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. 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.
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!
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.
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:
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?!