Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hippo's 2 month checkup!

Hippo (as in Hungry Hungry...) had his 2 month checkup yesterday, at 9 weeks old. These numbers are *slightly* off because his appointment was a week late, but the net point is that he is humongous. He weighed in 13lbs, 10 ounces, and measured 23.5" in length, which was 90th percentile for weight and 75th percentile for height. He gains 1.5 to 2 ounces a day, so even if you back track and get to 13 pounds-ish a week earlier, that still puts him in the 75th percentile for weight. Bottom line, he's a giant.

He's ahead of the curve in weight, but he's also ahead of the curve in practically everything else! This chart shows the milestones he can and/or should meet.

Most 2 month olds can:
Vocalize: gurgle and coo
Follow objects across field of vision
Notice his hands
Hold head up for short periods  

About 50% of 2 month olds can
Smile, laugh
Hold head at 45-degree angle
Make smoother movements  

Advanced kids can:
Hold head steady
Bear weight on legs
Lift head and shoulders when lying on tummy (mini-pushup)

Matthew can do everything in blue. He smirks, but doesn't really smile or laugh yet. But he can do everything else on the two-month list.

Most *3* month olds can:
Recognizes your face and scent
Holds head steady
Visually tracks moving objects  

About half of 3 month olds can:
Squeal, gurgle, coo
Blow bubbles
Recognizes your voice
Does mini-pushup   

Advanced 3 month olds can:
Roll over, from tummy to back
Turn toward loud sounds
Can bring hands together, bat at toys

He can do those 3 month skills in blue too! He's trying to roll over but isn't close. But he wants to. He loves to mimic. It's so cute! And I love love LOVE his darling little coos.

Tonight, he did THE cutest thing. I wish we had it on video. My brother was leaving and waved goodbye to Matthew. Matthew sort of flailed his arm in Jeff's general direction. We thought it was cute, but coincidental. So Jeff waved again. Matthew responded the same way again. So he waved a third time. Matthew flailed back a third time. They did this exchange 5 times! And it wasn't just constant flailing on Matthew's part. It was responsive to Jeff.  It was SO stinking cute.

Anyway, that's our week. DH and I got away and had our first date night out this week while grandma babysat. It was wonderful to spend time together. Matthew is sleeping a tiny bit more at night, thankfully. He still feeds every 2 hours on the dot during the day, but he's stretching a few minutes at a time at night. I am grateful and I pray the trend continues.

Signing out with a few more pictures...
Sitting in his new :) He loves it.

Sitting in daddy's chair

Chilling in his stroller on a walk (he loves walks!) He put his own hands like this. CUTE!



  1. Wow, Jen! We call G. "Chubs," but you REALLY have the true chublet around here! He is so stinking adorable! And enormous! Good work!! (And I can't believe he's waving! G. still has yet to try that one!)

    Thanks for posting pictures!!!

  2. He look so adorable! I am glad things are going well and your healthy guy is thriving!

  3. What an observant, healthy and social boy! All your good parenting is making such a positive impact in his life :)

    I love the picture in the sunglasses.

  4. He cracks me up! Such cuteness!

  5. The chubbles! So cute. Love the shades!