BABY WINTER’S MONTHLY UPDATE: 2 months old
Baby’s Age: 2 months old
Height: 21.25 inches
Weight: 10 pounds 13 ounces
Head: 38.5 cm
Look how big this girl is! She isn’t quite ready for the Bumbo yet, but I took some comparison photos of her in it:
Wow, it’s incredible how much she has grown! She is over 2 pounds bigger this month than she was last month!
Milestones: Winter has a really strong neck. She is excellent at holding her head up! She also has really strong legs and kicks in a cycling motion constantly. She is coo-ing and trying to “talk” and have conversations with us. Precious. She smiles so much! When you smile at her or a make a face, she instantly responds with a smile. She is really good at tracking things with her eyes. She loves playing with her hands and putting them in her mouth. She is really in a learning-mode—-trying to discover how things work!
She’s great at head control.
Sleep: Once we got to the 8 week mark last week, she started giving me a 7 hour stretch of sleep at night! That is so fantastic! Before that, she was typically going a 5.5 hour stretch. I think we will soon be “sleeping through the night” officially. Or I hope so. She typically has her last feed at around 10:00 pm and then wakes up between 4:00 and 5:00 am. I’d like to eventually stretch her sleep until 7:00 am. (***I don’t want to jinx myself by saying it, but she officially “slept through the night” last night for the first time!! She ate at 10:15 pm and then didn’t wake up to eat again until 6:45 am. That was amazing! I hope this is the start of something!)
Besides her nighttime sleep routine, she has definitely fallen into the pattern of taking naps throughout the day. She usually sleeps for 1.5-2 hours during her naps. I love naptime, because it gives me a chance to catch up on things! We are on a typical 3-hour Babywise routine: she wakes up to eat (“eat time”), then we play for a while (“waketime”), and then around 1 or 1.5 hours after she wakes, she starts dozing off again & I put her down for a nap (“sleeptime”). We repeat this cycle all throughout the day.
She still sleeps in our bedroom at night in the bassinet portion of the pack and play.
Best Moment: I know last month I said the best moment was seeing her smile…and that is my response again this month! Smiling is the best! And now that she is trying to “talk” by cooing and making sounds, it’s so much fun to play with her. Smiling makes me feel like I’m doing my job as a mom and that I’m succeeding.
Worst Moment: Worst moments are rare these days. Life is getting to be less complicated and much more beautiful! Our previous weight gaining issues are behind us, and Winter is a wonderful little girl. I’d say the worst moment was watching her get her 2-month-old vaccinations this week at her pediatrician appointment. Poor baby didn’t like that…and Mommy felt sad for her! It was brutal for me to watch my little baby in pain. I started tearing up during her shots.
Mad baby! This wasn’t the day she got her shots, but she looked even madder than this when she did.
Health: She is so healthy and happy! She has been gaining weight like a champion! She is very alert, eats well, sleeps well, and is hitting her milestones on time. In fact, her doctor said that she is a “very smart baby” and is reaching a lot of milestones that are typical of a 4-month-old baby. Way to be an overachiever, Winter! Just like Momma! 🙂
Eating: At 2 months, she is eating 7 times per day including her middle of the night feed. Once she sleeps through the middle of the night feed (which is somewhere between 4:00 and 5:00 am), she will drop into a 6 times per day feeding routine. Because I breastfeed as well as pump, I know that she typically eats an average of 4 ounces at each feeding (though sometimes only 3.5 ounces and sometimes as much as 5 to 5.5 ounces). When she is more hungry, she will eat 5+ ounces. The most she has ever eaten at once is 6 ounces, and that was only one time.
Currently Winter is doing more nursing than bottle-feeding (pumped breast milk). I am thrilled about this! It was my goal to move to the 50/50 mark, so the fact that we are MOSTLY nursing is amazing (she nurses 5 or 6 times out of the 7 total feeds). Before we were very heavily on the pumping end, and only breastfeeding a small portion of time. But now nursing is becoming more and more of a regular thing. Lately I have been breastfeeding throughout the daytime and pumping/bottle-feeding in the evening & middle of the night. She is becoming much more efficient at breastfeeding as she gets older. What used to take her 45 minutes now takes her 20-25 minutes to nurse. Because I go to a breastfeeding group that does a pre-weight and post-weight to track her milk consumption, I know that in 20-25 minutes she eats approximately 4 (+/-)ounces. This is seriously making me SO HAPPY!! Overall, I’m very pleased with her progress she has made in regards to eating! She is a breastfeeding champ now!Here is what our typical feeding routine looks like on any given day (keep in mind it’s not a STRICT schedule, but a flexible routine like the book BabyWise suggests):
Her typical feeding routine generally looks like this:
4:00 to 5:00 am – Her middle of the night feed I always pump and then bottle-feed (I store the extra milk that she doesn’t eat)
7:00 am – Breastfeed & then pump to drain the remaining milk to store it (I tend to produce most milk at the middle of the night feed and this first morning feed)
10:00 am – Breastfeed only
1:00 pm – Breastfeed only
4:00 pm – Breastfeed only (or pump/bottle depending on what we are doing)
7:00 pm – Breastfeed only
10:00 pm – Pump/bottle-feed. I pump while Eric feeds her (I want to make sure my breasts are completely drained before our long-stretch at night). Also, it gives Eric a chance to bottle-feed because he likes to feed her after being gone all day at work
Big girl trying to hold her own bottle! So independent!
Likes: She loves when you smile at her. She likes singing songs — she even tries to “sing” with you! She loves to kick her legs in a cycling motion. She likes to be swaddled. She loves her hands — especially sucking on them. She likes bath time, surprisingly — because she used to hate baths. She likes her pacifiers. She likes eating (Eric said he thinks she is more soothed from nursing than bottle-feeding). She likes her play gym — she is fascinated with the toys that hang over her.
Dislikes: She hates shots! (Duh!) She doesn’t like to lie down during playtime…she wants to be propped up, standing or sitting (obviously assisted standing and sitting). Although if she lying in her playgym, she doesn’t mind lying flat. She HATES tummy time….she will do tummy time for a few minutes and then start crying because she is over it.
Things I want to remember:
–If I make faces at Winter (like sticking out my tongue), she mimics me and tries to copy what I do.
–When it’s time to feed, as soon as she sees a breast or a bottle, she gets really excited and starts cooing in anticipation. So cute!
–She kicks her legs constantly! Eric always says, “Winter, where are you going on your bike today?”
–She loves Frederick, her wabbanub frog. She is getting another wabbanub for Christmas…a white lamb. We are going to call her Lana. I’m sure she will love Lana and Frederick equally 🙂
–Whenever I turn on lights, she instantly closes her eyes…guess her eyes have to adjust just like anyone else, but it’s just so cute.
–She gets startled easily! If someone closes a door loudly, or sneezes, or anything — it startles her.
–Winter used to be able to sleep through any noises…but now I put her in her room in her crib for naptime because noises (like the dog barking or the doorbell ringing) wake her out of sleep.
–She loves to stand up. She has super strong legs (the doctor says she is ahead of “schedule”), and she loves to stand up and look around.
Things we are using a lot:
We couldn’t live without the following items:
–Baby Scale. I bought a baby scale at Babies R Us to track her weight gain. Now I use it more to do pre-weights and post-weights for when she nurses to see how many ounces she consumed. It’s nice that the scale is digital and converts to kg, so it’s more closely accurate when I do my feeding calculations.
–Snap & Go Stroller. You will rarely see me carrying around her car seat because I always use the snap & go stroller when I’m out and about. It’s so much more convenient. It’s practically a frame with wheels (and a little storage basket on the bottom).
–Nipple Shield. Yes, we are still using the nipple shield. I’d like to eventually ditch it, but it is still helpful at this point.
–Medela Pump. Though I’m mostly nursing, my pump is still getting used once or twice per day.
–Her crib. Now that she is on a schedule, she actually takes naps in her nursery. I make the room dark, turn on her space heater (she loves a warmmmm room!), grab the monitor and shut the door.
–Video Baby Monitor. Because of naptime, this thing is getting used a lot.
How Mommy is recovering: I am doing great! I posted earlier this week about my post-baby body thus far. At 6 weeks, in addition to running, I added the gym back into my routine. I feel great when I workout. I’m getting more and more energy from it. I also notice I’m getting stronger and my stamina is increasing. My lower abs and my tendons/ligaments in my pelvic area used to feel really weak & loose, but those areas are improving and getting stronger. I’m hoping to whip my body back in to shape!
My infection in my nipples is pretty much healed! My left side still has a little bit of healing left since it will still bleed, but overall things are looking MUCH IMPROVED! My right side is completely good to go. I use lanolin cream, and this has really helped tremendously. I have noticed better results using lanolin compared to APNO (all purpose nipple ointment — a prescription that is a steroid cream).
As a whole, I feel great! Around the 6 week mark, I started to feel like a human being again. My feelings of being frazzled, stressed out and overly emotional are all in the past. My morale is high and I feel like “I’ve got this”…motherhood is getting to be more and more fun!
Photos of Winter and Our Family:
Winter was almost 6 weeks here.
Travelling with Mommy to Florida via air travel (6 weeks old)
Our family down in Florida for Eric’s launch into space
We got to see the REAL Atlantis shuttle!! Amazing (6 weeks old)
Daddy and Winter
Mommy and Winter in Florida (6 weeks old)
Napping with Daddy (6 weeks)
Moby on the beach
Family walk on the beach
Daddy and Winter in Florida
Watching TV (6 weeks)
Happy girl (7 weeks old)
Somebody loves Frederick, her Wabbanub froggy! (7 weeks)
Winter’s getting a little chunky!! (7 weeks old)
Pretty girl! (7 weeks)
First Thanksgiving! (7 weeks)
Family run with the BOB
Family run with the BOB (7 weeks)
Happy little girl! (7 weeks)
Winter smiles all the time for us!
Mommy and baby girl (7.5 weeks)
First time ever wearing a dress! (7.5 weeks)
She is the happiest baby ever!
BRRRR….bundled up for a freezing cold day! (8 weeks)
Wearing her Purdue jammies!! Gotta represent our school!
Trying to help hold her own bottle!
Snuggling on the couch with her toy from Grandma (8 weeks)
Winter loves Daddy
She enjoys looking at us and smiling at us
First Christmas tree!
Bunny hat on…don’t worry, she did wear pants that day 🙂
Taking photos for our Christmas card!
Brrrr…winter is here now!
Our little family
Merry Christmas — soon!
Mommy and Winter
Sleepyhead…she actually takes naps in her crib now!
Not too happy, but she looked adorable in her bunny outfit!
2 months old!
Can’t believe she is already 2 months old!
She loves playtime in her playgym.
Winter and Koda.
Waking up in the morning.
2 month doctor appt.
2 month doctor appt.
2 month doctor appt.
First time wearing jeans…well jeggings really!
Somebody likes toys!
She officially moved up into 3 month size clothes!
Sorry for the photo overload this post! I think based on the amount of pictures, I might need to do some in-between photo posts 🙂 Happy 2 months, Winter! We love you!