Birthday Party Details:Fortunately, your 2nd birthday fell on a Saturday. We held your big birthday bash at Gymboree, and it was a "Ball" theme. This was fitting given you love balls and that was basically your first word. I started out by telling myself that we were going to keep it low key, but you know me, with Pinterest in the mix I had to throw some jazzy stuff in there. You had a blast, as long as Miss Ellen (the teacher) wasn't acknowledging you directly...ha! You had all your favorite people there to celebrate with you, and overall I would say it was a hit. You even blew your candles out all by yourself, even before we were done singing Happy Birthday. You got tons of cool gifts, of which I am still trying to find places to put everything. You now love to tell people you are two and hold out two fingers (although it really looks like you are holding out 4 fingers).
Three Month STAT:
Weight: 10 lbs 9 ozs
Well another month has come and gone and our sweet girl is already 3 months...YIKES! She is growing up so fast right before our eyes. She continues to be a joy to be around and such a sweet, calm baby. I guess she is a typical second child, and praise the Lord for that! Happy 3 months my sweet baby girl! Life is sweeter because you are in it:)
At 3 Months you:
-Sleep for about 10-12 hrs per night. You are a champ and started doing this between 10-12 weeks.
-Nap somewhere between 2-3 times day. These can last anywhere from 30 mins to 4 hrs (we often have to wake you up)!
-Eat about (5-6) 4 oz bottles in a 24 hr period.
-Are quite petite. This is something that your daddy and I are not used to. You have not even reached the birth weight of your bother yet...CRAZY! And of course, he is all we have to compare to, so we are constantly worried that you should be eating more and gaining more weight. But we have been assured many times that you are following along the 25th% and are going to be long & lanky, which is every girl's dream I guess!
-Have really started to coo & talk, which is almost too cute for words.
-Smile the biggest grin and show so much of your gums. It's almost as if you are about to laugh when you do it.
-Wear size 1 diapers & 3 month clothing. Although some 3 month clothing still is a little big on you depending on the brand.
-Are starting to grab at your toys and hold stuff in your cute hands. You have also found your hands & fists and love putting them in your mouth.
-Can put yourself to sleep. This is something Grant never did until he was 9 months. You love your bed and that is your preferred sleeping spot.
-Love bath time and no longer cry when we take you out because you are cold.
-Love being outdoors, but not if it's too windy 🙂
-Tolerate "tummy time", but certainly do not love it. I think it has something to do with that Folgate head on your tiny body...ha!
We love you Miss Ashlyn Elizabeth!
Two Month STAT's:
Weight: 9 lbs 10 ozs (20th%)
Height: 22.5 inches (60th%)
HC: 16.5 inches (97th%)
It has been a great two months and a challenging two months. I remember at your baby shower, your daddy wrote a letter to us and in this he wrote something about the new challenges that being parents of two would bring. Boy was he right! However, he was also right in that he meant those challenges would be hard, but they would bring us great joy. You are a joy in our lives sweet girl and we wouldn't have it any other way. Through you, I have learned that my plans are not my own and I have also learned the strong desire I have to control situations. The Lord has been teaching me this a lot over the years, but I have really felt this lesson more abundantly since your birth. Thank you for being such a sweet, loving, and amazing little girl. In so many respects you make being parents to two under two seem easy. We are blessed to call you our daughter and to watch you grow. We cannot believe how much you have changed in just 2 short months. You are already becoming less of a baby, and I would love for time to slow down. I said this often in regard to your brother, and yet time continues to fly by. You are precious in our eyes and we are trying to cherish every little moment with you.
At 2 months you are:
--Cooing, Grunting, & Smiling. Your smile is so cute and can really light up a room.
--Eating about 6-7 times/day (3.5-4 oz per feed). Mommy is still pumping and able to keep up with your demands for now. Thankfully, you are also becoming a more efficient eater, which has been difficult because of the cleft.
--Sleeping excellent! While you are not on a true set schedule yet, you normally go to bed around 8-8:30pm and wake up only once in the early AM. You have quite often slept from 9-6am, and that has been glorious. You take about 3 naps per day (normally 2 short (~1hr) and 1 long (anywhere from 2-4 hrs).
--Able to play independently for longer periods of time. Up until about 1 week ago, you would cry if you were put down to play for more than 10 mins. You have recently started to really like exploring your surroundings and looking around. You love the couch and ceiling fans.
--Still not loving your car seat. You are just like your brother during this time period. For some reason, it just pains you to be strapped in for car trips and you haven't quite learned the concept of "just falling asleep" while traveling.
--Loving bath time, except when we take you out and you get cold 🙁
--Tracking toys and following sounds, especially our voices.
8/16: Ear Wells were removed
8/22: First Purposeful Smile
8/25: First Birthday Attendance (Harrison Wicker's 1st)
9/1: First College GameDay Dance & UF Game (on TV)
9/2: First Trip to WPB for Santos' 2nd Birthday
9/14: First double ear infection (which can be a common occurance with cleft palates). BOO 🙁
9/17 & 9/18: First time sleeping from 8:45pm-7:25am (That was daddy's birthday gift).