Miss Lucygirl is 2 months old! I can hardly believe we already have a 2 month old. She’s growing so much, it feels like I can see her grow right in front of my eyes. She’s starting to get some deliciously chunky baby rolls and graduate out of her newborn onesies. It looks like she’s going to be tall like her daddy! Lucy is a smiling machine and she’s stealing our hearts on a daily basis.
Development: Lucy has been a smiling machine over the past month. It started with our morning routine, she was the smiliest in the morning and over the past few days she’s added mid-day and afternoon smile sessions to our playtimes. Speaking of playtime, we’re working on tummy time, looking at shapes and toys and listening to music. I’m constantly learning about what she needs for proper development – sounds, patterns, conversation, smells, comfort and so much more.
Daytime: Lucy’s got us on a great little baby-led routine, her morning naps are still the best and most consistent nap of the day. Her lunchtime nap is pretty good and the afternoons are a gamble. I usually wear her in the afternoons to keep her close and happy and I can still have 2 hands free to fold laundry or get dinner started. Most days she does have a little fussy spurt around dinner time. Some days are worse than others and some days I handle it better than others, but we always snuggle and work through it together. This month I learned a few tricks about naptime and helping Lucy fall asleep when she gets tired. In the first few weeks, I assumed crying after nursing was a tummy-ache cry, but it’s not always. I learned that she’s not a sleepy newborn anymore who can’t help but fall asleep constantly, she’s developing wake-sleep cycles. Sometimes she’s been awake and alert for an hour or more and when she’s ready to take a nap she needs a little help. I quiet down and grab her blanket or swaddle, grab the pacifier if she’s cranky. We sway or rock or otherwise sooth and she’s able to fall asleep. It’s fascinating how overstimulation, sleep-wake cycles and her own little rhythm work together.
Nighttime: Lucy’s made so much progress with nighttime sleep just over the past couple weeks! Right now, she’s pretty consistent with wanting to eat between 7-8pm, again between 10-11pm (mommy & daddy’s cue to head to bed), and then she sleeps until 3-4am. She stays pretty sleepy during that 3-4am feeding, only opening her eyes a few times, so we nurse for a bit and she drifts back to sleep peacefully. Her morning waketimes are always different, anywhere from 6-8am, and then we get our day started! (This will be tricky as I head back to work in a week…)
Breastfeeding: We’re doing great! Physically, I’m glad to say that the discomfort of those first 3 or 4 weeks is gone. When we hit 4 or 5 weeks, Lucy and I hit our nursing groove. Emotionally, breastfeeding is such a powerful experience. It’s such a good feeling to know that I can nourish and comfort my child, to hear her cries quiet and feel her body calm as she nuzzles into me.
Behind the scenes assistance from my sweet mama, trying to get Miss Lucy to smile for the camera! :)
Hand lettering by Jenn Gietzen, Write On! Design