Since Katy is about to be two months old, I thought it would be a good time to give you an update on how she is doing. I am painfully aware of how regularly I would update everyone about Matthew and even Emily, and how many photos we took of them, so I am hoping to be at least semi-regular with Katy.
Katy is nursing really well and I get lots of comments on how much bigger she's getting. At her last doctors visit (3 weeks ago), she weighed 10lbs and the doc was very pleased with that. Shes moved into 3 month clothes because she's not fitting into her 0-3 month stuff anymore. I think I was in a bit of denial about how fast she's been growing because it took two separate people to mention that her clothes were looking a bit small before I realized that she couldn't really stretch out her legs! So we've just done a big clothes reshuffle and now she has a lot of nice new, cute things to wear and is probably more comfortable! Since she's my last, it's a bit sad to see her growing (as I'm sure both mothers can relate to!), but there's no use denying that fact that she is!
Katy is sleeping pretty well at night. I wake up about once, maybe twice, but we only get her down to sleep very late. 11pm is considered early, usually it's about 12 or 1am. Sometimes as late as 2am. Hilton and I believe in teaching even a really young child to sleep on their own in their crib. So we have never done co-sleeping with any of our kids. When Katy falls asleep in our arms or bouncing on the ball, we put her down in the crib/cot. She usually wakes up and we repeat the cycle as many times as needed until she stays asleep. It's more work and many people would disagree with us, but it's what we feel is best. During the day she hates to sleep unless she's in my arms, driving in the car or in the baby Bjorn (baby pouch). So I'm finding it difficult to manage that and give the older kids the attention they need and deserve. We're still trying to work out how to handle this, she's a very different sleeper to our two others so it's like we're learning all over again.
Matthew absolutely ADORES Katy. He is forever fussing over her, trying to hold her and cuddle her. Sometimes it can be really challenging. Emily is definitely having a harder time adjusting. She really craves time and cuddles with me, especially the cuddles part. And having a baby means that I'm not hands free much, so Emily tries to get me to put her down so she can be in my arms instead. She throws lots of tantrums and really likes to control situations like what to wear, where to sit, etc. I feel really bad about it, it breaks my heart when she's just crying and begging me to pick her up but I have just got Katy to sleep in my arms and I can't. I've been told that it takes about 3 months for the family to completely adjust to the arrival of a new baby. I'm pretty sure that she'll be fine and it's just a matter of time, but it's hard watching her go through it. I really thought she would be all over the baby like she is with her baby dolls, but Matthew is more like that and Emily is more stand-offish.
Just before she turned 6 weeks, we got a glimmer of a smile and since then we've seen some big, happy smiles, but nothing that we can catch on camera or that we can get her to reproduce. You can she she's trying really hard, but is not quite there yet.
She's just now started enjoying her bath. She used to scream till she was blue in the face whenever it was bath time, but we've started her on a regular night time routine that means having a bath daily and she's started enjoying it now, although she still hates being cold, so getting in and out are still unpleasant.
She tries to suck her fingers, but as yet is unable to get them into her mouth. It's most often her fist that she's suck on. We've tried the dummy a few times, but she hasn't taken to it.
Since she's not mobile at the moment, there is nothing much else to say. We're busy learning what she likes (bouncing on the ball, watching Matthew, lying on the play mat, being bundled in a blanket, being carried in a pouch, eating, her mobile...) and what she doesn't (the dummy, being cold, standing still when you should be bouncing, daddy's arms when all she wants is mommy) and it's quite exciting to get to know her and take this journey together.