I have been putting off writing about Kennedy’s first month of life because it wasn’t a pretty journey. In fact, her first 4 weeks were probably some of the most challenging weeks I’ve had…ever, but then I remembered that the purpose of this blog is to always deliver the good (and the bad) of motherhood, so here’s a recap of her first month and an update as we move into month two!
One Month Old
9 lbs. 1 oz.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, this picture sums up everything that was Kennedy’s first month on Earth. She cried…and cried…and cried. In fact, in the words of my mother, “That baby cries more than any other baby I’ve ever known.”
It didn’t matter if she was being walked, rocked, swung, sung to, hummed to, bounced, patted, fed, burped or any other newborn calming technique, she just cried. She cried so much that eventually I just started crying right alongside her. I was miserable, so in an act of pure desperation I called the pediatrician.
At almost 4 weeks old, Kennedy weighed in at 9 lbs. and 1 oz., which means she gained 4 lbs. in 4 weeks. Clearly, eating wasn’t her problem. The pediatrician looked her over and while it sounds crazy, I was hoping that she’d find something to explain the nightmare I’d been living, but everything checked out fine. Best guess? Acid reflux. So we were sent home with a Zantac prescription and the ever-encouraging words of “It’s just a phrase.”
On top of this screaming “phrase,” Maverick decided that he didn’t need to sleep anymore. I am sure it was his way of regressing, but he just stopped sleeping. He stopped going to bed like he had been…for the last 2 years of his life…and he started waking up almost hourly–screaming for someone to come into his room. Literally, for 4 weeks, nobody was sleeping and everyone was screaming in our household. To really add to the fun, Shawn had started to travel again so I was left all alone to handle the non-stop screaming on a maximum of 3 hours of sleep a night.
I’m not really sure how we survived, to be honest, but by the grace of God (and lots of coffee), the dark clouds started to part and a teeny tiny bit of sunshine started to peek through. The acid reflux medicine was actually working! Kennedy’s screaming started to decrease and she started sleeping some in the day (even if it was only when being held, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers). And that brings us to now…
Two Months Old
10 lbs. 6 oz.
Yesterday, Kennedy turned 2 months old and I’m happy to report that the crying is drastically better!! We’ve gone from all day screaming to only screaming in the evenings, which is usually combatted with her pacifier and wearing her in the Baby K’Tan, both of which she LOVES. While she still prefers to nap on someone, she’s sleeping 5-6 hour stretches at night in her bassinet in our room. Her brother, however, still isn’t sleeping, but that’s a different story for another day.
Kennedy is starting to track things with her eyes and turn her head towards her favorite voices (AKA her daddy). In fact, Shawn got her first smile. He was talking to Kennedy after changing her diaper and sure enough, she flashed him the biggest, toothless smile she could and I think he absolutely melted inside. I’ve gotten a few smiles, but nothing like Shawn gets. When he enters the room, she immediately turns towards his voice and as soon as he comes into focus, she’s smiling, waiting to be spoiled by her daddy.
Within the last week, she’s started to coo and make different noises. Her favorite is when she is in her swing and she sees the monkeys on the mobile above her. She loves to talk to them and kick her legs in excitement.
Kennedy is also taking quite an interest in her big brother. She watches everything he does and Maverick, of course, is happy to show off for her. In fact, he’s starting to take to her too. He likes to help me burp her and he’s been really good about fetching burp clothes, diapers and pacifiers for me when I need them. Occasionally, I will find that he has placed a blanket over her face in an attempt to cover her up, but I keep telling myself it’s an accident and he isn’t actually trying to suffocate her. I think the best part is when she does cry and Maverick asks me, “Baby okay?” Or when we get ready to leave the house and he asks, “Baby?” as if we’re going to leave without her.
At Kennedy’s 2-month checkup, she weighed in at 10 lbs. 6 oz. and got her first round of vaccines. Maverick even held her hand while she got the shots and Kennedy spent most of the day sleeping following her appointment.
She’s still continuing the acid reflux medicine, but I’m hoping she can get off it within the next couple of weeks. We are also transitioning her from the bassinet to her crib. She’s been waking up more in the early morning hours and I think it’s because she’s starting to kick and hit the sides of the bassinet. We’ll see how it goes, but I’m worried that her crying will wake Maverick up since their rooms are right next to each other and the last thing I need is for him to get even less sleep than he already is.
I did do a quick comparison of Maverick at 2 months and Kennedy now and while Maverick was a little bit larger than she is, it’s obvious that they are related. And could they be any cuter?