Life with a 2 Month Old

Camden is already 2 months old! It's scary how fast time is going! I feel like Kyle and I have settled into parenthood and found our "groove." We're both pretty laid back, go with the flow and are learning along the way! We were just laughing about how clueless we were when we brought him home from the hospital. I remember thinking like uhhhhh we have this little human living with us now, is this real life?! Now after only 8 weeks, we feel pretty experienced! 
It may not look like it from my social media posts but he is NOT an easy baby. He's colicky which makes for some long days :( I swear we have tried everything - Zantac for reflux, gas drops, essential oils, and I cut dairy out of my diet, but nothing seems to be helping (any tips?!?!). We bounce, bop, listen to music, he takes a paci, sing - I try anything to calm him down! Someday's I can totally handle it but others I feel defeated. It's hard going all day with no help! Sometimes for my sanity I have to set him in his room and sit on the balcony for a breather. It breaks my heart knowing he's so upset but sometimes you need 10 minutes to chill! I would be lying if I said I don't cry in the shower - I'm sure many of you can relate! A big glass of wine also helps ;)

 He loves being around people and hardly ever cries when we have visitors (he puts on a show!). Same with being outside, he doesn't make a peep when he's in his stroller. We go on long walks and explore the neighborhood but can't be out for too long with the heat. Someday's you just never know what you're going to get with him. He reminds me of the Sour Patch commercials - can turn from sweet to sour on a dime! I took him to Target yesterday and ended up leaving my cart in the middle of the store (I'm sure that won't be the last time that happens). He was having a major melt down and once he gets worked up there's no turning back! We also have dance parties to calm him down. I have to hold him facing outward, put rap on (he loves the nae nae), and dance around - he's very specific, I'm not even joking! Everyone keeps telling me they saw a turn around with their colic baby around 2 or 3 months so I'm hoping this is almost over. No matter how frustrated he makes me, I still love him more and more everyday and he puts the biggest smile on my face.
I'm still pumping which I have a love/hate relationship with. There's nothing worse then being tied to your pump 24/7. It's especially hard when you have a colic baby to attend to all day. Once I get him asleep, it's already time to pump again. I have the biggest wave of guilt that comes over me when I think about quitting. I know there's nothing wrong with formula (he get's a formula bottle here and there) but I feel so good knowing he's getting milk that's made just for him! I'm definitely going to stick it out until he's 3 months and will see how I feel then. My doctor told me she was a much better mom after she stopped breast feeding (she stopped at 4 months) and it's definitely not for everyone. I definitely think I wouldn't be so crabby if I didn't have to pump every 3 hours! I've been getting some pretty nasty headaches and I think it's from pumping. I freeze about 15 ounces a day so I have a pretty good stash for when I do quit!
 He lovvvvves the bath! I wish I could leave him in it all day! We use this shampoo (it smells AMAZING!) and lotion. I use the lotion for myself I love it so much. 
 I definitely can't complain about his sleeping. He will take his last bottle around 10:30 and wakes up around 4ish for the next one. It's amazing how great 5 hours of sleep feels these days. He started sleeping in his room a couple weeks ago (still in the rock n' play) which has been life changing. He grunts and makes so much noise when he sleeps it was keeping Kyle and I up. His room is right next to ours so we can hear him when he starts to cry. We're not on a schedule yet but he will take a few naps a day anywhere from 30 minutes - 2 hours.

He loves to fall asleep on my chest (I might love it more) but that means I get nothing done because there's no way I'm moving him! It's the worst when my phone or the TV remote aren't in reaching distance, although sometimes it's nice to sit in silence :) Those are definitely my favorite moments of the day, I wish I could bottle up his snuggles and keep them forever.
That smile melts me. We're starting to see more and more of them everyday! 

These are some of my favorite products. We definitely cannot live without the rock n' play, it's one of the reasons he's such a good sleeper! If you're expecting, I highly recommend you put it on the top of your list! The swaddles are also a lifesaver. They velcro and it's impossible for him to wiggle out!
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14 comments:

  1. You are in the home stretch! Romy was colic as well and at 10 weeks our whole life changed. I was seriously so happy to have a baby that finally wasnt so upset all the time. I was able to enjoy Her so much more. Now I look back at pictures of that time and my heart hurts just thinking about how hard it was for us both.

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  2. Hang in there mama! You're doing a great job.

    He could possibly have reflux. Ask his pediatrician about pepcid or Zantac (we put some babies on nexium occasionally too). I'm a peds nurse and a few days on one of those you usually have a whole new baby.

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    1. He's on Zantac now and we haven't seen much of a difference :( Maybe we should try the nexium, thanks for the suggestion! XO

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  3. My son just turned 4, and while he was a decently easy baby and good sleeper, he was a very strong willed and difficult toddler (and I should say is-not was-and I do cry in the shower some days!) My husband and I had no idea what we were doing either when we first arrived home from the hospital but found our rhythm. Even now, on hard days, I feel that I have developed coping mechanisms and no matter what, always remember- this too shall pass, as children do grow up and though each stage has a challenge, we do learn along the way. And the first few months are by far the hardest in your life so just think, the worst is behind you.

    ps- huge fan of your blog, have been reading for as long as its been around :)

    xox,

    Christina, Esq.
    http://mommusingsesq.blogspot.com/

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  4. Ah mama, you are such a trooper! I'd be lying too if I said I didn't cry in the shower already and my little guy is weeks away from being born! I am so nervous to be a momma (oh, and the dreaded labor has got me freaking) You are doing such an amazing job!! :) I'm glad you posted this because it gives me ideas and advice for my near future.

    xx

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    1. You're on the home stretch! Try not to freak out about labor - I was totally freaked out and it ended up being SO easy, you never know how its going to go. And after you see the babe you won't even remember what just happened!

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  5. My daughter is 5 weeks old and infant probotics saved us! Our daughter is a different baby after only a week on them. I pretty much exclusively bf but I pump a little bit here and there and I give her a small bottle with the probotic mixed in. I would ask your Dr about them but our dr said it was the only scientifically proven way to help colicky babies. This is the one we use which was highly recommended by our nutritionist.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001PYXMV4?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

    P.s.- if you do use it... watch for blow outs the first couple days... like serious ones! haha

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  6. I was going to suggest the infant probiotics as well. They really helped with my daughter! Also, I started using comotomo bottles and they really calmed her gas pains. I used to bounce her on an exercise ball for hours!! Also, pumping is the worst. I switched to 50-50 breastfeeding and formula at 3 months and it was like a weight lifted from me. Honest Co makes great formula...don't feel guilty about gaining a little sanity!!

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  7. Do you have an infant sling? Lifesaver when you have a grumpy babe or baby that likes sleeping on you but you need to get things done. Hands free baby holding! Gripe water also works for some!

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  8. I had probiotic drops that you can put on your nipples when you BF made by BioGaia. Gripe water also did seem to help my son. And the good news is if your first baby is a hellion the second one will probably be easy - my second son was and still is easy compared to my first 😄

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  9. I feel your pain!! You are doing a great job and hang in there!!!!!! My son was colicky as soon as we arrived home (which so happened to be the night my milk started coming in). The first 4 months were hell, i couldn't really say i loved my son, even though deep down i knew i did but i was still mourning the loss of my freedom and life before child. He was an unsettled baby with every feed and every rest time. He wasn't a good sleeper during the day until a couple or so months old but like your little guy he loved getting out and about (once he got over the "lets scream like blue murder whilst i am driving in the car" stage) so i often walked every day with my bestie and had a coffee pit stop on this walk. Went into town to wander about the shops or meet up with friends. I can't say i can be so optimistic as the others as he colic started to disappear around when he started eating more solids (6-7 months). But he was still unsettled at night and was a bit of a party go-er at night until he was way over one ha ha ha ha But i am glad to hear how much you have gotten used to cubs and you sound like you have the hang of things! Oh and my milk dried up (yeah talk about two extremes, i was engorged the first two wks of his life by the third it was gone) thanks to the stress of a fussy non sleeping baby and the fact that i might have to formula feed but he turned out perfect ;) so you make the decision based on you and your bubba!

    P.s he is like SUPER cute!!!!

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  10. Oh, I was EXACTLY where you are, 6 weeks ago!! I had to leave a comment to add to all of these great tips. Getting on a 3 hour schedule made a HUGE HUGE difference for us. She was crying SO hard all of the time, that I kept feeding her (and making her stomach worse!), when 90% of the time she was actually tired. Eat-wake time-sleep on a 3 hour rotation is EVERYTHING. She is now 13 weeks, and it still IS everything. I swear by it. So example, 7am feeding, keep him up for an hour (or 30 min if that's all he can!), then to sleep. You will ALWAYS feed when he wakes. So ideally he would sleep until 10am. Feed at 10, play from 10:30-11:30am, sleep until 1pm. It takes some tweaking here and there for a little while, but it completely pays off. I read somewhere to basically try your best to keep them on this strict schedule for 6 months (which means a lot of staying home, unfortunately), and it will be worth it. I'm totally finding it to be true. Good luck, Mama! So many of us have been there, and it's HARD. :)

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  11. Thank you so much for this post. I can completely relate to what you are going through as I just had my 2nd baby (he is 2 weeks old) and he became colicky as soon as we came home from the hospital. For some reason he is colicky around the same time everyday (night time, which is when I am super tired). My first born was also colicky but he started around week 6 and lasted like that for a couple of weeks. I also feel the same way about breastfeeding/pumping. To me it's the biggest sacrifice I have done. However, like you, it gives me some comfort to know I am giving him the best milk for him. I do get jealous sometimes when my friends that do formula have such an easier life as a mom. I sometimes wonder if I should just do formula and be stress-free, but I can't bring myself to do it knowing I can breastfeed. Anyways, it's nice to see I am not alone. You are doing an amazing job mama!

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  12. I also have a 2 month old and he can be very gassy and fussy at times. He also has acid reflux and we give him Zantac and colic calm for the gas but sometimes nothing works. I do notice that a nice warm bath usually calms him down and he immediately stops crying. Also, we spoke to our pediatrician and he recommended that we start him on a little rice cereal at night and it's only been a few days but we see a HUGE difference. Not sure if the rice cereal helps keep the milk down plus it fills them up more so they sleep a little better at night time too! Which is a bonus for mommy and daddy! We are keeping our fingers crossed but so far so good!!! I'm a first time Mom and also breastfeeding/pumping etc...and your days crash into one another trust me I know exactly how you feel!! You want to be the best Mommy possible but at the same time it's such a big sacrifice to breastfeed! Keep it up for as long as you can...you are doing an AMAZING job!!!! Good luck!!!

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