Friday, March 25, 2016

9 week update ~ Mallory

Still going well.  I had a clogged duct this week and then another day I was super engorged and she wouldn't nurse.  Had a few episodes where milk was squirting and getting on her face before I realized and could stop it (it's so infrequent for me that I don't think about it; I know it's all the time for others).

Wednesday night I fed her around 10:30 then again at 3 and 6:45 and while she didn't go back to sleep after that last, and I didn't feel any more rested than normal she slept well.

Daytime sleep is all over usually.  She takes 3-4 naps a day, but depending on where she's napping (car, swing, crib) effects how long she sleeps for. She sleeps the longest in her swing (not on usually because batteries are dead) or in a moving car/cart/stroller. 

Still having some projectile spit up.  Last night it was enough to make a puddle on the counter (because I was holding her trying to give her medicine), soak her clothes, mine and when I set her on the floor so I could get her changed she spit up again and with force to make it land a foot away. 

Then today she did it once she was in her car seat, although thankfully we were still home! 

She had her two month check up yesterday.  She's 12lbs, 22 inches and still has a 90% head. 

She's getting stronger at holding up her head, and she's starting to make some more cooing sounds and giving smiles more (last week was the first)

As for me, I'm struggling a bit.  I know right now I need to take the time to snuggle and play with the girls but the stress of trying to keep house and get stuff done by myself is overwhelming me.  I hate feeling like I've done nothing all day.  And I know I have two young kids; I just feel like I'm being unproductive when it's 5:30 and I have gotten few chores done.  Like what have I been doing?  Am I just not being very good at time management.  Today I'm skipping nap so I can write this post and 'try' to catch up on some cleaning stuff. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Mallory 2 Month Update

Two months just flew by.  How is it that I can remember her birth like it was yesterday but it was two months?

She's out of newborn diapers and into size 1.  She's starting to fit into some of the cloth diapers we have so I've been using those more because she freaks a little bit if she's the slightest bit wet usually.  So changing her 3 times in an hour sometimes can get expensive with disposables. And since I have to wash the cloth ones anyway for Eleanor it's not really any more work.

She's also out of newborn clothes except for a few random pieces that may be cut bigger.

She usually is up 2-3 times a night (considering that 11-7 ish because that's my night) but goes one 3-4 hour stretch at the beggining.   She is in the rock n play at night and will be for a few more months at least.   I have been sporadically having her nap in the crib though.  In part because I want her to be used to it, but also because Eleanor won't get in her face as much.

She's started giving real on purpose smiles as well as the random ones also.

I'm hearing more noises that aren't cries.  Those adorable little coos and what almost sounds like a laugh.

Her grip is getting stronger and she's starting to hold onto my shirt, my hair, this oball toy she has.

She's also batting at her hanging toys on the playmat a little.

Still having projectile spit up once or twice a week.
I weighed her using my super accurate method (weighing myself holding her and not holding her) this morning and judging by that shes almost 12 1/2 lbs.   Still no clue on length.  She was supposed to have her checkup Thursday but I rescheduled it because of a big snow storm predicted.   And now it's supposed to miss us and just rain.  So not until next week will I know.

Friday, March 18, 2016

8 weeks ~ Mallory

She's been going longer stretches at night. She has went a few 3-4 hours stretches at night and Thursday took a 3 1/2 hour nap.

I tried a few times to put her in her crib at nap time.  But she was asleep when I put her down and she woke up right away and wasn't having it.

I also think she prefers sleeping on her stomach. I sometimes let her sleep on the nursing pillow.  I know that's a no no but I am always nearby and constantly checking on her.

Still going well although I still only like to nurse in the football hold. I've had to do cross cradle a few times because it's hard to do football in public.  This is strange but I feel like her diapers are more watery when I do cross cradle.  

Today she gave me real smiles.  Like on purpose smiles.  She's been randomly smiling the last week and a half or so but this was the first time I got a real one.  I melted.

Evenings have still been tough, but at least it hasn't been every single evening this week.

I was trying to nap with her the other day and Eleanor was in her room singing and I am convinced Mallory knew it was her because I looked over when I heard Eleanor on the monitor and Mallory was smiling.   Super sweet!

Friday, March 11, 2016

7 week update ~ Mallory

I thought the spitting up was getting better because it had been a week and a half, but nope.  She spit up yesterday and it soaked her clothes, my pants, my shirt, the play mat.  She even got some in her ear.  

Still super fussy in the evenings.  I feel like I can't do anything between 6-9 pm because I can't put her down of pass her off.

I did vacuum last night and turned the vacuum on like 2 feet from her.  She didn't even flinch.  But if I drop a toilet paper tube from ten feet away she will flail her arms out and be startled.  I don't get it. lol.

She's started smiling this week.  Randomly at not intentional but when I look at her and see her little grin while she's looking at the lights or the couch it's precious.

She's been nursing closer to every 2 1/2 hours this last week.

I pumped yesterday afternoon so Rob could try to give her a room temperature bottle as opposed to one I chilled in the fridge and then heated back up.  It didn't make a difference.  I've tried 3 different kinds and she won't take any of them.  

She usually does okay intil about 5 am.  That's the hardest feed to get her back down after.  It takes an hour and a half more often than not.  And by the time I finally get her down, and then myself back to bed, I get maybe 30 minutes before Eleanor wakes up.  

Friday, March 4, 2016

6 weeks ~ Mallory

Mallory has strengthened her grip in the last week significantly.  It's a good thing I don't often wear my hair down because prying it out of her hands is tough.

We are out of newborn diapers so I'm not buying anymore.  I've started packing away some of the newborn clothes and get a little sad at the thought we likely will never use them again. 

I'm trying to transition into more of a routine with her (note, NOT a schedule).  Right now it's eat-sleep-eat-awake-eat-sleep etc..  My goal is more of a eat-awake/activity-sleep cycle.  With Eleanor she would be so tough to put down to sleep without nursing so I'm trying to break that habit.  I loved when she would fall asleep nursing and I'd snuggle with her and it was easy to do, but it made it tough for me to go anywhere without worrying about her.

She's still doing her nurse all evening every evening thing but other than that she's doing okay,

She's been sleeping a lot it seems.  Except for last night when she was up for almost 2 hours in the middle of the night. Of course...