What a month it’s been for us as a new family of four. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to get on here consistently and that is large in part due to our overall adjustment and enjoyment of this new phase. I’ve been really soaking up these moments with Olivia because, much like Greyson, it seems she’s constantly changing and growing and I have yet to invent a time slowing device to keep her this small forever. With that being said, you can always catch me on my Instagram where I photo-dump my life with Olivia and if you’re so inclined, be sure to give me a follow. I love connecting with fellow mamas out there – especially as I am navigating this new life with two kids!
Olivia at 2 months
According to the CDC, there are common milestones babies hit by the end of two months old. Here’s what Olivia is already showing us:
- Smiling at people (including familiar faces like ours!)
- Begin to self-soothe by bringing her hands up to her mouth to suck
- Beginning to appear bored by turning away or fussing to change an activity
- Turns her head to track objects or people
- Beginning to coo and make gurgle sounds
- Making smoother movements with arms and legs; more control
- More control with holding head up
Weight: 13 lbs
Baby girl has put on quite the poundage since we brought her home in February! She’s eating on a more regular schedule now and after our first well check-up our pediatrician gave us the go-ahead to nurse/feed “on demand” since she’s happy with the weight gain Olivia has made. Around the 6 week mark, however, I noticed she demanded to eat almost every 20 minutes or so. I was nervous my milk supply may have taken a dump, but I quickly went to the internet and found out that she was actually “cluster feeding.”
Cluster feeding is simply natures way of prepping my body for more milk production. As Olivia grows so does her stomach and appetite. It was completely normal for her to have been cluster feeding for about 2-3 days – she was simply gearing up my body to produce more milk. Now, at two months, she’s back to her eating schedule but definitely nursing longer.
Bring on those insatiable chubby thighs!
BioGaia Probiotics to help with regurgitation
In addition to her milk, we have been using BioGaia probiotics. It was recommended to us by our pediatrician in case Olivia began to show signs of colic. Thank goodness she hasn’t, however I did notice that she seemed to be straining to poop and uncomfortable until she passed gas or eliminated. In addition, she spit up almost every time she ate. I made sure she wasn’t being overfed but when it continued I had to investigate the cause. Apparently the term is regurgitation and it’s common in newborns since their GI tracts are still in development. The tiny flap that opens and closes when she breaths and eats is still under construction and therefore can cause her to spit up. Eventually the spitting up will stop, but in the meantime I wanted to provide her some relief. Just 5 drops a day in her milk is all it takes and I’m happy to report that her spitting up is all but gone and she’s passing gas/pooping much easier!
Thank goodness this girl is beginning to sleep through the night!
When we first brought her home it seemed like she slept all of the time. During the day it would be hours on end she would nap. Now, she’s definitely awake for longer during the day and naps here and there or after nursing. At nighttime she’s awake until about 10:30-11pm and sleeps until about 3-4am for a diaper change and to nurse before going back to sleep.
Something that has been extremely helpful for ensuring good sleep for both her and us is our Halo Sleep Sack. I swear by it because it makes swaddling a breeze – especially at those 2am feedings. She enjoys being swaddled tight and the velcro makes wrapping her up so easy. Couldn’t recommend it more!
- Olivia has really begun to smile this month and my heart melts into tiny little pieces every single time.
- She’s also taking notice of Greyson and smiles at him all the time. I look forward to their budding sibling relationship.
- She loves being held (especially by Dada) and it can sometimes be a little pain for us simply because it makes it difficult to do other things like work, pee, or eat.
- Her favorite Wubbanub is the unicorn (Dada got the sloth, haha). Somehow she knows the difference and we’ve learned she has preferences of pacifiers.
- Like magic she falls asleep to Post Malone’s “circles” but the instrumental version. So, we have our Alexa play it to calm her and put her to sleep. It’s worked every time.
- Warm baths are comforting for her. She especially enjoys bath time when I’m in the tub, too.
- She enjoys walks in the stroller around the neighborhood.
- She’s not entirely a fan of being dressed. And we’re not sure we’re a fan of dressing her in dresses. It just doesn’t fit her personality. However, we’ve received gifts and it’s important for us for her to wear those outfits at least once before she outgrows them.
- Being put down or not paid attention to.
- Being buckled into the car seat.
Happy 2 months, baby girl!