First of all, how in the heck is my baby 2 months old?! Little Harper Rae truly is the sweetest thing and we fall more in love with her every single day. I can’t believe I’ve been a mama for over 2 months now! Time is flying and this is the trickiest, yet most rewarding job I’ve ever had. We definitely have our days, but I wouldn’t trade these moments for anything. Philip and I are getting SO excited for her first Christmas. The holidays are so special to Philip and me and we can’t wait to share that with her and start teaching her the traditions we love so much. As I look back on these first two months, I can’t even imagine our life without her in it.
Over the weekend on snapchat, I mentioned I’d be doing this post and asked y’all for any questions you had about anything at all, so I’ll address those below 🙂 As we start on week 9, it’s safe to say we’ve found our rhythm. We have settled into a routine and it feels so, so good. We have learned to successfully distinguish her different types of cries and we’re learning every day what works and what doesn’t work.
We’ve finally gotten her into an ideal daily routine to where she is sleeping all the way through the night! I’ll go more into her routine below.
- Life happens. As Type A as I am and as much as I crave structure and schedule, life with a baby doesn’t work that way! The first few weeks [and if we’re being honest…I still catch myself doing this from time to time], I was so set on being home exactly at the 3 hour mark to feed her. So set on putting her down to nap after a feeding. So set on feeding her the exact same amount at each feeding. You get the idea. But just like an adult, a baby isn’t always hungry at the exact same time every day, isn’t always craving as much as at the previous feeding, etc. That was tough for me to grasp, but like I said, we are constantly learning and I’m finally letting loose a little 😉
- There isn’t anything much better than baby smiles 😉 The past 2 weeks or so, she’s learned how to smile and respond to our voices and it truly is the neatest feeling! Definitely feels like a total #momwin when I see those big eyes light up and huge smile!
What is her schedule?
This was definitely the most-asked question y’all had. Like I said on snapchat this weekend, this is just what works for Harper and for us! Every baby is different though, so what works for us, may not work for another!
- 7:30am: Up for the day! She’s usually super hungry, so I change her and get right to feeding her.
- 8:00 – 11:00am: After feeding, we typically get on her playmat, do some tummy time, listen to some music, etc for about 30-45 minutes. She is then usually ready for a nap, so I take this time to run any quick little errands. She loves being in her carseat and being out and about.
- 11:00am: Another feeding. Then we will go on a walk or play a little, she likes to be up for a little bit. Then down for a nap.
- 2:00pm: Feeding. Then same routine as above until her next feeding.
- 5:00pm: Feeding. Then I’ll usually put her in her chair and have her in the kitchen with me while I get dinner ready! She’s usually up for a good amount of time this time…maybe a small nap right before her 8:00 feeding.
- 8:00pm: Last feeding of the day. If it’s bath night, we bathe her and then feed her. Then we keep her upright on one of our chests for a little bit, read her a book, rock her, and then she’s swaddled and in her bassinet by 9:00 pm!
- 9:00pm-7:30am: She sleeps! She’s no longer waking up in the middle of the night for a feeding.
How did you get her to sleep through the night?
Philip and I are both big supporters of Baby Wise. We read this while I was pregnant and it was hugely helpful in creating the schedule I talk about above. Its helped us maintain this schedule as well. If you’re expecting and plan to start sleep training, this is a must-read.
Are you still breastfeeding?
I’m currently pumping and giving that to her along with her formula at each feeding.It’s demanding and it wears on you, but we hope she’s benefiting from the nutrients in it and I plan to continue for a little bit.
How big is Harper?
I just took her to her 2 month appointment yesterday and can’t believe how big she’s getting! She’s just over 10 pounds and in the 30th percentile. She’s almost 23 inches long and in the 50th percentile for that.
How much do you feed her?
Baby girl can EAT! She typically takes around 5 ounces at each feeding, sometimes less.
What is the hardest part about being a parent?
Honestly, I think just realizing that you’re raising a tiny human and coming to the realization of just exactly HOW BIG of an impact you have on their life! It makes you want to be the best version of yourself and definitely gives you new purpose. Also, we’ve realized that gone are the days when we could do what we wanted, whenever we wanted. We have another part of the equation now 😉 And also, just thinking about the values and beliefs we want to instill in our daughter…it’s a huge responsibility and we want to make sure we do the very best we can.
What is the best swaddle?
This swaddle has been amazing. It’s definitely contributed to her sleeping longer periods of time.
What did you do to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight?
I make a serious effort to work out each day. Typically I do a couple miles each day. I love getting outside and it’s even more fun with Harper. Most mornings, my mom and I will pack up Harper and the stroller and head to the park to walk. Also, during my pregnancy, I totally lost my taste for fried food…fast food especially. And that’s something that I haven’t craved since. So I guess I’m eating a little bit healthier too, thank goodness 😉
Are you still having complications from birth?
No! I’m doing so much better. My last scan showed that the abscess had shrunk to almost nothing and my pain is finally gone! Thank goodness, I’m back to my old self.
What products are you loving?
A few of our favorites are: this bedtime lotion, these bows [they fit her head and she seems the most comfortable in them!], this nail trimmer, and this infant tub. Harper LOVES bath time and this tub has been great because it tells you if the water is too cold or too hot. Before her first bath I was so nervous I’d make the water too warm, but this has a sensor and it beeps and the screen turns red if you make it too hot.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me. As always, thank y’all so much for all your support and for reading! Have a great Tuesday!