Family of Four

Family of Four

Monday, June 3, 2013

2 Months Old!?!

2 months?!? Well slightly more than two months thanks to, once again, my delay in posting this. I was bad before, but now that I actually have this precious little one that gets the majority of my attention, I am even worse. Some days I look at her and she is still this tiny little nugget and others, I can't believe how much she has grown! 

As the weeks gone on, she stays awake more and more which means a few more fussy moments, but mostly she is a happy, smiley baby who loves to look round and take in all the new things around her. this complicates nap times a bit, because she doesn't want to miss a thing, but it is so fun to watch her discover new things in her every day surroundings. And she loves meeting new people. She gets the biggest smiles when they talk to her and pay attention to her. It's so fun!

Her 2 month well-baby visit came with a round of vaccinations (4 shots and 1 oral). She, of course, cried when they gave her the shots but calmed down and went to sleep pretty quickly. We got home, did her 2 month little photo shoot and she did great through that as well. It was about an hour later, mid-nap, that she got super fussy. She would wake from a dead sleep and scream in pain. So, we pretty much cuddled all afternoon/early evening on the couch. She'd wake up every 20 minutes or so screaming. It was heart breaking. After Mac got home (with some infant Tylenol) she calmed down and I took her for a run in the jogging stroller to get some fresh air. That helped a bit as well. She still slept like a champ that night and was fine by the next day - although I swear she kept watching me to see if I was going to stab her with another needle.

This month saw a few more baby sitters as well. I am working with AZ Spa Girls again on the Summer Spaaah Series which means I had to leave little nugget for 7 hours! Up until then, I had not had a problem leaving her with people, but those were just an hour or two at a time. It was very hard to give her to Chrissy for the night (even though she is who I get most of my parenting cues from). But once the event started I was so busy that it wasn't as bad as I thought. We also started our weekly play dates at Aunt Susans so I can get a few hours a week to focus on the things I need to do that week. We are so lucky to have such supporting and helpful people in our lives. 

2 months old: 
Weight: 9 pounds 14 ounces - 15th percentile (Birth: 6 lbs 14 oz) 
Height: 22.25 inches - 40th percentile (Birth: 21 in)
Head: 15.75 inches - 93rd percentile (Birth: 12.25 in)

Our pediatrician said she is still doing great and that with her movement on the table could roll over any day :)

Recognizes mom's voice
Looks for mom 
Strong neck
Strong legs

12 days old

trip to Tucson
Time being babysat (by Grandpa and Grandma Mac)

17 days old

Tummy time so she she can look around and move her head
Daddy playing piano
Being in the sling/backpack
The car's air condition on full blast 
Practicing standing
Making faces

The car seat
Being hot (she will seriously be fine with freezing toes, but the minutes I turn the air down she will scream)

20 days old

From day one McKenzie has been an excellent breastfeeder. I was worried when we had to start supplementing her with formula to help get rid of the jaundice, but she switched from one to the other effortlessly. Which then gave me confidence that giving her a pacifier would not derail our plans, so that came into play much earlier than I thought (and has been a life saver in many situations already). She has multiple personalities when eating, it really jsut depends on her mood. Most of the time she is kind of a lazy eater. She will eat for a bit, then start to nod off and realize she's eating so immediately wakes up and starts at it like she is starving to prove she is not ready to stop. Other times she is down to business and eats consistently for 15-20 minutes and then stops. Then we also have her excited eating where she is so excited at the thought of eating that she can't quite seem to get latched on - that's my favorite because she is just so funny! 

I have also started building up my freezer supply by pumping and at our appointment the Dr said to bottle feed her 1-2 times a week to get her used to feeding from a bottle and someone else for when she is being cared for by others. Apparently some babies refuse bottles. McKenzie doesn't seem to be picky though - she;s a little piggy and will take food however you want to give it to her. But, this gives Mac an opportunity to have some more bonding time with her - she is very much a momma's girl right now.

For a little bit there I felt like my life was just a constant 2 hour cycle and I was just waiting for the next 15-20 minute feeding to start, but it feels less and less like that each day. In fact, we have stretched days feeds to about 3 (sometimes 4) hours apart and her nights (which have always been longer) is about 4-5 hours apart.

24 days old

In the early weeks, McKenzie spent the majority of her time sleeping.  Most of the time I had to set a timer and wake her up to eat (which probably accounted for the earlier feeling I mentioned) Then she started staying awake each day for the entire time between 1 or 2 feedings, but I'd still have to wake her up for the other feedings. Now she usually wakes up between 3 and 3.5 hours because she is hungry.

At night we have always been pretty lucky. From the time we brought her home, she was consistently sleeping an hour or 2 longer at night than during the day. The first time it happened I felt so bad, and set my alarm to wake her up like I did during the day, but the doctor said it was ok to let her sleep longer at night  so now she falls asleep around 11:30, wakes up around 3:30, goes right back down and gets up around 6:30  or 7. Since I am definitely not ready to get up at 7, after she eats we have our morning cuddle session in bed and sleep for another 2 to 3 hours. It's probably my favorite part of the day to be honest.

She is much more awake and alert now though. She likes to look around and see what's around her. From time-to-time she will just stop and stare at something (usually nothing more than a shadow or corner of a wall) for what seems like forever. I spend a lot of this time talking to her, holding her, bouncing her and recently, playing with her little arms and legs which she loves to move around so much. She also makes the funniest faces when she is awake so I love to watch her and make funny faces back. When daddy has her, they practice standing and funny faces too. Her little legs are so strong and she loves to be up on them. 

She spends most of her day time naps in her portable rocker thing and then nights in the bassinet by our bed. She's was not a fan of her swing at first, but is slowly getting used to it and dare I say, even starting to like it a bit :) The pack and play is still really just for changing her downstairs and her crib is just pretty for now although the change of scenery the few times I have laid her in it calms her down from a fuss - but not for long.

4 weeks old

Well I think that's all for now. I promise I am going to to be better about blogging and posting pictures to her Facebook Group (it's private, so if you want in just message me). I am pretty good about her Instagram, so make sure you are following her if you want pictures. 
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