October 27, 2010

2 Month Milestones

And, yet another month has passed us by like the blink of an eye. It seems like just yesterday we were getting ready to go into the OR and deliver our new baby girl, and now she is already 2 months old!

Height: 23" (75th percentile for her age)
Weight: 12 lbs 5 oz. (90th percentile for her age. Holy Moly, Mommy's Milk Must Be Good! She's, again, gained over 2lbs in 1 month!) I knew the nickname Chunky Monkey was appropriate! The Pediatrician said that this is great gain and she is on the right track. They like to see babies gain between 4 & 5 pounds by 2 months. She's gained 4-1/2 lbs, so she's right on track for average gain.

Sleeping Patterns: SHE SLEEPS THROUGH THE NIGHT ALREADY!!!! YIPEEEE! She started sleeping through the night (and when I say that, I mean from about 10pm until about 6am) when she was 7 weeks old. She always was a good sleeper, and now it's even better.

Places Traveled: This girl has been everywhere! This month we went to Lake Wales three times. She did great every time! We attended Keegan's First Birthday Party, and she slept almost the entire party. We've been to the park by our house numerous times and she loves it. She's an outside baby and gets completely relaxed the moment you step outdoors. Mommy took her to the mall for the first time last week. We did our annual trip to the Pumpkin Patch and let Big Brother pick out the Hunter Family pumpkins. Mommy dressed her up in her *Pink* Halloween outfit for that trip.

Accomplishments: She had her first Jeep and Rhino rides in Lake Wales and fell asleep during both. She is going to be a die hard off road girl, just like her brother. She is a smiling machine and has the giant, ear to ear smile, just like her brother has. She's on the verge of laughing and I can't wait to hear that sound and capture it on camera! She lost almost all of her hair, except for the hair at her neckline, and it has grown in much lighter and less. Maybe she is going to have light hair like Mommy did! She sleeps through the night, as you read above. Not such a friendly accomplishment, but she's received her first round of vaccinations, 3 shots and 1 oral, which ripped Mommy's heart right out. She cried for 2 minutes, but after some Mommy-lovin', things were better. My heart ached for some time after. Probably the biggest accomplishment, for Mommy & Riley, was her diagnosis with Reflux. Right around the 5 week mark I noticed Riley to be very squirmy, uncomfortable, wet burps followed by a horrible face, and not wanting to be laid down anywhere. With that, came the endless crying, unless I was holding her up on my shoulder. At first, I thought it was something that I was eating that was irritating her. After talking with a good friend and doing some research on what foods to avoid while nursing, I completely changed my diet. We saw some improvement, but not a ton. So, I made an appointment with the Pediatrician. After explaining her symptoms, and my findings from my research, he did agree that it could be Silent Reflux. [My first sign should have been when I ate lasagna when she was only 2weeks old, and she vomited 2 feedings back up the next day. I just thought it was red sauce itself and I stayed away from it.] Anyway, with Silent Reflux, the baby does not actually spit up, it comes up the esophagus and goes back down. Doc put her on a small dose of medication 3x daily and it has worked wonders. She's a completely different baby, back to her happy little self, which makes for a happy Mommy & Daddy! I couldn't imagine to have indigestion 24/7 with no relief. It's common in babies and they generally outgrow it by 6months. If not by then, they most all outgrow it by 12months. Just another example of how every baby is completely different. I could eat 10 bowls of red sauce with Tyler and he wouldn't even blink. Last, but certainly not least, our Family Tree grew another branch as we welcomed Hailey Grantham, Riley's second-cousin, to the world on October 22nd! Welcome, Hailey and CONGRATULATIONS Rhonda, Chris and Big Sister, Abigail! Now, we await the arrival of cousin Raegan, TOMORROW!!!!!

Foods: Exclusively breastfed.

Happy, Healthy and Growing, here are some photos from the past 4 weeks! And so it goes...