What a big girl we have! All of that eating is paying off, as Bean is growing by the minute. She’s now eight pounds, according to our scale at home. She still wears her newborn size clothing, but her wardrobe has expanded, as she can wear her 0-3 month clothing as well if we roll up the sleeves and legs. Her little bottom still easily fits into her newborn size diapers, though her digestive system has outgrown them – yikes! She wore her very last newborn dipe on her two month birthday, and is now officially a size one. We use cloth diapers for her occasionally, but they’re gigantic on her tiny body, so we’ll have to wait a few more months until she can wear them more frequently.
We’ve got a smile! Bean’s tight-lipped sleep smiles have progressed to wide awake, open mouth smiles. They’re sporadic, but they’re there! In addition, Bean went from crying only to a much larger vocabulary of coos, goos, and grunts. She’s much more alert now, staying up for longer periods of time and being more interested in our household happenings. Paul and I also had a milestone this month – our first date, baby-free! Bean stayed with Grammy, Poppy, Katie, and Soo Yeun while we spent three hours at Barnes and Noble.
We had our huge, gigantic, earthshaking milestone this month – sleeping through the night! On Thursday, December 8, 2011 – a day we will always cherish and remember – six week old Bean slept from midnight on the dot to 5:02 am. And, drumroll please – the following night Bean slept from 11:30 pm to 9:00 the next morning. Straight through! That’s 9.5 hours! And then the next night, 8 hours! Since then, she’s been treating us with an occasional full night of sleep. Bean has also been trending toward an earlier bed time (almost always before midnight now) and will sometimes go right back to sleep after a night waking if we pop a pacifier in her mouth.
Bean is still an excellent eater, chowing down about eight times per day. She’s a bit fussy for bottles and alternates between loving and being disgusted by her pacifier. She usually always enjoys sucking on her fists (if and when she can find them, which is typically only with help).
This month, Bean attended her first party of the season (and her life). She charmed everyone while sleeping through the Whitman Thanksgiving gatherings. She was able to meet her Great-Grandma and Great Grandpa Poeschl and much of the rest of Grammy Mary’s side of the family.
Bean learned her first game this month! If someone sticks out a tongue at her, sometimes she’ll smile or stick her tongue back. We can also now add “swinging in the baby swing” to Bean’s repertoire of pastimes. It typically puts her to sleep, but she certainly seems to enjoy it – it calms her down when nothing else will. Bean also enjoys riding in the front carrier, though this also tends to knock her out. When she is awake, she enjoys looking at pictures in books, playing bicycle legs, and staring at toys. She despises tummy time, though it’s forced upon her by her evil parents.