8 weeks! After testing, waiting, cleaning, and being generally frustrated with that little stubby nothing, his umbilical finally fell off on April 11th, exactly 8 weeks after he was born. He now has an adorable little "inny" belly button!
March 28th was Mav's blessing. Our families and friends drove all the way out to our house and attended our ward's sacrament meeting to witness Danny give our son an absolutely beautiful blessing. He told Maverick that struggles and temptations are part of this world, but that he would have the power to overcome them, and also be fortunate enough to be part of and experience good things and good people. It was honestly the most spiritual sacrament meeting that we've had since we've been married! Afterward, everyone came to our house to play, hang out, and see Mav. I was dumb and was so busy running around that I never brought out my camera. Luckily my dad had my back and took these for me:
I tried to get a video of Mav talking. He's started making more sounds than his grunting and creaky door impersonations and I love it! This isn't the best video, but I think you'll get the idea. And just so everyone knows, repeating their noises back to them is helpful for their verbal development. As is acting like an idiot for a camera. Okay I made the last part up, but the other part is true!
We had a tiny scare with him the other day. His umbilical cord still hasn't fallen off (it's supposed to fall off before week 2 and we're headed into week 7 now) so his doctor had us take him in for testing. I don't much like holding my baby down while someone jabs a needle around inside his arm looking for a vein. They were checking to see if his white blood cells were doing what they were supposed to be doing. They called back the next day and I guess they are! Everything's fine, we just have to be patient and wait for the fool thing to fall off by itself. Grandma Julie says that he's hanging onto it because he just want to be a newborn for a little longer. But considering he's already 11 lbs and 23 inches, I'm thinking he's fighting a losing battle! So he's doing fine - perfectly healthy and happy!