Sunday, June 11, 2017

Holland | Two Months

Not quite sure how this happened since I just hit "publish" on her one month post, but another month has passed with Miss Holland Claire!

She. Is. So. Much. FUN!!!

By Jude & Sloane's two-month update we had them on a full-blown Schedule (with a capital S).  They were eating/playing/sleeping at specific times.  They were sleeping in their cribs.  They had a certain amount of time each day dedicated to "tummy time" and everyone was flourishing.  

This time?  No schedule.  No crib.  Tummy time is when she lifts her head off my shoulder after a mid-morning cat nap.  We are doing absolutely everything differently this time around.  Why?  Because I know how fast it goes.  I know the first few months go by at warp speed and that my babies are tiny for such a short time.  I know I will never regret the naps she takes on my chest because one day soon she'll be too big and uncomfortable to do so.  I know whether I feed her every three hours or let her snack throughout the day, she will thrive.  I know the chores will eventually get done, the food will make it to the table, and my hair will (someday) get washed.  But this sweet baby of ours is changing every single day and I refuse to miss a moment because I'm worried about sticking to a schedule.

I know this no-schedule approach won't last much longer.  I realize it's mostly selfishness on my part for not doing it already and I do believe a schedule is typically best for a baby (especially twins) so I'm going to force myself to start the process during month three.  This is not only for Holland's sake but also for Jude & Sloane's - they miss their mama being able to spend consistent one-on-two (ha!) time with them.

Holland's stats at two months...
Weight: 12 lbs 7.5 oz (81%)
Height: 23.5" (92%)
Head: 15.5" (86%)
First Smile: 5.10.17
Slept through the night for the first time: 5.18.17

E A T

This girl can EAT.  Her cheeks and rolls are filling out nicely and she's wearing 3-6 month clothes now.  We're finishing up what's left of size 1 diapers and just ordered our first box of size 2 (Pampers Swaddlers).  She typically has her first feeding around 6a and then it's every 2-3 hours until her last one around 9:30p.  As I said above, sometimes it's a snack and other times it's a full feeding.  She didn't care for her reflux meds so we've made a concentrated effort to burp her well and that seems to be all she needs.  She's now considered a "happy spitter" so we're all pleased.  I'm still pumping once a week and she has no problem taking bottles.  I'm so glad I got a nursing cover because it has saved us numerous times when we're out and she gets hungry.  That was always such a long process with the twins and I love how quick it is to feed one!

That being said, she has a bad habit of pulling off and on as she eats, which is frustrating for both of us.  My body is still trying to figure things out and I think once it calms down a bit, so will she.  Until then, it can be quite the mess.

My friends have joked that I'm going to breastfeed until she goes to Kindergarten because they know how much I loved it with the twins.  And I do!  While some feedings are a little crazy due to Jude & Sloane needing something that can't wait 10 minutes, I try to keep it a relaxing time for both of us.  It forces me to slow down for a bit and revel in the fact that I have a BABY again.  Eep!!

Her pediatrician was pleased with her weight gain and mentioned we could start solid foods at four months but my hope is to hold off until six months as we did with Jude & Sloane.  We'll cross that bridge when we get there.

P L A Y

Well this one will be short as there still isn't much "playing" going on.  She absolutely adores her playmat so we spend some time on it several times each day.  A week ago she fell in love with the bird on it and was concentrating so hard on kicking it with her feet.  It was quite the performance!  Of course in the back of my head I was thinking, "My baby is a GENIUS" but it's probably more common than I realize.  We try tummy time on the playmat when I think about it but she mostly falls asleep or gives zero effort.  She has some powerful neck muscles so the doc isn't concerned.


She started smiling a few days after she turned a month old and it is the BEST.   It starts with a crooked smile that leads up to her squinty Popeye eyes and then her whole body shakes as she lifts her arms in excitement.  I'm not sure I've seen anything cuter.  Sometimes she's stingy with the smiles and other times she will grin over and over again.  She saves her best smiles for her siblings and I am just fine with that.

S L E E P

The main reason I was told scheduling is necessary is so the baby sleeps through the night.  Jude & Sloane slept through the night early and I always assumed it was due to their rigid schedule.  However, Holland started sleeping through the night (9:30p - 6a) pretty consistently at six weeks.  This time around I can take NO credit as I did nothing to help.  My mom always says big babies sleep longer/harder and maybe that's the reason.  Regardless, I'm not mad about it.  Typically she wakes up around 6a to eat and then goes back to sleep until 8a.

She's still swaddled each night and sleeping between us in the Dockatot.  Our plan is to do that for one more month and then move her to the crib (WAAAAH!) when she's three months.  Naps are either in the Dockatot, mamaroo swing, rock 'n play, or someone's arms.  The latter is her clear preference (we think she loves the extra warmth) so if we don't have any plans one of us is happy to oblige.  She also loves the car and falls asleep almost immediately.  Red lights are her nemesis so we avoid those at all costs.  :)

Dear Holland,
Another month has passed and each morning you wake up looking a little different than the day before.  Some days I want to freeze time and other days I dream about what you'll be like as a toddler.  Will you be outspoken like your sister or active like your brother?

You are such a sweetheart.  You love being held, especially if that person is walking around the house.  When you're awake you're quite content... until you're not.  When you reach that point, only a pacifier will cheer you up.  It can happen in a moment's notice, so we have a pacifier in every room so we're ready for the outburst.  You still have a squawk that makes grown men jump - those pipes of yours are so impressive!

You haven't lost your dark hair and between it and your gorgeous almond-shaped eyes, we've yet to figure out who you resemble.  I found an old baby picture that shows some similarities but in person everyone says you look like your daddy.

You love Jude & Sloane and oh how they adore you.  Sloane wants to hold you constantly and Jude gets so excited when he catches a smile.  Seeing the three of you together takes my breath away because how on earth did I get so lucky?

Your dad and I have taken you to so many places already and you constantly roll with the punches.  We like to think we're teaching you to be laidback at a young age.  Life's too short to sweat the small stuff, right?

Gorgeous girl, you have made our family so very happy.  Sometimes I watch your dad hold you and the look on his face matches my own.  We're completely in awe of you, our miracle baby.  I can't get enough of your sweet smell and precious face.  Being a mom to you, Jude, and Sloane has been the greatest, most humbling gift I've ever received.  I'm so excited to watch you grow!

Love - Mom


























Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Holland | One Month

It feels so strange to be writing monthly posts again!  I looked back 4.5 years on this dear blog and read a few of Jude & Sloane's posts so I could remember how I structured them!  It worked well then so I decided to stick with the same set-up.

I know everyone says it but this first month flew.  The hospital stay was incredibly short and the following weeks felt like we were living in fast forward.  Each Friday I took a weekly picture in her nursery and marveled at how quickly the days were going by.

Holland's stats at:

Birth
Weight: 8 lbs 8 oz
Height: 21"
Head: 14.6"

2 Weeks
Weight: 9 lbs 5 oz (79%)
Height: 21.5" (93%)
Head: 14.75" (96%)

One Month:
Weight: 10 lbs 7 oz (80%)
Height: 22" (91%)
Head: 15" (95%)

E A T

Just like her brother and sister, Holland loves to eat and already has cheeks and rolls to prove it.  She had a great latch from day one and once we got past the overproduction drama, we both settled in quite nicely.  The biggest issue now is reflux.  She eats way too quickly and almost immediately spits up so we've been doing lots (and lots) of laundry.  At her one month appointment the doctor wrote a script for reflux, which should hopefully make it less painful for her.

Right now she is eating every two hours during the day (sometimes three, other times it's every single hour - yeesh) and crashes almost immediately afterward.  Usually when she's cluster fed all day it's because she falls asleep five minutes into nursing and I can't get her to wake up.  Those days can be frustrating for everyone.  After her last feeding we swaddle her and put her down around 9:30p.  She usually wakes up at 3a to eat and then again around 6.  I really enjoy the 5-6 hour stretch of sleep and it keeps me from feeling like a zombie the next day.

I pump once every three or four days so we have several bottles in the fridge if necessary but I decided not to freeze milk this time around.  I found out very late with the twins that I have excess lipase, an enzyme in the milk that changes the taste after it's thawed.  For now, I just dump whatever milk isn't used and my only plan to freeze is if I know I'm going to be away from her for a few days.  When she does have a bottle it's three ounces.

Nursing was a little stressful for me with the twins ("Are they eating enough?" "Should I be nursing them more/less?") but with Holland I'm just letting the doctor's scale be my guide.  Since she's gaining weight and staying on track with her growth, I'm happy.

I don't want to say this transition has been a piece of cake because that sounds obnoxious, but Michael and I have both been shocked at how nice it is to have a singleton this time (especially when that singleton is easy and her siblings are quite a bit older).  The first month with the twins was incredible but so much work.  This month has been so much fun.  I must point out that my amazing mom stayed with us this first month and her help was invaluable.  Along with playing with the kiddos, she made sure the grownups were fed and weren't living in a dump.  She went home the other day so we'll see how "piece of cake-ish" I'm feeling at Holland's two month update.  :)

S L E E P

If there were an Olympic event for sleep, Holland would win a gold medal.  I've googled, "How much sleep should my baby get at __ weeks" as well as asked her doctor at every single appointment if she's ok.  When she's not eating, she's asleep.  I knew that would be the case for the first two weeks but she was well into her third week before she would stay awake for more than a minute at a time.  We've taken full advantage of this and have gone on several outings and errands while she snoozed through it all.

We stopped swaddling her when she got home from the hospital and after two weeks of waking up every two or three hours at night I said to Michael, "I wish there was something we could do to prevent her from moving her arms at night - that seems to be waking her up."  Michael politely reminded me there was this thing called a swaddle that we could try again.  Clearly sleep deprivation had set in for me.  We swaddled her the next night and she slept six straight hours.

Holland sleeps in the Dockatot at night and it's been amazing for both of us.  She's comfortable & cozy when she sleeps and I don't have to leave the bed when it's time to feed her.  For a tired/lazy mom, that is HUGE.  When she's consistently sleeping through the night we'll move her to her crib, but for now I absolutely love having her close.

She occasionally takes a pacifier but not always.  While the pacifier fixed all things with the twins, Holland has to be in the mood for it, otherwise she spits it out and looks at us like we're crazy for even thinking it might help.

Dear Holland,
What an incredible month it's been!  You entered the world with a terrifying screech but have been the most laidback baby ever since... unless you're hungry or need a diaper change and then the screech makes a dramatic reappearance.  One month later and it still shocks us with how loud it is.  Maybe you'll be an opera singer someday?  Your falsetto is astounding.

Before you were born I imagined what you'd look like and I always pictured dark hair.  Sure enough, you have the darkest hair of the bunch.  I'm so curious to see if it stays or if you'll lose it like your siblings.  The biggest surprise is your eyes - they are so unique!  They're almond shaped and the deepest blue.  You have your brother's lips and your sister's scowl.  It's fun to see the similarities but I also love how different you look from them.  You are clearly your own person!

You absolutely love to be held.  While you sleep great in the Dockatot or Rock 'n Play, your best sleep is in someone's arms.  Not to name names, but your Gaga held you every chance she got this last month and it seems like that made both of you so happy.  When you are upset you like to be walked around the house and within minutes you're asleep once again.

You wore newborn clothes for two weeks before your long body and chubby stomach decided it was time for 0-3 months.  Sometimes I think if I stare long and hard enough I can actually watch you grow - it's all happening so quickly.

You are noisy, sweet girl.  When you eat, sleep, or have a bowel movement, everyone knows it.  It's pretty funny, though we'll have to work on these things as you get older.  Not the most feminine traits but hilarious for the rest of us.

Jude & Sloane adore you.  Sloane loves helping in every way possible and Jude is on pacifier duty at all times.  They both love to hold you (though you're heavy enough now that they struggle) and they talk about you constantly.  They enjoy introducing friends to you and are quite protective of their baby sister.

Holland, you have been the absolute best addition to our little family.  You've taught each of us so much already and I stand amazed at how easy this transition has been.  I never knew what we were missing but now that you're here I can't imagine this precious life without you.  Your sweet face brings us so much joy and I'm excited to watch you grow.  I so look forward to seeing your first smile.  Until then, darling girl, I smile enough for the both of us.

Love - Mama 


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