In less than three weeks, I will officially be off maternity leave and back to work.  Truthfully, I am not yet ready to accept this reality and would rather not yet talk about it … but had to mention it as we are beginning to transition for the routine we will soon have.
 
On Mondays & Wednesdays when that “time” comes, Waverly will be with her Li-li.  And since Li-li is a personal trainer and one of the fittest grandmas I know … she makes a visit to the gym each morning.  Luckily, Waverly will be taken well care of at that gym, as I found out today. 
 
The nursery at the gym is only one floor away from where Li-li will be, and this morning, where I was, as I did a spin class while Waverly tried out her space.  It was beneficial for two reasons; (A) we found out that Waverly was perfectly fine, and (B), I was able to workout my post-baby body.  More to come on the body part later, but as for reason (A), it is comforting to know that our sweet girl will have a pleasant place to be.  It also provides an avenue for her to see other babies and kids since she won’t be in day care for as long as I can help it.  If anything, Waverly did better than I did as I missed her and thought about her for the entire hour she was one floor below me.  I couldn’t wait to be done and see that cute face with her big blue eyes, chubby cheeks, and button nose.   
It’s definitely going to be hard.  
 
 


For the second time since giving birth to our sweet Waverly Maye, my husband and I left her at home in an effort to spend some time as “adults” similar to how we did before she was even a twinkle in our eye.  Well, try is the key term, as we spent the majority of our dinner and drinks talking about her new facial expressions, wondering what she was doing at the moment, and lastly, looking at her pictures recently taken in my camera. 

It was certainly relaxing and enjoyable to have dinner together as a couple at one of our favorite restaurants (THANK YOU to Aunt Meghan & Uncle Preston for taking such good care of Waverly so we that could!) .  It was especially nice for me to have some glasses of wine after a long pregnancy without it, and I definitely took advantage.  🙂

But the best part of the night was definitely coming home to our new, complete life with Waverly Maye.  Yes, it is completely different … definitely one with more responsibility and less relaxation and “me” time.  But it is worth it when you look at those big, beautiful eyes and adorable smile. 
I know I have said it before, but I seriously can’t imagine life before her.

 Mommy & Me Before Date Night



 

Age:  Two Months

Height:  22 inches – in the 50th percentile for height.

Weight:  10 lbs. & 8 ounces – also in the 50th percentile for weight.  Her weight leveled off this month after gaining so much last month from me feeding her so often!  Apparently, I was overfeeding her!  She still has those chubby cheeks that we adore so much!  

Milestones:  Waverly has developed quite the little personality in the last month alone.  She is so sweet and smiley – and we can tell that she really recognizes our voices & faces now (what a good feeling!).  And just as fast as she shares those smiles, she shows when she is unhappy, too!  She definitely knows what she likes. Waverly has also found her hands this month, is able to hang on to her pacifier longer, and coos all the time!  She gets stronger everyday.

Sleep:  Waverly is a great nighttime sleeper. Her stretches at night are getting longer and longer, and she has slept up to nine hours in a row ( we jumped out of bed to make sure she was ok!).  She still sleeps in our room, but has moved to the swing – although we are trying to break that habit. During the day, Waverly will usually only nap either in the car seat (weird?!) or while being held (we have been using the carrier).  Sometimes it can be hard, but worth it since she does so good at night and we have decided to cherish every minute that we get to hold her.

Eating:  Waverly still loves to eat!  She eats about every three hours and definitely enjoys it.  We have settled into a good rouine with breastfeeding and both mommy & baby have gotten the hang of it.  We added in a bottle every once in a while with my milk and she has no problems taking it … If anything, she wants more! 🙂

Favorite Moments:  Every time Waverly smiles, we smile.  She is a super happy baby first thing in the morning and after she eats. I could just stare at her beautiful face all day long … And am fascinated by the new faces she makes all the time. Bath time and baby massages are also special times during our day. 

Worst Moments:  We went through a few nights where Waverly was crying during breastfeeding, and I thought she was hungry and wasn’t getting the milk out right. Turns out (after multiple calls with breastfeeding hotlines & a trip to the doctor), I was overfeeding her!  Haha!  As soon as we found that out, it has been much easier. 🙂

Extra Comments:  Everyday with our baby girl gets better.  She is getting more used to us as we are with her – and as she is more aware, it only gets more fun. I didn’t think it was possible, but I love her more each day. I truly miss her when she sleeps!!!!

Yes, it’s true.  Our sweet & spunky Waverly Maye turned two months old today.  It is hard to believe that two months ago, on a Thursday just like this one, I was in my second day of labor, impatiently waiting to meet my baby girl (I shared the story with her this morning.)  We are already more in love with her than we were on that day, and everyday she is reaching new milestones and getting more of a personality.  We are so lucky to have such a perfect, beautiful, & fun baby. 
 
As I have learned in my days since becoming a mom, the pediatrician’s office is a place we visit often during the first months of life.  So lucky for us, we love ours and don’t mind visiting her at all.  EXCEPT when – the appointment involves three shots – one in each leg and another orally.  🙁 
I knew that this appointment was coming, but apparently tried to put it out of my head and hope that we could opt out of this one.  Apparently that wasn’t the case, so after an excellent report on Waverly’s progress since we visited last, I had to lay my baby girl on the table for her to be stuck.
 
The good news is that (A) I was strong enough to stand there with her, especially since at her last shot I had to leave the room, (B) She took it better than expected, way better than I did, and only cried for a total of five minutes, and (C) They are over and we don’t have to experience it again until our next appointment at four months. 
 
 

While “Waiting for Waverly,” I was fortunate to be showered with many gifts from family and friends … and therefore, Waverly has more clothes, accessories, toys, and baby equipment than any little girl could ask for.  And even though she hasn’t shown much of an interest into the incredible amount of that baby equipment we recieved (to say the least!), Waverly seemed halfway into the Bumbo seat that I got out for her to try today. 🙂

I fully admit that I didn’t know what a Bumbo seat was until I registered for it back when I was just halfway through my pregnancy, and even then wasn’t sure why it was a necessity and “ranked high by moms everywhere … “.  However, since having Waverly, I realize how invaluable one of these “baby apparatuses” can be.  (Side note:  Not sure if baby apparatus is a word, but that is what we have been calling all of the baby equipment that now surrounds my home.) 

Needless to say, the Bumbo seat was created for babies to sit in before they could sit up themselves, and can be used once they have good head control.  It is typically used starting at three months, but since our baby girl can already hold her head up, I thought it was time to bring it out.  And I am glad I did … she even stayed in it for a full 10 minutes on TWO separate occasions.

SO proud of my baby girl in her Bumbo.