2 months old
Weight: She's up to (will be filled in after her appointment) as of her two month appointment this afternoon
Health: She seems to be doing so much better the last few weeks and I'm not sure if it's the reflux medicine or me cutting out dairy or both. She still has her occasional fussy moments and she still spits up but it's so much better than before. Our pediatrician constantly comments on how healthy and perfect she is so hopefully she keeps that up!
Sleep: What a change a month can make! For the past couple weeks Betty has been an all-star night time sleeper but she's an awful daytime napper! I can't get her to take a good length nap anywhere but in my arms. I've been trying the cry-it-out technique to attempt to get some good naps in her rock-n-play going but all it does is make both of us cry and she usually wins. And if I am lucky enough to get her to sleep in her rock-n-play it usually only lasts for 30 minutes at most. I've been reading all the literature I can on this subject but all it does is make me feel like I'm failing as a mother so I've stopped. Right now if I've got to get something done during the day I do it while she's playing on her activity mat in between feedings and naps (on me). I'm going to cherish the naps she takes on me while I still can because I know they won't last forever.
Social: We've had to make quite a few grocery store trips each week during her second month but that and my doctor visits have been the extent of her social calendar. We did take her one night while my sis-n-law was in town to her first restaurant but she slept the whole time like a rock star! I'm kind of excited to get a bit more social with her now that she's had her immunizations so that the ones who've waited to meet her can do so.
Diet: I'm still exclusively breast feeding 100% of the time and she's a great "eater". We've done so well with this the past two months but I'm excited to attempt pumping and giving her a bottle soon. Our insurance just changed on the 1st so I'm hoping that can get a pump soon and have a bit more freedom.
Clothes: We have a few newborn pieces that still fit but for the most part she's in 0-3 month clothing exclusively and we are in size 1 diapers for now. I was really sad to pack away her newborn clothing and headband/bows that don't fit anymore but excited to have fun, new options to dress her in. I'm still having so much fun dressing her each day even if we don't ever get out of the house.
Baby Gear Love: We are still big fans of the Fisher Price Rock 'N Play and would recommend it to all parents-to-be, the Homedics myBaby Soundspa (Godsend!), Pampers Swaddlers, our activity mat (hand-me-down), Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes (such a great toy for her to listen to and look at) and Aveeno baby lotion & body wash.
Crying: She only cries for a couple reasons (fighting sleep and fussy after feedings/needing to spit up) and the rest of the time she's a content, happy baby.
Likes: She loves to talk to her reflection in the mirror still and talks to her toys that hang from her activity mat while kicking her feet and waving her arms like crazy. She's also enjoying bath time so much more now and loves the massage with baby lotion she gets afterwards. One of her absolute favorite things though is to gnaw on her hands/fists and attempt to put the whole thing in her mouth!
Milestones: She is such a "talker", is holding her head up more, can follow an object/person/pug pretty well and smiles all the time. Don't let her two month photo fool you though, immediately after I clicked the photo she slumped over onto her pillow!
Postpartum: I'm still working on losing weight and I'm okay with the fact that it's not just melting off because I'd much rather spend all my time with Betty over working out. I had my 6 week follow-up doctor visit recently where I was cleared to resume normal activity and also chose to get an IUD. I'm applying Mederma like a crazy person due to the stretch marks I received during the last month or so of pregnancy and I'd have to say that those are my biggest dislike even over my weight.
Looking forward to: (adding this prompt now so that I can talk about what we've got coming up) My in-laws are coming this weekend for another visit and we can't wait for them to get here on Friday. We're going to take photos of Betty in the bluebonnets that are all over the hill country this time of year and I can't wait to see what we can get. We are also getting a visit from my Aunt and cousin this weekend who haven't met Betty yet so I'm excited for that and then my parents are also coming back down (hopefully) the following weekend. We will be making our first road-trip back home (Dallas) with Betty for Easter and I can't wait for all the family that hasn't met her to get to and to get to share in our joy. I'm especially excited for Honey (my maternal grandfather) and my paternal Grandma, Betty's great-grandparents, to meet her; that will probably be one of my favorite moments thus far. This month is packed full of new and exciting things for our little 2 month old and I'm looking forward to all of it!
Happy Two Months Betty Leigh!