I'll spare you the, "WOW, I can't believe it's been two who months!" (even though I can't believe it, so I guess I didn't spare you that) and a baby likes/dislikes list. I'm sorry, but every one I read is nearly identical. ("Little Susie loves to eat and hates having her diaper changed! Hee hee!") I love my baby but don't believe she's wildly different from other two month olds. I can't promise to keep the list to myself once she's a bit older with more of a personality, though!
The most questions I've gotten from all of you over the past month or so is about Ari's schedule. After many moms recommended it to me, I read 12 Hours Sleep by 12 Weeks Old and I really like her philosophies - regimented but not too strict. I wouldn't say we've kicked it into high gear yet, but so far, so good. I've come to realize not everyone understands or agrees with sleep training, but so many moms have reached out to me to say something along the lines of, "teaching your child to sleep through the night is the best gift you can give them," AND I COULD NOT AGREE MORE. As a personal trainer (and really, a human) I believe that quality sleep is paramount to living a happy and healthy life, no matter your age!
Ari actually dropped her "middle of the night" (2/3am) bottle on her own at 7 weeks and hasn't had one since. We heard her crying at 3am and Ben went downstairs to make her a bottle. By the time he got back, she'd fallen back asleep and slept until 6am. The following night, she slept from 9:30pm-6am. After that, I was determined not to go backwards, and we haven't. Currently, she takes bottles around 7am, 11am, 3pm, and 7pm. I fully admit I'm anal about her schedule because I think it will pay off in the future, but I try not too be too militant about it.
Ari was sleeping well in her zippered swaddles until she was about a month old, and then she began to cry every time we tried to put her in one. Our baby nurse switched her to a standard blanket swaddle, but I noticed she was breaking out of that too easily. An Instagram friend of mine sent me this "escape-proof swaddle technique" video, which has been a really good alternative for us, though I wouldn't call it 100% escape-proof. (Ari's good.) However, it's definitely the best option for us. When Ari doesn't kick out of her swaddle and wake herself up, she sleeps 9-11 hours each night. The past few nights, it's been closer to 10-11 hours.
The best investment we've made in the past month is far and away the bouncy chair and toy bar attachment pictured above. Now that Ari's awake more during the day, this is a great place for her to hang out, and it's ideal for when I'm eating, doing dishes, etc. so that I can interact with her. I'm trying not to buy everything at once, and I was deciding between this and a playard. I think we'll buy one to keep in my dad's place in Miami to act as a travel crib and changing station, but I'm not convinced we need one in our house quite yet. I keep our borrowed (thanks, Mal!) Rock n Play in our bathroom so she can hang there while I'm showering and/or getting ready. We use our Jonathan Adler play mat for tummy time and she also lies on her back and swats at the toys with her hands!
Her nursery is still kind of a mess but I hope to take nice photos and dedicate a post to it in the next month or so.
Other products we're currently loving...
Boogie Baby blanket. This was a gift from some of our cousins in Chicago and I fell in love with it from the minute I pulled it out of the box - I'm not sure how to explain it, but this blanket has a "cool to the touch" feel that is so soothing. I lay it out on the floor of Ari's nursery for her to lay on, or we snuggle up with it on her rocker. Several of you have asked me for baby gift ideas, and this is always on the list.
Boogie Baby burp cloths. We have lots of different burp cloths, but I'm always excited when these are fresh from the wash. YES I GET EXCITED ABOUT BURP CLOTHS. The material is soft AND durable and they're easy to tuck under her chin.
Munchkin disposable changing pads. Our baby nurse turned me onto this and they've been a laundry lifesaver. I have these changing pad covers but let's just say if I didn't layer the disposable ones on top, I'd be washing the cotton ones a LOT more of ten.
Skip Hop Sling Tub. I didn't really understand what a "sling" tub is until the first time we used this. It has a little seat (sling?) for her to sit in and I can't stand how damn cute she looks in it. Easy to use and since her bathroom is white and gray with a whale-print shower curtain, a gray whale-shaped tub doesn't look at all out of place. I also have the knee pad.
Now that it's getting warmer out, I've made a few fun new additions to Ari's wardrobe: this eyelet & seersucker romper; this polo dress (with matching socks); these bow ballet flats and of course, her first pair of Jack Rogers, to match me! (Thanks, Dad!)
Ari, you are the light of our lives and I can't wait to see where the next month takes us. And to all of you reading, a huge thanks for your continued support and love!