. He chatters and gasps with delight. His favorite "word" to say is "a-goo!", and he will repeat it over and over again as he looks at you, certain that his idea is coming across crystal clear. He is eager to connect with people, and just the sweetest little thing.
He sleeps very well. Miles goes to sleep with-out too much fuss, and will sleep for hours before waking again. For nap time he will sleep up to 4 hours at a time in the afternoon, preferring shorter cat-naps in the morning and evening. At night he will typically sleep 4 or 5 hours for the first stretch, then 2 or 3 hours the rest of the night. This is SO wonderful! Charlie and Calvin were not good sleepers. I must have read every book there is on infant and toddler sleep between those two, and nothing we tried worked other than time and maturity, and for Charlie, treating his reflux. Miles just doesn't have any hang-ups about sleep. He's simply willing to do it if that is what it is time for. I am very thankful for this little gift of Miles' babyhood. We are so busy, and I am so tired, I can't imagine what it would be like if I had another anti-sleep personality on my hands.
Well, that's what Miles' is up to. He has just fallen right into step in our family. It is likely part his personality and part our feeling more experienced and confident doing this baby thing the third time around. We are having so much fun, and feeling the craziness of three very young children all at once (we have three in diapers!).
The "big" kids are doing great, too. They love to dote on the baby. Calvin is keen on knowing just what Miles is doing at any given moment, and always wants to be able to "see the baby's eyes." I think Calvin and Miles are similar in many respects, and it will be fun to see how they are different, too. Miles looks so much like Calvin did. He is social and chatty like Calvin was. And yet, he also seems more mellow and go-with-the-flow than Calvin, who is not content unless his every question is soundly answered, or his every idea justly enacted. As a baby I believe this made Calvin more fussy. He had certain ideas and desires, and was not content with things being "good enough." Miles is the kind of guy who is fine with whatever as long as things aren't going badly. (And, may I add, I don't believe one personality is preferable over the other, though one might be 'easier' for a parent in the early years. I love Calvin's curiousness, his intensity, and industriousness.)
Charlie is just so tender and confident as a big brother. He continually asks, "I hold it?" Which means he wants to hold Miles, and he is a wonderful baby holder. For those who have been fortunate enough to have Charlie sit on their lap for a melt-into-your-body kind of cuddle, well, it seems he is fixing to be equally as comfortable to sit upon. Miles relaxes into Charlie's strong little arms, and Charlie does so well at holding him securely.
Well, a Miles update was promised, and a Miles update you have been given! He is doing so well, and we are delighted to have him as our son. What a special gift he is, indeed that all of our boys are, that we should have the good grace of raising them. We learn as we go in our house, and we pray (and you can pray for us, too, if you would!) that we parent in a way that God would have us lead and guide his boys, Charlie, Calvin, and Miles.