Thursday, January 14, 2016

Avery Kate | Two Months

This past month has absolutely flown by. I think because of the busy-ness of the holidays the past four weeks just seem like a blur and bam, all of the sudden we are at Avery's two month mark. The past four weeks have had their share of challenges but also a ton of sweet moments and milestones with our little girl.

At two months old she weighs 11 lb 5 oz and is 23 3/4 inches long. I like to compare her size to Landon's at his two month mark and there is only six ounces difference between them (she is bigger). They are exactly the same length at this age. Kind of interesting how close in size they are! She wears size one diapers and we are still in 0-3 mo clothes and 3 mo sleepers. If they're footed sleepers they are about to be retired because she is so long! She still has brown hair, lighter on top and darker in the back and she has deep blue eyes. Landon's eyes are a very light blue, so I'll be interested to see how hers end up. Right now they are almost navy, and beautiful. She's definitely filled out more this month and lost some of her newborn-ness. She's got some chunky little thighs and the squishiest cheeks (and chins!).

She's nursing every 2-3 hours still, and still doing great with it. She occasionally gets a bottle if we are out for dinner or church or somewhere that nursing isn't ideal, and she's doing great with the bottle. She takes anywhere from 2.5-3.5 ounces in her bottle. Landon really struggled with the bottle, so I'm thankful that isn't an issue for her.

Sleeping however, is more of her issue. It's just not in the cards for me to have one of those babies that dozes off to sleep whenever they please- both of mine have FOMO (fear of missing out) and really struggle falling asleep if they are out and about or if there is any kind of noise or people around. She naps inconsistently during the day, and then that makes for one overtired baby at night, so bedtime is a challenge. We'd like to have her in bed by 9 or so, like Landon, but normally she goes to bed at the same time we do (11-12). I can't complain too much, because this month she's more consistently slept through the night. I can normally count on anywhere from 6-8 hours of sleep. Knock on wood. She's still sleeping in her swing, and still swaddled with one arm out.

I'm not sure if its reflux or gas or just a fussy baby- but we've tried gas drops, colic drops, and are now starting reflux medicine to see if we can get her a little more content. Hopefully month three she is a little happier and a little less fussy!

Despite the fussiness, she has started smiling so much more and making so much more eye contact with us- which we love. Landon especially loves getting her to grin. I'd forgotten how sweet it is when you finally get a real smile out of them, not just a gassy smile. With the smiles have come a lot of sweet little baby noises and coos. I love her little noises so stinking much! She loves her play mat, but isn't crazy about the bouncy seat. She also loves being in the solly wrap and I can normally get her to go to sleep when she's wrapped. And she loves bath time now! Yay! A week or so ago we decided to stop with the sink baths and fill up her baby tub. Landon loves helping with bath time and bathing her. There is also no shortage of kisses and snuggles from Landon. He is still very much obsessed with his "best girl" and always is excited to see her.

This month we celebrated Landon's fourth birthday and her first Christmas- which was amazing and definitely a memorable one given the warmer weather. We spent all day outside playing and soaking in the day knowing colder weather was just around the corner. We also went to the Polar Express, had multiple family holiday functions, and rung in the New Year as a family of four. Landon was asleep, but baby girl partied until midnight :). I say partied loosely...we were trying desperately to get her to go to sleep.

What a full and fun month with our sweet girl. I think this month I finally came out of the newborn fog and started really enjoying her more and feeling like I wasn't just in survival mode every day. It is still so crazy to me that I have a daughter- but I can't imagine our family without her in it!

Happy two months, Avery. We love you so so very much and are so thankful for you!

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