My tiny little nugget is growing like a weed. She's more active during the day and sleeping better at night. She rarely cries and is quick to soothe. We are especially enjoying her big, cheesy grins!
Weight at 2-month check-up: 7 pounds 11 ounces
Current weight (as of tonight): 8 pounds 5 ounces
(in comparison, NHV weighed just over 10 pounds at her two-month check-up)
Just this week, we switched from newborn diapers to size 1 ... and I've started to put away most of her newborn sized clothes. Mostly, she's wearing 0-3 months.
Eat: Charlotte continues to nurse like a champ! She's calm and efficient. During the day, she goes about three or four hours between feedings. In the evening, she does a cluster of feedings and eats 2 or 3 times between dinner and bath time.
Unfortunately, she also spits up like a champ, like she's competing in some crazy Puke-lympics or something!
Sleep: I think Charlotte officially has her days and nights figured out ... and that is a very good thing! She gets her bath and another feeding about the same time Natalie is going down - between 8:00 and 9:00. On average, she sleeps for about a 6 hour stretch, so we hang out again at 3:00. She's ready to eat again about the same time Chad is getting ready for work - around 6:30 - and then we fall back asleep until Natalie wakes up. I am usually able to get us both fed before CJV wakes up for her breakfast.
Depending on our schedule, Charlotte usually spends her morning nap in the Ergo. She's perfectly happy to do that. Most afternoons, I cuddle up and take a nap with her ... I love just watching her fall asleep, marveling at her tiny eyelashes and rosy lips, and hearing her little sleep noises. On the days when I can't afford a nap (or don't need one), she does a pretty good job of napping in her bassinet. But I know that I need to start transitioning her to napping in her crib.
At night, she is still sleeping in the bassinet in our room. I cannot believe that in just a few weeks - around three months or so - I will be moving her to the nursery. Puts a tiny pit in my tummy just thinking about it.
Personality: Charlotte is such an easygoing, sweet baby. She is so patient and calm and happy. I think Natalie was a bit more "spirited" as an infant. I remember Natalie screaming during her first baths; Charlotte let out one yelp when her bottom first hit the tub ... otherwise, she is calm and relaxed during the entire process. This little sweetie is even calm when I have to suck boogies out of her nose or loosen the cradle cap on her head!
During play time, Charlotte is happiest when she has either my face or Natalie's in her field of view. But she also enjoys her bouncer, mobile, and mirror. The swing is not her favorite but she endures it long enough for me to fold a load of laundry. I am doing my best to make sure she gets some tummy time, but her propensity for spitting up makes me hesitant to plop her on her belly.
I really love her big smiles - she lights up when she sees me! And just this week she has started sing-song noises while she's in her bouncer!
Life with a toddler and a newborn has been challenging and busy ... but I am really trying to soak up as much of my little Charlotte as I possibly can!