My how time flies when you’re having fun. I can’t believe it has been over 8 weeks since our daughter was born. It is hard to remember what life was like before she arrived. The last two months of watching her grow and change have been a blast. She seems to get bigger everyday and is always surprising us with something new that she can do. It is fun to sit and watch her as she takes in the world around her. When she smiles it just melts my heart. We may have had the worst night with her getting up every few hours or more but when I go into her room in the morning and she smiles up at me from her crib I forget all about it.
Breastfeeding was a challenge at first as I had mentioned, but I stuck with it and now it is a piece of cake. She is eating about every 2 hours or so during the day and then goes about 4-6 hours between feedings at night. Now that her schedule is more predictable it has become easier to do things like cleaning, visiting with friends, going for walks, and all that. The trick now is going to be reintroducing the bottle. We supplemented at the very beginning and she took the bottle just fine but I stopped giving her a bottle while I worked on establishing the breastfeeding. She wasn’t at all interested in the bottle when we tried to give it to her the other day so I’ll have to start working on that. Luckily I’m not returning to work so I don’t have time pressure, I can take my time reintroducing the bottle.
We just had our first visit to the pediatrician that involved vaccinations. It was horribly painful to hear her screams and see her terrified little face as she was getting the shots (4 of them). Once it was over and I picked her up she calmed right down though so that was comforting. The pediatrician said it is often worse on the parents than it is on the babies. When we got home from the doctor’s office I gave her a little Infants’ Tylenol as recommended by the pediatrician, then she ate and went right to sleep. I had been warned that she would probably be fussy for the rest of the day (maybe two) but she wasn’t too bad.
These first couple of months have been so rewarding and so much fun. I can’t wait to see the changes that take place in her over the next few months. They grow so fast and learn new things everyday, it truly is amazing. I’m sure before I know it she’ll we be a little toddler walking around and talking up a storm.