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Monday, July 30, 2012

12 Weeks!

Ahhhh....12 weeks old! Almost 3 months. Depending on who you talk to, they'll tell you different things about when babies start to "settle" into the world and things get easier. A lot of people say this time is around 12 weeks and boy, has this been true for Sarah! We went through some rough patches with her reflux, growth spurts and just general fussiness for a couple of weeks (of course, it SEEMED like a couple of MONTHS!). But now, it seems to be smooooth sailing (until teething or the next growth spurt happens!!)

She's evolving into an amazing napper. 4 good naps a day and 9-10 hours without eating at night. Bedtime is 7pm and she sleeps until I wake her up at 7am. Although we do wake her and feed her/change her diaper around 10pm before we go to bed and put her right back down. This "feeding" worked SO well with Will and really helped cut out the multiple night feedings.

Now that I have the routine down it's about to all change when Brookey starts school. It's sometimes crazy having all 3 kids at home at the same time, but I AM NOT looking forward to school starting. I really like having my own schedule and not being dictated by bell schedules, homework, spelling tests, school projects and early bedtimes!! She starts in exactly one month, so I'll be enjoying it to the fullest!!

Some fun facts about Miss Sarah at 12 weeks:

1) She talks, A LOT. I swear I don't remember the other 2 "talking/cooing" as much. I feel like I can actually have a conversation with her!

2) She smiles, A LOT. I get many of those heart-melting smiles pretty much every time I look at her!

3) She loves sleeping on her belly. 

4) She pretty much only cries when she's hungry or if she's been awake more than 1.5 hours. Thank the Lord that I read Babywise and Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child otherwise I never would have figured out the 1.5 hour thing!!! Learned that one with Will :)

I have big eyes--i don't miss much!!!
Mommy having some fun dressing me up

Sleep, Baby, Sleep

I tried not to have toooooo many expectations of Sarah when she first arrived. I knew as a 3rd child, she'd have her own unique personality and I couldn't compare that to the other two. However, I did have two "expectations" which were: 1) Sleeping through the night by 12 weeks and 2) Being able to put herself to sleep without having to carry her around for hours on end or have her only be able to sleep in her swing or something like that.These are two things I learned with Will that are vital to keeping a happy home :)

Of course Scott told me NOT to set ANY of these expectations because "you never know what kind of baby you'll get." Very true. Once 11 weeks rolled around I began to feel disappointed that Sarah was still waking at night, and not really seeming to move forward with sleeping more hours at night. In fact, she was regressing.

She turned 12 weeks last Saturday, so of course that little stinker decided to start sleeping through the night the Friday night before her 12 week birthday! She slept about 8 hours that night and it's been 3 nights and she hasn't turned back. Last night she slept almost 10 hours. Yep, she's the princess--making me wait until the very last moment!!! Love her!

Friday, July 6, 2012

2 Months Old!

Sarah Marie is two months old!! She's really settling in and becoming such a joy to our family. Here are some highlights from the month:

- Her 2 month stats: 12lbs, 3oz (75th %tile); 24 inches (75th %tile); Head 14.5 (10th %tile!!). She STILL has a small head!!!!

- We figured out our sweet little girl is like her sister and Daddy and has acid reflux. The Dr. said it may be a temporary inflammation since issues only cropped up after her 6 week growth spurt. At any rate, our sweet angel turned into a screaming, vomiting mess about couple of weeks ago. The Dr. put her on a low dose of Zantac and within 24 hours I had my baby back! It was amazing. So happy she's not in pain anymore.

- She had her first "extended" outing on the 4th of July. We spent most of the day at a friend's house, then watched fireworks at 9:30. She lasted the whole day without a peep, even being passed around and with kids screaming all around her. She even stayed bright-eyed through the fireworks, although at 9:45, enough was enough :) She had everyone convinced she is a little angel....

- Well, she may be a little angel but she is not an angel the same way Buddy was an angel. She actually has opinions about things and will squawk and voice her opinion if she doesn't like something. She's major drama and will stick out her bottom lip when she's upset. She also doesn't just fall asleep at the drop of a hat. She likes to be rocked and talked to and cuddled. But once she's asleep, she stays asleep. I'm really learning to appreciate her "style" and not try to compare her to the other 2.

- I think she's getting pretty close to sleeping through the night. Right now she wakes once around 3:30 or 4:00. She used to wake at 1:30 and that feeding has slowly been pushed to 2:00, then 3:00 and just gradually later and later. So there is definite progress. She wakes up between 6:30 and 7:00 in the morning, which is perfect for me.

Since we got the reflux under control, things are moving right along!!

She loves her brother and sister! Even if they are always bugging her!

Mommy's sad attempt to make me a girlie-girl

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