Well, she’s only two months old and I’m already behind! I had big plans to do monthly posts on little miss Mckenna Rae, but we’ll just play it by ear and see how this goes. Having a newborn at home makes blogging kind of fall to the wayside, but now that her schedule is getting more and more predictable, I’ll hopefully be able to do a little more blogging about her, Alea, and many, many other topics!
Just bear with my here, friends!
In her first month of life, Mckenna was all kinds of perfect. I know that sounds so incredibly cheesy, but it couldn’t be more truthful. With the exception of nursing every two hours in the first couple of weeks, she never really had her days and nights mixed up and blessed mama pretty early with a couple four hour stretches of sleep. In this time, she also rocked her first Thanksgiving and pretty much slept through it all! She loves nothing more than being held, so she was perfectly content being passed around to various family members and snoozed the day away in the process.
Nursing was a struggle the first week or so, if I’m just being honest. I knew what I was doing, but it was a struggle to get her to latch at times which left both of us feeling pretty frustrated. After some tears from both of us, we finally got the hang of things and she was nursing like a champ in no time. Such a relief!
At her 2 week appointment, Mckenna weighed 7lbs 8oz and was 20″ long. I was so relieve that she was gaining weight because during her first weeks of life, she also had some projectile spit-ups. It was frightening! Thankfully, that subsided and it hasn’t seemed to be a problem anymore.
She was wearing size newborn diapers throughout her first month and progressed to 0-3 month clothes. It was a sad, sad day when I put the newborn clothes back into storage! *tears*
(She never had a 1 month appointment, so I don’t have an updated weight for 4 weeks.)
First of all, can you believe the difference between month one and month two? I’m just shocked, amazed, and so proud at the weight she put on! It’s reassuring to see, visually, that breastfeeding is going well and that she’s obviously getting the nutrients that she needs to thrive. I’m thankful every single day to be able to nurse her and provide milk for her!
At her two month appointment yesterday, Mckenna weighed in at 11lbs and 9oz! I was guessing she was at least ten pounds, but oh boy did she surprise me!
She shared her first giggles with us on New Years Eve during a game of patty cake with my dad and Alea and shares those same giggles every time we play patty cake with her– it’s definitely one of her favorites. She loves when her sister reads books to her and she’s slowly becoming a fan of tummy time. Very, very slowly, but hopefully by the end of the month she won’t mind it so much.
She’s also started to grasp objects. Just yesterday she woke up from a little cat nap in her bouncy chair and grabbed her binky out of her mouth and just hung onto it for a while. It was too cute! In addition to bouncing her her bouncy chair, she also loves to swing in her swing, play on her playmat and she adores her glowing sea horse she got for Christmas.
I’ll probably say this every month, but it’s really hard to believe that another month has went by and this precious little girl has been with us for over two months now. We are so incredibly lucky!
While I’m so excited to continue to watch her grow and develop, I’m also sad because I’ll be returning to work at the end of January. My maternity leave is slowly dwindling away, but I’m so thankful for the time I’ve been able to stay home with her. It will, however, be nice to get back to some adult conversation and get settled into our new normal. Mckenna will likely be going to daycare full-time and then staying home with me on my day off every other week.
I have mixed feelings about sending her off to daycare because Alea didn’t go to daycare until I started nursing school after she was about 17 months. I’m not ready for the snotty noses and constant sickness! Ahh! But Mckenna’s a pretty chill baby, so I have a feeling she’ll adjust to the change pretty well! Fingers crossed, anyways!
*Any bets on if I can get her 3 month update on time next month?*