Saturday, June 25, 2011
Another month. Flown by. To the wayside. Wahhhhhhhh. Actually, I won't say out loud that I'm glad for the developmental progression and all of the new tricks that my non-newborn baby is starting to show off. Ok, I will say it out loud.
Month Two has been a huge month and I'm guessing that each month will be more jam-packed as the time goes on. My darling two-year old niece is proof of that--every day something new. This month was also filled with a little less tears (though still some) and a lot more laughs and smiles--from both mama and babe. So, in the same fashion as last month's update, all of the things that I want to remember but am afraid that I'll forget--like all the things that I've already forgotten. If nothing else, I'm reminded all too frequently how quickly time passes and how once that time is gone, it's gone. It seriously breaks my heart...but...
For the most part we've settled into a nice daily routine. Get up in the morning, go for a walk, I grab a shower and every other day Elle gets a bath. She seems to really enjoy her baths and is usually calm as a cucumber. I'll be glad, though, when she can sit up and I don't have to figure out how to rinse her off when we're finished (usually hold her like a turkey under the sink faucet!). The rest of the day just depends on the day. Hopefully two naps (will get to that in a bit), play on the playmat, read some books, and maybe go on an excursion to the store so I can get out of the house.
At around five weeks Elle started cooing here and there and giving off random smiles. The smiles were only rewarded after a lot of work on my part, but now they're easier to come by. She now talks quite a bit and loves when I talk back to her (usually cooing as well). This week she's started laughing a little bit but it's still pretty random. I've only been able to partially capture a smile once--below in the last collage. The second picture is of her cooing, which I've tried to get on video but she's a stubborn one.
When I change Elle's diaper she gives me the funniest little "what the heck are you doing" face (kind of like the bath picture but more intense). She scrunches up her eyebrows and purses her lips. I give her back the same look and then she breaks into a smile. It's become a bit of a game between us now. She's quite the flirt!
I try to do a bit of tummy time every day on her playmat. She usually lasts only a few minutes (probably not even that long), but she's gotten to the part where she loves looking at the music playing light on the mat. Today she kept shaking her head back and forth on the mat and I realized that one of the dangling items was blocking her view of the light. As soon as I moved her she started smiling and laughing. Smart little chickpea.
She isn't grabbing at things yet and will only hold onto things briefly if I put them in her hand but sometimes when she's napping she'll pull her own hair.
Last weekend (just shy of 8 weeks), we moved Elle out of our bedroom and into her own crib. She had been taking all of her naps and sleeping over night in her swing (see collage below) and I was afraid she'd continue to be more addicted to the swing (even though it didn't need to be on for her to fall asleep). And I needed her out of the bedroom. So, we prepared to be up all night with her screaming (as experienced when I've tried to get her to nap in crib), but she only woke every three hours. The next night she slept for six! Most nights she does sleep for a five to six hours stretch--sometimes close to seven! She fights and fights before we put her down to bed, though!
Naps in her crib are still tough (hence my lack of blogging this week). She'll fall asleep but gas usually wakes her up after 30-45 minutes and she can't seem to fall back asleep even though she has the ability to at night. As I type this she's fast asleep in the swing. Don't tell Scott... ;)
I'm still exclusively nursing and it seems to be going great. She's definitely got a bit of chunk to pinch on her little legs! I've been trying to pump when I can to start a stock in the freezer as I'd like to go for six months and fear my supply won't be enough once I go back to work and begin pumping throughout the day.
She still has all her hair! It's a bit broken in the back but no bald spot. Her roots are starting to come in blondish and I can tell it's thinned out a bit, but goodness that girl has a lot of hair! Her eyebrows have shaped up nicely and her eyelashes are so long. Her eyes will definitely stay blue as Scott and I are both blue, but how light I'm not sure. Right now they're simply gorgeous.
Elle has discovered her tongue and clicks it against the top of her mouth and sticks it out a lot. When she was born the doctor noted she was tongue-tied, but that doesn't seem to be a problem anymore! She's also discovered her hands and frequently tries to suck on her fist. I think she prefers this to her pacifier but I'm not sure I prefer it! You can take away the paci but not the fingers...
What else? She loves being outdoors and even likes the wind. She still is fairly fussy in the evenings, but I think this is partly because she gets bored so easily. She's pretty good when we take her out of the house and when other family members are holding her. She definitely gets her fair share of loud with my family and she does great getting passed around to friends and family.
Her stomach has settled down a bit but I've figured out no ice cream, chocolate, or spaghetti sauce. Still not sure on the spicy--sometimes it seems fine but sometimes not. I don't think she has reflux--she rarely spits up and has only thrown up on me once.
She's just beautiful--I wish I could capture her true beauty on the camera. But what I find so interesting is how different she looks at different times. The pictures below kind of capture that. Is that how we all are?
Whew, think that's about it. We go to the doctor on Monday so I'll add in her weight/height stats then.
So now the pictures...
And monthly photo idea borrowed from my cousin Elise who found it somewhere on the internet.
Off to snuggle with that baby before this day runs out, too.