How did another month slip away? What a difference a few weeks makes!
We saw some significant changes over the past 4 weeks. She’s such a little lady!
Shortly after I published my Month One post, things started to get a bit easier. I’m not sure if we’re just getting used to being parents or if Noe getting even a day older makes a difference but I definitely feel like we’ve hit a more manageable stride in the past couple of weeks.
Somewhere around 6.5 weeks we thought we were going to lose are minds. Noe was crying every night for hours and nothing seemed to calm her. Our doctor thinks she may have been dealing with some colic, which tends to peak between 6 and 8 weeks before beginning to dissipate. Every night around 5pm she would begin fussing and wouldn’t stop until we got her to bed and by fussing I mean blood curdling screams that can seriously unnerve you.
We decided to give her a pacifier around this time, seeing as we were at our wits end and were willing to try anything. Let me tell you, it made all the difference in those early days. It was a great self soothing tool. When she was overly tired it allowed for some calming which sometimes led to the rare nap. I know there’s a lot of controversy around pacifiers but for us it was incredibly helpful and seeing as she was already a very well established breast feeder, the pros outweighed the cons. She’s not crazy attached to it and can go without it for the majority of the day but it’s a godsend when she’s so tired that she can’t figure out what to do with herself.
I also began pumping this month and a new routine began that has helped our evenings immensely. Around 7pm one of us gives Noe a bath. She continues to absolutely love the water and would probably spend hours in the tub if she could.
After her bath it’s daddy baby time.
Michael is bottle feeding her dinner. It’s a really special thing to watch the two of them together. She takes anywhere between 3-5 ounces and then we try to put her down. Sometimes this happens right away, sometimes there’s some walking and rocking involved, sometimes there’s a small feeding by me if she just doesn’t seem satiated enough. Then it’s off to bed. For the past few weeks she’s been going down around 8:30 or 9 and sleeping until somewhere between 4:30 and 6:30. It’s been amazing! There have also been two nights where she’s slept through the night but those were after the 8 week mark.
She continues to love any type of movement, be it the stroller, the ergo, the exercise ball or the car. She tends to sleep in any of the aforementioned places which are our go-to when we can’t get her to rest.
This month also brought her first smiles, coo-ing and what I can only take to assume as a massive improvement in her eye sight. She now looks at everything and follows me with her eyes when she’s in her swing. She’s discovered her hands and puts them in her mouth when she can’t find her binky. It’s probably only a matter of time before she discovers her feet.
We saw lots of family and friends this month as well.
And we celebrated her first Easter.
I’m loving how interactive she’s becoming and look forward to more of her adorable smiles.
Personally I am feeling so much more like myself. My hormones have completely leveled out and I feel pretty much back to normal. I am working out 5-6 times a week, alternating between yoga and running. I went back to hot yoga which feels amazing. I’m getting into the swing of running with the stroller…hello arm workout…and with the stroller and the dog! It’s a lot to coordinate but we’re getting the hang of it.
Overall I’m loving watching Noe grow and explore the world around her. The first newborn weeks were tough but everyday is more fun than the last. She’s like a different baby everyday.
Month Two Highlights:
Weight: 10lbs 12 ounces
Likes: being held (no change here), bath time, bouncing on the exercise ball, she also doesn’t mind being changed nearly as much as she used to and doesn’t wail when a shirt goes over her head
Dislikes: nap time (but this is getting better), going back to bed after she wakes up in the morning, daddy’s scratchy face kisses
Can’t live without: her binky, zip up onesies
Favorite Noe-ism: how she opens her mouth whenever we bring a stuffed animal toward her faces for kisses
Exercise: running and yoga
Looking forward to: laughter, more smiles
Cute little baby feet.
Enjoy and Exhale!