Today was…interesting. It was time for Olivia’s two month check up and I expected a quick visit, in and out. The doctor that was there for her newborn visit was a substitute because the pediatrician we saw today was on vacation in Bolivia. I really had high hopes for him but instead, he took issue with the fact that I used a cloth diaper (a BG Pocket, of all choices!) and told me that “all kids do well in disposables”. Really. I’m now on the hunt for a new doctor for Liv because aside from that, he raised his voice at me, accused me of not knowing my daughter’s medical history and cuffed me really hard on the back – to “teach” me how to “burp a baby”.
But, that aside, it really was a good day. I learned that I can advocate for my kids when I need to. I found out that my little girl is growing really fast and is very healthy and that everything looks normal, which is great since she was a little “early” (38w6d).
Her two month stats:
Age: 2 months (8 weeks 5 days)
Weight: 12 lbs. 3 oz. (6 lbs. 15 oz. at birth and 7 lbs. 6 oz. at 11 days old, for reference.)
Length: 22 3/4 in. (I want to say she was 19″ at birth, but I’m not sure.)
Head circumference: 39 cm. (Which is still smaller than Noah’s at birth, fyi.)
5 pounds! I’m still a little baffled but it makes sense, considering how heavy she is in my arms and my wrap now and how she’s outgrown pretty much all 0-3 month clothing. Not that cloth diapers help because as trim as I can get a prefold, there’s still some bulk (affectionately referred to as “fluffy butt” by some of my CDing friends).
She smiles at us all the time now, especially for pictures, and she’s been cooing more. Her head control is good enough that I’ll be pulling out a mirror that her Nana bought for her to use during tummy time. She still falls asleep on her own or when nursing and she likes to be held by pretty much anyone, any time, which I suppose is typical of a baby. ;)
Noah likes to give her kisses and tell her stories and watching these two together is not what I expected at all. Not even a little. I expected jealousy issues, which we’ve had, but the amount of love that Noah exhibits for his little sister fills my heart with love and pride and, let’s be real, a little relief. But mostly just love and pride.
I’m still a little shocked that it’s been two months already. I could have sworn they stayed tiny babies for longer – at least my version of tiny, considering that I have giant sized kids.
Ah, motherhood. It’s a little bittersweet but worth every moment.