You have been here for 2 months now and some days I still can't believe I have a baby of my very own. You are awesome! You are laid back and just go with the flow. You must get that from your mom ;). The only time you get cranky is when you are hungry or tired and even those times follow a pretty predictable schedule that you put yourself on. I wish I could take more credit for how scheduled you are but I can't. We love you SO much and are so thankful you are part of our team. Here is what we did during your second month!
You ate every 2.5-3 hours during the first month and continued to do that up until you were about six weeks old. While we were in the archipelago I started stretching out your feedings to every 4 hours and you didn't seem to notice. I think I could have done it earlier. You seemed to have a hard time latching on before six weeks but now you latch on like a champ which makes me think you weren't really hungry every 2.5 hours. You hate it when I stop you to burp but if I don't then when you burp you spit up which isn't fun for anyone. You also sound a little bit like a man when you burp . . . hopefully that changes over time :). You usually eat at 7:30 am, 11:30, 3:30 and then between 7-7:30 pm before going to bed. On a good night you wake up once to eat but on a bad night you wake up twice.
I wish I could take more credit for this one but I'm just thankful that you are such a good sleeper. Everyone says you look like your dad but what they can't see is that you sleep like your mom. It takes you a little while to fall asleep but then you sleep for a long time before waking up pretty slowly. Thanks goodness!
During your second month the long 4-4.5 hour stretch at night that you had during your first month stretched to 5 or 6 hours by 6 weeks. The first time you started stretching your sleep at night you went 6 hours and then 4 hours and then the next night you went 5 hours and then 5 more hours. You were wearing new pajamas from Miss Kelli and at that point I didn't think I'd put you in anything else when you went to sleep. A "bad" night between 4-6 weeks was when you ate at 10 pm, 2, 5 and 8. A "good" night was when you would eat around 10:30-11, 4 and then 8. You also started getting faster during your night time feedings so instead of being up for an hour or longer we are only up for 30 minutes or so which was great!
My magic sleeping pajamas. Thanks Miss Kelli!
I've seen more sunrises in the last 8 weeks than I have in my entire life. I woke Jake up to see this one. It was gorgeous!
While we were in the archipelago you would eat around 6:30 pm or 7 and then you would usually wake up when we moved to our house around 10:30 or 11 so I'd feed you again. On our last night you didn't wake up so I let you sleep after I prepared myself that I probably won't be asleep long before you woke up and then you slept until 2 which was almost 8 hours from the last time I fed you. I was impressed!
I'm a little worried about telling other people this part because I know not all babies are this good so let's just keep this to ourselves ;). After we got back from the Archipelago you started sleeping even longer at night. Now you will sleep 6-9 hours before waking up to eat again. I usually feed you around 7:30 pm and then lay you down awake at 8 and you put yourself to sleep. I know, I told you to keep this a secret. Most of the time you take your pacifier to fall asleep but sometimes you don't want it and you will fall asleep without it. The strange thing is you don't cry at night when you are falling asleep. It is so strange. Maybe it will change and you will but for now when we lay you down you grunt and then sometimes we have to put your paci back in if the grunting goes on for a few minutes but then the next thing we know you are asleep.
This was her grunting herself back to sleep after a 5 am feed.We've been trying to follow a book called The Baby Sleep Solution but honestly we haven't used it much because you pretty much rock at sleeping. We have tried to pick your twelve hour sleeping block to be from 7:30 pm to 7:30 am. A "bad" night for us around 7-8 weeks is when you go down at 8 and wake up twice to eat at 2 and 5 and then you are up for the day at 7:30 am. A "good" night for us is when you go down at 8 and wake up once between 3:30-5 to eat and then you go back to sleep before waking up for the day at 7:30.
On the night daddy was gone you slept from 8 to 4:30 and since I didn't know how you would do I went to bed at 9:30 and got 7 hours of sleep! I hadn't gotten that long of a stretch since early in my pregnancy when I wasn't waking up to pee. The longest you've gone between feedings at night is about 11 hours which was the night before you turned 2 months old!
I had this post written and ready to go when you were exactly 2 months old and guess what you did the night before turning 2 months old? You slept through the NIGHT!!! I know. I can't believe it. I fed you a little late because we were watching your dad play ultimate frisbee. You ate at 8 pm and then I laid you down around 8:30 pm, you woke up around 6:30 but we didn't take you out of your box until 6:45 am! You fussed a couple times throughout the night but once I gave you your pacifier you went back to sleep. I couldn't believe it! I was hoping you were close to sleeping through the night but I didn't want to get my hopes up. I know you probably won't sleep through the night from now on but I'm excited that it might actually happen more!
You just slept through the night!
We ran into Jorge after dinner and grabbed some dessert with him in Gamla Stan before heading home. Jake plays ultimate frisbee with him.
Here is a video of you going down the street in Gamla Stan. It was a little bumpy. I love the look on your face like "Where the heck are you guys taking me and why is it so bumpy?"
You outgrew some of your newborn clothes this month and that made me so sad! You are getting so big which is great but I'm not ready. I think part of it is that no one back home has seen you yet and I don't want you to get too big before they get to meet you. This month you've been wearing size 56 clothes and some 0-3 month clothes from the US. Your legs are long so you outgrew the length in some things before you outgrew the waist. Your feet are also huge and you often outgrow the footed part of pants and pajamas before outgrowing the length.
I'm also figuring out your style . . . and this isn't it. It looked cute on the hanger but ridiculous on you.
In the morning you are such a happy girl. You get that from your dad. I actually like being up in the mornings though now because I get to see you so smiley. You LOVE looking at your mobile that Angela gave you.
Yes, my mom put me in a squirrel onesie and laid me on a squirrel blanket. Looks like I don't have much of a choice but to love squirrels! (And thank you Sweden for selling cute baby clothes with squirrels on them!)
I sure do love my dad!
We try to do tummy time several times during the day but you aren't really a fan. This week you tried something new during your tummy time . . .
I think this is cheating.
Even tummy time with a friend is rough.
Your dad was out of town one night this month so we were on our own. I took you on a walk during your fussy time to hopefully help it go by faster and to see if being out made you less fussy. We stopped by a playground near our apartment and went on the swings. You loved it. I can't wait to take you to the playground when you are older.
To say Miranda loves you is an understatement. I thought she was going to kidnap you.
Even Linnea knows she will be checked at the US Embassy. We had an appointment to get her social security number, passport and declare her birth abroad. Getting through security was crazy. When we arrived the guard inside the building used an intercom to asked us why we were there. Jake showed him our paperwork for the 9 am appointment. He then asked us to step behind the yellow line which was about 3 feet from the building. Then he asked one of us to step forward with both of our IDs. Next we had to turn around and lift up our feet to show him the bottom of our shoes. After that I went in with Linnea and had to give them my purse, empty out the bottom of the stroller, take a drink out of my water bottle and go through the metal detector. They kept my phone, camera, extra battery and watch and then told me to go into the building and that Jake would join me when he was done. I understand that some people want to harm others and the US Embassy could very well be a target but holy cow. After we were finished with the appointment and out of the secured US Embassy property Jake asked me if I felt more or less safe outside the secured area. I told him I felt more safe. I'm not sure I'm ready to go back to the US after that visit. Sheesh.
I learned a few things about Stockholm now that I'm a Mom. The main one that sticks out is that the elevators in metro stations smell like pee. I often tell you to hold your nose. Ugh! The elevators here are so stinkin' slow, they are tiny so typically only one stroller fits in at a time and there are several kinds of elevators. They fall into three different categories: normal, almost normal but slightly annoying and super annoying. A normal elevator is one where you push the button and the light stays on and the elevator comes whenever it is free and then the door opens on its own. The almost normal but slightly annoying elevators are the ones where you have to push the button but if it is moving then it doesn't register that you've pushed the button so you have to keep pushing it until the elevator stops and then it will come to you. Then when it arrives you have to quickly push the open the door button or open the door before someone else on another floor pushes the button because then the elevator will leave without you ever getting on it. (Thankfully this has only happened once but for the love it is annoying.) The super annoying elevators are the ones where you have to hold down the button that calls for the elevator the entire time so that it will come to your floor. Then you open the door on your own and once you are in you have to push the button the entire time it takes to get to the floor you want. Sweden knows how to do escalators but they need some serious help with their elevators. #whyaretheyalldifferent #whyaretheysuperslow
Some of the elevators don't have a door that closes so you have to make sure you stand far enough away that you do't get your head squished off like in the warning picture above :). The picture on the top right is one of the elevators where you have to hold down the number the entire time to make the elevator move. It also has three moving walls and only one wall that moves with you so you have to be extra careful.
There are so many things I don't want to forget about this time when you are so little. I don't want to forget the scrunchy face you make when you are waking up. It is one of the cutest things ever! Sometimes when you are sleeping you stick your nose in the air and cock your head back which is also really cute.
You smile in your sleep but we started seeing your first real smiles around week 5. They are the best! Your first laugh was on August 29th. You were laughing at your dad which I'm sure you will do for years to come.
This is the closest we got to a smile out of the 123 pictures we took while she was wearing this sticker. #littlestinker
These are better.
Your dad and I love you more and more every day. You make us both laugh and smile so much. We can't wait to introduce you to family and friends once we move back home. I am so thankful that I get to be your mom and stay at home with you. Thanks for being such a great baby and an awesome sleeper!
If you want to read about her first month click on the link. I can't believe she will be in the United States on her 3 month birthday! That will be here before we know it!