We celebrated Little B’s two month birthday last Wednesday! Sometimes, I feel like she was just born yesterday and other times, I feel like she has been around forever.
I am relieved to have made it past the very early newborn stage, in which we had no idea what we were doing and we felt like we were just trying to survive from one day to the next. Although there are still some stressful moments from time to time, we are really starting to have a great time together as a family.
At two months, Little B:
Is growing like a weed! At her two month doctor’s appointment, she weighed in at 11.1 pounds and measured 22.3 inches long. She has also left her newborn clothes and diapers behind. The sadness that I felt as I packed them away was tempered by the fact that she has a ton of adorable clothing in larger sizes, thanks to our generous family and friends. During the early days, she mostly wore footed pajamas since we weren’t going out too much. They were easy, but got a bit boring. Now, I spend more time than I probably should sorting through her collection of onesies, pants and cardigans to decide what she will be wearing each day. She has made it known that she doesn’t like shirts being put over her head or wearing hats, but other than that, she doesn’t seem to mind when I treat her like a little doll.
Looking particularly fashionable in jeans, boots and layered onesies for a visit with Auntie Bridget
Loves to be on the move. I attribute this to the fact that I didn’t stop moving for most of my pregnancy. After hanging out at home for most of her first month, she has now logged quite a few miles in her car seat/stroller. We fill our days by taking walks, going out for brunch, hanging out with my mom and aunt and meeting up with other mom/baby friends. She usually sleeps the entire time while we are out and about (I’m enjoying this phase while it lasts). When we are at home, she likes to be carried around the house, preferably looking over our shoulders so that she can see everything that’s going on. When we set her down, it’s pretty much impossible for her to keep her arms and legs still, which makes diaper changes a bit of a battle.
First family outing at five weeks old, brunch at the Continental in Old City, where Chester and I had our first date
Is very expressive. I think her Auntie Bridget put it best when she said that Little B’s natural facial expression is “sweet and inquisitive.” You can really tell that she is taking everyone and everything around her in. I previously mentioned that she is a champion pouter, but she flashed her first real grin around six weeks and hasn’t stopped showing it since. Her other favorite expressions include furrowing her brow, widening her eyes and blowing bubbles with her excessive drool. I’ve read conflicting reports that the latter is a sign of teething and considering that I have been able to see the outline of her bottom front teeth since she was born, I wouldn’t be surprised if they will be making their appearance soon.
Along the same lines, she has become pretty noisy. She makes weird little grunts in her sleep and sweet little coos (that make her sound like a Teletubby) when she is awake. We love talking to her and hearing her talk back!
Just a little smile in the morning
Has crazy hair! Whenever people meet her or I post a picture of her on Facebook, that is her most commented on feature. She has a good bit of it, especially at the back where it is starting to look kind of like a mullet. No matter how much we try to brush it down, she has these little points that stick up around her head like the Statue of Liberty’s crown. I love it, and I’m going to be sad when it stops behaving like that.
Continues to amaze us with her physical strength. She has excellent head and neck control and and quite a grip (which can be particularly painful for me if I forget to put my hair in a ponytail). She is just starting to actively grab for her toys, so maybe I need to start hiding the breakables around the house sooner than I thought.
She can also track objects with her eyes, particularly if they are brightly colored and/or make noise. This month, she has been spending more time in her sea-themed Baby Einstein activity gym, and is particularly fond of the blue stuffed octopus and the light/music box.
Now observes an evening “witching hour” (or two). During this time, she cries for no apparent reason at all and fights her clear desire to sleep. Unfortunately, no amount of rocking, shushing or pacifier sucking can soothe her. It’s so much fun. Fortunately, she usually settles down after her last feeding and then sleeps between 7 and 8 hours after that.
In spite of these challenging moments, we just can’t get enough of our little girl. We are pretty excited about the next couple of months, as we get ready for her first holiday season (even though she still won’t be “with it” enough to know what is going on)!