Thursday, November 1, 2012

Aven Hope - 2 months

Where is the one month post, you might ask? Well, this baby care thing is a full time job I tell ya! I so meant to do a one week, two week, at least a one MONTH post, but those milestones flew by before I could even blink. My sweet little girl turned two months old last week (9 weeks today) and I'm finally sitting down to write about what we've been up to this last month!

Two Month Stats:
Height - 23 3/4 inches - 90th percentile - we knew she'd be tall!
Weight - 12 lbs -80th percentile
Head - 15 1/2 inches - 60th percentile

Feeding - going really well! Around weeks 5-6 nursing completely stopped hurting and I now look forward to each session. She is eating every three hours (on average) for 15 minutes per side and is a great eater according to her pediatrician! We affectionately call her "Little Hippo". :) She also has a pumped bottle or so a week (usually 4 oz.) and has no confusion going between that and nursing.

I think I'll eat this sticker!

Awake time - We are loosely following the Babywise method of "eat/play/sleep" and it's working out great for her. I've noticed that her max waketime is about an hour (feeding included) - once we hit that 60 minute mark she starts to get owly so we swaddle her and down for a nap she goes. During waketime we do tummy time (which she's not a huge fan of), sing songs, read books, play on her activity mat, talk to Keely, and take LOTS of pictures.

Enough pictures, Mom...

Sleeping - Still trying to figure this one out, but we're getting there! She is a really great napper during the day and takes 4 naps that are 1.5-2 hours each - great for momma! She mostly still naps in her bunny swing in the living room, or in her carseat if we're out and about. She's done a few naps in her crib and I plan to start making that the norm more often. She's in there at night now (transitioned around 4 weeks - we ALL sleep better at night that way!) so I need to be consistent with where she naps too. Nighttime sleep has been up and down - the most she's done is a 7 hour stretch, but only a few times. Like I said, around 4 weeks we moved her to this pillow in her crib and she really seemed to like it. Last weekend we took the pillow away and now she sleeps on an incline wedge (for mild reflux issues) with this headrest so she doesn't get a flat head. :) The first few nights in the new setup did NOT go well (I'm talking waking every two hours) and she missed her pillow, but it's much better now. We now have a bedtime routine that we stick to every night where I nurse her (or Tyge does a bottle), then we change her diaper and swaddle her (to wake her up again if she fell asleep nursing - don't want to form that sleep association), read one book, then turn the light off and rock while singing a lullaby. We rock her until she's drowsy but still awake then lay her in her crib. She's does well with then falling the rest of the way to sleep on her own. She usually only gets up once at night between 2 and 4 AM, nurses for 10-15 minutes, then goes right back down with minimal effort. Like I said, we've had some really rough nights here and there but I think we're getting a nice little routine down, for now anyway...

How can you be upset at that face when she wakes you at 3 AM?!

Outings - We usually try to do 2-3 outings per week, whether that be lunch with a friend, shopping, seeing Grandma, etc. She does really well in her carseat (hated it at first) and hasn't had any huge public meltdowns, thank goodness! We also had our first two road trips this month! First up North for our baby shower in early October, then to South Dakota for pheasant opener with my family a few weekends ago. She did great both times and actually had her longest stretches of sleep in the Rock N Play sleeper - love that thing! She's also had a few playdates with her friends (er, my friends kids, but they will be her friends someday!) and I can't wait for more of those!

I'm so excited!

Temperament - she is a much more happy girl this month! She gave me her first smile at 6 weeks - while I was changing her diaper she flashed me this happy grin. She smiles quite often now when we talk sweet to her and I just melt. Her Daddy can get some really good ones out of her! She continues to have mild reflux symptoms so we take her to the chiropractor and it seems to help from what I can tell. The spitting doesn't seem to cause her pain anymore, but she does spit up quite a bit - more laundry for me! She definitely went through the 6 week fussy stage where she had a bad witching hour in the evening for a week straight, but that's gone now. She really only cries when hungry (but I usually feed her before she gets to that point), is wet (poo doesn't seem to bother her!), is overtired or overstimulated, or while burping - she hates being burped. She has so many cute faces that make me laugh, and I love when she "talks" to me - I can't get enough of her sweet cooing sounds and happy squeals!

As for me - My 6 week appointment went great, all is healed! Though I was cleared for exercise, I didn't do anything until this week when I went for my first run - in nearly 11 months! It was more of a jog with walking breaks, but it felt great nonetheless. Whenever it's nice out I try to get Keely and Aven out for a walk, which feels great as well. I've been doing surprisingly well on the less sleep and sometimes get to nap during her morning nap, which is awesome. I try to only schedule a few outings per week so Aven and I have lots of cuddle time together at home, as I know I have to go back to work in a month and will miss that. We were too busy in the first month, so I've toned it down this month which has been nice. The post-birth emotions are more in check, but I do get overwhelmed at times with how consuming it is to take care of her and keep everything running in the home - I have lots of respect for stay at home moms - it's WORK! Though don't get me wrong, I love every minute of it and dread going back to work, really. I can't imagine leaving my little peanut, but don't want to go there yet. I still have another month of 24/7 with her. :)

Schedule - Like I said, we do the eat/play/sleep thing and I've been playing around with the times until last week when she finally seemed to settle into a nice routine, that looks something like this:
  • 7:30 AM - Wake up and nurse followed by playtime
  • 8:30 AM - Nap
  • 10:30 AM - Nurse and playtime
  • 11:30 AM - Nap
  • 1:30 PM - Nurse and playtime
  • 2:30 PM - Nap
  • 4:30 PM - Nurse and playtime
  • 5:30 PM - Nap
  • 7:00 PM - Nurse and less stimulating playtime
  • 8:00 PM - Doze in our arms or bunny swing
  • 9:00 PM - Nurse followed by bedtime routine - usually in crib by 9:30
  • 2-4 AM - Middle of the night feed
**I usually wake her from every nap to feed, otherwise she's sleep all day it seems!
**I tried doing a dreamfeed where I put her to bed at 7-7:30 then wake her back up to feed at 10:30-11 but she doesn't seem to sleep any longer and it actually seems to make her wake more frequently throughout the night.

Being a mommy to my sweet little girl is the best thing I've ever done, and each day truly gets better and better!

My sweet little angel


  1. She is too cute! And I am impressed that you are only waking up once a month at 2 months!

  2. She is so sweet! You are doing a great job momma! We need to do a "play date" soon :-)