Quinn is 2 months old! How did that happen???
I keep saying that time has flown by, but at the same time it feels like she has been with us forever. Its hard to remember what life was like before our little girl was here.
Month 2 has been easier that the 1st month, but we are still in a rocky place – Quinn is a pretty fussy girl and knows exactly what she wants and will let you know when things are not to her liking. Most days I have no idea what is ahead of us – is she going to be happy, sleepy, crying – it truly is a roll of the dice most days and that is hard for a girl like me who loves loves loves schedules.
Overall though, Quinn’s 2nd month of life has brought us so much joy. She has learned how to smile, is starting to learn how to entertain herself for short periods of times and is starting to have a small sense of humor. She also holds onto me when I walk her around and loves to watch me when others are holding her. It makes my heart melt to know that she knows who I am.
We just had her 2 month checkup yesterday and she got a great bill of health. My little girl loves to eat and her weight gain has proved it. She has basically doubled her birth weight in 2 months – um wow! Her doctor thinks this is totally great and is excited about how well she is doing. She is 21 3/4 inches long and weighs 12 lbs 8 oz. (She weight 6 lbs 6 oz at birth) She also got 2 shots and one vaccination in the form of a drink. Quinn did awesome with all of them and had minimal crying – what a big girl already!
Like I said before, my girl can eat! She is still eating about every 2 hours – except for the middle of the night. I am exclusively breastfeeding, so I am constantly with her, which has been eye opening. Breastfeeding is wonderful but also a full time job. She has been a great eater since she was born, but we have had some issues with my oversupply and also learning that she does a lot better when I stay away from milk products. So currently, I am dairy free.
This month we have also given up on a lot of medicines that we were trying to see if that would help her colic. We tried zantac (because she spits up a ton), gripe water, colief, gas drops and probiotics. Honestly, none of them seemed to help at all, and some of them even made it worse, so we are back to just letting her be.
Sleeping – who knew sleeping would be such a big problem with a baby. Before having Quinn, I really thought I would just lay Quinn down for a nap and she would peacefully go to sleep, or maybe I would rock her and she would slowly fall asleep in my arms – ohh my, I was totally wrong. My little girl hates sleep and everytime we put her to bed, tears are expected. She is currently sleeping in the Rock n play (which I am hoping to move her out of this month). Her routine for naps and bedtimes include swaddling and lots and lots of white noise. These are the constants when trying to get her to sleep at home. If we are out, she actually sometimes sleeps better – she loves sleeping on our walks and also in the car, but at home she will not sleep without a fight.
We have found that in order for her to go to sleep/ nap at home, we have to swaddle her and then turn on 2 to 3 different white noise machines and then rock her in her rock n play for about 5 minutes, and then let her have 5 to 10 minutes to calm herself down.
This truly was the hardest thing for me, and honestly I sometimes feel like a horrible parent because I have to listen to her cry for me a couple of times a day. But that is the only thing that gets her to sleep, it breaks my heart but I also know little miss Quinn needs her sleep (because without these tactics – she will not fall asleep, she’s our little energizer bunny hahaha)
Night time sleep is a little easier than daytime naps. Yes, we still go through the trouble with getting her to sleep,but she seems to know that at night she needs to sleep for longer periods of time and needs to go right back to sleep after eating. She usually has at least one 4-6 hour stretch of sleep and then another 3 hour stretch of sleep, which is pretty awesome considering about a month ago she was still getting up every 2 hours. So I am not complaining at all about sleeping at night, I feel pretty blessed.
Quinn is in 0-3 month clothing and in size 1 diapers. But to my disbelief she is about to outgrow these clothes here soon! When she was born, all the newborn clothes were to big, and now she is about to outgrow her 0-3 month clothes, ohh my!! Where did my little baby girl go? – like I said, this little girl of mine can eat. I still think she will make it most of the month in her 0-3 month clothes but I can totally see us changing sizes with in the next month.
- Car rides
- Walking around
- Her daddy
- Her baby recliner
- Lights and fans
- Hanging out with her granna and paw paw
- Being put down for too long
- Getting out of the bath
- Being overtired
- Tummy time
Big things that happened this month:
- Hanging out with all of her Rankin family and hanging out with her cousins
- Being dedicated
How about mom?
I am doing pretty good – being a mom is honestly a lot harder than I imagined. I always knew I would be a mom and thought I would be a natural. But with Quinn being fussy, I sometimes feel like a failure when I can’t get her to stop crying. But other than the crying and having a hard time sleeping during the days, things have been good. I really love waking up with her in the morning and watching her watch the world. Every single day, I love this job more and more. Just seeing her smile literally makes my day, I love it.
I feel like month 2 has brought me a new found confidence in being a mom. I am starting to get the hang of what Quinn likes and my role as a mommy. It has also been nice to get back to working out and doing some things that I love. Being able to get out and go places has been amazing and much needed for my sanity.
We love you Quinn Carolyn! 2 months has brought us so much joy and we love being your mom and dad more and more everyday!