precious baby girl

penelope has been growing growing growing!

month 1 (may):  the first two weeks she was easy peasy...sleeping and eating and sleeping and eating...she started herself on a three-hour schedule with very little intervention.  she would wake up, eat (which took 20-25 minutes), be awake for 15-20 minutes more while being held and patted, then she would lay down and go to sleep for 2 hours.  at about 3 weeks, she started getting a little more challenging, waking up more often and not wanting to go back to sleep.  mix that with a growth spurt and 2 weeks of sleep deprivation on my end and things got a little gummy for a while.

at her 2 week appointment, she was 20.5 inches (gained 1/2 inch), and was 7 lbs 11.5 oz (gained 1.5 oz and was in the 60th percentile for weight).

the third week after getting home from the hospital, my mom came to stay and we began painting our main living space.  a little too ambitious, i think, when trying to juggle a newborn and a toddler...didn't realize that until my mom left and the room was only half-finished.  won't lie, the other 3 walls took over 3 more weeks to complete.  and i still have touch-ups to go back and do.  probably won't happen before we move out next summer and have to paint it all back to white.  just being realistic.

after my mom left, we moved penelope to the living room to sleep because she was so dang noisy in the middle of the night, making grunting noises and squirming all night long.  because she still gets up at night to eat, we haven't moved her to her crib in atticus' room yet.

at about 4 weeks, she slept for five hours in a single stretch for the first time.

month 2 (june): things began to get much easier around five and a half weeks.  she started smiling at 6 weeks and hasn't stopped since!  (not to brag or anything, but she rolled from her back to her tummy at five and a half weeks...not that she's done it again since then, but seriously, she's strong.)  every week or so she began adding an hour to her first stretch at night.  she would eat at 9:30 and go to bed around 10.  by seven weeks, she had slept for a seven hour stretch one night, and a few nights later for an 8 hour stretch.  then, for some reason, she went back to waking up every 3 hours...that was a long week!

if she wakes up any time after 4:30 to eat, she starts her day...luckily she's still only up for about an hour total, so it's not like i have to stay up from 4:30 (or whatever time) on, but it's still early.

she slept through the night for the first time at eight and a half weeks. (9:30p - 6:30a)

at her two month appointment, she was 23 inches long (76th percentile) and weighed 9 lb, 8 oz (20th percentile) right after feeding...she's a long, skinny little peanut!

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