Month two has been a lot different than the first. For starters, holy growth spurts! One around 6 weeks and another mega leap around week 8 kept us on our toes in a big way. I had some trouble with breastfeeding constantly during these growth spurts but I’m trying (hard) to stay positive. Breastfeeding is such a blessing when it fits into our routine and I get a chance to really settle into the bonding experience, but it’s not all that fun when it’s twice as much in a given day out of nowhere. When that happens, it makes me wonder how I’ll get through future growth spurts AND work full time. Ugh.
On the same token, our big challenge at the moment is getting Dagny to take a bottle of pumped milk. I’ve been pumping once a day since she was 3 weeks old and I always knew if breastfeeding got to be too hard, at least I could step away for a feeding or two, not to mention go back to work and make sure she’s still fed. She took a bottle at 4 weeks but we stopped trying after that until right as she turned two months…and we quickly realized we made a mistake not giving her a bottle regularly beforehand. Hopefully I have good news to report in the 3 month update…
Age: Two Months
Weight: 10 pounds, 14 ounces (gain of 4 lbs exactly from birth)
Height: 22.5 inches (gain of 3.5 inches from birth)
Sleep: Longest stretch of sleep was 9 hours in the middle of the month – majority of nights were at least 8 hours (hurrah!!). The grunting has lessened but there were quite a few 4-5am wake ups still as we get used to the longer sleep schedule.
Clothes: Definitely out of newborn clothes at this point. She probably has 1-2 inches to go before she’s out of footy PJs in the 3 month size so we might make it to 3.5-4 months before she jumps to 6 month. I hardly have anything for 6 month so my fingers are crossed we get a good use out of 3 before I have to hit the Carter’s racks again!
Diapers: Currently wearing Kanga Care’s Lil’ Joey newborn cloth diapers AND the Rumparooz. She’s right there in the range of being able to wear both comfortably so for a short period our stash of cloth diapers is gigantic.
Firsts: We left the house and ate out at a restaurant (Farrelli’s) for the first time and she slept the whole meal. We also attacked her first diaper rash and passed over a cloth diaper washing learning curve. She met her only cousin over Valentine’s weekend and picked up his tendency to scream loudly (he’s 9 months). Ha! As far as other firsts, there were way too many to track but in general she’s holding her head up like a champ, laughing, smiling, and cooing a ton. She started noticing her reflection in the mirror too!
Personality: She is SO CALM. Last month we thought she might be a little colicky but it was just excessive gas remedied early on by Little Remedies anti-gas drops and age, as the month went on. It was probably a little bit of growth spurting too. We stopped the drops around 8 weeks and haven’t really noticed a major difference either way. She’s a champion sleeper – I almost hesitate to talk about it because we got really lucky. She drove us right into her own little schedule early on and I’ve been nudging her every day since just to keep everything on track. We’re following the Babywise method for feeding/sleeping and it’s going so well for Dagny. I think (hope) it continues to work well when she starts going to daycare. She also loves to breastfeed apparently as evidenced by rejection of the bottle. We’ve been able to get her a few ounces through the bottle but we have a lot of work to do before daycare day 1 or I’ll be driving down for a few nursing sessions! Wish us luck!
Must Have: We couldn’t live without our Owlet Baby Monitor this month (started using at 3 weeks old). One of the main reasons we actually sleep at night along with her is the knowledge that she’s being monitored and we’ll get an alarm if anything is amiss. It’s such a huge peace of mind and I honestly don’t know what nights would be like if we didn’t have this awesome technology.