My girl is two months old and growing and changing by leaps and bounds every day! Today I am sharing a monthly update on CC, including a growth progress photo collage (just like my bump updates throughout my pregnancy). I also talk about what’s going on in my new Mama lifestyle.
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Just in case you missed my delivery post, here are CC’s birth stats: Born December 28, 2015 // 6 lb 6 oz // 20″
CC’s Current Stats:
❊ Age – Two Months (9 weeks and 4 days to be exact)
❊ Weight & Height – 11 lb 7 oz and 24.2″
❊ Eat – CC has managed to maintain a healthy weight and growth progress despite our continued breastfeeding issues thanks to this Mama’s perseverance. She’s in about the 50th percentile for weight and 98th (!) for height. Those stats make my heart sing, especially since her second month was a challenge in the breastfeeding and digesting department. I go into more depth on our journey in my update video (below), but the short version of the story is that at just over 5 weeks old, CC went through a big growth spurt and afterwards started exhibiting increasing difficulty with breastfeeding (not staying latched, extreme discomfort, arching, twisting, & crying) and digestive issues (painful gas that kept her nap-free and cranky all day long with poor quality night time sleep, as well).
After running the gamut of possible issues and seeing her doctor, an ENT specialist, and my lactation consultant, we narrowed it down to silent reflux and have since taken actions to help her with that issue. Keeping her upright for 30 minutes after each feeding, sleeping on an incline, and a prescription of Zantac have all contributed to making a huge difference in her general comfort both when awake and asleep. I’m not all that keen on giving her medicine every day, but it really has made a difference for the better. I hope to be able to wean her off it once her digestive system matures to a point where reflux is no longer an issue. In the meantime, I try to do all that I can to ensure she is as happy and as healthy as possible. CC is much happier at the breast now and feeds about 8-9x a day.
❊ Sleep – Since we figured out the reflux issue, CC’s quality and quantity of sleep has greatly improved. There were a couple of weeks there where she was barely napping and waking a lot during the night due to her discomfort. I’m happy to report that over the past week she’s started to move into a more typical two month old sleep pattern. She does one 4-6 hour clip followed by two 2-3 hour sleeps at night (usually between 10:30 PM and 10:30 AM). She’s also now taking about 3-4 naps per day, usually with one big 1.5-2 hour nap in the morning, a cat nap midday, and either two shorter afternoon naps or one longer one. I started putting her down to nap in her room instead of wherever I am in the house over the past week and she’s taken to that well. She still naps in her Snugapuppy as she’s most comfortable sleeping at an angle, but I hope to move her into her crib (which I am going to rig up at an angle) soon.
❊ Recent Milestones – Month two was kind of tough on my girl and we didn’t have a lot of opportunities to work on playing and tummy time since she was so uncomfortable and in need of constant Mama time. When I wasn’t comfort nursing her she was typically strapped to me in our Baby K’Tan (love this!). We’ve certainly bonded with all of this skin-to-skin time! Now that she’s feeling better we’ve started working on playtime between naps. Her floor time is a bit abbreviated because of the reflux and her need to stay upright for so long after each feeding, but it’s coming along. She definitely does not enjoy tummy time, though, and it’s been a bit of a challenge to get that in everyday. We’ve had a little success using the Boppy pillow recently.
❊ Special Moments – That first night she finally slept peacefully after we figured out the reflux diagnosis brought me so much joy. Seeing her sleep well and be able to get good rest makes this Mama Bear so, so happy! Other happy occasions included meeting some of the extended family on both sides, the birth of her cousin Theo (Don’s sister’s second child), and meeting him for the first time. Love how my girl greets Mama with a smile after she wakes up. She’s starting to make cute baby coos during playtime now that we’ve got her feeling more comfortable.
❊ Favorites Things – I decided to start sharing a monthly Mommy Favorites post instead of including those items here. Stay tuned!
❊ Mommy’s Experience – It’s been a tough month in all honesty. Not knowing what was bothering my sweet girl for a couple of weeks really had me worried. I definitely went through some tough moments of feeling overwhelmed due to my uncertainty, but I always pulled through and bounced back quickly. She’s made a lot of progress especially in the last week which makes me so happy. I hated to see her suffer and I’m so glad we’ve found remedies that are having a positive effect. Physically, I’ve been doing great and barely remember I even had major surgery just two months ago. I’m able to carry her all day, lifting, squatting, and bopping around (my girl loves to *dance* with Mama) without issue. My nipples are finally starting to heal after figuring out I had thrush and treating it with an anti-fungal course as well as going on the candida diet. Things are looking up! Through it all, I’ve managed to stay positive and upbeat and for that I am truly grateful.
Check out this video if you’d like to hear more:
I hope you enjoyed CC’s second monthly update. Let me know if there are any other points you’d like me to cover in these posts. As always, I’d love to hear about your experiences if you care to share.
Thank you so much for all of your support and well wishes! ❤️
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