In this second month of your life, you’ve really transformed from a newborn to a baby. As a result of your love for nursing, you weighed 11 lb 3 oz at your 6 week check up! That put you in the 75-90th%, and your length of 22.75″ keeps you in the 90%.
You’ve gradually extended your awake time and become very alert.
You flash your gummy smile quite a bit and just began cooing last weekend. When your big sisters and brother are around, you can’t keep your eyes off them. And your daddy and I think you recognize us because your face seems to light up when you see us. You also settle down when you’re in my arms which makes me feel pretty special.
When you’re awake, you enjoy the swing, baths, listening to music, and holding your head up to look around. It’s amazing how quickly you’ve gained head control. You don’t like the bouncy seat, and your opinion of the carseat changes from day to day. But once we’re moving in the car, you usually fall asleep.
While I don’t think you have reflux like your brother did, you’ve definitely benefitted from sleeping in the Nap Nanny. It was a pricey purchase but worth every penny!
When you look back on these pictures, you’ll see how much you’ve changed in appearance. The hair on top of your head came in (after it had mostly fallen out), your cheeks have plumped up, and your once bird-like legs now have adorable rolls! GrandMary almost didn’t recognize you last weekend.
8 weeks…what a difference three weeks makes! And the picture below doesn’t even do her rolls justice.
Your disposition is sweet and happy. Your only fussy time is at night when you want to nurse or be held continuously for a few hours. This has worked out pretty well since the Olympics are on TV every night and you give me an excuse to sit with you and enjoy the festivities.
The hardest part of the month was when I had to leave you strapped to a bed for an EEG. You have many leg spasms, and your pediatrician wanted to make sure the spasms are due to an immature nervous system and not a form of seizures. So she scheduled an EEG for you. We were originally told it would be a 30 minute test with you sitting in my lap. However, when we got there (actually an hour after we had checked in), as the EEG tech was walking us back to the exam room, she told us it would be a 2 hour test and that I wouldn’t be able to hold you. In fact, I’d have to wait out in the waiting room. I felt very flustered because I knew you needed to be fed in an hour. And the sight of you crying while strapped to the table broke my heart because I couldn’t pick you up. With it being 90+ degrees outside, I’d dressed you in a sleeveless outfit, but the exam room was freezing cold.
Your momma was a real mess when I had to leave you, often hearing your cries through the double doors. Thankfully, the EEG results were good. No seizures. But nothing traumatizes a mother like seeing their child scared, hurt, or crying and feeling so helpless to comfort them.
Carter has already coined some nicknames for you: Renny and Ren-Ren. He also calls you “baby cutie.” Grace enjoys tickling your feet and making sure you’re snuggled up with a blanket. And Caroline helps me entertain you during dinner time as I prepare the meal.
Daddy and I are simply smitten with you. You’re a joy in our family, and we look forward to seeing what changes the next month brings.
Happy two months baby girl!