growing and growing and growing

So as we recently reported, our baby boy is growing at exponential rates. Friends have pointed out that he is nearly the size their babies were at six months. Our baby is a mere two months old. While for the most part, we’re okay with his size, there are some things that are less practical about it, and one of the biggest issues is that he’s just plain growing out of things.

Let’s take his sleeping arrangement. Instead of getting a co-sleeper or bassinette, we bought a moses basket in hopes of keeping cost down and having something that was rather portable for him to sleep in for his first few months. In fact, we were hoping it might last him to six months. Sounds like a good idea, right? Well it was,or rather, it might have been for an average-sized baby. While our Baby Genius has enjoyed his moses basket, and we have enjoyed its portability very much, but look at this:

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Yes, he has nearly outgrown the basket. Fortunately, we rarely lay him down without swaddling him, so this takes his length down a few inches, but I think we have less than a month before our son has outgrown his bed. We aren’t sure what to do after this. We have a crib, but we’re pretty committed to having him sleep next to our bed right now. We’ve got a great night-time routine that involves staying in bed for feedings and diaper changings and just placing him back in his basket when he falls back to sleep. It keeps us all sane, especially on nights when he wakes up a lot. We’re not ready to move him to his room, and frankly, his crib scares him. Right now, we put him in it for play time, but I think all the extra space is overwhelming to him. J and I also like having him there, but we’re getting closer and closer to needing a whole new sleeping arrangement after just two months.

We’re finding, too, that he grows so rapidly out of his clothes. He has already gone through two clothing sizes. At two months old, he’s wearing either 3 month or 3-6 month clothes. We were fortunate to have several friends give us clothes before he was born, but we also bought plenty of items for him. Who doesn’t want to buy new clothes for their new baby, right? Sadly, there are a number of items we bought new that he was only able to wear once or twice. A few items we purchased at our local consignment shop he never got to wear.

Today we began to realize that it won’t be long before our son outgrows his infant car seat. It was just another of many things that we researched until we found the right one only to learn now that we’ll only be able to use it for a few months. There is no doubt in my mind that we’ll have to replace this thing by the time he’s six months old, unless his growth slows significantly.

Obviously, we can’t do much about this but find a place of acceptance and move forward, but J and I find ourselves on a regular basis turning to each other in shock and dismay that our son has outgrown something else. Had we known we were going to have such a Baby Giant, had we known he was going to be on some sort of crazy infant steroids, we might have made some different choices–shelled out the extra cash for a true co-sleeper, for instance–but then again,I doubt there is much we could have done.

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9 responses to “growing and growing and growing

  1. My first bed was the top drawer of a chest of drawers:) see if that will work:p

  2. Sam

    While we don’t have the size issue I can relate to what to do with the baby at night. We have her sleeping in her pack n play next to our bed and it is working out well. She had been sleeping in the bassinette from her stroller in the pnp but we wanted to transition her to the pnp and her crib. Since she spent so much time in the NICU in a plastic box she really didn’t like being so exposed. What we did was start her in the pnp so that she was laying the short way (does that make sense?) Perhaps you could get a pnp at consignment shop or from a friend. We also started Ella sleeping in her crib for naps and since her room is so dark and quiet she sleeps so well! Oh and we swear by the swaddle me sleep wraps. Ella loves them and can’t get out no matter how hard she tries. Oh what a funny picture it would be to have Ella and baby genius next to one another. Ella is just making 10lbs at 4 months (1.5 months adjusted)!

  3. Jen

    It is always hard to tell ahead of time esp in terms of baby clothes! I worried that munchkin is going to be a giant as well and outgrow everything too quickly. How much did he weigh when he was born and how much does he weigh now? I am also stocking up on diapers with sales and coupons and I am scared I am buying the wrong quanity in the wrong sizes for a big boy!

    • reproducinggenius

      He was 9 pounds 11 ounces at birth and as of last week, he was 14 pounds 1 ounce.

      If you are fairly certain you’re going to have a big boy, I would avoid buying too much in the way of clothes or diapers in newborn sizes, and if you do, do so minimally. With diapers, we kept him in disposables as a newborn, and at that time, he could wear either newborn or size 1.

  4. nutella

    Aww, he’s an adorable giant!

    While Miles isn’t quite the fast grower that BG is, we’ve had trouble with the clothes thing, specifically having the wrong sizes for the wrong seasons. Silly us, thinking we could buy off-season items on sale for several months or a year down the road. All of the winter clothes that we bought in 9 month size in the hopes that it would be worn January-March? He’s in it now and some of it is getting short. The lovely spring like 12 month stuff? He’ll never wear it because it will still be too cold by the time it fits.

    I will say that we’ve lucked out with clothing swaps and consignment sales in our area. Cheaper than the consignment shop, but you have to know about them and get there early to get the best stuff.

    For the sleeping arrangement, we are happy to have Miles in his own room and crib, but for you does your crib have a dropside? If so you may be able to “sidecar” it up to your bed with the dropside down or removed.

  5. We had the same issue with what to do with the baby after she outgrew her bassinet (we now have a crib at the foot of our bed) and with her blowing through the clothes sizes. We guessed well when we bought stuff ahead, but didn’t buy near enough of the larger sizes. I wish I had spent our entire clothes budget on clothes larger that 12 mos and relied on gifts and hand-me-downs before then, but, as you said, what can you do?

  6. poppycat

    Can you find a gently used co-sleeper at your consignment shop or on craigslist? The other thing I always find interesting on CL is when someone offers a “lot” of baby clothes in a particular size for crazy cheap. I’ve never seen what those offerings look like and I’m sure some are better than others, but maybe that would help keep the boy in fitting threads? I mean really, if he can only wear them for a week or two anyway, who cares what they look like as long as they are clean and safe.

    Little BG is really growing like mad and I can’t wait to watch that boy grow bigger and bigger although I hope he slows a little for your sake. It must be such a joy to watch him unfold before your very eyes everyday!

    Jude over at We Are Fambly is somewhere in the 90th percentile as well. Have you talked to Ochicken about how she copes with her tall girl? Maybe she has some pointers or can just commiserate.

    Thanks for the sweet picks T. He always puts a smile on my face.

  7. Hey there, I just wanted to stop by and say thanks for your recent comments on my blog. I’ve added you to my reader and look forward to catching up on your story! Your son is such a handsome (big) devil!

  8. vee

    Aww, I find it so sad when they outgrow things. Must be even tougher when they’ve only lasted a few weeks. He’s gorgeous though!

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