Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Charlotte- 2 Months!

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Clothes
0-3 Months all the way!  Everything fits perfectly right now.  The cotton sleepers are getting a bit snug in the length, but overall she can wear anything in this size.  I loved the holiday season because I had more of an excuse to put cute clothes on her!


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Health
Again, I am so thankful of our healthy little girl.  I thought for sure she would pick up something with all the trips and people we met this holiday season.  Luckily, she managed to not catch anything.  The eye (right) that had the clogged tear duct is all cleared; however, this eye waters a lot.  At the last doctor’s appointment, she was 50% in weight and 75% in length.  We are excited to see how she measures at her next appointment.  This month brought on the spitting-up and drooling.  All of the sudden these things started….and so did often laundry.


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Diet
This past month we decided to change things up with feeding.  We continued on her schedule of feeding every 3 hours; however, we introduced formula at 6 weeks.  She will have anywhere from 0 to 4 ounces a day.  Basically, we give her a bottle at the very end of the night to ensure she has enough to sustain her through the night.  If I don’t have enough pumped milk, we top it off with a little bit of formula.  Luckily, she has taken this like a pro.  Ever since we made this decision, I’ve been so much more stress-free with breastfeeding.  Honestly, I had a lot of negative thoughts about breastfeeding and was unsure of how long I could continue because I just did not enjoy it….at.all.  However, since it is now stress free because if I want to give a bottle and do not have enough pumped milk, there are no worries.  Derek even mentioned that he hadn’t heard me “complain” about breastfeeding for so long.  See, take the pressure off of me, and I’m a much happier momma :)


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Sleep
Ever since Charlotte turned 4 weeks, we have been implementing the Mom’s on Call schedule.  Because of breastfeeding, we loosely follow the schedule but are pretty strict with the principles (eat, play, sleep).  Sleep has been the best yet during month 2.  In fact, the last two weeks she was in bed anywhere from 9:00-9:45 and would sleep until 8:15am when I would wake her up!  Those two weeks were glorious..and yes, I’m speaking in past tense because ever since the holidays, she is on no schedule.  I don’t know if it is a natural regression or if it was from the traveling but she is not sleeping in her bed during naps (has to be held by me) and she is not in bed before 11:00/midnight.  It has been quite a week (but I guess I’ll leave more of those details for “month 3”).


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Crying
Because of the schedule, I can identify the reason much easier when Charlie is crying.  I can pretty much tell you if she is hungry, tired, or over stimulated.  As I mentioned last month, she is extremely vocal so she will let you know what she wants!

Baby Gear
Swing, play mat, blanket to lay on her back on the floor when the play mat is over-stimulating, rock n’ play, baby bath tub, miracle blanket, Baby Mozart CD, Baby Animals Black and White book


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Likes
Music (like her Daddy), laying on her stomach, being held, getting her diaper changed, staring at Brutus, bath time, and being swaddled or held really tight.

Dislikes
Mom’s cold hands on her skin, and sunlight in her eyes

Nicknames
Baby girl, Sweet Pea, and her Dad’s favorite, Chuck (don’t even get me started)


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Milestones
We saw a lot more strength in her little neck this month.  Her ab muscles are incredible.  She will be sitting slightly inclined and then will try to pull herself up with those suckers.  We also don’t have to hold her head when holding her against our stomach.  She holds herself so tall looking around.  We loved seeing her smile this month.  She is super smiley right after waking up and right after eating.  My whole day is made when I see her sweet little toothless smile!  So far, I heard her giggle once.  She has a slight “laugh” that is pretty funny.  She is so much more vocal this month, especially with “ahhs.”  Lastly, she will turn her head now to find where the noises are coming from.

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Other Thoughts
This month was a lot more fun than the last!  Although the hard work continues, we received so much more personality and intentional snuggles every single day.  This month also marked more periods of awake time that she was able to “entertain” herself.  I could bring the rock n’ play into our bedroom while I was getting ready and Charlie would be content just hanging out.


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20 comments:

Millie said...

Gorgeous baby!She seems pretty strong too. My boy will be 4 months next week and he loves to smile and laugh out loud too!

Jill said...

She is a little doll. I love all the pictures showing her various expressions! :)

Sarah said...

Buggh love that smiley face!!

Jess said...

She is a beautiful little girl. I love her chubby checks!

Great pic with the pup too!

dave and jenn said...

She is just adorable! I am so far behind on your blog, and I hate that. I will have to go back and read all of the details about her arrival! She really looks like you too!

Becky said...

Love all those pictures!! She is so cute! I'm glad she is doing well :)

Ashley R said...

Her expressions are the best! So thankful you have such a healthy little one, and that overall, things are going well!

Leah @ Everyday Love said...

She is getting so big and is absolutely precious. Every month is better than the last, I can't wait to see her grow!

Brianne Bracco said...

Hahaha..Chuck. Oh the things men say..that should be a TV show for real haha. She is absolutely adorable! Love the picture with her and the pup :)

Ericka said...

Love all the adorable faces she is making in the pictures! And that she is happy and healthy :)

TOI said...

she melts my heart. awww adorable, super adorable

Jill J. said...

Ahh...she is so adorable! I don't have kids but I have two nieces who are absolutely fabulous and were not breast fed. No health issues and overall wonderful, smart girls. My sis said when the pressure is off, the whole experience is so much more enjoyable!

Jill
Classy with a Kick

Whitney @ justacountry-girl said...

She is toooo cute for words! I can't believe how fast time is flying...I feel like you just had her. Cutie pie!!!

Kristen said...

She is adorable! I can't believe how big she's gotten. Hopefully she will be able to get back on to her schedule ASAP - for you especially. ;)

And I definitely laughed at Derek's nickname for her....sorry. haha

Faith said...

Goodness! She is so cute! Love her expressions! And that smile just melts me!

Anne said...

Cutie pie! Love that last photo of her and Brutus.

Fun to read what she's been up to... and oh man, we really do need to catch up. We just started some formula bottles this week and I have nursing issues to vent about :) On the plus side, Hendrik is sooooo much happier and sleeping so well at night. Yay!

Pegster said...

Happy 2 months baby girl, she is showing so much more expression on her face, bring on the fun age :)

Mrs. Pancakes said...

oh my goodness...Charlotte is adorable and all those facial expressions...too precious!! Happy 2 months!!

Kristin said...

She is the cutest little thing!!

Leah @ Everyday Love said...

Katie, how in the world is she already three months old. Just how!!! She is a doll baby, such a sweet smile!