Category Archives: baby

The Bean at Two Months

Size

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.

 

Milestones

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.

 

Sleep

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.

 

Eating

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).

 

Social

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.

 

Play Time

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.

I’m Back!

After a long break from blogging, I’m back in the game!  A lot has changed in my life since I last posted… our sweet little Bean made her way into the world!  She was born toward the end of October, two full weeks before her due date, leaving her Mommy and Daddy a bit in shock and a bunch in love.

I’m currently on maternity leave until February 1st (yay!), and I’ll be making an effort to squeeze some posts in between diaper changes.  I have a whole new world of writing material, and I’m afraid if I don’t document it, it’ll fly right out of my sleep-deprived brain!

Up next?  The story of Bean’s birth, and eventually some pictures as well.  Stay tuned!

The Happiest Baby on the Block

I recently watched The Happiest Baby on the Block DVD that I checked out from our local library.  We’re at the halfway point – 4.5 months to go! – and I’m researching as much as I can about infants.  I know little (okay, next to nothing) about tiny babies, so any help I can get is necessary.  Here’s what I learned from the Dr. Harvey Karp’s video.

The fourth trimester

  • Babies are upset because they’re missing the sensations of the womb
    • Sound – whooshing louder than vaccum cleaner
    • Feeling – tight and cozy

The calming reflex – The five S’s

1.  Swaddling

    • Keeps baby’s arms from accidentally bumping self
    •  Swaddling PLUS another s will calm down (usually not just swaddling on own
    • Use a square blanket to wrap all the way around and tuck in front – Down up down up
 
2.  Side or stomach
  • Hold baby on side or stomach

3.     Shushing

  • White noise
  • Say “shhhh” loudly in baby’s ear – as loudly as the baby is crying
  • You can also use a white noise machine, hairdryer, vacuum cleaner, or white noise cd

4.     Swinging

  • Jiggling
  • Head needs to be free to move around – don’t hold stiff
  • Shake very gently and in tiny movements (two back and forth movements per second)
  • Milkshake position

  • Feet on ground shoulder width, baby laying in side on your knees, cradle head loosely in hands, wiggle knees
  • Calm baby then put in swing to keep calm:  Swaddle baby – strap baby in swing – shake swing for 10 seconds until baby is calmed, then swing

5.     Sucking

  • Baby can suck on your finger or pacifier
  • To help baby get the hang of a pacifier, play with pacifier in her mouth (almost nudge it out)
  • No pacifier if breastfeeding until well developed\

Helping Your Baby Sleep

  • Don’t just set baby down after doing the S’s – continue swing, swaddle, white noise CD


A Conundrum

There are dozens of things you “need” to buy for a baby-to-be.  The question is – how much of it is really necessary?  And must it all be bought new, top of the line?  I’m sure the answers are 1) not as much as you’d think and 2) no.  The conundrum then becomes – which items are essential to buy, and which are important to spend a bit more on?

Searching all of the websites out there just made me more confused than before, but in an attempt to get organized before the summer rummage sales begin, here’s a list of potential baby items to keep my eyes peeled for.

To buy new

  • crib
  • crib mattress
  • fitted crib sheets (2)
  • disposable diapers for infant
  • diaper wipes
  • baby soap/shampoo
  • bulb syringe nasal aspirator
  • baby nail clippers
  • BPA free bottles (4 oz and 8 oz)
  • bottle brush
  • baby first aid kit
  • breast pump/breast milk bags
  • infant car seat
  • baby hair brush
  • teething rings (non-plastic?)
  • baby-friendly laundry detergent
  • non-plastic sippy cup
  • diaper pail
  • nursing bra
  • baby powder

To buy used or get as hand-me-downs

  • dresser (or baskets for closet)
  • rocking chair or glider
  • waterproof mattress pad for crib
  • infant gowns (open elastic bottom)
  • swaddling cloth
  • clothes
  • hat
  • baby bathtub
  • bibs
  • diaper bags
  • baby toys
  • stroller
  • baby swing
  • infant seat
  • high chair
  • ring sling
  • boppy pillow (c-shaped pillow)
  • baby spoons
  • board books
  • safety gate
  • outlet covers
  • toilet seat lock
  • cupboard and drawer latches/locks
  • toy basket
  • hamper

To Make

  • crib mobile (black/white/red)
  • cloth wipes
  • changing pads
  • burp cloths
  • bibs
  • baby toys

Wait and See (or ask other people)

  • changing pad
  • sleep positioner
  • cloth diapers
  • separate thermometer
  • calibrated medicine dropper
  • baby monitor
  • baby washcloths
  • breastfeeding accessories (lanolin, cloth breast pads)
  • pacifier
  • night light
  • dishwasher caddy for bottles
  • bumpo seat