It's cliché but so true, time just flies when you're having fun (and when babies are young!!)
I cannot believe I'm writing a 3 month update for this sweet sweet little girl, it feels like she was just in my belly and yet at the same time it feels as though she's always been here! So much has happened since her 1 Month Update that I wanted to post again to keep you all updated on how our little cutie is doing!
Madeline is my adorable little tank!! Ever since birth she has been a little record breaker for size! We just got back from her 3 month appointment and this girl is weighing in at 16.2 lbs! Which is honestly a little crazy! She is in all 3-6 month clothing and size 2 diapers, but not for much longer!
She is still exclusively breastfed and has always been a very efficient eater! She is eating so much and sleeping longer stretches which has really helped keep my supply up enough that I have been producing enough milk to donate! As of last moth I have donated over 800 0z to the National Milk Bank. Breastfeeding is so important to me and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to help other little babies and mothers with my extra milk!
Maddie survived cold and flu season relatively scot free (with the exception of a few coughs and sniffles here or there), unfortunately I feel like Matthew and I have been passing the same cold back and forth ever since she was born! Her fussiness has started to pick up a bit lately, but I'm assuming she is just playing us and wants to be held more often :)
Madeline was born with blocked tear ducts, which we are still noticing some problems from, but nothing major. In her first month of life, her eyes required cleaning multiple times each day due to buildup of gunk. These days I notice some buildup a few mornings a week, but after cleaning them with warm water they remain clear for the next day or so. I'm hopeful that this will continue to work itself out and that we can bypass the need for surgery at 1 year!
Sleep is probably the area that we have made the most progress on in the last few weeks! After spending weeks and weeks struggling to get her down at night before 11pm and then waking up to feed her 2-3 times a night, she has finally found a schedule that is working! For the last 2 weeks she has been going down for the night around 9pm and sleeping until around 5-6am. I normally feed her at that time, and she falls back asleep until around 8am when she joins Josie and me for breakfast. We still have a couple nights here and there when she wakes at 2 or 3am, but they are getting pretty few and far between!
We have found a lot of success in swaddling Madeline as a method of keeping her sleeping peacefully for longer. When she was a newbie she LOVED the aden + anais 'classic easy swaddle' I used to joke that it was her baby straitjacket, but now that she is bigger, she is agitated in swaddles which hold her too tight. We have found new success wrapping her looser (with her arms down) in the aden + anais 'classic swaddle blankets' which come in so many beautiful prints! They are so functional and adorable that I am constantly debating picking out some new patterns!! SO highly recommended.
Likes and Dislikes
Lately a new love is mornings!! There is absolutely nothing cuter in this world than getting Maddie from her crib and seeing her face light up in a smile! I remember the same feeling when Josie was little. It's as if they are thinking "Hi Mom! I've missed you all night long!"
Madeline still loves to eat, and has gotten much better at stopping when she is full! She's still spitting up a little, but nothing major. She is also still doing well taking bottles when I'm not around and is fine taking them at any temperature.
Maddie definitely seems to be enjoying all the fresh air she has been getting lately! We have been taking long walks and stroller rides now that the weather has warmed up, and she is often very smiley while we're outdoors! She is also still enjoying being carried around in the Sakura Bloom sling. I talked about my experience with this sling more extensively in this post.
Dislikes include being carried in any position other than facing out! She loves to look at her surroundings, and hates when I try to snuggle her into me (unless it's nighttime and she's sleepy). During the day she loves to be bounced facing out and look at everything.
When Jos was a baby we got the Fisher-Price 'My Little Snugamonkey Chair' which bounces, vibrates and plays music. Josie LIVED in that thing until about 6 months or so. I just assumed Maddie would love it too, but she is not a fan. She would much rather lay on the floor on a blanket and move and kick on her own. Every morning I lay one of the swaddle blankets down and let her exercise!
My C-section recovery was pretty easy overall, very similar to last time. My scar is still pink, but I remember from the last time around that it took about 8 months for the redness to fade away. The area around the scar is still very numb to the touch, but again I remember that same sensation lasted for at least a year.
I have really thrown myself back into working out in the last 6 weeks and am very happy with the improvements I am seeing. I am 5 lbs away from my goal weight, but more importantly I am fitting back into all my old clothes and really feeling good about the way my body is looking.
With my first pregnancy, the weight came off so easily that I never returned to working out the way I had been previous to finding out I was pregnant. I also felt that taking time to myself for a yoga class was an hour away from Jos and it felt selfish to desire that time. This time around I value that 'me time' and am grateful that Matthew helps me make it a priority in my life by encouraging me and watching the kids while I'm gone. I was initially very disappointed at how much slower things were moving this time, but overall I am so happy that it led to my return to fitness and healthier eating. I am feeling strong both mentally and physically, and I know I have yoga and barre in part to thank for that.
Life with Two!
Wow, what a change a couple months can bring! I feel like we are really settling into a great rhythm and I am so happy and lucky to have two healthy girls so close in age! I wish I could capture in pictures the love that Josie has for Maddie, it's a beautiful thing. Every morning when Jos wakes up her first question is "where's baby?", she tells us to "shhhhh" when baby is sleeping, and she hugs and kisses her all day long.
There is still some jealously, as I'm sure there will continue to be for the next 18 years or so, but it has gotten so much better. These days there are very few angry outbursts from Jos, and rather than feel jealous when I am with Maddie, she tries so include herself. She loves helping throw away diapers, get blankets and turn pages on books while I have my hands full with feeding or holding baby. Honestly, it warms my heart and has brought many a tear to my eyes how quickly Josie is growing up into a beautiful and caring little girl.
There are still days when I feel like quitting this stay at home mom gig, and days when it feels a lot harder than any job I've ever held before - but I am so unbelievably blessed to get to spend my days watching these girls grow.
As always, thank you for following along on this journey with our family! I so love sharing my life with all of you and am always overjoyed each time I hear from readers about posts and features they enjoyed! If you ever have any pregnancy, motherhood or product related questions, please post them in the comments or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org - I would love to address them in an upcoming post!
Have a wonderful weekend!