My sweet Kina-
How has it been a month already since I wrote you a letter?! Time has officially begun to fly. As I was shopping in Aldi’s the other day I couldn’t help but think just two months ago you would have screamed the entire time. Now here you were sleep deprived but yet so good. You just looked around, then stared up at me with those big sleepy eyes. Not one peep out of you. I am so thankful for that. I am sad to say though, your hair has also tamed. It is no longer crazy and tends to just lay flat. I kinda liked the crazy hair. Instead, you now sport a very glamorous bald spot on the back of your head 😉
Height: 25 3/8″ (90th percentile)
Weight: 13 lbs 10 ounces (50th percentile)
Head: 16 3/8″
Naps: It varies, normally a 2 hour morning and afternoon nap, then 1-2 cat naps in the evening.
Feeding: Bottle feeding every 4 hours and eating around 6 ounces each time.
Clothing: 0-3 month
Eating: The beginning of this month you were eating between 4-5 ounces every 3 hours. Then toward the middle of the month you started eating around 6 ounces and started going 4 hours. We traveled to Indiana for the holidays and you kind of just transitioned then. I am not sure if it was all the excitement going on and you couldn’t really concentrate on eating, or if you were just ready and would have done it regardless. Either I like the four hour schedule much better!
Sleeping: Wow, sleeping for you little girl has never been a walk in the park. Which makes me want to go crazy a little because I am a person who requires lots and lots of sleep! This month has been pretty crazy. I think a lot of it had to do with traveling and you having a cold off and on. I can only dream of the day you will sleep all.night.long! I have tried so many different things and gone off of tips in sleep books, none work. Some have made it worse! At the beginning of this month you were sleeping from 8-8:30 until around 4. You would then eat and precede to keep us up for around 1-1/2 hours. Between laying in your crib fussing, to finally JUST ABOUT falling asleep then pooping, to me having to change your diaper and start the process all over again. I knew you were tired because your eyes would get droopy the whole time. So it wasn’t a matter of putting you to bed too early. After that whole ordeal was over you usually would sleep to 8 or 8:30. Then the traveling started and you were back up around 4 times each night. Now that we are back home and settled into a routine we are back to the first scenario, which still is not fun. At these times I just wish you could tell me what to do! I also started rocking you to sleep. All the sleep books say put the baby down while awake but drowsy. Well you my girl are very stubborn and you just fussed and cried and I had to put the paci in a million times. So one day I just rocked you. You fell asleep so much faster, and I enjoyed the cuddle time. Who knows, I am probably aiding to the middle of the night problems, but it makes for one less stressed mom and baby during the day!
(I would love to hear sleep tips from all you moms out there!)
Development: It is so fun watching you develop. I feel like you are doing pretty much the same things as last month only ten times better! You are intentionally grabbing for toys and transferring them from hand to hand. You bring everything to your mouth to chew on! It is so fun to watch your fine motor skills develop. The beginning of this month you realized that you could roll over. You were so proud of yourself. Every chance you got you rolled over. You woke up during naps and middle of the night, just so you could roll over! It was very cute, but yet very annoying. So we placed a rolled up towel by your side to keep you from waking yourself up. You haven’t really rolled over for fun since. I kinda feel bad about that, kinda ;). You are really able to hold your neck good now. I stared sitting you in your booster chair while we eat. You just sit there and play with your toys, it melts my heart.
A few things you are loving right now:
-Talking. Wow you have really found your voice. You just coo and squeal and talk our ear off. You were talking last month, but not near as often as now.
-Baths. You figured out how to splash all around and you love it.
-Your orange ball. It is a plastic ball with holes and beads in it. It is easy to grab, easy to chew on, and makes noise. You will lay there and wave it around, move it from hand to hand, and of course chew on it. One night you pooped your diaper while playing with the ball. Daddy picked you up to go change you and you just held onto it the whole entire time your diaper was being changed.
-“Helping” us feed you. You think you are pretty cool. You grab onto the bottle and “help”. Really you are more of a hinderance, but you don’t know that 😉
-Wasting diapers and formula. We change your pee soaked diaper only for you to poop 5 minutes later. There for awhile I would give you 5 ounces and you would want more. So I started giving you 6 and you then only ate 5. Crazy kid!
-Smiling. You have really turned into a cheeser. You give us the biggest grins, like all the time.
A few things your not to fond of:
-Sleeping in new places. You refuse to take naps or sleep good during the night when we are in a different place. This leads to a cranky baby and a sleep deprived mamma and pappa.
-Falling asleep on your own, or in a busy setting. Sleep is just not your favorite thing. I think you just don’t want to miss out on all the action! Yet on the other hand you are a baby who requires a lot of sleep. When you don’t get it, you tend to be a hot mess!
A few things you are teaching us:
-To slow down and enjoy you. You grow and develop so fast. I can see how before we know it you will be going to school!
-To be flexible and adapt to different things. My days never go as I plan them anymore!
As you grow you continue to wrap us around your little finger. You make us laugh and bring so much joy to our home. You are truly such a blessing and I can’t be thankful enough to be your mom.