My baby is over two months old now! How did that happen? Time is flying by so insanely fast!
I'll be honest, this post is two weeks late...but the pictures were taken on her two month birthday ha ha so that's at least half a win right? I got the most important job documented I think ;)
Madison is a totally different kid than she was in that first month. Not gonna lie, that first month was probably the hardest month of my life. Madison was a screamer and she was extremely fussy. My life consisted of getting zero sleep (okay I'm exaggerating I somehow managed to get a solid four hours of scattered sleep in the day) and constantly doing everything I could possibly think of to soothe a not happy baby. I love her more than anything, and I was still so grateful to finally have her in my life, but still, I was a hot mess.
She was the worst at night so I pulled more all nighters in a row than I even thought humanly possible. I could get Madison to sleep, but only on me. If I tried to lay her down, she'd be crying within ten minutes, and the soothing process would have to start all over again. And as a new mom, I was absolutely terrified to sleep while holding her. So I just didn't sleep. Like ever. Every once and again we'd somehow catch a random time where she'd let me get in an hour or two of sleep by sleeping soundly in her bassinet, but other than that, I basically didn't sleep. It was awful. Not getting enough rest really messes with you mentally, emotionally, and physically. I remember confessing Madison's behavior to my doctor and he got really grim, told me it was possibly colic, and to brace myself for 4 - 6 months of this. I died inside. I didn't know how long I could last living like that.
Thank heavens that wasn't the case at all. Around week five my whole world changed for the better. She's an absolute angel baby now, so easy to take care of, such a sweetie. (I've got a blog post in the works about some of the magical little things we started doing that helped us beat colic in case any of you were wondering.)
Madison is the cutest, happiest baby. She's constantly smiling and cooing. (Except she puts on a serious face anytime I bust out my camera ha ha.)
She loves to play with her play gym and loves it when I tell her stories. She's a mama's girl so far and will reach for me if I get too close while someone else is holding her.
She loves to eat and, thank goodness, makes breastfeeding easy. She's gaining weight like crazy, going from 6lbs 7oz at birth to nearly 12 pounds at her 2 month check up! She's getting so chubby, and I love every single roll!
She loves bath time in the evenings. If she's fussy, I'll give her a little bath in the sink and she'll instantly calm down and just stare at me the entire time with wide, calm eyes. Makes my heart sing. She sasses me when I pull her out of the water though ha ha.
She's a constant little wiggle bug and loves to kick her legs.
She is fascinated by her tongue and sticks it in and out all day long.
And she loves to chew/suck on her hands. Still hates the binky though. Will chew on it for maybe a minute but then yells at you if you keep it in her mouth too long ha ha.
She sleeps SO good at night now! Sometimes it's a little difficult initially getting her to sleep, but once she's out, she'll usually sleep clear until 6am - 7am. The worst I can expect during the night is her waking up at 3am occasionally but a quick diaper change and feeding and she's right back to sleep. Not bad at all. No idea how I got so lucky.
Napping is still a little bit of a struggle (especially as the day wears on) but we're slowly getting the hang of it. She naps real good in the mornings which is so nice because it gives me about a two or three hour window to get some work done.
She's still a little sassy, but I honestly wouldn't change a thing. I love how vocal she is, letting me now exactly when she's comfortable or when I've met her need. I guess I might not like this trait when she's a little older ha ha ha but for now, I find it adorable. I wish ya'll could see her sass. She grunts and lets out little yells, telling you she wants to be held in a different way or if she's bored and wants to do something new. She even hollers in a way that sounds like she's saying, "Maa......Maaaa..........Maaaaaaa" when she wakes up from naps and it's the funniest thing!
She's an angel baby I tell ya. I have no idea how I got so lucky, and I have no idea how I lived my life before her. I'm just so grateful for her. She's my little piece of heaven that I thank God for everyday.
We love you Maddie Jane!