Violet is such a trooper. She received 3 nasty shots today and barely even cried. Once she found her thumb she felt better and fell right asleep. Mom and dad were very proud of her 2 month update.
For those of you who weren't there and care about the details:
#1 - It wasn't a diaper rash, which explains why the diaper ointment did nothing. It was a yeast infection. Olivia, you were right on with that one...I don't know where you got your medical degree, but I'll gladly give you my copay from now on.
Violet gained about a pound and a half from last month. She now weighs 10 lbs, 14 oz. Which is 50th percentile. Way to be average, V!
The doctor gave us some good advice for training Violet to sleep through the night. Needless to say, we'll start immediately. She already does pretty well (she only wakes up once) and she's proven to be fairly adaptable so we're looking forward to everyone getting a full night's sleep. For the record, Jagger's sleep has never been interrupted so don't cry for him.
One of the things you take note of when you have a newborn is the frequency of wet and dirty diapers. The longer the stretch between dirty diapers the bigger mess it's going to be when it happens. It's been at least two days so I have been bracing myself for the worst.
Well, let me tell you that Violet unleashed the beast this afternoon. She was content and hanging out in her bouncy seat while I took care of a few things around the house. When I went to pick her up for some tummy time I was horrified to find her sitting in the biggest pile of yellow, runny, baby poop I have ever seen come out of something so small. That was about 30 minutes ago since it took that long to figure out how to get the onesie over her head without smearing poop on her face, bathing her, washing the bouncy seat cover, and all the clothes, towels and wash clothes that it took to clean up the mess.
This week Violet is 2 months old. We're looking forward to her 2 month doctor's appointment on Wednesday so we can talk to the doctor about all that she has learned and what we can expect over the next month. Unfortunately I also know that she will get a series of shots at this appointment; not fun for mom, dad or baby.
The bad news:
Over this past couple of weeks Violet has had her first diaper rash, and it was quite bad. We're fighting it by changing diapers obsessively, and spending some naked time each day (Violet, not me) to air it out. Butt paste is great, but A&D seems to be doing the trick, it's finally getting better.
Violet's perfect skin has gone through some changes too. She's breaking out like a teenager and scratching herself with her nails. I noticed today though that her skin is much better, almost happening over night. No matter what I still think she's beautiful.
The good news:
The best news is that she is sleeping through the night pretty consistently. We started putting her to bed as close to 8pm as possible and she'll sleep for at least 6 hours, sometimes 8! She's also getting better at soothing herself to sleep. While it still requires me to wake up in the wee hours, this is considered sleeping through the night so I guess we're lucky.
What we've been up to:
Mornings are her happy times so we spend this time playing on the floor and doing as much tummy time as she will put up with, which is unfortunately not as much as the pediatrician recommends. In spite of that her head control is pretty darn good.
She has a tendency to look to the right. This is something I want to ask the pediatrician about. When she's cranky she strains her head to the right. She also sucks her right thumb.
She likes to be read to and we try to read a book every day. Consignment stores are great places to get books for $.50 or $1. Super cheap! I bought her a Dick and Jane book just because I thought it was funny.
Saturday Jeff and I took Violet and Jagger to the Wiener Dog Races in Buda. Always a good time and we fill up on festival food.
Every Tuesday Violet and I meet up with Amy and Lucy at Alamo Draft House for baby day at the movies. The mom's love it and the babies don't seem to mind either.
We also try to get outside every day for a walk or a run. Violet likes to be in her jog stroller and feel the wind in her hair. She usually spends the first half of the run awake looking around, and the second half sound asleep. It's good for both of us.
Since I'm planning to return to work in a month the search has been on for childcare. We looked at at daycare, but I just couldn't imagine leaving my little girl at a place where she would get little one-on-one attention, so we decided a nanny would be a better option at least for the first year. We found a woman we really like and she will be spending Thursday afternoon and Friday with me on a trial basis. If this goes well, we'll make her an offer and have her start at the end of the month when I go back to work. That's enough on that subject, it's not one I like to think about :(
I can't believe it's been a whole week since I last posted to the blog. Violet and I had a full and fun week. Some of the highlights were Baby Day at The Alamo Draft House, then she accompanied me to a couple of salon appointments. When was my last haircut anyway?!? We hung out with Amy and Lucy at The Domain, and did a bunch of other stuff to get ready for Easter and Violet's Christening dinner at Aunt Jenny and Uncle Curtis'.
Grandpa Ned came in for the Christening, which was held during the Easter Vigil at St Mark's Episcopal Church in San Marcos where Aunt Jenny is the musical director. It was special because it was Easter, Aunt Jenny sang, and lots of family were around us. A truly special day. So special I guess that we forgot to take a picture of the event. Duh!! Trust me when I say that Miss V was on her Very Best behavior and looked beautiful in her hand painted tulle dress.
Today is Easter and We took Violet and Jagger for a walk in the neighborhood. Jagger was fooled by some leaves on the pond, tried to walk across and fell right in! Hilarious to watch, but I think he actually was a little embarrassed. hee hee!
Later today we'll get Violet all dolled up and take her over to her Uncle Colby and Aunt Kayla's house to bring Easter fun to her cousins Cole and Ben, and a little Birthday fun for Ben too!
Yesterday the doctor gave me the all clear to start exercising, something I've missed. So last night Deanna, my favorite running buddy, came over and joined me on my first run in almost a year. It was hard, but wonderful. I'm sore today and I'm sure I'll even more sore tomorrow, but I can't wait to get out there again.