By Kelsey on May 3, 2012 17

Rooney, 2 Months

This little girl got three shots last week. She and Eric cried. Call me heartless, but I didn’t. I think it will be harder on me as she gets older and wonders why her parents are condoning such terrible things. It took her a good five days to bounce back to her normal routine. FIVE DAYS. That was hard on all of us.

Speaking of her routine, it’s mostly baby-led, but she’s fairly consistent. At about 3 weeks she was wanting some awake time, so we started a cycle of eat, play, sleep. She would do about 45 minutes of wake time then, and now she is up to an hour. She isn’t usually happy to be awake for more than that. I put her in her swing to nap as soon as I notice her acting tired.

She eats on-demand almost every two hours and takes 3-5 ounces per feeding. I am trying to encourage her to eat less often but more at each feeding, but it doesn’t always work. She has started to take a long (3 hours) morning nap and then has more awake time later in the afternoon and evening. Overall she is a very happy baby — easy to soothe and easy to make smile — which makes me feel like I’m a good mom. She’s patient and forgiving with me, and that’s a good thing.

She still sleeps in our room at night, in a sleeper next to my side of the bed. She does great with the pacifier but has been wanting it less and less in the past week. I suppose that is a good thing. She has slept for nine hours straight at night for a few weeks now, which is fabulous. Our bedtime routine is feeding, swaddling and putting her down awake with her sound machine between 7 and 8 p.m. Then Eric and I get a couple hours for just the two of us to catch up, watch TV or blog, and eat ice cream. She gets a bath from daddy twice a week and has started to love it, except for getting her hair and face washed.

Everything at her doctor’s appointment checked out great (she weighs a whopping 12 pounds, 12 ounces!) except for her neck. She has torticollis, which means one of the muscles in her neck is tight and forces her to tilt her head to the side (see photos). I thought it was just a cute little head tilt, but I guess not. Yikes. We are going to physical therapy now and stretching her at every diaper change to get it corrected.

She is in the 99th percentile for length (24″) and head; 87th for weight. She loves to coo, squeal, kick, lay in her activity gym, watch TV and wear jeggings. We don’t sit her in front of the TV, but we also don’t turn it off if she is in the room and she loves watching the lights. We let her do it, especially to use it as encouragement to look to the left and stretch her neck that way. I talked to her pediatrician about her interest in the TV and we are all OK with it. She’s not really interested in holding onto toys quite yet. Yesterday she rolled from her stomach onto her back! I was a proud mama.

She still wears some 3-month clothing but has transitioned into 3-6 month stuff and even a few 6-month things. We can’t wait to finish up our size 1 diapers this week and move on to the bigger size. I noticed in the past few days that she has a little diaper rash and it is not going away, so we need the bigger size to get some more air flow in there.

Not everything is the same each day or each week. And I go back to work next week and she starts day care, so things will change again. I will admit that I’m excited to get more routine back in my life, because I only shower every other day right now and I don’t usually get lunch until The Nate Berkus Show at 2 p.m. :)

I didn’t mean to write so much (I promise!) but I wanted to let you know what is going on with our little girl. I also look up baby schedules sometimes so I thought it might be helpful to share what we are doing.

 

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Kelsey

I love my husband, my daughter and the Internet.

  1. She’s so cute! Rooney’s going to be one well-dressed little girl!

  2. Sounds like you are a GREAT mom! She looks so precious and lovable. Praying for all 3 of you as you transition into a day care schedule. You are going to do just fine and God will help you cope accordingly. Have a great almost weekend with your little bundle! Much love!

  3. What a dolly!! Glad to hear she’s doing well! All the best as you return to work. My daughter always gets the worst diaper rashes no matter the diaper. We tried every diaper cream on the market it seemed and nothing worked. Until we stumbled upon Baby Butz….put it on before bed and by the next morning it was almost cleared up! LOVE it! http://www.babybutz.com/

  4. Can she seriously be any cuter?? I miss her so much! Give her kisses from Aunt Kari and her loving cousins!

  5. At my full-time job, I watch kids get shots every single day – in a van. I work for a non-profit that offers free immunizations for children across the state of Oklahoma. So I don’t cry at all either. The shots themselves don’t hurt but sometimes the medicine stings. And kids can handle multiple shots at once. We see a lot of kids get 5-7 shots at once.

    PS: she is adorable.

  6. My oldest had torticollis, too, and we also did PT. He hated it but it resolved quickly when we did the exercises regularly. She is just the sweetest little doll baby!

    We always use the Triple Paste diaper cream. It is pricey for the big tub but it has never failed to clear up a rashy little behind :)

  7. Ah, she is the cutest little thing EVER!

  8. So cute…did she get the neck problem from the way she was positioned in the womb? What kind of swing did you get? I would love to see another post on things you need for the baby! I’m trying to make a registry, and I have no idea what I should get. Thanks!

  9. Little Miss Rooney is adorable – I love her sweet little smile. I have been following your blog for about a year now, and I have so enjoyed your family grow :) You and Eric seem like such a fun couple!

  10. My husband does bath-duty too! It’s their thing they do together. Super cute : ). I had to smile about the showering every other day, I still don’t get showers every day like I used to. As they say, having a baby changes everything : ). Great pictures of your adorable daughter. You are doing a great job!

  11. Love the details! Please share every min of going back to work. So glad to see Ms. Roo doing so well! Thanks for sharing your family’s journey with us.

  12. Hi Kelsey,
    Sounds like you are settling in really well! You are SOOO brave venturing back to work, though I definitely understand you looking forward to more routine (and showers). I was wondering, you mentioned that Rooney sleeps in your room and you put her down with a sound machine… what exactly is a sound machine and does it help a lot? I’m expecting my first baby in September and am open to anything that is going to make things a little easier :)

  13. My 16 month old son has torticollis. We have been in PT for almost 10 months (along with doing a Cranio Cap and muscle release surgery) Apparently I have a stubborn boy on my hands :-). I’m glad they have you doing stretches for her this early, I think that had we known sooner what was going on, we’d be done by now. Good luck and stay strong!!

    • Thanks, Jennifer! It is hard to stay diligent with the stretches. Day care does most of them (I hope). I am writing another post about it later this week, but I’d love any tips you have :)

      • My best advice is to just keep on top of the stretches! Fortunately Rooney is at a nice young age where she doesn’t necessarily have the ability to fight against the stretches. The older they get, the harder it is! :-) And if you can, keep an eye on her head shape. Hopefully you guys can avoid the Cranio Cap (which isn’t that big of a deal, but it gets kind of smelly and the sympathetic looks from strangers get kind of old). Feel free to email with any questions you have for a fellow working momma who is going through it too!

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