From birth to month THREE!
The start of Ellie's third month was really, really rough. Lots of crying. Constant colic. Perpetually bouncing her all day every day. Losing our minds. Praying for patience. Grasping the precious, precious moments of smiles few and far between. Hugs and kisses through it all. And, so, so many I'm so sorry's and I love you's. Around Ellie's 10-10.5 week mark there seemed to be some sunshine through the rain. We were having longer happy periods; we could actually set her down with out crying and she was letting us hold her (some) with out the yoga ball to assist. Day by day Ellie became more and more content, I'd even say cheerful. By her 3rd month birthday it was like she was a different child! Needless to say, we are sending praises to Jesus. Countless prayers have been answered and I am fairly confident in saying that Ellie is now like any other baby -- cries when she is hungry and tired or bored -- and peaceful the rest of the time! She still vehemently hates the car seat but we have made so much progress that it seems like a pebble compared to the mountain we were facing.
Can I get an amen?
2 months 1 week
|Ellie met some friends this week -- Augustino and Sophia (twins). We practiced tummy time and enjoyed the sparse happy moments.|
2 months 2 weeks
|Oma, Oma O and Opa O were in town this week. They came to meet our little bundle. We had such a great time and everyone got lots of practice on the yoga ball. One place baby Ellie is happy is in the bath -- just like brother!|
|Pics of Ellie, Eli and their grandparents -- whom they call Oma and Opa (German tradition).|
|I just loved these pictures! I had to share! She has such long (straight, but dark) eye lashes! Lucky girl! She is such a skinny little thing too!|
|Ellie was obsessed with sticking out her tongue this week! It was hilarious! This week we started to see a slight turn around in the crying department. :) :)|
|Towards the end of the month, we saw lots more smiles!!! She started to like tummy time because she can arch her back and place her arms under her chest to hold up her head. Proud of my babe!|
Bath time with mommy and brother
Nursing, of course
Being worn -- for much longer periods of time compared to last month
Being whistled to, sung to, and talked to
Chewing on her fists
Watching Eli and Sammie some
Watching her mobile
Car seat -- HATES it! Boo hoo hoo!
Pacifier -- will take but rarely
Ergo carrier -- she does not like to face in, I hope this changes cause I really like the carrier
Ellie's 2nd Month Milestones:
Starting to notice Eli and Sammie
Stands well while being held on our laps
Bats at and grasps toys
Can bring toys and blanket to her mouth
Follows objects and voices
Stats: at 13 weeks she was 11lbs 10.5oz (She gains a little under 3oz a day) Skinny Minnie!
Hold head up completely while on stomach.
Very similar to last month. Sleeps well through out the night waking once or twice and goes right back down. She takes very irregular naps but usually goes down 1-2 hours after waking in the morning. Sometimes she takes long naps and sometimes short. Usually, she will take at least one long nap a day. (Unfortunately, next month her sleep begins to regress :( :( :( ...)
Breast Feeding and Tandem Nursing:
She is nursing for longer periods of time but still short compared to other nursing moms who nurse for 20 minutes per session. She is more like 5-7, 10 at the very most. She nurses often though, probably every hour when she is awake. I am no longer tandem nursing. Eli's last time was September 3rd. We are all doing very well and I can honestly say it is nice to just be nursing one baby.
Eli and Ellie: A Comparison
At this age they both:
have (had) hair the sticks up in back!
like(d) to face out while being held
like(d) to go from inside to outside
have (had) blue/gray eyes
take (took) prevacid for reflux
They are different
Ellie has a lot more hair and it is much darker. Ellie was a lot chubbier but you can't tell by this picture!
What I've learned...
God doesn't give you more than you can handle.
There is light at the end of the tunnel.
Colic (frequent crying you can't stop) doesn't last forever, though when you are experiencing it -- it seems like it will never end.
I am Extremely Blessed because...
Ellie is a happy baby -- finally!
Stay tuned for an update on Eli's summer.