Amelia! When you read my blog when you’re older (if you ever do), don’t be upset that there aren’t many posts about you. I didn’t blog much through my pregnancy with you and I have been really bad about blogging now. Life is busy that’s all — I’m busy taking care of you and watching you grow, rather than blogging. Ok? K.
So a few updates — Amelia is about 2.5 months old now. At her 2m doctor’s appointment, she was 14 lbs. 3 oz. and 23.5″ long. At one month she was 11 lbs. 2 oz. She’s even bigger than Vivienne was at that age, and they had the same birth weight!
She’s in size 2 diapers and 3-6m clothing.
Likes: being worn in a baby carrier, being held, watching her brother and sister, sticking her tongue out if we do it, smiling, sleeping.
Dislikes: being in her carseat! big dislike!! Just like her big bro and sister with that one.
Tolerates: her swing, for short periods (we usually put her in it while we’re eating dinner), bathtime
She has a little red birthmark hidden in her hair at the back of her head. Aww. Has some cradle cap, and some yucky reflux. Just will urp and urp. She is a happy spitter, and the doctor says she will grow out of it in a few months. Also, any medication probably wouldn’t help much and might cause side effects, so we’re skipping it since she’s not in pain.
I *think* she takes issue with dairy that I consume. And also she seems to not like me drinking decaff coffee or caffeinated tea. I like to start my mornings with some coffee, and even the decaff had enough to give me a little mental boost so I’m pretty bummed if it’s causing her issues. And now I’m really dragging. Ugh.
She sleeps pretty well at night, waking a few times to nurse and to fill her diaper, but usually without fully waking so it’s fairly easy to get her back to sleep. Most times. Some nights, she’s up for an hour or two for no apparent reason. Whaddya do.
Basically all of her naps are in a carrier or in arms. Part of me wonders if that’s going to be a huge problem when she’s older, but meh, we’ll deal with things as they actually become problems. I don’t mind her sleeping in my carrier. She sleeps really well there. I know older babies and even toddlers can also sleep really well in a carrier.
I am a lot more relaxed with her than I was with J&V. I just am seeing first-hand how fast this newborn phase is. I don’t think we’re in the newborn phase anymore — she’s huge and just looks like an infant to me now!
Her head control is ok, but she has a big ol’ head so it’s probably hard to hold it up. Heh. I don’t think she is as strong as Vivie was as this age, but I kind of think Vivie was a hulk baby and an exception.
I’m wearing her in my Baby K’tan, as it seems to be her favorite. But, she’s heavy (did I mention that? hah) and it’s quickly becoming too uncomfortable for us. I also wear her in a Wrapsody Stretch wrap and that’s going well. Way more comfortable, and yet I can put her in the same hold. I don’t think I’ll use that wrap while we’re out though, because it’s like 15 feet long.
I also now own a Babyhawk mei tai. Quick to put on, and reasonably comfortable.
Went to a babywearing meeting last weekend. WHY DID I JUST NOW FIND OUT ABOUT THESE!? I wish I knew about them with my other kids. Would have been so fun to try on other carriers and meet other babywearing mamas. Anyway, at the meeting, I tried on a standard Tula soft structured carrier, and as I suspected, I like it. So I ordered one and hopefully it’ll be here soon.
Vivienne likes being worn on my back now, and so I borrowed a preschool Kinderpack to wear around the house for short periods. I wore her while making dinner last night. She was getting fussy and fighty with Johnny, and putting her on my back was an instant mood-changer. Even though she’s 34 lbs., she felt much lighter in that carrier. YAY.
I started Amelia in cloth at I think 2 weeks. We used my newborn covers and kissaluv fitteds, and newborn prefolds for awhile. I use disposables at night, and usually while we’re out. But then, I realized I had way too many size 1 diapers and so I took a break for awhile from cloth while we used up the size 1s.
In the month that we used cloth, my water bill was $30 higher than normal. Uh. I’m not saying it was the extra laundry and all those rinse cycles — it could have been that plus a bathroom faucet left on for too long by one of my children. Or, who knows. I really hope it wasn’t just because of the extra laundry.
Either way, we’ll probably be done with cloth once I introduce Amelia to solids. I’ll hold off on solids as long as possible — definitely no sooner than 6 months, but maybe later. But yeah, I just have no patience for nasty poos on cloth diapers. We still have our diaper sprayer installed and it helps some, but ugh. I plop poopy diapers (even disposable ones) if it’s ploppable, but I’m not going to scrape at poop. Just…no more. Yuck.
Amelia is a happy baby for the most part, alert, cuddly, smiley and sweet. She is such a joy to have and we’re all thankful she’s in our family. Vivienne is fantastic with her. She just adores her baby sister! I hope that continues. Johnny is great with Amelia, too, but Viv is the one who is totally smitten. Oh and Viv has a nickname for her: Millie-Moo. Where that came from, I dunno. But that’s what she calls her.