Month 2 = November 23 – December 22
I’m playing catch-up on the past two months of baby life. In an unforeseen turn of events, starting daycare this week is yielding a “natural” bedtime for Liana of 7:00 (which we weren’t expecting for another month or two), and she sleeps like a log. Not a baby, a log. So, I seem to have more time in the evenings now than I did while on maternity leave. True, I spend most of that time washing bottles and pump parts and spit-up stains, but tonight I might be forgetting something I’m supposed to do, so I have time to do this.
- Weight: 12lbs !!! Talia was only 10 lbs at this age.
- Length: 23.5″
Things We Should Remember
- Sleeping patterns: Starting to have longer sleep periods at night (3-4 hour chunks instead of 1.5-2), but we can’t predict whether the long sleep will be early or late. That means it’s impossible for me and Jonathan to take turns sleeping through the long sleep. During the day, she sometimes sleeps without her swaddle sack, but the difference in wakefulness is noticeable enough that we still swaddle her most of the time.
- Eating habits: Longer sleep at night means more eating during the day. Thus, we couldn’t always count on 3 hours between feedings, which made it harder to schedule things. I started pumping at 5 weeks a few times a week at night just so we could give Liana her first bottle before the 6 week “deadline”. She took the bottle well, and it didn’t ruin nursing forever. She drinks 4 oz. at each feeding.
- New discoveries: Liana seemed to enjoy lying on her back on her play mat and cooing at things hanging above her, thereby indicating that she can focus on things hanging above her.
- Accomplishments: Smiling socially, cooing at toys, holding her head up longer, growing a ton, riding calmly in the car, and waiting calmly in line for 4 hours to get Franklin BBQ. Overall, being calm.
The Parent Stuff
- Recovery: I still didn’t feel optimally healthy. At my 8-week follow-up appointment, I still had significant pelvic joint pain. The doctor said that wasn’t unheard of and that I should do pilates or walk or something. So I walked, and that hurt more.
- Taking care of two kids: This was the first month that we were on our own, Jonathan’s mom having gone home. As a result, we basically each owned a kid. Jonathan chauffeured Talia to school every day and handled her bed time routine. I did all Liana stuff until after Talia was in bed. Then we’d transition to our alternating sleep routine. On weekends, Jonathan took Talia to parks or out tricycling, but because I was watching Liana, my weekend days felt very similar to my weekdays. We successfully went to a restaurant as a foursome, and no one screamed.
- Watching TV: This might have been the month when the Second Child Syndrome set in. In particular, whereas we had a strict rule that Newborn Talia would never see the light of a tv screen while she was awake, Newborn Liana has now been exposed to at least 8 series. Granted, I wasn’t showing them TO her…I was just watching them while I rocked her to sleep seven times a day. Within the span of a one month (starting this month and ending soon after New Years), I watched the following series in their entirety:
- Master of None
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Grace and Frankie
- Agents of Shield
- Bojack Horseman (including the Christmas special!)
- Man in the High Castle
- Making a Murderer
- All of these were worth watching except Grace and Frankie. Nevertheless, I’ll probably watch the next season when it comes out.
- Jonathan’s birthday: Despite juggling two little kids, we were able to celebrate Jonathan’s birthday a little. Just a little. Some people came to play games, we ate ice cream, and I managed to cover all the Liana night shifts for a solid night without crumbling (thanks to TV!). As a gift, I copped out and promised 35 days of undesirable chores (taking out the trash and cleaning the litter box). As of this writing, those 35 days have technically expired, but I didn’t realize that until now.