Wednesday, August 20, 2014

6 weeks with our little mamasita

This Friday marked 6 weeks since Miss Maddie made her 8 day early debut into this world on July 4!

It's crazy how much she has already changed from looks, demeanor and behavioral  patterns in just a short 6 weeks.  She has gone from a little baby that needs to be held around the clock to slowly showing a little independence. Which as a mom the second time around, I find myself loving and hating all at the same time.  

Totally different perspective this time because I KNOW that this time will not last forever.  I know at some point she will sleep through the night and she won't need me all the time to feed and hold her and interact with her.  And that time will come faster then I'm probably ready for.  Because that is how I feel when I look at Charlie!  Like I just wished for these sleepless nights to go away and just like that - they did and now he's 2.  I'm hoping it doesn't go as fast with Maddie, but I'm guessing from how it's going so far, it will go faster!!!

While I haven't been as good as keeping up on the weekly updates (I mean the weeks are FLYING by), I'm trying to get better.  Not only to document her life, but also the milestones and what we are doing as parents.  Because guess what?  Last night we actually went back to Charlie's six week post to see if we had a routine with him yet - because honestly while it was only 2 years ago - we cannot remember anything about the early days and when we did what with him, etc.  And that my friends is why I'm happy that I blogged.  And means I'll be blogging more about Miss Maddie and our adventures with her.

What's hilarious to me is comparing Maddie and Charlie at 6 weeks (based on his post):

Charlie weighed 11lbs and 2 ounces ~ Maddie weighs 11lbs and 4 ounces
I went to sonic happy hour while Charlie was crying; yesterday Maddie and I did that
Charlie met Brett and Craig during his 6th week of life ~ Maddie met the Holt family (Craig, Ryan and Susan) during her 6th week of life (Brett met her at the hospital!)
We had lunch with Charlie at my grandmother's house during week 6 ~ We had dinner at my grandmother's house with Maddie last week!
Charlie went to church for the first time at 6 weeks ~ Maddie?  Well, she went at week 2!!
Charlie was only taking 2.5 ounces from a bottle ~ Maddie is champ and will suck down 3 easily!

Pretty fun right?

So what else about Maddie at six weeks?  Here are some things I don't want to forget:
  • She is finally smiling and we are loving it!  
  • Staying awake for longer stretches during the day
  • HATES the car seat and car (totally opposite from her brother)
  • Loves her a good pacifier (again totally opposite from her brother)
  • I'm finally getting better at putting her in bows and she looks adorable!!!
  • We are for sure not on a "routine" or "schedule" at this point, but she usually eats every 2 - 2.5 hours during the day (unless she's snoozing and then it can be 3 hours).  Which I'll take because she sleeps so well at night.
  • As far as bed time?  Well, as of last night, we started to divide and concur and give Charlie and Maddie a bath at the same time.  I say divide and concur because Maddie obviously has to take a bath in the baby tub vs. in the big tub with Charlie (but oh my, when that day comes and they can bathe together, how nice and sweet will that be?).  So last night, I put Mddie to sleep around 8:30...after eating...and guess what?  It was heavenly.  She slept until 1 and then ate and back to sleep until 6:30.  Um...yes please.  And it was so weird to not have her up and screaming until 10PM.
  • Did I mention screaming until 10?  Well - what had been happening was we would put Charlie to bed and then take Maddie downstairs to sleep on us while we hung out/watched TV.  Well - she seemed to go into somewhat of a colic state and would cry and cry and cry for no reason at all.  It was miserable.  Poor Jimmy usually got to deal with it too.  So guess what?  Since we read Charlie's 6 week post and read that he was on somewhat of a bedtime routine at this age, we just went with it.  And apparently that's what you needed - at least last night.  We will see how that goes.
  • Maddie has slept in her room/crib only twice - I know - horrible.  But it's not because we are not willing to let her leave our room...but it's her room.  It's SOOOOO hot.  Like even with the fan, AC cranked up - just outrageously hot.  No way we are putting her in there - so trying to figure out how to regulate the temp in her room better with the hot hot temps this past week.
  • Nursing is going great - she is super efficient.  It's crazy compared to Charlie.  She only takes about 10 minutes (sometimes 15) but gets what she needs and is done.  Has to burp {loud} in between sides and sometimes only takes one. I did give up dairy and it seems to be helping her a lot!
  • She spent time with Aunt Shellie solo yesterday morning while I went to work in the morning for training and did great!  Shellie said she took a bottle like a champ and was so fun and cute.  Makes me feel much better about starting her in day care part time right after she turns two months.
  • She farts and burps like a grown man - seriously!
  • She loves the Ergo carrier - I carry her in it everywhere.  The store, our house, during walks.  She loves being close to her mama.  Except the infant insert gets HOT, so I'm excited for the weather to cool down.
  • Charlie LOVES her.  When she cries - he gets so upset and runs to us and says "Baby Addie crying" and wants to find a pacifier to make her feel better.  He's so good at giving her kisses at nighttime and when he goes to school in the morning.  I know that he will protect her for life and I'm so happy about that already it brings tears to my eyes.
  • We LOVE her.  Oh so much.  She just completes our world right now and makes me so happy and feel so much love.  Being a mom is literally the best and being a mom to two little stinkers seems to be even better!!
Here are some pictures from the last few weeks!

You love the Wub a nub and Rock N Play

Her first time at the pool!

Ah - smiling and sleeping baby  My favorite!

Cute cute outfit and headband!

Snoozing with dad :)

Ha - in her car seat and brother in her Rock N Play!

Church outfit!

Mom and Maddie out for sushi - first time solo dinner party of 4

This is what we do on maternity leave...
 Also - have you noticed sister falls asleep during tummy time?!?!

THe cutest!!

More sleeping poses - in all different places - even the pool!

OMG baby in a swimsuit - I die!!  Thank you Aunt Shellie for this one!

Here's a fun next six weeks lady!!!

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  1. She is so adorable and I laughed out loud because I was WAITING to hear you say or write about her and refer to her as "mamasita"~!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. How is she 6 weeks?! I feel like you just posted that you had her! The time goes even faster with 2 (and 3!) - Oh and once you can bathe them together, it will be soooo nice! I'm there with my older 2 and have a long way to go with #3 joining them!