Wow, I can’t believe my baby is already two months old. Where has the time gone? My maternity leave ended two weeks ago so I’m back to work and she is adjusting to daycare.
Skylar’s Stats at 2 Months
Height – 24 inches
Weight – 11 lbs
Skylar is still nursing on demand. On weekdays, she will have 3 to 4 bottles at daycare. Once we’re home we resume nursing and she typically cluster feeds in the evening. At work, I pump 3 times a day to maintain my supply and provide bottles for daycare. My experience with nursing and pumping has been a little different than with my first born. This time around my supply is much higher and I have been able to produce more than enough milk for Skylar (at least for now) and build a nice freezer stash.
Around 6 weeks old, Skylar started sleeping longer stretches at night. After her last feeding of the day, she would sleep 4 to 5 hours before waking up to nurse again. After that, she would sleep for another 2 to 3 hours. This was great for me considering I was going back to work. Within the last week, Skylar has started waking up every 2 to 3 hours again. I think the change in her sleep pattern was due to a growth spurt.
At daycare, Skylar’s teachers have been trying to help her establish a nap schedule and she is getting better at sleeping swaddled in her school crib. We have started using a bassinet at home for sleep. Prior to this we were using the Rock n Play because that is the only place she would sleep unless we were holding her. While the Rock n Play is not ideal in terms of safe sleep practices, that’s what worked for us and helped us all get some rest.
In the last few weeks Skylar has become more alert and interactive. Her smile, laugh, and coos melt my heart every time. One of her favorite things is to lie on her back and kick her feet. She also loves the ceiling fan. Big brother is one of her favorite people. He can solicit the biggest smile from her! It’s so adorable. I can’t wait to see how their relationship will develop.
One of the biggest challenges has been returning to work. It definitely hasn’t been easy leaving my baby girl. I miss her a lot during the day. By the last week of maternity leave, I felt like I was just getting used to being at home with her.
Now we are working to establish a new routine that will work well for our family. So far I don’t think any day has been the same. We sort of just roll with the punches each morning and do what we can each night to be mostly prepared for the next day.
Another challenge has been dealing with Skylar’s first cold. After the first week in daycare, she developed nasal congestion, which has now developed into a cough. Luckily the cold has not progressed to anything more serious. Hopefully she gets better soon.