Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Watch Me Grow - Three Months

A little late on this one but here we are - three months old! Officially out of the "newborn" stage, I can't believe it! Our little chubs is doing great, she is so sweet and adorable. This past month she started smiling and has developed such strong neck and stomach muscles. We have been working on pulling her up to sitting (which she loves!) and over the past couple of weeks she has been wanting to "stand" up on her legs. She's kicking around like crazy and lifting her legs in some very impressive reverse crunches.

This month she also started smiling, cooing and "talking" like crazy. She LOVES when you sit down and talk right to her - her face lights up and she starting making all sorts of noises. Recently she figured out how to say "mmmm" with her lips pursed and she is obsessed. Also currently obsessing over her hands - holding them out in front of her, inspecting them close to her face, clasping them together and (her favorite) shoving them in her mouth. Lauren especially loves it when her big sister plays or reads to her, and Kaitlin has been snuggling up to her and wanting to spend lots of time with her. 

She is still waking up 2-3 times a night, but it really just depends on the day. Sometimes she sleeps for 8-9 hours, sometimes she only sleeps for 5 hours at a time. She likes to keep me on my toes ;) We had to make a stop at the doctors office this past month and she is weighing in just around 13lbs! She has another well check up at four months so we will get the full measurements then. Lauren is such a good little baby. She really only cries when she is hungry or over tired. She has such a sweet disposition. It makes all the night wakings well worth it :)

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Watch Me Grow - Two Months

Here we are! Two months old already. Lauren is starting to come into her own and has been changing a lot this month. The most exciting change is that she is now smiling and cooing, which makes all of those late nights worth it! She especially loves watching her sister run, play and jump around all while singing and generally acting crazy. She's sticking out her tongue and "talking" back to you, and that big gummy grin is just the cutest thing ever. she has also discovered her hands! They are usually covered in slobber and I think she's trying to see exactly how far into her mouth she can fit them.

The least exciting change this past month was around week 7 she decided that she only wanted to take 25 minute naps, just like her sister. Since this isn't my first rodeo with a bad napper I decided to nip that in the bud and she is now napping in her swing almost all the time. She still sleeps great at night in her crib, so my pediatrician let it slide :)  We can work on napping later - we all need her to rest properly during the day so the swing it is!

She had her two month appointment a couple of days ago and she is weighing in at 11 lbs 6oz, over a full pound heavier than Kaitlin at the same age. I know I shouldn't compare the two of them but 1) it's impossible not to and 2) it actually gives me great peace of mind that she is in the 50% percentile for weight rather than the 15% like Kaitlin was. She has been such a good little eater pretty much since day one (even though she sometimes has a terribly lazy latch), I haven't had to worry about if she is getting enough to eat or not. She is measured 23" long which is two inches longer than the last time we saw the doctor. We won't be back for another two months, I wonder how much she will have grown by then!

Monday, 6 July 2015

Watch Me Grow - One Month

I thought it was only fair that Lauren get her own little round of updates during her first year. Let's be honest, there is no way I'll be able to keep up with a weekly update like I did for Kaitlin, but monthly should be just fine.

What has Lauren been doing this past month? Well let's see...eating (a lot), sleeping (sometimes a lot, sometimes not at all), pooping (A LOT) and every once in a while she lets out a little "goo" "gah" or other insanely cute newborn jibberish. I'd forgotten how monotonous newborn life can be.

Eat. Poop. Sleep. Repeat.

Since I have a very busy toddler running around the house we have been able to get out of the house every once in a while. So far Lauren seems to like the carseat more than her sister ever did, and will even *sometimes* sleep while I am out running errands. But girlfriend also likes to eat. And when it is chow time, it's chow time - no excuses!

At her two week appointment she had already surpassed her birth weight so we know she is getting enough to eat. She has to be close to (if not over) 8lbs by now, and she had grown to 21".

It has been a challenge being thrown back into the depths of newborn baby land but all I have to do is smell her sweet skin or kiss her sweet chubby cheeks and all of those night wakings and endless rocking to sleep is instantly forgiven.

She's Here! Welcome Baby Lauren

It's been a minute, right? It's been so long in fact that Kaitlin is now THREE and she is a big sister!

Lauren was born on June 5, 2015 at 4:41pm, weighing 7lbs 3oz and measuring 19" long. She has been the sweetest little baby right from the start, I cannot get enough of her! Big sister Kaitlin is doing well, amazed at when she is actually awake for a few minutes and yells, "Look Mommy! Her eyes are open!"

Welcome Baby Lauren, we are so happy that you are here!