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Two months old

09/03/2013

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Two months old!

First, let’s talk about Sabine, then I will update you a little on the move.

On Monday Sabine turned two months old. It blows my mind that only two months ago I was having a baby. It fills me with joy and a touch of sadness that the time is slipping away so quickly.

This month we have seen Sabine make some major changes. She is developing personality and starting to really explore her world. During our walks she is wide-eyed and looks all around her. When we are in the subway she likes to be held, perching on my shoulder so she can peer over and checkout all the faces. Strangers from all walks of life stop to coo over her adorableness. She actively engages with toys now, and is particularly fond of a Baby Einstein Mozart Cube and her Sunny Stroll. I love watching her inspect toys and smile at them when I move them around.Β She has also started smiling which makes my heart sing every. single. time. Sometimes it actually makes me cry. I am still so overwhelmed that after all the struggle this beautiful girl is mine for keeps.

2 months! 2 copy

Sabine is so active when awake that it is hard to get a photo of her with out blurry arms and legs!

There have been numerous occasions where we have found ourselves saying, “Oh shit! I didn’t know we were supposed to be doing that!” The biggest is sleep. I was so proud of my baby girl at first because she stayed up almost all day. “LOok at my great alert awesome kid!” I thought. It never occurred to me that she was unable to put herself to sleep. By the end of these days she would be so worn out and frantic that we had nuclear meltdowns. Not fun. After a little reading, though, I realized that babies need HELP falling asleep. Wow, poor kid!

We are working on building a little sleep/wake/play/walk/repeat schedule during the day. I help her fall asleep with nursing, swaddling and snuggling. It’s not perfect but is working right now, although I hear that she will change as soon as we find a comfortable rhythm!

Self soothing - Sept 3 2013

Sabine’s hands have also found their way to her mouth and her drooliness has picked up quite a bit. Yesterday we caught her self soothing by sucking her thumb, something I consider to be a HUGE accomplishment for my Nipple Nibbler and gives me a lot of hope for when we start to transition her out of the swaddle in the coming months.

2 month kitty copy

Sabine is now longer than her kitty friend!

My tiny girl is growing, too. She had her 8 week checkup last week and got a great report from our new doctor, Dr. Groves. When we were discharged from the hospital two days after her birth she was 6 lbs 6 oz and 19 inches long. Last Wednesday she was 9 lbs 11oz and 23.5 inches long! She is at the low-end of the growth chart but Dr. Groves said not to worry about it. Sabine is growing and thriving and not acting liked a starved baby. All this means that I’m doing a great job and that we have nothing to worry about.

 

I could write piles more about Sabine, but it is almost time for me to wake her, nurse her, walk her and then play with her so let’s finish with a moving update:

box nightmare

Moving nightmare! This is what arrived on Day 1 of the move. The movers could not complete the unload by the required 5 p.m. and had to come back the next day. It was not super fun times!

 

Moving to NYC with a newborn and a pile of crap to unpack has been stressful, chaotic and not something the OCD should attempt. What would have taken me a matter of days to complete is taking a matter of weeks and BOY is it wearing me down! But we are finally starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. Only three boxes remain – one of random wires, one of furniture pieces and one of random crap that the Professor tossed in at the last-minute. Yesterday we hung a few curtains and pictures and cleared out a large majority of the trash and recycling. Today we will take a giant stack of math books to the Professor’s new office, freeing up the space in the hall for our bikes, which are currently being wheeled from room to room in attempt to keep them out of our way. The little place is starting to feel like home, which is nice after living in complete disarray for months in Lexington during the lengthy purge. I will share some photos of progress n a few days after a little more crap exits.

Sabine has been a HUGE trooper during all of this. I have a ton of Sabine and New York related posts I want to write and am going to try to find a time during each day that I can dedicate to blogging. The challenge is that I also have to find time during the day to finish the house and adventure in NYC. I’m sure I will find my new rhythm in time, though! Any tips for new mamas and blogging? Other than not sleeping at night?!

 

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  1. September 3, 2013

    Sleeping is such an evolving, transitory thing for kiddos. πŸ™‚ I by FAR liked troublesometots.com the best for advice on things to try and what was normal (way more than any sleep book – they all tend to be “THIS IS WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO OR YOUR BABY WILL BE SLEEP DEPRIVED FOREVER” and i didn’t like that attitude. We swaddled the shit out of Stella for 6 months – she just slept SO much better that way, and it was an easy transition when we stopped that (one arm out, then both arms out but body still wrapped, then all the way out). You’ll find your groove. πŸ™‚

    Blogging…I read on my phone in the middle of the night while BFing, and I blogged at work (oops) after I returned at 8w. I don’t know what I’d have done if I was a SAHM!

    • September 3, 2013

      PS – those baby blues??? Wow, to die for! Beautiful!!

  2. September 3, 2013

    Gorgeous little girl!!!

  3. September 3, 2013

    Beautiful baby girl! πŸ™‚

  4. Kathy #
    September 3, 2013

    Your baby is adorable ! Hope the rest of the new home set-up goes smoothly !

  5. September 3, 2013

    All I have to say is that we were sleep crazies when Matthew was a baby, and he always slept like crap until we were left with nothing else to try but CIO. I protected his sleep like nothing I’ve ever protected before, and it got me nowhere. Even now, he’s not a great night sleeper (but is a rock star napper going from 2-3 hours before I’m forced to wake him each day).

    This time, we’re just going with whatever and Bryson sleeps better and longer than Matthew ever did at this age.

    Don’t fret too much about it is what I’m saying. πŸ˜‰

    Sabine is beautiful, by the way!!!

  6. September 3, 2013

    I really like what this guy (yes, a man: http://uncommonjohn.wordpress.com/) has to say about sleeping and parenting wisdom. He helped me calm down and not stress when my boy was attached to my boob ALL. NIGHT. LONG. What I took away from it is that babies are only small once, they will change out grow difficult and frustrating periods (regarding sleep) in their own time and most likely have difficult and frustrating periods again. Try not to stress over it, go with the flow and do what works for you! Going with the flow is what helped me. And you know what?! My boy did start sleeping longer at night (at first 3-4 hours) without a boob in his mouth, and then he started sleeping in his own crib some and then he started sleeping even longer in his own crib. Now at 1 year, he sleeps most of the night in his own crib, wakes up sometimes and can be shhh-patted back to sleep and then wakes and won’t go back to sleep easily unless he is in the bed with me from about 4am onwards. It isn’t perfect by any means, but it works for me/us and I get a decent amount of sleep most nights. Do what works for you!

    As for blogging, like Josey said, I read and even blogged while BF (at night) from my phone. WordPress has a decent app if you don’t have it already.

    She is a cutey, by the way. πŸ™‚

  7. September 3, 2013

    She is such a cutie!! And I did not know the sleep thing either at all! She would easily stay up 6 hours at a time and I figured she would sleep if she was tired….whoops! Then at like 4 months old I stumbled across something that said she shouldn’t be awake more than 2 hours at a time until 6 months!! Sounds like you guys are doing so great and I love that you’re enjoying NYC.

  8. September 4, 2013

    Sabine is beautiful!

  9. Tasha #
    September 4, 2013

    Boxes, an Expedit, and a beer. Looks like a party to me.

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