Saturday, July 3, 2010

2 months old

Madison is 2 months old! She has been busy busy busy growing this month! She had 2 growth spurts this past month one at 6 weeks and one at 8 weeks where she ate a TON for about 3-4 days and then slept hours on end and started sleeping 8-9 hour stretches at night. She weighed 11 pounds 9 ounces (50-75%), she was 23 1/4 inches (75-90%) and her head circumference was 15 inches (25%). She has grown 3 and 1/4 inches in 2 months and almost doubled her body weight! Her pediatrician was shocked at her growth since she last saw her at 3 weeks old. She is right on target with her development thus far. I should also mention Hunter weighed the EXACT same at his 2 month appointment and had also grown the exact same amount in length...pretty crazy!

Her pediatrician wants to see her every month instead of the usual every 2 months because she developed a strawberry (hemangioma) on her left eyelid this past month. It's technically considered a birthmark, though it doesn't appear until a few weeks after birth. It is just a build up of blood vessels under the skin and lots of babies get them in the first few months of life. It is usually not an issue and goes away on its own after about 6 months but since hers is on her eyelid it could be a problem if it gets too much larger. If it gets large enough to prevent her from being able to fully open her eye then her vision will not be able to fully develop in that eye and could cause blindness in that eye. So we all will be watching it to make sure it doesn't get so large that her eyelid droops down into her pupil when its open. Right now it only partially droops down into the iris when its open and really it only does that when she is tired. We are working on visual stimulation exercises with her to force her to work those eye muscles and tracking so that she doesn't get lazy with that eye...since she has to open it against resistance. If it gets too big they will send us to a Pediatric Opthamologist to do an evaluation and possible treatment, which would be either laser or drug therapy. They want to avoid laser treatment if possible because it could cause scarring and of course drug therapy isn't ideal on a 2 month old unless the benefits outweigh the risks so we are at a "wait and see" moment now. Obviously vision is a big deal so if at any point they become concerned that her vision will be affected than that would be a situation where the benefit would outweigh the risk.

She also has a bit of reflux, as it seems all newborns have. She does NOT like to lay flat on her back and gurgles and swallows repeatedly and smacks and squirms a lot and generally looks extremely uncomfortable. Jordan and I figured this out early on because it is exactly how Hunter acted too although his affected his eating a little more. Her pediatrician spotted it right away during her exam. For Madison, making sure she is always sleeping at a 30 degree incline or on her belly is the best way to remedy the issue. She is not a spitter at all which is a common misconception with reflux. Most people assume that reflux= a baby that spits up a lot, not always the case! This is actually "silent reflux" which is what Hunter had too. Click the link if you don't know the difference. So far she is thriving and sleeping comfortably, so long as it's not flat on her back, so there is no need for meds or anything like that as of now.

Otherwise she is a perfectly healthy 2 month old who is so happy and easy! We moved her to her own room last night because she has been doing so great! She is a great sleeper so far and goes to bed at about 7pm and we wake her at 10pm for a dream feed bottle and then she sleeps until about 6:30am when she wakes for very short eating session (maybe 5-10 min) and then she goes back down until 9:30am when she gets up for the day! She takes 3 naps a day usually about 1.5-2 hours long and still nurses every 3 hours during the day. She puts herself to sleep in her crib and loves her paci which helps her get to sleep, although she usually only uses it for nap times, at night she is in such a deep sleep that she doesn't want the paci. She is not a fan of sleeping in the car seat or in someones arms...she will do it if she has to but she much prefers sleeping in her quiet room, in her comfy bed where her brother isn't talking and making excessively loud noises. She is still very portable but the quality of sleep definitely goes down when she isn't in her bed. Hunter was the exact same way and still is, they both love their beds!

She is wearing size 1 diapers and 3-6 month clothes.

She really is a happy baby and LOVES eye contact and looking at herself in the mirror
Hunter insisted on sitting next to Madison in her infant seat for his morning cartoons
One of her 4th of July outfits :-)
and another 4th of July outfit...she got quite a few as gifts!

In this picture above she is in her "nap nanny" which is a great little seat for babies with reflux because it's reclined at the perfect 30 degree angle that reflux babies need. We usually put her in it right after she eats for a few minutes before she plays on the floor to kind of let her food settle a bit. Contrary to the name she doesn't really ever sleep in it but that's mostly because we don't put her in it during nap time or bed time unless Hunter happens to be out of the house. He just loves her sooo much he doesn't want her to miss a thing! So that means doing what he can to wake her up when she is asleep! We started putting her upstairs in her room for naps because Hunter loved to run in to our room (when she was in there) and try to climb in the packnplay with her and rub her back and give her kisses to wake her up...one day he ran into the room while she was napping blowing a duck call as loudly as possible...obviously that ended nap time! But ever since we moved her upstairs she has been able to wake up on her own time which I think we all prefer...well everyone but Hunter!

Caught in the act...Hunter climbing in her packnplay (she was not in there)

soaking up some eye contact with daddy
she LOVES the mirror
and LOVES tummy time!
We have loved every second with our sweet baby girl. Up next her first plane ride and trip to Dallas!

1 comment:

The Tenner Trio said...

I wanted to let you know I will be praying for Maddie's hymangioma - Clark had one since about 1 month old on his back (it was pretty large); The Pedi said it would/should decrease in size gradually and it has! It's now flat to the touch and much smaller in size. I would think it'll be gone by the time he's two (7 months)