On Monday, Elena was 2 months old. We also had her 2 month checkup. She weighed 10 lbs 12 oz (25-50th percentile) and was 24.5″ long (>98th percentile). Her head circumference is between the 50th and 75th percentiles. I was a little concerned that she had only gained 12 ounces this month when average weight gain is an ounce a day, but her pediatrician said it was fine, and that she was probably putting all her energy into growing lengthwise.
She is still nursing roughly every 3 hours during the day, and at night she will go a good long stretch (sometimes as much as 10 hours) without eating. Every now and then, she will every 3 hours or so at night, but usually she gives us at least 6 hours without eating.
She is a very happy baby, and smiles all the time. She smiles as soon as she sees us after she wakes, which makes my heart melt! She also smiles whenever we talk to her. She rarely cries or fusses, and seems, in general, to be quite content and easygoing. She does get a little gassy sometimes and I can tell she is uncomfortable by the way she is squirming and unsettled. But even that will rarely cause her to fuss. When she does cry or fuss, she settles quite quickly with a pacifier or a snuggle. These past 8.5 week with her have been absolute bliss!
I thought I’d have an easier time thinking about ending my maternity leave this time around, but I am realizing I was very wrong about that. It will be easier to trust someone else to watch her this time, simply because I know how it works this time around, and I know how awesome the daycare we use is. The teachers and staff clearly love each child, and knowing that, and the fact that it is a familiar place, means I won’t worry so much as I did until I established that relationship when Liam started going. But I’m going to miss this mommy/baby time. I don’t necessarily want to be a stay-at-home-mom indefinitely. However, it would be nice to have 6 months to a year instead of 12 weeks. Thankfully I stil have 3.5 weeks left. But I know just how quickly that will go. I need to stop thinking about that though, because I don’t want to spend the remaining bit of this sweet time dreading it’s end!
Liam is still doing great with his sister. He’s constantly bringing her toys and pacifiers. He did get a little jealous last night when I put her in one of his sleepers he wore as a baby. I have no idea how he knew it was his, but as soon as he saw her in it he started screaming and saying “mine!”. I had to give him one of her receiving blankets to console him.
Well, Elena is waking and it sounds like she will be needing a diaper change, so I need to stop now. There is so much more I need to document, but time is so hard to find these days. Hopefully I can get everything recorded before I forget! I have lots of Liam things to get down on paper (or computer)too! I know my posts since Elena’s birth have largely been about her, but that’s because newborns change at a much more rapid pace than toddlers, so I’m trying really hard to at least write about those things. I already update about Elena less than I did about Liam at this age. I guess that’s how it goes when there are 2 little ones at home!