Thursday, September 5, 2013

2 months

 2 months as of August 26, 2013
Weight: 12 lbs. // 50-75th percentile
Length: 23.5 inches // 75th percentile
Head Circumference: 16.25 inches // 75th percentile

Clothes: Trace transitioned out of newborn onesies, shirts and sleepers and into 0-3 month at around weeks 5-6; however, he still wear newborn shorts and pants. My little guy's got a tiny hiney!

Health: Overall his health has been fantastic! But at around week 7 he started acting up, was extremely fussy, screamed a lot, looked to be in pain while eating, etc. We took him to his pediatrician and they thought it might be the beginning signs of colic or that he had acid reflux. We filled a prescription for Zantac, but never had to give it to him. Turns out it was just a short lived phase and he's been back to himself since. Must have been his 6 week growth spurt...

Diet: Trace takes 7 bottles/day - mix of breastmilk and formula. We switched him to Similac Sensitive, which has worked wonders for his little tummy and we use Little Remedy's Gas Relief Drops in his last bottle of the night (we think it helps him to sleep longer stretches by settling any gas bubbles he may have). Trace takes 6 4 oz bottles and 1 5 oz bottle, which is his last bottle of the night at 9:00pm. We believe that this extra ounce combined with the gas drops helps him to sleep sound until the 3:00am hour.

Sleep:  At 6 weeks old I transitioned Trace into his crib in his room for all of his naps. He fussed and cried, but eventually would give in and fall asleep. At week 7 I started him sleeping in his crib throughout the night. I really thought this would be a hard transition for me and that I'd be up, staring at the monitor all night long, but I put on a brave face and allowed myself to sleep. I'm happy to say that from that very 1st night, Trace has never slept in our room again. Such a big boy! I've been more relaxed with his nap scehdule lately, but try to get him to go down at 10:00am, 1:00pm and 4:00pm. Sometimes he only naps for 45 minutes whereas other times he will nap for 2 straight hours. I never let him sleep longer than 2 hours during the day. During weeks 4-7 Trace went to bed at 9:00pm and woke up between 1:30-2:00am - he would be up for 30 mins to eat and go right back to bed. He then woke again sometime between 4:40-6:00am-ish - up for another 30 mins and goes back to bed. He woke up for the day usually between 7:30-8:00am. Then we start it all over! Starting sometime around week 7 Trace started to sleep until 3-3:30am - he is up for 30 mins to eat (change diaper, re-swaddle) and goes right back to bed. He then wakes again sometime between 5:30-6:30am - he is up for 30 mins to eat (change diaper, re-swaddle) and goes right back to bed. He wakes up for the day usually between 7:30am-8:30am. Then we start it all over!

 Baby Gear Love: changing table and changing pads, snugabunny bouncer, car seat, linking crab (that I hang on his stroller)

Likes: looking up (usually at the sky or the fan), sucking on his fists, eating, getting a diaper change, sleeping on someones chest, talking, to be bounced in someones arms or in his bouncer, pacifiers, middle of the night feedings, his car seat, bath time

Dislikes: getting his face wiped off after a nap, the feeling of frustration, when a bottle ends, wet/dirty diaper, when he can't find his fist

Crying: Trace always cries for an obvious reason - tired, wet/dirty diaper, hungry, frustrated, gassy, over stimulated, hot - which makes it somewhat easy to find ways to perk him up again. He isn't a boy who just cries to cry, thank God!

Milestones: trip to the mall, dinner out at a restaurant, baby acne pretty much gone, turns head from side to side with ease, talks all the time (baby babble), smacked crab toy with hand on stroller over and over (playing with it), scooting on his acitivity mat (generally out of frustration), tear duct completely cleared up, sticking out his tongue (mimicking), watches his toys move (tracking), sleep in crib 100% of the time... and my personal favorite, you SMILE so big now!

Social/Visitors: We've gotten out and about more in the past 2 weeks than we did for the 1st 6 weeks of Trace's life. Trace was 6.5 weeks when we went to the mall for the 1st time. We went with Nanny and Trace lasted several hours. I fed him, changed him and he napped like a champ... That was a milestone for me too :) Trace also went out to dinner for the 1st time -- Fox and Hound -- with us and my parents. He was awake the majority of the time and only fussed for a short amount of time before he dosed off. My parents are constantly babysitting him so that Bryan and I can either go out on dates or so that we can run errands. We had Bryan's fantasy football draft party, which was Trace's 1st party -- he was a little angel, staying pretty quiet and alert the entire time.

 Postpartum: I feel 75% recovered from my c-section, but when I touch the area around my incision I realize that it's still numb, hurts and is totally swollen. I've started to walk around my neighborhood at 7 weeks postpartum, but I need to make a tried and true commitment to getting back into shape and stick to it. I continue to get so much sleep. Since Trace entered our world I have yet to be extremely sleep deprived. Sure there has been a day here or there, but honestly, I've only felt exhausted maybe 5 days in total and they were all during that first week home. I have to give myself a little credit here, for I do actually sneak in sleep when Trace naps, and this allows me to have more energy for him when he's awake.

Mommyhood: It's hard, but so amazing at the same time. I couldn't comprehend the love and sacrifice that takes place until I was in it -- wow do us mama's sacrifice a lot to ensure that our little ones every need is taken care of. My relationship with Bryan has changed drastically and I'm still trying to figure out how to be the best wife, mother and individual simultaneously. Mommyhood is an isulating job, but so incredibly rewarding. I'm beyond obsessed with Trace... and my family as a whole. I just can't believe I am so lucky to have Bryan, Cali and Trace in my life. I work everyday with Trace, helping him develop the skills that he should be mastering at this stage -- tracking, smiling, mimicking, head control, strength, etc. I have him on an eat, play, sleep schedule and I can tell that he thrives on this routine. He knows exactly when he eats and he sleeps so well at night, which in return makes him a happy and alert baby during awake time. Whether it's doing my hair/make-up for the day, blogging, laying out, surfing the web, playing with Cali, texting friends or catching up on one of my DVRed shows, while Trace naps in his crib I try to carve out some at home "me" time a few days a week. I need to incorporate working out into this more often :)

 1st large event
1st time at a restaurant
such a sweet boy in his carrier
 he loves to suck on his fists
... biggy boy wears baseball hats!


  1. So cute and so happy for you :)

  2. Connor had colic and bad acid reflux during his first month and had to be put on 2 prescriptions. It was awful but thankfully he grew out of it around 5 or 6 weeks! So glad your little guy did too! And way to go on having him in his crib already. I STILL can't get myself to put him in his crib at night :( I don't know why I am having so much trouble with it!!

  3. You look great and your little boy couldn't be cuter! Good for you getting him transitioned into his room. We waited until Hadley was 6 months old! Next time it will def be sooner!

  4. Oh my goodness! How cute is he! You both look great and your baby posts are my absolute favorite. :)

  5. It is so great to see you as a mama. You all seem like you are doing so great! Its interesting to read that your and Bryan's relationship has changed so much. Kenny and I were only together for a year before we got prego with Michael and I feel like we didnt really get a chance to build an "us" before we had kids. We kind of just kept getting to know each other through parenthood. I certainly wouldn't recommend it to everyone, but it worked out for us. I will say that having kids and a husband who I rarely see is definitely a struggle! We are constantly passing each other but we sent little text flirts all day and make date nights with no exceptions. I believe that we are all just doing what we can. Motherhood looks amazing on you, my friend! I know I have said this so many times already but I just LOOOOOVVVEEEEE your sweet little family.

  6. He totally looks like your hubby! Such a cutie. Two months already!

  7. I love that California onesie!! And girl you look incredible for 2 months postpartum!

  8. Good for you in getting him in his crib early!
    We did it at 3-weeks and never looked back.
    I sleep so much better and i think she does too!
    You look GREAT!

  9. I can't believe he's 2 months. We put E in his crib at 2 months and it was one of the best moves we ever made.

  10. LOVING the Angels onesie :)

    XOXO Bunnie

  11. Loved hearing about each and every thing!! Sounds like Trace is settling into his routine and you are transitioning flawlessly into mommy :)

  12. my oh my how times flies. Love it. SUPER HANDSOME little man.

  13. Would you recommend Britax travel system? I love Britax carseats, and used them for our first (who is almost 6 and in a Britax booster), but our second is due early November and I can't commit to a stroller system or carseat?!?

  14. He's so gorgeous, Kate!! I haven't been commenting a ton, but I've been checking in on every post. Love watching him so far. Motherhood looks beautiful on you :)

  15. What a cutie! I'm so happy for you and your most recent post was perfect. I felt the exact same and remember thinking, "Now I have it all."


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