So what’s new with Baby2? Seems to me like she is loving life. She is smiling, she makes sweet baby noises, she is getting so strong. She’s holding her head up most of the time now, although sometimes she’ll cheat a little and touch her head to my chin while she looks over my shoulder.
Mr. Handsome says her favorite place to be is right there on my shoulder. Putting her up there does seem to quiet her down almost every time she’s fussy. It’s a good place for me to hold her since it gives me a free hand to grab things, pat her back, type, or what have you.
Her fussy times are pretty much restricted to sleepy times, at the moment. She still loathes naps, but we’re working on it by at least attempting naps often. Sometimes she’ll just scream in utter terror, though, and neither Mr. Handsome or I can take too much of that (or Kiddo1, come to think of it!). I get concerned that she isn’t getting enough sleep, even though she gets about 12 hours at night. She wakes once or twice in that time but overall she’s a great night sleeper. Thank goodness because I can not imagine doing this whole work-full-time thing while getting only small stretches of sleep.
Anytime that she is fussy, there are two things that almost always soothe her: nursing is of course one of them (and I’m trying to wean myself from relying on that all the time) and getting outside is another. Baby2 loves to be outside – walking or not. Inside she has to be up and moving around but outside she is happy doing whatever. Her preference is still to be moving, of course, but sitting on a blanket in the shade is just fine too. She looks at the clouds and trees and makes her little baby coos. It’s the cutest thing ever. Ever!
She’s a champ at nursing. Around six weeks or so she finally starting eating in longer stretches. This seemed to be about the same time she started skipping a nighttime feeding. Since I’ve gone back to work she has eaten less and less during the day and more during the evenings. After work the last couple days she ate so long I think I ran out of milk! I hope she isn’t reverse cycling because I have a whole lot of milk stashed up for her! Then again we’re only two weeks into the bottles-all-day thing so we’ll see how this plays out.
We visited the pediatrician yesterday and learned that Baby2 is growing right on track. She even shot up a whole 3.5 inches from her birth height. She went from the tenth to the fiftieth percentile in height which they say is quite a jump! Doc says this shows that Baby2 is clearly getting enough calories and that makes a mama felt real damn good. Go, boobies, go.