Thursday, September 22, 2016

Two Months Old!

Sweet Eloise Jane, today you are two months old! This has been such a fun month in that you've started to really smile, coo, and interact with your world. Your face has so much sweetness and expression in it, and you continue to be such a cuddle-bug!

How big? We won't have your official stats until your doc appointment next week, but suffice it to say you are HUGE. You have consistently measured in the 100%+ range with height since birth (your doctor office notates this as 98% when you are off the charts) and you are easily wearing 3-6 month and 6 month proper clothes as well as size 2 diapers (we just broke out the cloth diaper stash- wahoo!). You are also busting your feet out of your Miracle Blanket swaddle. You are as big as Iyla was when she was closer to 8 MONTHS old!

3 days vs. 7.5 weeks!

Flexing those strong muscles

Long legs and arms!

Sleep? Not good. Not good at all. This week went from bad to atrocious, with our first "long stretch" of sleep lasting 2 to maaaaybe 3 hours- then you're up every 1-2 hours all.night.long, often needing lots of time and effort to go back to sleep (one night you were up thrashing those long legs of yours from 2:30-6am!). I think I was spoiled with your sister, who at 2 months was only waking 2x/night in a predictable schedule with a 6 hour first sleep stretch! You tend to wake around 6 times/night right now.... it's rough.

A local doula I'm taking a Mama class with mentioned that babies who were programmed to have accelerated growth often nurse a lot more during the night, and are also often a bit more fussy during those hours due to a sensitivity in their bodies to all that rapid growth. Hmmm.,,,sounds surprisingly like a baby I know!

Eating? You love to nurse all day every day, usually every 1-2 hours. You continue to be a champion latcher, and if you happen to miss the bulls eye good GOD does that HURT. You have such a strong sucking reflex! You are still not a huge pacifier fan, but will take it to soothe when you are tired and no longer want to nurse. However, the minute you fall asleep it pops out again!


*Ceiling fans
*Staring at my painting
*Your big sister (she gets the best smiles from you!)
*Cooing and vocalizing (you make this funny laugh sound where you suck in air and almost gasp!)

One of your favorite things to study came out of my college Painting 101 class

*The car
*The stroller (BOO- likely b/c you are still in your car seat with an adapter)
*Sleeping for more than a 3 hour stretch
*Having anyone but me hold you when you are tired

New abilities?
*Cooing & lots of "baby talk"
*Taking an occasional nap in your swing (to which I always do a happy dance!)
*Discovering your hands and feet (you furrow your brow and cross your eyes while studying them- it's hilarious)
*Starting to purposefully swat at things
*Putting weight on your legs when held upright

 Hand/foot study session

How's Mama?
*Tired... so, so tired
*I've still plateaued at 14-17 pounds above my pre pregnancy weight, sporting a nice life preserver donut around my waist. It's so hard to find time to exercise, though with your newfound ability to take an occasional nap in your swing I HAVE gotten in two modified Ashtanga yoga sessions!
*I am still having issues with my left arm/hand going numb & tingley throughout the day.
*I've had several "creeper" headaches where I don't get a warning with ocular flashing lights, just pain that progresses to a migraine level and hangs around for a couple of days. I always seem to get these on a Thursday- when my chiropractor's office is closed until the next Monday!

Here are a few more photos from your past month:

We just adore you sweet Eloise, and are so grateful to have you in the family! Here's to another month of growth, gorgeous smiles, and hopefully more sleep. 😉

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