Sophie is two months old already and I can’t believe it! I suppose technically she’s not a newborn anymore (sobs) and I literally can’t imagine there was ever a time without her, although it probably involved more sleep.
Here’s my little bear at two months old
Anyway, whilst we have to admit she is no longer a newborn baby (more sobs), we are being rewarded with daily smiles and even the odd giggle or two, which is utterly delicious.
For the most part, those newborn nocturnal adventures seem to have passed (touch wood) and Sophie is now a relatively good sleeper. She has had several nights where she’s slept through (and several where she hasn’t slept at all!!) but she seems to have settled into a one feed a night kind of gal for now, which is totally doable from a sleep deprivation standpoint. We haven’t done anything specific to get so lucky other than make a a clear distinction between day and night. During the day I don’t ever tip toe around her when she’s napping and I make sure I talk to her all day, giving a running commentary on what I’m doing and what we can see like a crazy person. At night, we have started a bath, pyjamas, feed routine starting between 8-9pm and I feed her to sleep before tucking her into her Moses basket for the night. One useful tip I was given by my Mum is to warm the basket with a hot water bottle whilst I’m feeding and then take it out just before I put Sophie down so she’s not going from my warm cuddles to a cold bed. When she does wake for a feed, usually between 3-5am I don’t speak to her at all, just gently lift her, feed her and wind her in the dark with absolutely no stimulation apart from the cuddles and then she goes back in her bed. Whilst I’m feeding her I leave her blankets to warm in the radiator so she will be cosy when she goes back down. To be honest, she rarely cries at night so we are incredibly lucky.
Possibly the reason she sleeps so well at night, is that she is constantly feeding during the day. There’s no norm or set pattern yet but she never goes longer than 2 hours without a feed and often it can be every 30 minutes and feels non-stop.
It can feel frustrating especially when the other kids need something but for the most part I just grab a cup of coffee and go with it.
One of the things that’s lovely and quite new is that Sophie is starting to enjoy some playtime and interacting with the world around her.
She loves her new playmat, kicking her legs excitedly and batting out at the toys. Often she will imitate noises and cooing sounds now, which is the first sign of talking to us. I’d love to know what she’s saying!
Although still tiny, weighing in at only 8lbs 1oz, Sophie is remarkably strong for a small baby and is holding her own head up 99% of the time. However, she hates ‘tummy time’ with a passion. Nothing induces rage like a session on her tum!
We are starting to see signs of personality and she’s has quite a temper! She goes from 0-60 in about three seconds, usually if she wants to be picked up and has to wait a few minutes. I think she will be quite happy once I get my sling and can carry her round all day.
All in all she’s doing brilliantly and has fitted into our chaotic family life like a dream. We love our little bear so much and can’t wait to see what month three will bring in her development.