Naps: Four naps a day, about one to one and a half hours after each feeding, about two hours each.Feeding: Exclusively breastfeeding about every three hours during the day, but also on demand. Typically nurses about eight times in 24 hour period.
Clothing: Newborn and 3 month pants. All else, 3 month.
Bedtime: 7 - 10 p.m. (ish)
Eating/Sleeping: (Because of our adventures in colic/reflux, I'm going to combine these two topics this month as they are quite related.) Nursing with Colette continues to go so much better than with Eli - with some exceptions. By five weeks with Eli, I was nearly exclusively pumping because it was so painful, with Colette it's not painful at all and I only pump if she refuses to nurse, or the few times she's had a longer stretch at night and I can't sleep because I'm so full. Overall I try to nurse Colette every three hours during the day, 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. At least, that's the goal. Basically, because of all the traveling we did during the month, and her colic/reflux, I pretty much nurse on demand, sometimes every two hours, sometimes up to four hours apart during the day. And I definitely don't start at seven every day. If Colette is actually "sleeping in" I usually start her day when Eli wakes, usually around 7:30 or 8 a.m. I'm just too tired to get up any sooner than I have to.
The day always starts off strong with Colette eating and sleeping well, and me able to keep her on a schedule, usually going every three-ish hours until the 4 p.m. feed. She tends to go on a nursing and sleeping strike anywhere from 4 p.m. to Midnight, and won't take a bottle either. (For the record, we introduced the bottle at five weeks, and she takes it like a champ - at least before 4 p.m.) Sometimes she'll will actually latch and eat a bit, but then pull off and fuss and not try again.
At six weeks, I finally made it into the doctor and they diagnosed her with colic since her "symptoms" only started around 4 p.m., but told me to try reflux medication as a "last ditch effort," and I would know within 7-10 days if it was working. We put her on reflux meds, .9 ml, twice a day. Well, on day nine of the meds, we definitely started noticing a difference. She still went on a nursing strike at the usual times, but this time, she was somewhat able to be consoled with her crying, and she usually would fall asleep around Midnight, instead of her usual 3 or 4 a.m. To us, this was a HUGE win. We could hold her and she would just sorta fuss, instead of just bawling out the loudest cry she had four hours on end. Seriously, I had no idea a baby could cry that loud, that intensely, for that long. Because she fussed so much, we've been co-sleeping with her (Something I really never wanted to do, but you do what you gotta do when you only get two hours of sleep a night.) Often, Mike would go sleep on the basement couches with earplugs in while I took the worst of the shifts, but Mike kept his phone turned up so I could text if/when I needed a trade and he would also be on Eli duty if he happened to wake up.
I took Colette in for her two month check up last week, and while she hadn't lost any weight from her four week weigh-in, she hadn't gained any either - which I had an idea was happening since she's essentially missing one or two feeds a day. The pediatrician upped her reflux medication to 1 ml, three times a day, mentioning that the medication really only covers eight hours at a time, so we were likely missing that evening window for the meds to make her feel better after 4 p.m. She also said Colette likely also still has colic, but hopefully it would clear up by three months. We'll see what happens!
Also, for the record, we are rarely using Colic Calm, if at all. We use it every once in a while just to help calm her a little in the evenings and I do think it helps a bit, but really I get uncomfortable pumping her full of more stuff in addition to the reflux meds, so we only use it on the worst of the worst nights. I would definitely still recommend it for a baby, I think it works better than any of the gas drops/gripe water I've tried.
Development:The cooing started this month, and I forgot just how much I love that stage! During the day, Colette really is a super enjoyable baby and she's incredibly smiley and talkative right after nursing. She has the sweetest, softest little voice - such a contrast to the cry she can belt out! She also likes to complain a bit now too - if she's done with tummy time and I come to her just a little too slowly, she lets me know it for a long while, complaining to me for a good 10 minutes about how she didn't like being on her belly that long. She's great at lifting her head but overall during tummy time she tends to just relax with her head on the blanket. When she's on her back, I'll often find her rolled to her side. She's also tracking really well, and loves to be up in her bouncer so she can watch Eli and his antics all day.
Likes/Dislikes:Girlfriend LOVES having her hair washed. While it still doesn't calm her down in the evenings, she loves it any other time of day. I wash her hair about every three days because of the grease it shows, but she only gets a full-on bath a few times a month. She also really likes the sling, and in the evenings that is one of the things I can put her in and we have a 50/50 chance for her to lay quietly (since she's been on meds), or even sometimes fall asleep for 15 minutes or so. The sling has also been a life-saver for all the plane rides she's been on. She's been such a trooper while traveling, and I know the sling has been a big part of helping her to travel well. She's also been liking the swing lately, although I swear Eli gets more use out of it than she does. "Eli's chair. Eli too big for chair! Eli like!" is what he tells me. As far as dislikes, she really used to hate the carseat - she never slept in it, but after our Chicago house hunting trips, she grew to really like it since she was pretty much spending all day in it. (I felt so bad for her!) Now she sleeps like a champ in there which is actually really nice so I can pretty much have her nap anywhere we are. We call her our "princess" or the "queen of comfort" as she really likes everything to be juuuuuuust right. She'll fuss if she has a poopy or an extra wet diaper, and gives the biggest smiles when we change it. She's also pretty picky about temperature, not liking to be too cold or too hot. It's so different from Eli who would likely sit in a dirty diaper all week and couldn't care less about temp!
Momma/Daddy Update:Well, I think this post pretty much sums up where I'm at. I feel pretty weak and inadequate right now trying to juggle everything, but I still wouldn't trade anything for how wonderful this little girl is - and I really mean that, I'm not just saying it 'cause I'm her mom! During the day, Mike and I are just amazed with how wonderful and agreeable Colette is and I think it was so good that Mike got to spend a week or two with Colette while we were in Chicago house hunting. I think for a bit there all he ever saw was Colette crying, so that allowed him to see Colette during her good times. We joke that it's a good thing she's cute since she cries so much! But really, the nights are long, but already I can feel time slipping by as fast as they say. I can't believe it's been two months already!