-1-We had a great Christmas! The three of us travelled to the USA to visit my family, and it was definitely worth it. We were a bit worried in the week leading up to the trip, as Heathrow was completely shut down due to snow only 6 days before we were scheduled to leave, and it took several days for it to get all the snow cleared and the planes back in place. But the day that we left (Christmas Eve), almost all of the planes were going, and the airport actually seemed pretty quiet, although our flight was completely full.
-2-Gus did really well on his first flights--a good indication for things to come, I hope, as he will be making that journey regularly! I would definitely recommend flying with a newborn. He mostly slept the whole way, although we did walk him up and down the aisles a bit (I guess we were lucky there were no long periods of turbulence). Breastfeeding was a little tricky, trying to get a comfortable position where I wasn't flashing anyone and Gus wasn't kicking the man next to us! We had an empty seat next to us on the way back, which made it a lot easier. And I wore the Moby wrap the whole time, so I could just tuck him into it while he was sleeping and felt secure enough to get a bit of sleep myself (when I could get comfortable!). I also liked to put him in it when the seatbelt light was on, as his only harness otherwise would be my arms.
-3-Everyone was so excited to meet him, as well. He was the star of the show wherever he went, and he hardly had a moment to himself! His cousin Ben (18 months old) was especially sweet. One day when Ben was over, Gus started crying. Ben saw Gus's pacifier laying on the table and brought it to him, then noticed Gus's blanket and brought that over as well. He was so proud of himself for helping to comfort the baby!
-4-Gus is developing by leaps and bounds. In the two weeks we were in the US, we all noticed changes. At about 7 weeks, he started really smiling a lot more, and in reaction to people. Really exciting--and absolutely adorable! Also, from about 8 weeks, he has really started discovering his hands. They are always in his mouth, sometimes the whole fist (or both!) and sometimes just the thumb. It was really sweet the first morning that I woke up and saw him lying next to me, just sucking away on his thumb, happy as could be. And this week (9 weeks old), for the first time I took him out for a walk in the carrier, and instead of falling asleep within a few minutes, he kept his head up and looked around at the world. It was probably 15 minutes before he decided to rest his head and go to sleep. He is so curious. Oh, and I almost forgot, yesterday he started rolling onto his side! He has done it quite a few times now, so I don't think it was just a fluke, but I also am not sure if it is something he can do anytime he wants yet. I thought maybe he would continue and roll onto his front, but it seemed his arm was in the way and he couldn't figure out how to get over it. He didn't seem too fussed about it, though, and I am sure he will make it over soon enough!
-5-At the moment, I am quite pro thumb-sucking, although I am afraid I am going to live to regret it! My theory is, if he sucks his thumb, he can comfort himself as needed, rather than me deciding when he needs comforting and how. I also fear that if I use a pacifier too much, it will be used in place of actually attending to his real need. This probably wouldn't happen, as I hope that I am a pretty attentive parent, but I do fear becoming lazy. We do use the pacifier to help him go to sleep, as needed, though. The sucking really seems to help him settle.
-6-I still haven't ordered a stroller or cloth diapers, and Gus is 2 months old! I really need to get on top of that, but they are both quite big expenses, and I hate to spend so much money in one go--I think Jon is rubbing off on me in that respect! I am planning on getting the Quinny Zapp Xtra stroller, which is suitable from birth to about 3-4 years old, has a seat that is forward- or parent-facing, and can be used with the carseat we have. I haven't decided about diapers yet. I think I might buy about 6 in two or three different styles and then get a few more of our favourite after a month or so.
-7-Pictures from Christmas!
Gus's first Christmas
Our family (oops, Jon's glasses are falling off!)
Four generations (my mom and her mom; I don't seem to have a copy of the one with my dad and his dad, but will post it later)