Addison is 2 months old! And let me tell you. This month was far better than the first month. I forgot to mention last time that that first month was so rough that Addison may be the last addition to the Harrison crew and if she was born first, she might be an only child. Things have changed now thankfully! I think that when you get far enough away from the first few months with a baby, you forget how tough the first few weeks are and that makes it even harder. Because Owen is such a relatively easy kid now, I forget that he screamed and cried for hours everyday and we had to bounce him and sing to him constantly. But there is an end to it. There really is. And we’re finally getting to the end of this rough patch and ready to move on to the next one!
Addison had her two month appointment this past Monday and she did great! As a reminder, she was 8 pounds 3.6 ounces and 21 1/4 inches when she was born. At this appointment, she was 12 pounds 13 ounces and 23 2/14 inches long! She is in the 90th percentile for both length and weight! This is very different from Owen, who was the 99th percentile for length and 30th percentile for weight at this point. We’ve gone from a long and lean string bean of a kid to a tall chunky monkey! Bathing Addison is a completely different experience from bathing Owen because I have to make sure I clean her rolls and I didn’t have to with Owen! Ha!
I have officially had to retire Addison’s newborn sized clothes and move her to the 0-3 month clothing. Truthfully it probably should have happened a couple weeks ago, but I wanted to stretch it out as long as I could (figuratively speaking). After we finish going through the size 1 diapers that have already been opened, we’ll move her to size 2! That is different from Owen as well. With Owen, we moved up in size when he peed or pooped out of the diaper a few days in a row. Addison hasn’t really done that yet, but we’ve definitely got to move up because they’re too tight on her legs!
Apparently there’s something in my kids where they hit 2 months (give or take a few days) and they have a completely new outlook on sleeping, for the better! Owen started completely sleeping through the night a few nights before turning 2 months and now a few nights before Addison turned 2 months, she all of a sudden she started only waking up to eat once in the night! She clearly knew that Mama was losing her mind with sleep deprivation. Ha!
Addison has started smiling a lot and doing the baby cooing and it is the best thing ever. I forgot how amazing this part of babies growing up is! She has started recognizing me more and more and it’s the best! I love that smiling face!
Owen has been learning more and more words everyday! This kid is so smart. He is enthralled by everything around him – especially dogs and anything in the sky. He points to the sky and says “jet” and has a bunch of animal noises that he does, while he laughs. Some of his favorite (and most consistent) words are: trucks, jet, woo woo (puppy), uh oh, whoa, up, and ice. We’re finally beginning to be able to decipher what he’s trying to tell us.
He’s always been a big helper, but that has increased even more since Addison was born! He loves to help reload diapers into the baskets, carry laundry, and carry Addison’s diaper bag. In fact, he will only carry her bag (not his own) even though they’re the same kind of bag!
Owen LOVES his baby sister. He gives her kisses all the time and will only take pictures if she’s in them also. In fact, there are times that he won’t give Greg or me a kiss good night until he gives her one! He’s so interested when we do things with her like when I give her a bath or feed her. He hangs out in her room with me while I feed her and he plays with his “trucks.” When I sit in the glider, he insists on being the one to hand me my nursing pillow. He’s an amazing big brother already. I can’t wait to watch them grow up together!
Owen has developed a newfound interest in all of Addison’s things. It’s like he must have whatever she has! When I put Addison’s headband on her, Owen insists on wearing one too. He wants to sit on her pillow and is always climbing onto the play mat that we pulled back out for her to play on – he’s waaaaay too big for it. Ha! And when I was taking Addison’s 2 month pictures, Owen insisted on also wearing a sticker so I put the 1 month sticker on him (since I wouldn’t need that one again) and he wore it around the house for the next like 30 minutes.
We have finally figured out a solid morning routine. Usually what happens is I feed Addison, get Lucy, fix Owen’s breakfast, then we all go get Owen. He gets so excited when I bring Addison into the room so I’ll sit at the end of his bed and we take a picture of the three of us. After getting him dressed, we go eat breakfast at the table while watching Chuggington. It’s become a pretty good routine for us!
After breakfast, we usually play with Owen’s trucks or go outside, with Addison in the carrier. When Owen goes down for naps, oftentimes Addison and I will take a nap in the recliner with her on my chest.
Sometimes we’ll go on “adventures” which Owen LOVES. We may go to the park or to the Wesley House or sometimes if they’re just driving me crazy and we need to get out, I just drive around town. Thankfully both kids like the car! I took both kids out to Publix by myself for the first time and we survived! The awesome thing is that Publix gives a cookie to kids while you shop so Owen was plenty preoccupied and Addison was in the carrier. Since then, we’ve been out a few times just the three of us and so far we haven’t had any meltdowns, but I’m sure that will change at some point. Ha!
Speaking of that, a few weekends ago Greg went on a weekend retreat with Wesley so I had the kids to myself. I was a bit intimidated at first thinking about it, but we actually did really well! I took the two of them to the food trucks for lunch on Saturday and we actually made it to church on Sunday morning! It was actually pretty encouraging. Up until that point, I had only had them from waking up to dinner time when Greg got home. That weekend, it added dinner, bath, and bedtime. I know I could have just skipped baths, stayed at home, and missed church, but I wanted to try to have a normal weekend.
Like most parents, I was worried that I couldn’t possibly love another child like I did Owen. And in a way, I was right. I certainly love them equally, but it’s not the same. I can already tell that my relationship with Addison is/will be different than my relationship with Owen – in a good way! I’m not sure if it’s because it’s a mother/son and mother/daughter relationship or because Owen was first and Addison was second or because their personalities are so different, but I LOVE that the relationships are different. It speaks to their uniqueness and how we bond differently. I love that little boy and little girl more than I can express or explain.
Here’s to continued good months and even better sleep! 🙂