Jane is Two Months Old!

P1090914 My sweet baby is two months old now and grows more precious every day (which is saying something, because she was already more wonderful than we could imagine at birth!).  She is full of smiles, and while she doesn’t have a belly laugh, you can definitely tell when she is trying to laugh.  We love our sweet girl more than we ever thought possible and she fills our hearts with so much joy.

Weight: 14 pounds, 7 ounces, off the charts (I’m still in amazement.  This girl is going to double her birth weight by 3 months!!)

Length: 22.5 inches, 50%-ile

I guess she was bored with picture taking :)

Head circumference: 75%-ile

Sleep: Minimal change from 6 weeks.  We did move her into her own room at 8 weeks in an effort to get better early morning sleep and it has helped a little bit.  On one hand, it’s nice to have more room in the bed, but I do miss her so she often finds her way back into bed with us between 6 & 7.

Clothing size: 0-3 months if they run large, but otherwise 3-6 months.  I’m trying to get as much use out of her smaller clothes as I can, but she won’t be able to wear any of them much longer.

Diaper size: 2

Milestones:  At 6 weeks our sweet pea began to roll from belly to back.  I didn’t realize that babies don’t usually do this until 4 months until the nurse practitioner told us at our 2 month appointment.

I promise that she smiles, they’re just so hard to catch!

Challenges: Jane still won’t take a pacifier, which is really only a problem in the car.  If we get in the car when she’s awake, she hates it.  I now despise riding in the car because of how miserable she gets.  If we can get her in when she’s asleep it’s no problem, but appointments and the rest of the world don’t always work around naptime.  She also won’t take a bottle, which makes me really nervous about going back to work.  We offer it to her about once a day and have tried almost every nipple available, but to no avail.  I’m praying that she will do it before I go back, because otherwise I’ll be a mess!

Successes: We still don’t have much of a schedule, but we do have a pretty good routine going.

Post-Partum: I’ve started exercising and feel pretty much back to normal!  My belly is in a sad state, so I really want to concentrate on that problem area.

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{Redeeming Love}

I read Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers a few years ago and picked it up again last week.  I couldn’t remember much from my first reading, except that it was a retelling of the story of Hosea and Gomer set in California during the gold rush, so my second time through I had fresh eyes.  And let me just say, this is going to be one of those books that I can read and reread over and over again.  The writing is excellent and the characters are well developed; you fall a bit in love with Michael Hosea, who rescues Angel out of a life of prostitution and fights endlessly to show her the love of Christ and to reassure her that she is loved unconditionally.  And your heart just breaks for Angel who was sold into prostitution as a child and who develops a heart of stone to protect herself.

This book is a great read and an excellent reminder of how far Christ goes in order to bring us to Him and to show us that we are redeemed.  If you’ve never read it for yourself, head over to Amazon.com and preview the first chapter, and then get a copy for yourself.

I received this book for free as part of the Blogging for Books Program from WaterBrook Multnomah.  All opinions are 100% mine.  Please rate my review on their website!

The Winnowing Season

The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall is the second the “Amish Vines and Orchards” series, and a really great read.  Although I didn’t read the first book in the series, I didn’t feel lost at all.  It took me several chapters to really “get into” the story, but after that, I was hooked!  The book even ends with a bit of a cliffhanger and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.

The Winnowing Season tells the story of Rhoda Byler, a young Amish woman with a peculiar gift: she sometimes has visions or inklings that have caused her Amish community to accuse her of witchcraft.  She, her brother and his family, and another Amish family move from Pennsylvania to Maine to start a new Amish settlement, but hardship seems to follow Rhoda wherever she goes, and their new settlement is in jeopardy.

It’s pretty hard to get me excited about a lot of Christian fiction, but this is one book that I would definitely recommend.  To read a sample, click here.

I received this book for free as part of the Blogging for Books Program through WaterBrook Multnomah.  All opinions are 100% mine.  Don’t forget to rate my review!

Days Go By

My sweet Jane is six weeks old and I am almost fully recovered, which means that I am ready to get back into the swing of things and take care of the house, exercise, etc.  But in order to do any of those things, my sweet girl really needs to be napping.  She’s not the best napper yet and often requires some resettling and cuddles if she’s placed in her crib to nap.  But anytime I find myself getting frustrated or irritated that my task was interrupted, I remind myself how quickly these last six weeks have flow by, and just how fast she will grow up.

She will not always fall asleep easily in my arms.  She will not always want me to comfort her.  She will not always prefer me.  Infancy is short and the housework (and everything else) can wait.  I can’t think of anything more important than enjoying this time with my precious daughter, for the days fly by.

{Six Weeks}

P1090862I am absolutely astounded that my baby is six weeks old!  Where has the time gone?  I won’t lie and say that it has been easy, but it has gotten better with each passing week.

Weight: 12 pounds, 6 ounces at our in-home weigh in

Sleep: She started sleeping in one four-hour block and a three-hour block at night!  Woo-hoo!  Of course, to take advantage of this, we have to go to bed between 8 & 9, but we are so excited to be getting a little bit more sleep.

Clothing size: 0-3 month (though she is busting at the seams!)

Diaper size: 1

Milestones: Jane will occasionally lick her hands when she is trying to self-soothe and has started to become a little bit more chatty.  We love hearing her sweet voice!

Challenges: We want more sleep and she still won’t take a pacifier.

Not the best picture of me, but Jane is sweet!

Not the best picture of me, but Jane is sweet!

Successes: We are starting get more sleep.  I read 90-Minute Baby Sleep Program at the suggestion of my friend Casey and it has revolutionized our days!  I was having one heck of a time getting Jane to nap for more than 10 minutes at a time, but after reading this book she is taking 45+ minute naps and has started sleeping in longer stretches at night.  Oh, and I feel a lot better!

Post-Partum: I’ve been cleared by my midwife to resume normal activities and am mostly healed.  I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but I would like to lose a few more pounds, and definitely need to tone up!  I thought my tummy was flabby before???  I was planning on going to the gym today but was super exhausted when I woke up, so maybe tomorrow.