I just wanted to let everyone know that everything is ok.
I haven't been able to sit down and write for the last couple of weeks because its been so busy.
But I managed to pull away for a quick second to put this post up. It's a milestone after all...
With 2 months under our belts, things are starting to get into a rhythm and we are saner people for it. As adults, I don't think we do very well with ad-hoc sleep schedules. We need structure, we need orders, and we need at least 6 hours of continuous sleep. Working towards getting to that goal is difficult, but it's so rewarding when you get a semi-full night's worth of sleep.
A couple of new things:
- Evelyn has almost doubled her weight. She has grown quite a bit and comparing her growth charts to mine, she is following the same trajectory as her dad.
- She can finally fit into the Xplory stroller seat (with a little padding). We had been using the chassis part of the stroller with the car seat adapter for a while now, but the actual seat was too big for her until now. I think I was more excited about it than she was.
- She is much more consistent with social smiling and she likes to 'talk' to you. She is especially happy in the morning, her face lights up when she sees you. It kinda makes you melt inside.
- She has recently discovered that she can cry and shriek with different intonations in her voice. This results in some very interesting sounds. Sometimes, these sounds creates some confusion for us, as it may sound like she is in distress until you see that she is laughing and smiling while making these sounds.
- She has recently taken to shoving her fists into her mouth. She tries to fit both of her little hands in there at the same time. It's adorable.
- One of the things that kept our sanity (and also contributed to our insanity) were the resources available on the internet. There is a wealth of information out there and sometimes it can be quite an overload. You sometimes have to wade through pages and pages of forum posts before you find a nugget of truth or reliable advice that is applicable to you. Moreover, some of the things you read ranges from scary to pointless. See Cyberchondria. Sometimes we wish that someone can just tell us exactly how it all works without having to read a whole bunch of information.
To save you all some time, here are some links that we found useful through our internet searches:
- Resources from Getting Pregnant to Big Kid at Baby Center
- Resources about Baby and Sleep at My Baby Sleep Guide
- Resources for the Care of Newborns at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation
- Resources for Breastfeeding at La Leche League International/
- Resources for Breastfeeding and Parenting at KellyMom
One additional resource deserves honorable mention was a book recommended by a friend (Thanks JE) because she found that the concepts and ideas were easy to understand, implement, and track. The book she recommended was Secrets of the Baby Whisperer. Helen read it and we were successful in implementing some of the concepts. Babies are unique, so nothing will apply exactly, but this book gave us a good general idea.