On May 2nd, Little Miss Reagan Marie turned two months old. Time with this sweet angel has simply flown by. When I was around 35 weeks pregnant, EVERYONE told me to just soak up every moment because it goes by so fast. NO KIDDING. I can’t believe Reagan is already two months old; she no longer seems like a newborn at all. She is just the sweetest little smiley baby imaginable and we are so in love with her. Watching her grow and change is simply the most wonderful and difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life. So bitter sweet watching your newborn become a baby before your eyes.
PEDIATRICIAN CHECK-UP & GROWTH: Reagan went in last week for her two month check-up and her first round of immunizations. Baby Girl is in the 50th percentile for height at 22in. and the 25th percentile for weight at 10lbs. 2oz. She had a nice growth spurt and our pediatrician was very pleased.
Its been so fun to watch her grow and develop. She is officially too big for her newborn onesies and we finally made the switch out of newborn diapers into size ones. I can still squeeze her into some onesies on a occasion and I saved the very last newborn diaper for her memory box. YES, I AM that mom that saves everything important. Time to go through Baby Girl’s wardrobe and pack up all the itty bitty newborn clothes. I love that she is healthy and growing big and strong, but part of me wants her to stay tiny forever. Her little face has already changed so much compared to her early chubby newborn face. Those little cheeks are very kissable. She is such a pretty little girl and I love that sweet face so much.
EYE COLOR, HAIR, & BABY SMILES: This adorable little lady has officially mastered the art of smiling. It is her favorite thing to do nowadays. She is a bit of a ham and a totally goofball when it comes to interacting with us. Her personality it just so sweet and funny. We think her eyes are going to remain a beautiful dark blue gray color and her hair is filling in a bit here and there. It is so thick in the back and then she has the standard baby bald spot. We are working on lots of tummy time to ensure her little head stays nice and round AND then hopefully her hair will start filling in. I recently bought her a Bumbo Chair and am so excited for her to start using it. We are still working on neck strength but we are almost there. Once she can hold her little head up; in the Bumbo Chair she will go for lots of fun!!!
SLEEP: Awww the very elusive and deeply coveted “full nights sleep.” It no longer exists. I’ve reconciled with that demon and yet things are getting better for us. Much much better. Reagan has really responded to the sleep training we started doing with her and it has been a beautiful transition for all of us. She is still a light sleeper during the daytime often dozing in and out when we play and eat. She does take two solid naps everyday; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. These have been an absolute blessing for me. For nighttime, we are down to waking up only twice a night and Jeffrey and I alternate shifts. At 5 weeks we started doing a couple of things differently that I believe have contributed to her “better” sleep situation…
#1 – We gave up trying to get Reagan on a sleep schedule. I heard a great piece of advice shortly after she was born; “sleep begets sleeps” especially when it comes to babies. This could not be more true for my little girl. In other words, the more she sleeps in general, the better and longer she will sleep throughout the day and night. Music to a new mom’s ears. A sleeping baby is a wonderful thing. I can breathe and take a step back to focus on other things for 20 to 30 minutes. Once I stopped trying to get her on a schedule with controlled sleep and awake periods, she MAGICAL turned a corner and started sleeping great at night. Basically, once I let her sleep whenever she wanted during the day she slept better and more often which was wonderful for ME and for HER. She was finally getting the rest she needed AND I was getting the daytime “mommy” breaks I needed.
#2 – We implemented a bedtime routine. The first night we did a bedtime routine little miss slept almost 5 straight hours. We were SHOCKED!! The second night she slept 4 straight hours. Every night since we have hit anywhere from 4-6 hours. We do a Bath, Book, Bottle, Bed, and of course lots of Hugs & Kisses!!!! She goes to bed at 7:30pm every night and we put her down sleepy but still awake. We want her to be able to “self soothe” and learn to fall asleep on her own. I love to hold and cuddle her and would do that FOREVER in a heartbeat…BUT I know better as a parent and want her to grow in her independence. As a BONUS this opens up our evenings and Mommy and Daddy get some time to relax and have dinner together!!!! Every week that passes she is sleeping a little longer for this first stretch of the night. I’m hoping that eventually this will just transition into the whole night. I think we are on the right track when it comes to sleep. Fingers Crossed.
#3 – We transitioned her to her CRIB. This was a tough one for me but we have all been better off for it. I really loved the newborn phase and having my teeny tiny little baby two feet from me throughout the night was incredibly reassuring. But once we started putting her down in her crib everything shifted and we haven’t looked back. We use the baby monitor so I can hear when she does wake and our model has a video component which is great. We can just leave her alone if she is lightly stirring and then she puts herself back to sleep. On a Mommy note…I am sleeping again at night, like actually SLEEPING…it is amazing! I really wasn’t prepared for the sleep deprivation and moving her out of our room has been the best change. We all sleep better. I used to wake up at every single sound she made and would literally JUMP out of bed in 3 seconds to be at her side. Now I don’t get up unless she is really crying and needs something from us. She is gaining independence and I get a better nights sleep. It seems like a WIN WIN to me. 🙂
SCHEDULE: Her schedule seems to evolve and change in spurts. Something shifts, Mommy and Daddy adapt, and everyone is better off for the change. Patience has been a huge component and we are doing our best to not feel frustrated when it seems like we are going backwards. Everyday is a fresh start and a new chance to see what she can do!
FEEDINGS: Our attack plan on feeding hasn’t really changed much. I am still pumping three times a day to keep my milk supply up and she is taking a mix of breast milk and formula via a bottle. Once we switched her formula to the Enfamil Gentlease everything about the feeding process suddenly became so much easier and she was a much happier baby. On average she is taking 2oz. of breastmilk mixed with 2oz. of formula every 2.5 to 3 hours, give or take a feeding or extra hour here and there. She goes a little longer between feedings at night and we’ve been giving her an extra ounce of formula at bedtime to really fill her up. So far our strategy seems to be working so we are going to keep rolling with it.
MILESTONES & PLAY: The biggest milestone that we’ve hit in month 2 is her new desire to Smile. Her little smile lights up the whole room and you can tell she is giving it everything she’s got. She has really started to respond to us when we talk to her. She gets very attentive and smiles and coos. She is trying so hard to talk back to us in her little baby gibberish language. It is the sweetest thing. She is much more interested in us talking to her then in toys or games at this point. I would love to continue to stimulate her development without TV or modern methods for as long as possible. Really, just getting down on the floor with her and talking, laughing, and playing is the most wonderful part of our day together. She can recognize her mommy and daddy which makes my heart SOOOOO HAPPY!!! Having my child start to reciprocate LOVE is the most heartfelt thing i’ve ever experienced next to the LOVE I receive from my husband. We have a little family and it is so wonderful.
We continue to walk almost daily with the golden puppies and I recently started putting her seat cover down so she can experience the outdoors a bit more. The last few weeks have been so beautiful and sunny in the Pacific Northwest and I love taking her outdoors to experience everything. I talk to her while we walk, telling her all about the houses and parks in our neighborhood. She is beginning to look around more and seems curious about things other than just our faces that are right in front of her.
Her dexterity is getting better, she has rolled over a few times, and she is learning to grasp objects. Also, I try and expose her to all kinds of textures and new items. I love that her little brain is growing like crazy at this age and want to take full advantage! With exposure to new sensations, sights, and sounds her brain is laying the pathways for learning and synapse growth. So bring on PLAYTIME!!!!
Happy Two Months my sweet Reagan Marie! We love you so much!!!
Happy Monday Friends and thanks for reading!