Milestones: She's started smiling and cooing at you now. It's adorable! She'll do it a lot when she should be nursing instead. It's precious. She's also started kicking her legs while she's laying on her back. And she's doing great at tummy time. Her neck muscles are getting stronger. She is also great at "turtle head" which is what we call her bobbing her head around when you hold her up on your shoulder. She is always up bobbing her head around, taking in everything. She's only laying her head on your shoulder if she's sleepy or asleep. Landon loves it because she'll do it when I burp her and look at him beside me. He always says "She's looking at me!" and laughs. Her umbilical cord finally fell off at almost 7 weeks old. That thing held on FOREVER. She got her first bath tub bath that night. At 7 weeks old, she had 1 bottle at the same time of day, for 3 consecutive days. (Advice from a lactation consultant friend on introducing the bottle) She ate about 2 oz the first day, refused it the 2nd day, and about 3 oz the third.
Nicknames: Sugar Britches, Sweet Girl, Honey, Sis, Little Sister, Sugar
Sleeping: We start bedtime around 7/7:30 each night. That includes a bath and her last feeding. She's typically in bed by 7:30. The first couple weeks of this month, she would take her dreamfeed at 10:00pm, but the last couple weeks she hasn't eaten at her dreamfeed so I've just pumped and frozen the milk instead. Also, up until this last week, she was getting up anywhere from 3:00-5:00am and then for the day at 7:30. (I wake her up at 7:30 if she isn't awake) This last week, she's slept until 6:30am! Woop Woop!! I feed her and put her back to bed until 8:30, then adjust her schedule as needed for the day. I'm excited that she's getting close to sleeping all night long until that 7:30 wake time!
Eating: We do a Babywise eat, wake, sleep schedule. She's eating on a 2-3 hour schedule. She had a couple days where she went 3 hours all day, and some days where she went 2. Most days, it's a combo schedule of 2-3 hours. She's getting 7-8 feedings in a 24 hour period. I started pumping after our first morning nursing session to start a freezer stash. I did that for a couple weeks. Now I just pump the dreamfeed at 10:00pm since she hasn't wanted to eat at it. I'll do that for a while to keep the freezer stocked. As I said above, in sleeping, she's doing great at night and eating before bed about 7:15/7:30, waking from 3-5:00am (the first couple weeks) and has had a couple nights of pushing it to 6:30am. Yay!!! So proud of our girl!! She's a good eater and has gotten much more alert and wiggly when she eats now. She eats on the go a lot because we're out and about quite a bit. She's a champ at it, thank goodness. Landon thinks it's pretty fun when we feed her in the car. :)
Highlights: I think the night time sleep and all the smiles and coos. Love it!!!
- Bath Time. She just sits and looks around.
- Her activity mat. She lays and smiles, coos, and kicks her legs.
- Her swing. That's probably her favorite thing at this age. She loves to sit and watch the elephants on the mobile.
- Smiling. She gives adorable gummy smiles.
- Getting her PJs on after her bath. She screams the whole time.
- Tummy time. She doesn't mind it for a few minutes, but then she's had enough.
- When she's sleepy and she's not in her bed. She fusses if she's in her carseat or stroller for a bit until she gives in and goes to sleep.
Favorites at this stage of parenting: The smiles and coos.
Challenges at this stage of parenting: Honestly, I can't think of anything relating to her. It'd all be related to the wild 3 year old older brother. :)
Doctor appointments this month:
1. 2 months: weighed 11lb, 6oz, 23.34 length
She got her first round of vaccines and had a pitiful afternoon after. She seemed to be in so much pain and you could hardly move/touch her legs. She also ran a fever that got up to 101 at one point. Scared the poop out of me. She slept a lot that afternoon and slept great that night. She woke up back to her normal self that next morning. She did have a low 99 fever, but it was gone by mid-day.
Diaper and clothes sizes:
Diapers - Size 1
Clothes - 0-3 and 3 months
How Momma feels:
Emotionally - It's been an emotional month for me. I'm a perfectionist and it's hard for me to not give 100% to each kid at the same time. I'm learning that it's just not possible at this stage to do that, and that's hard for me to accept. Unless one of them is napping or gone, it's just not possible. I'm working on accepting that and giving myself some grace. Having 2 kids 3 and under is so fun and sweet and full of joy....but it's also flat out hard. As a stay at home Mom, I'm around them 24/7 (outside of the 2 days a week that Landon has MDO) and it can be exhausting and overwhelming. I'm so happy as a SAHM and LOVE IT....but it's hard! I told Ben, this month, a lot of times I feel like I'm getting a big fat F in all the hats I'm wearing. It's an adjustment for sure and one that I'm continually having to take to the Lord to work through. As far as Allie goes, she's great and I feel so confident in dealing with her daily needs. (The joys of baby 2!!) She's still fussiest from 5:30pm until bath time each day, but we've figured out how to adjust and deal. It doesn't mean it's easy, but we're managing! Landon is a wild 3 year old boy who is hyper and always wrestling and running and refusing to do what he's told. I'd say it's been an emotional month because he's wearing me out most days and then I have a 2 month old as well. Again, working on giving myself grace and reminding myself that it's all just a season.
Physically - I'm feeling great! I've been getting in 3-4 days of exercise a week and that's helped a TON. It's made me really sore, both in my muscles and C-section scar area, but it's getting better each week. I'm doing a variety of things, at home, including Body Pump, 21 Day Fix, 22 Minute Hard Corps, running/walking, and my own workouts. It feels great to be able to sweat a lot and push myself in my workouts. There are still lots of limitations because of my C-section and a small case of distasis recti. That's frustrating. I'm also having a harder time this go round with my post-baby body. I'm pudgier in my mid section than I like/want to be and it's hard for me to remember it takes time and patience. I'm always so hungry #nursingappetite so I'm continually eating and having to make sure I choose healthy food choices. I know it's a marathon, not a sprint, but it's hard to accept sometimes. Again, continually taking those insecurities and frustrations to the Lord.
- I started running some. I've ran 5 minutes without stopping and had a day where I ran about 15 on and off during a 30 minute walk/run. So proud of that progress. Any C-section Mom can tell you how much it hurts to start running post-birth!!
- We took Allie to the zoo for the first time! Landon and I LOVE the zoo. We spend a lot of time there, so it was fun to take her. The last time we went, she was in my belly! I was exhausted and really sore for a few days after around my incision, (hello heavy double stroller) but we had a great time and I felt like Super Mom for conquering it!
- Ben and Allie are starting to bond, which is an answer to prayer and absolutely adorable.
- Landon is OBSESSED with her. Still. He is always in her face, touching her, talking to her, asking where she is, what she's doing......the list goes on. It's hard to find that balance between letting him love on her and making sure he doesn't accidentally hurt her. She got a stuffy nose last week and I'm convinced it's from big brother's germs.
- 2 funny Landon stories: I looked over one day when I was nursing her and he was sitting beside me and he had her big toe up his nose. LOL Another time I looked over and he was straddling her while she was doing tummy time. Geesh. (See what I mean!!)
- She moved to the pack n play in the office to sleep. She had been in the rock n play in our closet but we noticed her head was starting to get flat because she wasn't able to move her head much in the rock n play. We moved her to the pack n play and put her in the office because we sleep better without hearing her noises when she sleeps.
- We started Potty Training Landon this last week. :)