Thursday, December 12, 2013

Three Month Update - 11.30.13


Month three was quite the month. Maybe that's why I'm so late in writing this (but at least I'm writing it!!), but I'm quite glad that for many reasons the month is now behind us. We basically had one normal week in the month--the second two weeks were thrown out of whack with my surgery and recovery and the last week we traveled to Utah for Thanksgiving. So, so long month three!

As a second time mom, it's been impossible for me to not compare my experiences with Evie to my experiences with Elle. It constantly amazes me how different the two girls are and I've also forgotten how sweet little babies are. I don't want Evie to grow up!! I want her to stay my little baby forever. No really. Even though she probably won't be my last, I've been taking my time with things as though she is. I felt a pang with every milestone that Elle met, but this is more of a pain. So badly and deeply do I want time to just stop right now.

Sleep - Evie is sleeping a solid 7-8 hours at night--sometimes more, very rarely less. She's still sleeping in our bedroom and while Scott would like to move her out of the room, I just can't be bothered. We all sleep great and it's just so easy (spoiler alert, we have since moved her into her own room...). She doesn't settle down for the night, though, until 10 and usually wakes at 6. Or sometimes I wake her up if it's been too long! She usually goes right back to sleep until 9ish.

I'm still working on naps. She was napping great, until she wasn't. In the morning she'll nap for about 30-45 minutes and ideally she'll sleep for longer in the afternoon but often she doesn't. I try to be patient as I remember it took months before Elle napped regularly. We have good days and we have less good days--on those less good days we usually just pack up and head out of the house to burn some time.

Eating - Still nursing six or seven times a day every two and a half to three hours for about fifteen to twenty minutes. Got all those numbers? :) Evie nurses fairly well but she's easily distracted and sometimes she rather talk than eat. I keep telling her this is why she's such a little girl--too busy socializing to eat. Sometimes it's frustrating to me when she does this, but we usually end up having a pretty good conversation and try again later. She was taking a bottle every now and then but the past couple of times she hasn't been interested. I'm still mostly dairy-free and usually regret when I've eaten too much cheese (pizza is always a bad idea).

Routine - Ahem, since she's pretty much just sleeping and eating, there's really not much more to our day. Ok, kidding a little. Nope, not really--what else do we do all day?! Bath time, which she likes a little better but still gives me the evil glare the entire time. Eh--since three out of four weeks in this month were routine-less, December will be a routine-building month.

Development - My favorite is her laugh. She's quite ticklish and her laugh is literally a "hahahaha" in breathy pants. She loves to talk, especially in the evenings, and has quite a large range of sounds. She loves her hands but hasn't tried sucking her thumb anymore. She's recently discovered her feet and loves kicking her little legs into the air. Kick kick kick kick--she's a pretty chill baby but she loves kicking those little legs!

She's discovered how fascinating ceiling fans are and has finally taken an interest in her playmat, especially the musical light. During tummytime she'll sometimes roll onto her back and she's kicking her legs over to the side when she's on her back. She no longer wants to be held like a baby (except when I'm trying to help her to sleep after she's been swaddled), and she loves being held like she's sitting in a chair. She loves sticking out her tongue and often has her right fist raised in the air. Oh and the spit and bubbles--nonstop!

Personality - Oh my gosh is Evie sweet. And happy. While she does fuss here and there, she is mostly very laid back and has such an easy disposition. It's usually pretty easy to tell when she's tired or hungry, though sometimes she just wants to be held close. I'm normally very happy to comply. While it's hard for Evie and Elle to interact right now, I can tell that Evie is so patient with her big sister. She seems to look at Elle with some loving and curious and adoring eyes--she rarely fusses when Elle is messing with her. I can't wait to watch their relationship develop.

How is Elle doing? I don't think she remembers what life was like before Evie. A few weeks ago my sister took Evie for a few hours and I thought Elle would freak out because she didn't get to go. Instead she freaked out because her baby sister was leaving her--she was distraught! She always asks where her baby sister is if Evie isn't in the same room and she asks to hold her and kiss her. My favorite is when we're in the car and Evie starts fussing--Elle so patiently hushes her "we're almost home Evie; don't cry." It both breaks my heart and warms my heart at the same time.

Sadly because I was basically out for two weeks I didn't have as many pictures this past month--at least not on my regular camera. Here are some of my favorites...










Alright--let's rewind and live that third month over again. K, thanks.


22 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, she is getting cuter each month, and I don't even know how that's possible! That picture of her sitting up in the yellow and pink outfit is SOooo cute! I'm glad she's such a content little baby, and sleeping so well at night! I'm sure it's so nice for you to get a good stretch of unbroken sleep at night! And the sister interaction is so sweet!

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  2. She's so beautiful. Thanks for these pictures. She's precious.

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  3. So sweet! Your girls are just wonderful, and I'm sure you do want time to slow down. Your posts always make me excited to (someday!) be a parent! :)

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  4. I so remember that feeling of wanting time to slow down with the second one. Even now I feel that way--it's a cliché, but they really do grow up way too fast! I love that your girls are already becoming besties. Whenever Livy is here by herself she asks, 'Where's Lucie?'. :)

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  5. What a great post! Good luck getting into a routine. :) I love reading your little updates.

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  6. She is just so darn cute! I love the picture with Elle giving her a kiss. Priceless ;) I remember those days even if it feels like so long ago!

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  7. Adorable! You definitely keep better photos and records than most 2nd time parents:)

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  8. Oh my word, little Evie is such a sweetie pie! What a little dolly!

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  9. Aww she is adorable! I am expecting my first in February and everyone keeps telling me that the hardest and best part is watching them grow up.

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  10. The pics are too cute. I love that first one at the top. Her little legs are sticking straight out and she has that one wonky toe. I love baby feet!!

    Okay, explain to me the real name verses what you call your kids.

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  11. Aw, so sweet. Love the sibling relationship. Mine were not close as little ones because they're 7 years apart and it took forever for them to find something in common but I was determined that they were going to get along and kept after them. Finally, they found some common ground in computer games and similar things, when Kiddo was old enough to share them with his big brother. It warms my heart when I'm with one or the other and he turns away to text his brother.

    Hope December is an easier month for you and you do manage to work into a nice routine!

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  12. She is so sweet! I grew up with a sister who is 2 years older than me and that is such a great age. They'll find in high school and then be friends for life : )

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  13. How wonderful! The photos are so sweet as are the memories you are creating. Enjoy each and every moment...

    But, routine building in December? Seriously?? Give yourself a break, doll. It's Christmas and there isn't anything routine about it!

    cjh

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  14. Your little girls are just so adorable! Their relationship reminds me of my nieces'. Have a lovely holiday season! :)

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  15. Beautiful baby! I'm like Meg - I love reading these and thinking about being a mom one day. <3

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  16. Oh and look there she is kicking her little leg. So adorable. Thank you for sharing the update!

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  17. Love the pics! Both girls are so cute. I can't believe it's been three months already.

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  18. Adorable! You are an excellent mother :)

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  19. These posts always make me smile, Trish. You have such darling little girls. I'll bet it was a fun-filled Christmas!

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  20. So happy that Elle is so taken with her baby sister! Evie is growing so fast!

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  21. Such cute little ladies :) Love hearing these updates, and I'm so glad you're doing well!

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