Our baby is TWO MONTHS OLD!!
Here are a few highlights from her second month:
She SMILES! At us! Not just when she has gas! It is quite possibly the most adorable thing IN THE WORLD. EVER. Although it is almost impossible to get a picture of it. At this point, capturing her smile on camera is like capturing Big Foot on camera. Here’s a few, but believe me – she is a smiling fool – when she’s not Ms. Fussy Pants, that is.
This kid has been such an unpredictable sleeper up until a few days ago. Some nights she would sleep 2-3 hours at a time, some nights she would sleep for 4 hours, some nights she would be up every hour or so, and some nights she would be up for long stretches at a time (one night she decided to be up from midnight until 5:30am – fun…). Recently, though, we have found a way to *sometimes* get her to sleep longer: load her up with milk just before bed. That way her cute little tummy is full and happy and the effort of digesting knocks her right out.
She was super fussy up until about seven weeks. We didn’t get to do too much fun stuff with her because all our time was spent trying to keep her less fussy, since not fussy was not exactly an option. It was sad because we didn’t get to do too much fun developmental baby stuff, like tummy time or playing on the play mat, because she wouldn’t have any of it. We still don’t know what exactly was wrong or what changed to make things better. We think it might have been gas… She’s been a totally different baby in the last two weeks or so. She’s happy and smiling, loves to be on her playmat, can sit in her rock ‘n’ play while awake, and doesn’t spend her days crying (or threatening to cry).
Here are some examples of the baby beast:
Here are some ways that we have learned to tame the baby beast:
- Back pats. Oh tried and true back pats. That calms a baby beast the best.
- Silly songs. Alice doesn’t care for real baby songs. She wants you to sing about what’s happening around her and about how she’s feeling/acting. “Little baby Alice, she’s so mad. She is a grump and cries cries cries. Mommies and daddies need her to sleep. They are so tired and babies should be, too. She is so fussy, crying all the time. Sweet baby Alice, she’s so cute” You know, great lyrics like that. Songwriting gold.
- Rocking. The batteries on the swing died and we are lazy and haven’t replaced them in weeks – plus we don’t have a rocker. It’s a small house. We can’t fit another chair in here… So Alice gets rocked old school. That mean me sitting on the couch rocking my torso. Classy.
- Looking at lights. She loves looking at the light from windows and gets the most awestruck look on her face when she stares at them. Also, there is a vent in the ceiling above our bed that has a black vent cover ( yea yea, I know… replace that shit already! Why do we have a black vent cover on a while ceiling?! Laziness. Pure and utter laziness.) that she LOVES staring at. Contrast. It’s all about the contrast, people.
- PICTURE. Alice’s three best friends are Mom, Dad, and Picture. What is Picture, you say? Well let me tell you. Picture is a picture (surprise) that is hanging on the wall above the couch in our living room. Alice LOVES looking at Picture. She will stare at that thing forever. She can be so fussy but if you turn her so she can see Picture, she is all set.
She is still just a little thing. She goes to the pediatrician on the 16th and that’s when we figure out how much she weighs. We have only been able to weigh her with the following formula: (Laura+Alice) – Laura = Alice. Here are our guesses for her 2 month weight: Laura 8lb4oz // Derek 8lb.
Official 2 month weight: 8lb14oz what?! Huge. Giant baby. Well, giant for her. She is only at the 5th percentile for both height and weight and 10th percentile for head size. She had her 2mo appointment with Dr. Alt on the 16th where she got a check up and 6 immunizations. She sucked down the oral one (loved it) and took the 5 shots like a champ. She cried for about 30 seconds – her face got so dark red – but then immediately calmed down and was fine. It wasn’t as heartbreaking as I had expected it to be – until we got home and her little baby hamhocks were sore and swollen. That was sad. Poor baby.
Oh, exciting news! She can finally wear newborn sized clothes! We spent a long time in the limbo between preemie and newborn sizes. Only some newborn styles fit her and preemie stuff didn’t fit her because she was too long. Weird clothing limbo. But now she is able to wear newborn clothes. They are baggy on her but fit overall. This is exciting because she has SO MANY cute outfits and jammies that she can finally wear – and will be able to wear for a while. Some small babies gain weight quickly and go from being teeny tiny to normal sized really fast. I don’t think that Alice will fit into this category. I’m guessing that she will be a slow and steady gainer. The downside to her small size is that she is not going to fit into the clothes for her age – she won’t be wearing 3mo sized stuff at three month, probably more like when she is 5-6 months. This makes all of her seasonal stuff at risk of not fitting her during the right weather, which makes me sad. So we can’t really get too many clothes ahead of time.
Pacifier drama: We waited until she was two weeks old to introduce the pacifier. There is a lot of conflicting opinions as to when is a good time to start the pacifier (at birth, two weeks, one month, never, when she’s breastfeeding well, etc.). We chose two weeks. We also chose to use the Soothie pacifier because it is popular opinion that that is one of the best kinds for newborns because it is most similar to the breast. At 4 weeks we stopped using it because it was impacting her ability to breastfeed. This was a DISASTER. Sucking comforts this kid to no end. She NEEDS a pacifier. So we started using the MAM pacifiers because we had a bunch already and she loved them. This kind didn’t impact her at all, maybe because it was a different shape… Anyway, we put that thing in her mouth and she gets sleepy eyes immediately. We wouldn’t be able to go in public with her if she didn’t have a pacifier. She would be a mess (we learned this the hard way). So now she is a pacifier kid and is never without a pacifier attached to her clothes.
Events from Month 2:
Here is a collection of cute Alice pictures from the last month: