Friday, January 27, 2012

Kate at 3 1/2 Months

First I need to point out...TWO POSTS IN ONE WEEK! Shocking! Hopefully you were able to get up to speed on Emma at 22 months...if not, read here.

So, on to my sweet Sarah Kate...

She has really turned into a little sweetie pie. While the first 10 or so weeks of her life were pretty tough - I had to hold her all night long and she was very fussy, especially in the car - she seems to have mellowed out.

First, by the grace of God, I got a sleeper! She is such the polar opposite of Emma. Listen to this general sleeping routine.
  • To bed around 8pm.
  • I wake her up around 5am to eat.
  • She goes right back to sleep until at least 10am (yesterday, it was 11:15am)
  • Down for a nap around noon, which can last up to 4 hours.
  • And finally a short "cat nap" in the PM
I keep holding my breath figuring that this is all going to change. But for now, I'm thanking my lucky stars. I will admit that her sleeping settled out when we started putting her down on her belly. I know, I know, don't judge me. But it works.

She's also a lot less fussy. She still has an ear piercing scream that she graces us with right before she falls asleep. But she usually will ride in the car without crying, which makes driving a whole lot less stressful.

Not sure about her size...she was right around 50% in everything at her 2 month check-up, though most people comment that she looks to be on the small side. She is definitely less sturdy than Emma was, meaning she has a floppier neck and just generally a newborn body. I've just started putting her into some 3-6 month clothes and size 2 diapers at night (since she sleeps so long, she was peeing out of her size 1).

Kate is a smiley baby and is pretty content to lay on our playmat while awake. We put her in the Bumbo seat some, too. She is quick to grab onto stuff within reach, be it a toy on her mat or my bra strap or hair while I'm feeding her. She has also become a finger sucker - her ring and middle finger - and I attribute her calmer demeanor to this now that she has something to soothe herself with.

We'll see how life changes as I head back to work on Monday. Yep, today is my last day of maternity leave. My sister-in-law will still have Emma three days a week but I'll keep Kate home with me (I work from home) for as long as I can. Pretty much until she gets too mobile for me to handle while juggling work. I feel very blessed to have the best of both worlds - stay-at-home mom and working mom - though sometimes it gets to be a little bit more than I can handle.

So, there you go. Consider yourself up-to-date on both of my precious girls. You're welcome!


  1. What a cutie! She looks a lot like her big sister when she was a baby. Yay for sleeping babies!!

    Good luck with returning to work. I work from home too, but I have someone come in to watch Matthew. It is a blessing to be able to have the best of both worlds.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Yay for a good sleeper! I must admit, I'm a little jealous!!! But enjoy it! And no judgments on the sleeping on tummy. That's what finally got both of my kiddos to sleep better as well.

    Both of your kids are adorable. Hope you and your family are doing well. :)

  3. i'm glad you got a sleeper :) have you tried nighttime diapers? they're awesome, the huggies nighttime are my favorite.

  4. She's a real cutie, and I sure love her sleeping patterns. You really did get lucky!
    K sucks on her middle and ring finger too. Not too many kids do it, but she's still obsessed at 22.5 months. I wish she'd taken to a soother (though it was nice at the time that there was no middle-of-the-night screaming when she lost the soother in her crib) now because it's getting to be really hard to break her of the habit, and the fingernails on those two fingers are getting shorter and are much softer than the others. I hope they'll go back to normal when she outgrows the habit. She's a great self-soother though...
    Good luck with the back-to-work!

  5. She is just gorgeous. It sounds like the first few weeks were tought but hopefully it will get a bit easier (if it ever gets easier!)

    I hope that the return to work goes well. It sounds ideal to work from home for now.

  6. WOW! That is one serious sleeper you've got there! Holy Moly!

    Your schedule sounds dreamy. :)

    Craaaaaazy that Emma is 22 months old! How did that happen? Sigh...

  7. She is so sweet! And you gotta love a good sleeper!