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2 Months

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!

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1 month to 6 weeks

It has been 11 days since Elena’s 1 month checkup, and I haven’t updated here!  I try to document everything here so I can add it to the baby book later.  Plus, I enjoy going back to read Liam’s updates, so I know I will thank myself down the road to continue with the updates.  While I never want to get so focued on documenting that I fail to enjoy the experience, I also know my memory can only hold so many details.  Creating a record will allow me to relive these days over and over in much more detail than I trust my mind to maintain.

At her one month checkup Elena was 10 pounds even and 22.9″.  This puts her between the 50th and 75th percentiles for weight, and at the 100th percentile for height. She is one tall girl!  It will be interesting to see if that continues. 

She is smiling more and more, especially at Nathan.  It seems I have to work a little harder for my smiles.  🙂  I’m also pretty sure I have heard a few little giggles, but I’m not positive about that.  I am sure it will be unmistakable soon enough.  She is strong – during tummy time she can lift her head very well. When we are holding her upright, she moves her body all around and will manage to make her way from one of our shoulders to the other.  She’s also starting to be more vocal.  I’ve heard lots of vowel sounds, and the other day I heard the “g” sound for the first time.  I remember Liam making that sound. 

Liam still adores his baby sister.  A couple nights ago she was crying, and he tried to give her his stuffed animal.  He also likes to kiss her on the head.  He does such a good job throwing diapers away for us and putting her clothes in the hamper to be washed.  

I had my 6 week checkup last Friday, and got the all clear to lift Liam again.  I actually started doing it about a week ahead of my checkup, even though I technically did not have permission to do that yet. It was worth it though, because it seems to have helped him cope with everything.  He is not acting out nearly as much as he was during the first month. He’s still unpredictable at night – we never know how easy it is going to be to get him to sleep or how many times he will wake up in a given night. 

And now it’s time for some pictures.

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