Today my little Ash-pea turns 2 months! This is unreal to me as I feel that time is going by even faster this time around. I try to write things down as they happen because they days blur together and I find I am more forgetful than ever before too. Ashley has been such a blessing, the perfect fit to our little family. I love having a son and a daughter I feel like I am experiencing Motherhood as a first time mom trying to adjust from what I “know” to what Ashley is teaching me.
These last couple of Ashley has been fussy during the late afternoon early evening. We have been trying to figure out what could be going on. At first we thought it was gas pains, so we gave her gas drops (Gripe Water). That helped but she was still fussy. We upped her ounces on her formula and that helped but she is still fussy. So the other night I took her upstairs and rocked her and laid her down and she was out! I think she is just over tired and over the loud noise that daddy and brother produce when they play and wants peace and quiet and sleep. Who knows! I wish she could just tell us what was wrong so it wasn’t such a guessing game. It breaks my heart when my babies cry. I get crazy anxiety when they are upset I just have this deep primal need to make it all better.
Her little personality is starting to blossom and she is just such a happy giggly baby the majority of the time. Her eyes are definitely going to stay blue but they might be a dark blue then Zach’s and her hair is getting lighter as well. I really want to pull out one of Zach’s baby outfits to put her in and see if people can tell the difference in pictures because they are total twinsies as babies.
Size – I will fill in her weight & height once we have her doctor’s appointment next week. I am contemplating buying a scale to weight her myself at home in between well checks.
Ashley Can (Milestones) – Ashley has become very vocal this last month. She gurgles, coos and holds “conversations” with us on a regular basis. She follows objects very well, the other day Zach was playing with a balloon and she was fascinated with watching him. She smiles at us and laughs and giggled most of the time when she is awake. She can hold her head steady at a 45 degree angle and has started to occasionally bear some weight on her legs. This is for very short periods of time but she likes it when we hold her in a standing positions and she can look around at her surroundings. During tummy time she is starting to do the mini push-up move.
Feeding – In the last week or two Ashley has made it clear that she is unhappy with the measly 4 ounces we have been offering her. Ha! One day last week after she finished eating 4oz I took the bottle out of her mouth and she instantly started screaming tell me she wasn’t done yet. So she is now eating 6 ounce bottles every 5-6 hours. I think this has been part of her fussiness lately she just wanted more to eat.
Sleep – She is doing great at night. Typically she goes down for the night between 8 pm & 9 pm and sleeps until 4 am – 5 am. So 8 hour stretches and has a bottle and then sleeps until she hears brother get up between 7 am & 8 am. Once I get her settled she will sleep until her next feeding time. Since she is going longer between feedings she has more time awake during the day. She usually sleeps 3-4 hours out of the 5-6 hours between feedings. But sometimes she will stay up nearly the whole time. She is also still sleeping on her stomach and does exceptionally well doing so. She also is amazing as putting herself to sleep. We typically lay her down awake and she will grunt and coo until she finds the right spot then she is out for the count.
Loves – Baths, this is her time to unwind and relax. She just sits in her tub and coos and gurgles the whole time. She loves to cuddle with us all but especially daddy. She just wiggles herself to her comfy spot and knocks out with daddy for as long as he will sit still. She loves with I wrap her in the Moby or the wear her in the Ergo. She loves Church! She nestles on down in the Moby wrap and sleeps through the whole thing even the music. She was the same way when I was pregnant with her. She would be moving around like crazy but as soon as the music would start in church she would calm down and fall asleep. She loves her brother and all is silliness, she laughs and smiles at him the most. It is so fun to watch. She like tummy time most of the time. Overall she is a pretty happy baby.
Doesn’t care for – Wet diapers; this is a no go for little miss, the second she feels even a little bit wet she is one grumpy Gus until we change her. She doesn’t like the room to be too bright when she is sleeping, such a diva! If she isn’t ready to sleep when we are going somewhere she tends to not care for her car seat until she relaxes and is falling asleep. That makes trips in the car stressful for me sometimes.
Wearing – Clothes – 3 months Diapers – Size 1
My sweet Ash-pea, I love you more than words could ever say. The love a mother has for her children is unlike any other love in the world. I pray that one day you get to experience this love as it is overwhelmingly wonderful. As your brother says “I love you all the way to the moon and back to your heart sissy!” You bring a huge sense of joy to our home and you where meant to be her with us. God knew we needed you and sent you at just the right time.
The little noises you make while you sleep and the smiles you give us just captured our hearts. You already have daddy wrapped around that little finger of yours and we wouldn’t have it any other way. As much as I don’t want time to fly by I can say that I look forward to watching you grow and blossom into a beautiful little lady.
Until next month…