11/07/2017

Savannah’s One and Two Month Update

I had every intention of sharing an update for Savannah’s first month, but I blinked and suddenly here we are at the two month mark.

Savannah James - One and Two Month Update

I shared Jack’s two year update a few weeks back, and it reminded me once again just how quickly the time goes. We are still working hard to find our routine, but I recognize that takes awhile. I am glad to say that we are all happy and healthy over here – a little sleep deprived, but getting enough to keep us functional and get us by – and enjoying our time as a new family of four.

Savannah James - One and Two Month Update

You guys,I have to be honest, going from one to two children has been really challenging. It can feel very defeating when both kids need my attention, but there is only one of me to go around. It can also create a lot of mom guilt when you feel as if one isn’t getting as much attention as the other, but just know that you are not alone. We will get through this phase and I am confident it won’t scar either child! I try to cover the kids in hugs and kisses, shed a few tears sometimes when I hit my breaking point, and just do the next thing.

My Savannah is an absolute angel baby! I’ve been so incredibly grateful for her sweet nature and go-with-the-flow spirit (she is a lot like Jack was as a newborn), and I’m in awe as to how much joy she has already brought to our family. She eats like a champ, sleeps through most of the night, and gives us plenty of gummy smiles and coos throughout the day.

Eat

I plan to do a whole post on breastfeeding next month and will share more of my thoughts on the subject then, but I wanted to give an overview on how Savannah is doing with nursing. As many of you may remember, breastfeeding was quite the challenge with Jack, but I’m ecstatic to report that after two months we have had ZERO cases of mastitis. I can’t tell you enough how happy this has made me!

Savannah eats really well and has done so from the first feed. I remember being in the post-op room not even thirty minutes after having her and she was already nuzzled up next to me searching for food. The first week was trying with super short feeds 10-12 times a day, but after a couple weeks the cluster feeding slowed and we started to find more of a rhythm. During month one she was eating anywhere from 8-10 times a day for 10-20 minutes at a time. During month two she ate 7-8 times a day for 15-25 minutes. Typically she nurses a couple times pretty quickly during the morning – about two hours a part – an other times of the day it’s usually about a 2 1/2 – 4 hour window.

At our second check-up when she was about five weeks old, she weighed 10 lb. 1 oz., which was two pound up from her birth weight of 8 lb. 1 oz. I think it’s safe to say that she was getting enough food and growing like crazy! She has another appointment today, so we should find out what her current measurements are.

Also, I have gotten a few questions about pacifiers and Savannah prefers these ones. They are so hard to find (I ordered hers on Amazon), but they’re the only ones both of my kids would use. I think it has to do with the shape of the pacifier. My babies tend to prefer the ones that are flatter and more tongue shaped than tubular. I gave her a pacifier the first night she was born, which I recognize is a no-no in the breastfeeding world. However, she needed to soothe herself with the suck reflex and it was the same with Jack. He had no problem transitioning from pacifier to nursing to bottle so I was hopeful the same will be with Savannah. We haven’t tried a bottle with her yet, but I am pretty confident she will take one okay.

Sleep

Savannah is not just a champion eater, but she is also a really good sleeper. Typically I tend to feed her one last time at night somewhere between 9:30-10:30pm, and then she will typically sleep until 4:30-5:30am. She gets fussy during the night sometimes, but usually if I put her pacifier back in she will drift back to sleep. If I start feeding her closer to 5:00am, I usually just get up for the day and start working on some blog posts or Beautycounter work. This is really the only time of the day I have to work, besides 9:00pm at night, so I try to take advantage of the time when I can. Sometimes it is actually easier to just get up then it is to try and fall back asleep at 5:30!

We are currently using this co-sleeper because for us, it’s just easier when they’re this little to not have to get up to soothe, feed and pacify. Jack slept in the bassinet of his pack-n-play until he was about four months old, and we’re thinking will probably try to transition Savannah to her own room around this time as well. We aren’t really worried about it though and just taking it day-by-day, or night-by-night! We do like this co-sleeper since it has mesh sides and the price is right, but I do wish the mat part was a little more comfortable. She doesn’t really seem to mind it though! We also use these swaddles with her arms free since she seems to prefer it that way. Early on we swaddled her arms in as well, but we let them out when she was close to a month old.

She takes naps throughout the day, but honestly, she doesn’t like to be put down to do so. I can get short bursts of sleep for her in the swing, but unless she’s in a wrap with mommy, she can get a little fussy and wakes up easily. Thankfully she loves the Solly Baby Wrap, so I have her wrapped in it at least 4 – 6 hours a day so that I can be hands-free for Jack, while still cuddling and helping her to get the sleep she needs.

Play

Savannah’s wake time has really taken off during month two. She is alert and truly loves her swing a lot, which helps give me a break when I need to put her down for a few. She’s always watching the puppies on the mobile and cooing at herself in the mirror. It’s so sweet! 

I also try to include her in story time with Jack as much as possible. I really didn’t read to Jack at this age, so it’s nice to read out loud to Jack and know that she’s hearing the verbal language as well. Jack absolutely loves to read and I can’t get enough of that time together, so I am hoping to create a strong tradition of book time with both kids. I remember reading together with my mom every night before bed and looking forward to that time. I would love to do the same with my kiddos as well.

Along with story time, I also sing a lot of songs with Jack and Savannah seems to like music as well. I will lay down a comfy play blanket in the living room and she loves to lay on her back and look up to the ceiling. She also really enjoys being outside and is typically alert and happy while laying back and looking at the sky.

 

Savannah James - One and Two Month Update

Savannah James - One and Two Month Update

Likes:

Being held and cuddled

Being in the Solly Baby Wrap or the Ergo Carrier w/ Newborn Insert

Being outside

Her swing

Getting baths

Dislikes:

Being hungry

Getting a diaper change while hungry

Being put down when she wants to be held

Trying to be given her pacifier when she doesn’t want it

When her tummy hurts after eating

Being too warm

Savannah James - One and Two Month Update

Savannah James - One and Two Month Update

Our daughter has truly been such a joy to our family, and these last eight weeks have simply flown by! I already feel teary-eyed looking back on her birth story and the very first days, but I know how fast it all goes and I think I’ve been able to enjoy the newborn stage and soak it in more than I did with my first baby. This is such a precious time and I couldn’t be more grateful to have such a healthy and happy baby.

Comments

  1. So so adorable! Glad to hear she’s sleeping and eating well. You were on my mind with all the mastisis you had but I’m so glad you haven’t had any! She is so precious. I also gave my kids the pacifier on day one and neither had problems. It was better than being attached at the boob in my opinion 😉 And my kids gained weight with no problem, ha!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ahh I know! I am actually nervous to go back to work simply because I will need to incorporate pumping. Any prayers sent my way are much appreciated! And ha ha! My babes are both little chunkers as well. 🙂 We have no problem eating around here lol!

  2. Baby girl is growing like a weed! I’m SO glad you haven’t had any mastitis issues!!! What a miracle!
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