Charlotte’s Two Month Update

Charlotte’s Two Month Update:

Height:
at birth: 20 inches
at one month: 21 inches
at two months: unsure because she hasn’t had her two month doctor’s appointment yet, but I know she has grown!

Weight:
birth weight: 6 lb 5 oz
at one month: 7 lb 11 oz
at two months: again, unsure, but she’s at least 9 lb based on weighing her at my mom and dad’s house!


Clothing Size:  
She can wear some of her bigger newborn clothes (why are Target’s newborn onesies so huge?!?). She’s fitting into a few 0-3 month clothes now too!

Milestones:
-She went to the zoo and had a great time!

-She turned her head towards me when I said her name! Plus, she’s starting to recognize voices and look for people who are familiar to her when she hears them talking.

-My husband and I took her somewhere on our own! That’s a huge deal because every other time, I’ve had at least my mom with me!

-I went back to work temporarily. More on the reason why in another upcoming post.

Likes: eating, being nakey (ha!), baths, being outside (when it’s not extremely hot)

Dislikes: tummy time still – she either cries or falls asleep! 

Sleep: She has started going to bed for the night around 8 o’clock. She gets up 1 or 2 times to eat but falls back asleep pretty quickly. She’s still sleeping in our room, but I want to start laying her down for at least one nap in her crib so she becomes more used to it.

Best Moment: One night when we were snuggling on the couch, I told her that I loved her so much, and she grinned at me! It was so sweet, and I melted and cried!

Worst Moment: She had a diaper blowout in a restaurant with no changing table! It’s funny now, but at the time, it was pretty bad!! Also, she had an epic spit up one night while I was changing a poop diaper. Things like that should be filmed and distributed to high school health classes as a form of birth control…

Eating: Around every 3-4 hours. Some days she’s ravenous and will take 4 (or 5!!) ounces at a time, and some days she’ll barely finish 2. It’s such a guessing game!

Mommy Body Update: I’ve lost a little bit, but I haven’t been as on top of things as I would’ve liked. I’ve been trying to walk more often, and I’ve started walking with a friend at work. It makes me more accountable because I know someone else is waiting for me. I also went to a Pilates class at my old gym, and I was sore for days! I know the eating side is where I need to make a lot of improvements but, well, Starbucks.

Overall: Things have gotten a little easier as we’ve started getting to know her better. But, it seems like when we figure out one thing, like how to comfort her before bedtime, she decides to change her mind the next night! Stubborn like her daddy! 😉 She’s still such a good baby though and is almost always in a good mood! It’s been a year since we lost our first baby, so even though I get tired and frustrated sometimes, we don’t take her for granted.

We love you, baby girl!

Charlotte’s One Month Update

Hi everyone! I’ve been trying to write this post for a week now! Our baby girl is one month old!! It’s been a wild and crazy five weeks so far, and I plan to write about it…eventually. Today I wanted to give an update about her first month of life and throw in a couple of pictures, like the one below:

Charlotte One Month Blog

Isn’t she adorable??

I got the idea for the layout for these monthly updates from the posts that Valerie at The Style Files writes about her son. I thought it would be a great way to keep track of all of the changes she goes through during her first year of life and something neat that she could go back and read someday.

Charlotte’s One Month Update:

Height:
at birth: 20 inches
at one month: 21 inches

Weight:
birth weight: 6 lb 5 oz
at one month: 7 lb 11 oz


Clothing Size: 
Newborn, although some of her newborn pants are starting to get too short. Good thing it’s getting warm outside because they look like capris! 😉

Milestones:
-She got to have her first “slumber party” with my parents after I had to go to the ER two days in a row with high blood pressure. She was a champ and now has regular slumber parties with the two sets of grandparents that live near us.

-She went on her first family walk in her stroller and loved it! She snoozed pretty solidly for several hours afterwards (and so did I…it was tiring!).

-She met all of her great grandparents!

Likes: eating, going on walks, baths, spending time with her family, sitting in her swing

Dislikes: tummy time, sitting still in traffic (keep that car moving!), being burped, getting her diaper changed before she eats…girl gets hangry! 

Sleep: She usually wakes up once or twice a night to eat, but she falls back asleep pretty easily. She’s had a couple of five to six hour stretches of sleep, which freaked me out a little and made me triple check her breathing!

Best Moment: Honestly, she’s a pretty awesome baby, so there have been a lot of best moments! I think one of my favorite things is when she looks up at me during those middle of the night feedings and gives me a grin and a little happy sigh. So sweet!

Worst Moment: I had some rough moments when my husband went back to work and it was just me with her and the crazy dog. Looking back, I should’ve called my mom or mother-in-law more often because both of them are fantastic and extremely helpful and have told me to call them anytime for anything. So, I’m publicly admitting that I was (am) too stubborn to ask for help!

Eating: Between every two and four hours. Due to the medicine I got in the ER, we made the decision to formula feed, so she’ll take anywhere from two to four ounces per feeding. If you try to cut her off before she’s finished, then she shows some of that red headed temper! 

Mommy Body Update: I gained (gulp) around fifty pounds while I was pregnant. I had hoped that Charlotte would weigh about thirty pounds to explain that number, but she was teeny tiny, so that theory went out the window! I lost about twenty-five pounds in the couple of weeks after giving birth, but now a little bit of that has come back thanks to eating too much fast food, drinking too many sugary coffee drinks, and not moving as much as I should. One of the nurses at my family doctor’s office had a discussion with me about my weight and my blood pressure and some ways to reduce both of those numbers. I am heavier than I’ve ever been and feeling very self-conscious about it. I have my postpartum checkup tomorrow, so hopefully I’ll be cleared to start lifting some weights (although lifting that car seat could count as a workout routine!). Also, I’ve set a goal to at least walk a Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving day, so I am going to start training for that. I know that training for six months to walk a three mile race is a little much, but I’d rather give myself more time and actually complete the goal than to try to push too hard and get discouraged when I don’t reach it.

Wow. That was longer than I anticipated!

Overall:

There have been tough days and nights. There have been times that I’ve questioned why we decided to have a child. There have been times that I’ve felt like a failure because I’ve had to hold her most of the day and haven’t changed out of my pajamas or done a single chore. But, you know what, those are all temporary things. There are going to be good days and bad days, and the good days have outnumbered the bad days. We’ve got a great support system and a lot of help when we need it. Like I said, she’s a fantastic baby (unless she’s hungry!). This is an adventure, and I’m learning to relax and enjoy it. And, if I don’t get a load of laundry done one day or there’s an extra layer of dust on some furniture, then that’s okay. This little creature is our primary concern, and everything else can wait.

Plus, she’s adorable. How can you put this little girl down?

Charlotte One Month Blog #2

I don’t know why this picture is so much smaller or why my formatting turned weird!

We love you, baby girl!