Sweet Marguerite is a 5-month-old nugget! She’s coming alive, and I’m feeling more and more like we have two kids instead of a kid and an infant. I know she’s still a tiny little thing, but milestones are piling up and she’s definitely out of that fresh baby stage. It’s so exciting. 🙂
These days, she’s pretty much back to sleeping through the night (knock on wood). Being sick for so long threw her for a loop but I feel like she’s catching up so quickly to anything that she lost that month. Her weight is back on track (there was one week where she grew out of literally all of her clothes!), and her height is at the top of the charts. She’s rolling like a champ and is starting solid foods, too. This little one loves listening to people make music, watching her brother be crazy, and any toy that squeaks, with Sophie the Giraffe being a particular fave.
It’s funny — I look back at Henry’s month photos and I remember how exuberant he was, just smiling and screeching and laughing like crazy. And now I see Maggie, and it’s clear how different she is. It’s not that she’s not smiley, because she is. She’s a happy little thing. But she’s definitely sweeter and more relaxed than Hank was — observing until something truly tickles her and then laughing with a knowing little chuckle. I’m so excited to see how these personalities are shaped as they get older. That being said, the two sometimes look so similar. There was one shot we got of Maggie that I felt like I had almost seen before, and then I realized it was a photo of Hank when he was five months:
Sweet little nuggets of mine. Here are a few more snaps for comparison! You can also go see all of Maggie’s Months and Henry’s Months. xoxo
Our little Baby Love is four months old today! It’s kind of hard to believe, because we’ve been pretty much battling illness with her since the three month mark. I’ll fill you in on that a bit more later, but suffice it to say she fought a nasty case of RSV and is finally getting back to herself. I have a feeling we’ll be dealing with the after-effects for a few weeks, but for now I’m just so glad to have our little sunshine back.
In the meantime, she rolled over from back to front for the first time the other day! She hasn’t had too much time for any other milestones because she’s been so sick. But she is professional at using a baby inhaler for her wheezing, and is the bravest little nugget when it comes to getting through a coughing attack. At the three month mark she was sleeping through the night but has regressed a bit since being so sick, so we are working back toward that goal. I think we’ll get there.
Take a peek at her month photos down below — I feel like she grew so much this month! xoxo
P.S. Henry at four months.
Our girl is three months old. It has become so apparent to me how very different babies are, even from birth. It’s so surprising how you can see their personalities peek through, and even more surprising how two siblings can be so different.
Maggie is so thoughtful. She’ll look at you or a toy or a book for a good long while, thinking her thoughts. If you sit down with her one on one she’ll have a conversation with you, and will literally talk back and forth with ooh’s and aah’s. Sometimes during a conversation, she’ll get fussy and just want to be left alone to play on her playmat for a bit. I keep seeing these flashes of myself in her — she’s watchful, patient, maybe a bit introverted. But always sweet and genuine, and very confused by her brother’s tantrums. 😉
She’s thisclose to rolling over, and sleeps through the night sometimes. She’s close to a permanent sleep-through situation, but still suffers from reflux and has had a cold for the last few weeks so those things wake her up a bit. But when she wakes up she can almost always get herself back to sleep, or just needs a quick check-in to settle back down.
Every day I am more grateful for these two babies of mine. Marguerite Elaine has been such a sweet addition for us, and I always say she feels like she belongs to the three of us, Ryan, Henry, and me. xoxo
P.S. Henry’s months are right here. And Maggie’s are here.
Sweet Marguerite is two big months old! I’m sure I sound like a broken record but I can’t believe how time flies. And, it seems, time flies even faster with a second baby. We are deep into life over here, passing milestones like crazy between our two little nuggets and trying our best to sit in every moment and enjoy it before it passes. Maggie is just a little doll and she wanted to swing by and tell you what’s what with her these days.
She’s an observer. She’ll sit quietly and watch people/toys/fans/whatever is in front of her forever. Until you get in front of her and encourage her to talk and then she’ll give you an earful of cooing and ahhhh’s and she’ll smile for you as long as you like. I’m wondering if she’ll stay like that, because that’s kind of how I am — an introverted extrovert who just needs a little coaxing. She’s on a rockstar schedule during the day, eating every 3 hours and napping in between. At night we’re still… working out the kinks. 😉 She goes to sleep at 8 and wakes around 3 am and 6 am to eat. Which I guess could be a lot worse! She isn’t the best of friends with her carseat and just doesn’t understand why she has to be strapped in there. Until she falls asleep, then she’ll sleep in it for a good 2 hours. She loves it when Daddy whistles, and when Mama blows raspberries. Bath time is like her own personal little spa day. She’s super into it. And that, friends, is our Maggie. xoxo
P.S. Maggie at one month! And Henry at two months!
I love having these posts to look back on and see how Henry grew. And I can’t believe that it’s already time to make Maggie’s first one! Girlfriend hit one month old over the weekend and we commemorated the occasion with some photos and taking stock of the last few weeks with this new nugget.
Mags is still just a freshie, but she definitely has likes and dislikes. She loves falling asleep with her head kind of hanging all floppy, and bonus points if you bounce her around so her head jiggles a little bit. Weirdo. More likes — staring blankly at Henry. For reals. She’s not super expressive in the face yet (although we had our first smiles over the weekend!) but she would just stare at him in fascination forever. Or at least until she got tired. Staring at the ceiling fan, and sleeping on daddy’s chest in the early morning hours are big hits too.
Dislikes? Wet diapers (but dirty seem to be just fine, thank you very much). Having her clothes changed. She really doesn’t like sticking her arms through the arm holes. Other than that she’s not too fussy. If you keep this girl fed she’s pretty much cool with everything else. Although she does have a not-so-cute case of reflux, which keeps me on my toes. She skipped the simple baby spit-up and went straight to vomiting all over the place, tossing up entire feedings every now and again, usually all over me and herself. The first time it happened I freaked because Henry had never done that, and I was sure she was dying. So I started Googling things which as we all know is the WORST thing a parent can do, because there is way too much scary information and way too many alarmists on the internet. Doctor says she’s fine, though, so for now it just means we are very aware of her feedings, hunger cues, and try to keep her at an upright angle as much as we can. (It also means we do a lot of laundry.)
We’re slowly figuring things out and I feel like every day we make a little progress toward having a routine with the two kids. Maggie very naturally fell into a feeding and napping schedule within her first couple of weeks (thank goodness!), so we’re working with that to find our new rhythm. Over the weekend I was able to squeeze in my first workout since having her and it felt incredible to get back to doing these things that I love little by little. I can see how eventually we’ll settle into this new normal, although I’m sure it’ll take some doing. I’m loving being on maternity leave right now and focusing mainly on this little family of mine (although it does feel good to dip my toe back into work every now and then!).
Thanks all so much for your well wishes and fun messages! We’re having a ball over here, vomit-covered sweaters and all. 😉 xoxo