Picture Timeline – Month 2-3

Almost caught up! So, month 2-3, we were really getting into a routine and I was getting the hang of things. She slept pretty well – still getting up twice a night most nights, but by the end of the month, she had a few nights where she slept straight till about 6 am. Awesome!

Funny sleep positions!

She would occasionally roll to her side to sleep

Still loved sleeping on daddy!

Do you see these eyelashes?!

No doctor’s appointment during this month, but I weighed her and she was about 12.5 lbs. We also took a few more outings this month to stores – pretty much anyplace I didn’t need a shopping cart since I didn’t want to push both a shopping cart and a stroller or take up the whole shopping cart with her carseat. I’ve gotten several comments on how quiet and alert she is when we go out! She’s such a good girl! She loves car rides and being pushed in her stroller. I save food trips for Saturdays – Saturdays have become “Mommy Decompresses Day”. I go out by myself and do whatever errands need to be done. It’s actually pretty relaxing and Chris gets bonding time with Emily! And then on Sundays Chris cooks for me – omelets in the morning and crock pot dinners! What a sweet hubby!

Also, I forgot to mention in the last post, but near the end of month 1-2, Chris had to go up to Chicago for business for a week, so my mom came to stay with me. I wasn’t quite ready to be on my own yet, so I was so happy and grateful she offered to come help. It was nice to have not only her help with Emily, but her company! I wish we could see our families more often. Right around when Emily hit 3 months, Chris had to go back up to Chicago for part 2 of his training program and this time, I decided to brave it on my own. It actually wasn’t too bad. She was pretty good all week and she’s in bed by 7, so the evenings were pretty quiet. A little lonely – I missed my Cripper! – but at least I could relax a bit. I only had one extra feeding a night to take on, but man, that extra feeding around 4 or 5 am is a doozy. I could barely keep my eyes open during it. I’m so grateful Chris takes that feeding time normally. A lot of times, I’m still awake if she gets up at 12-2 am, so those aren’t too hard on me. Anyway, I was so happy to have Chris back at the end of the week! I really missed him.

In playtime, Emily still loved books during months 2-3, and I got a bunch of used Disney storybooks from Amazon to indoctrinate her! I also played her a few videos I found on YouTube of Disney songs, haha. She still loved Monkey and the play mat and had become a pro at holding her head up. Still didnt really love tummy time though.

In addition to batting at things, she discovered her hands could open and hold things like Monkey, though I still had to guide her hands onto them (she figured out how to hold her hands together on her own though). She also LOVED sucking on her hands – well, not so much sucking as licking them. It was kinda funny. And noisy! But it irritates her hands, so when she’s up, I try to give her the pacifier anytime she starts to do that. Mostly she loved staring at her hands intensely.

Drooling started up a bit and she started making more sounds – still the “hoo” sound from month 1-2, but she added in b sounds and g sounds. I also swear she was starting to work on “Monkey” – it sounded a bit like “unka” and maybe it was just a coincidence, but she would typically say it while looking at Monkey!

 

She loves watching daddy make silly faces! She always has huge smiles for him when he gets home from work.

And of course we had more cute outfits!

 

First Valentine's Day! There's a big heart on the butt!

She's got some attitude in this shot! A glimpse into our future?

 

I love her in hats! 🙂

Miscellaneous foot shot!

 

Still don't know whose feet she has. Her toes are too similar in length to be mine and too long to be his.

And here’s her 3 month shots:

 

I love this shot of her. She's so cute!

I do not love this shot of me (what's up with my crazy eyes?! Not to mention the bad hair.), but this was the best I got. Emily looks cute!

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Picture timeline – month 1-2!

Here’s month 2! She still did a lot of this:

But! Around a month, we started to transition her to her crib at night. We started putting her in her crib little bits each evening and by about a month and a half, she was sleeping in her crib! During month 2, she’d still wake up 2-3 times a night to eat, but would go back to sleep easily after each feeding. It made a huge difference in our sleep to have Emily in her crib at night.

During the day, she did still spend a good amount of time napping (in her swing – we’re still working on naps in her crib…), but she spent some more time awake!

And she wore some cute outfits!

We also got to try out some of her toys finally!

She loves her play mat! That monkey above her is her favorite. She smiles big at him, talks to him and she started batting at him pretty quickly (she seems to favor her left hand, but I'm not sure it means anything this early). She's now grabbing him and pulling him down! This thing also has music that gets stuck in our heads way too easily, haha.

Tummy time! Early on, working on her neck control.
A bit later in the month, her neck control was a bit better.
First time in her Bebe Pod. She’s not so sure about it.

And gradually, we started to see her smile!

Most of the time, when I tried to catch a smile early on, she’d stop as soon as she saw my phone. This was a smile on it’s way out, but happened to look like our “silly smile”!
Had to capture this smile on the sly. A bit sleepy looking, but it’s getting there!
Ta-da!

I love her smile. She gets a little crinkle in her nose sometimes. It just makes me so happy to go into her room in the morning and see her look up at me and smile! And she loves to be read to; as soon as I start to read, she gets a huge smile.

Also, I forgot to mention in the last post, she’s been growing well! If you recall, her birth weight was 6 lbs 10 oz. She had lost only a few oz before we left the hospital and when I went to see the breastfeeding consultant a few days later, was back up to her birth weight. At her 1 week appointment, she was up to, I believe, 6 lbs 15 oz. At one month (and a week – her 1 month got pushed back a week due to snow), she hit 8 lbs 8 oz and at 2 months, she was up to 10 lbs 15 oz! The doctor has been very happy with her growth. She also got her first round of shots at 2 months. She was not pleased. She was in a wonderful mood for the appointment and the doctor commented on how alert and happy she seemed (and also strong, she kept trying to kick him as he was checking her out!), but between the check-up and the shots, she decided she’d had enough of being out and started crying. Once she was given her shots, she stopped crying momentarily, got really red-faced, and then let out a wail. I felt so bad. But after I picked her up, she seemed to quiet down fairly quickly. She was a little grumpy the rest of the afternoon, but slept like a log that night. She also didn’t have much of a reaction to the shots. Her temperature went up to about 99, but that was it. I gave her some infant tylenol and she seemed totally fine the next day.

We also had more visitors during month 2. My mom came back for the first week of January and as she was leaving, Chris’s parents came to visit, and as they were leaving, my sister came to visit! It was nice to have everyone stay with us. I know Emily must’ve loved all the attention. Though, I’m just now realizing, I don’t have pictures from any of our family’s visits. If you guys are reading, do you have pictures of you with Emily from your stay?

And finally, here’s her 2 month shots:

 

Picture timeline – month 0 to 1

Ok, so I’ve decided the task of writing entries for everything that has happened in the past 3 months is just too daunting to me, so I’m going to make a few picture posts instead. With a few words here and there. This post is month 1!

For the first month, she did a lot of this:

Froggy Emily

Snuggly Emily

Funny position

And although those pictures show her sleeping in her swing and pack n play, she mostly slept here:

Reindeer buttBear butt

Everyone pile on

Everyone pile on!

No worries, he's just imitating her. No risk of her falling!

Daddy was Emily’s favorite spot to sleep. No one got much sleep that first month. The first week, we set up camp in the living room, with one of us sleeping while the other tended to Emily. By week 2, we had moved upstairs and we both slept at night, but since Emilly would only sleep on his chest, Chris slept very lightly and so was really tired. I tried to have her sleep on my chest, but I guess I must smell like milk because she would just bounce her head around on my chest, get frustrated, and cry.

Though once in a while, I got lucky:

Tutu!

The first week was tough. Emily was having trouble latching, which led to both of us being really frustrated, so I started pumping exclusively by week 3, which I’m still doing. It works out for us. My supply seems fine and we’re both happy. I found out this week though, that our insurance only pays $5 of the hospital pump rental fee, so I just returned it and have bought my own. No sense in wasting $60 a month for something I can’t keep. My Pump In Style Advanced seems to work just as well as the hospital grade one (just a tad louder), so I’m happy!

My parents came to stay with us for the first week, which was so helpful. I was really sad to see them go, though. I was still pretty overwhelmed at that point, but it was almost Christmas, so Chris started to use up his vacation time. Chris only had 3 days of vacation and 2 days of holiday, so we tried to space it out and have him talk half days the week after Christmas. My mood seemed to start stabilizing around Christmas. I was happier and starting to feel a bit more comfortable in my new role as mommy. Christmas was nice, although Emily slept through all of it. Most of the presents under the tree were for her, though!

Christmastuckered out

And every once in a while she’d actually wake up!

Almost blue steel? Zoolander would be proud.

Suspicious baby!

And here’s her 1 month shot (I’ll do this shot each month):

1 month!

(Gotta start her early on the Disney! You may have noticed a new ticker at the top of my page – Chris’s mom convinced us that it’s never too early to take her, so we and both of our families are going to Disney World for her first birthday! 😀 )