Monday, April 11, 2016

Emma - Two Months

Cannot believe my baby is two months old. The past week I swear she has gotten bigger everyday. Also, I still can't believe we have another child. I call her Olivia a lot like the senile grandmother who can't get the sibling's names straight. It may sound weird, but I feel like we are re-living Olivia, and it hasn't sunk in that we have two. I also could use more sleep. 

I spy painted toes and a big sister hand.

Height: 21 3/4 inches
Weight: 10 pounds 3 ounces

Sleep: Why is this one always first? Such a downer. Sleep is ... better? Previously, Emma would take around 4-5 hours to 'put down' - sleep for about an hour and then eat, refuse to eat except every 3 hours and cry most of the night, with maybe 45 minute sleeps. We know that was all attributed to how much her stomach hurt her as she would cry and grunt and pull her knees up. BUT she was going a 5-6 hour stretch without eating - so I was hopeful.

After 2.5 weeks of this diet, things might be looking a little better? She now eats every 2 hours at night .. womp womp. But she does fall asleep for 1-1.5 hours afterward. So while it is hard to get up so many times, I love that there has been so much less crying. This has only been happening the last two nights - so it could be a fluke. Her 2 month shots were today, and Olivia screamed for a week straight after those. So I'm sure we are in for it.

Eating: She eats 9-10 times a day - which is still newborn status.

Best Moment of the Month: Honestly, probably figuring out that Emma has the protein intolerance. I would ask friends for sleeping advice and we had tried everything they said. Some people made it seem like I was clearly doing things wrong if Emma slept as little as she did. I just knew there was something else going on. One pediatrician said "food and sleep should bring comfort to babies - if they aren't, something is wrong." That is so true. We are early in this journey, but Emma already spits up SO much less and seems much more comfortable and in a lot less pain. We have a ways to go on sleep, but I'm glad my baby is starting to feel better.

Parent of the Month: This totally goes to me again. I was eating chips with her in my lap and a piece of salt fell right onto her lip. Before I could grab it she licked her lips and her eyes lit up with this huge smile! She might like salt as much as her daddy. 

Milestones: Right after the one month post, she started rolling from belly to back. I can't believe it! I make her do it all the time, convinced that it was just a fluke. She has always been super smiley, even as a newborn. I thought it was around 2 months that they learn to smile with their eyes open (as opposed to that sleepy, reflex smile) but this girl has been smiling since she was born. Also crazy. You can tell she's dying to laugh out loud, but hasn't gotten there yet.

She also wormed her way up to her pacis, rolled on her side and sucked the paci in her mouth twice the other night. Who is this child? She really doesn't even like pacis.

Clothes / Diapers: 0-3 month clothes and size 1 diapers. 

Favorites: I'm still loving the wrap for wearing Emma. We finally invested in a double stroller which is a lifesaver. On days where Emma is fussy and wont sleep, and Olivia insists on being entertained, we can go for a long walk to kill the time until Dan gets home. Sometimes we make our way over to TCBY and spoil Olivia's dinner - just depends on how the day goes.  Emma takes all of her naps in the swing, so we couldn't live without that as well.

What most of the two month pictures looked like:


  1. I think every parent has dropped food on their baby at some point! You can tell she is a happy baby, every picture you post she is always smiling. Btw I read her height and weight backwards and couldn't understand how she tripped her birth weight already haha

  2. I can't believe how in just two months she truly looks like she has such a personality! Where is your newborn?! Neland was so similar in sleeping to Emma. The first six months were just so so hard. An allergy never came up but I do wonder now if that had something to do with it. Hope you are hanging in there with the new diet! (It qualifies you for Parent of the Day every day - or every meal)

  3. I can't believe it has been 2 months! She is gorgeous!

  4. What a happy girl! Tell is a serious little man- I want those baby smiles too!!! Fingers crossed and prayers sent that the sleeping schedule continues to improve. Love that pic of Olivia hovering over Emma- we have similar sightings around here that usually end with someone trying to poke someone else in the eye, not to name any names....

  5. What a cutie! Love her tiny painted toes. I'm so glad you're on the right track with your new diet/sleep plan and Emma is showing signs of improving. Good for you to for continuing to pursue it until you got some answers because crying + no sleep = terrible. I laughed at the big sister smothering/loving her on her little sis! I am always whispering to Fletcher that Olive really does love him even though she's a bit suffocating. Your stories are the best... salt on the lip, a TCBY within walking distance of your house and I just wish our babies could party together in the middle of the night so we could catch some zzzzzs :)