Brittlynn turned two months old on February 6th. Yes, time is flying by that quickly!!! She has already changed so much…you can see her one month post here. Also you can purchase your baby some belly stickers for each month (great shower gift!) here.
I decided to just keep using Britt’s crib for her pics since I did them there month one 🙂 I had a little bear I got for free from Hallmark so I figured we’d do a Valentine’s Day themed thing since it is Feb!
According to What to Expect the First Year, Brittlynn can do all the things a baby her age should be able to do including:
- smile in response to your smile
- respond to a bell in some way, such as startling, crying, quieting (startling always, crying sometimes)
Britt can also do all the things a two month old will probably be able to do including:
- vocalize in ways other than crying (cooing)
- on stomach, lift head 45 degrees
Brittlynn can do all the things a two month old may be able to do including:
- hold head steady when upright
- on stomach, raise chest, supported by arms
- roll over one way
- grasp a rattle held to the backs or tips of fingers
- pay attention to an object as small as a raisin
- reach for an object
- say “ah-goo” or similar vowel-consonant combinations
Britt can also do all the things a baby her age may possibly be able to do including:
- smile spontaneously
- bring both hands together
- on stomach, lift head 90 degrees
- laugh out loud (my fav!)
- squeal in delight
- follow an object held about 6 inches above the baby’s face and moved 180 degrees (from one side to the other) with baby watching the whole way
I REALLY appreciate how pro-breastfeeding this book is!!! In this chapter is discusses some formula myths. Supplementing with formula (or adding rice cereal to a bottle) will not help your baby sleep through the night. Breast milk along is enough for your baby. Giving formula to your baby will hurt your milk supply! I also like the suggestion they give for mothers who simply don’t pump enough breast milk to give their babies a bottle (a problem I do NOT have!). They suggest adding formula to the breast milk you pump. The baby gets a full bottle, the baby still gets your milk, and you still keep up that supply by pumping.
Another great section talked about the importance of the first three years of life. Now that Kye is about to be three we’re done with this “most important” years while we are just starting Brittlynn’s (seriously, this is part of the reason we spread out their ages this amount). Research shows that a child’s brain grows to 90% of adult capacity during those first three years. While your child’s future – like his or her brain – is far from fully cast at age three, it does appear that those early years do form the mold that will shape the person he or she will become. Research shows that the kind of care a child receives during that time determines to a large extent how well those brain connections will be made, how much the brain will develop, how successful, how content, how confident and how competent to handle life’s challenges the child will be.
Here’s somethings that as a parent you can do to make the most of those first three years:
- Every time you touch, hold, cuddle, hug, or respond to your baby with warm responsive care you’re positively affecting the way your child’s brain forms connections
- By reading, talking, singing, making eye contact, or cooing to your baby you’re helping the brain reach full potential
- Through positive parenting, you’ll be teaching your child social and emotional skills that will boost their intellectual development as he or she gets older; the more socially and emotionally confident a child is, the more likely that child will be motivated to learn and to take on new challenges with enthusiasm and without fear of failure
- Children whose basic needs are met in infancy and early childhood develop a sense of trust in others and a high level of self confidence
- By monitoring and helping to regulate your baby’s impulses and behaviors during the early years, you will eventually teach your child self control.
- Setting limits that are fair and age-appropriate and enforcing them consistently will enable your child to be less likely to be anxious, frightened, impulsive or to rely on violent means to resolve conflicts later in life.
- He or she will be more capable of intellectual learning because of the solid emotional foundation you have provided
- Routine medical care is also very important as is any caregiver who spends a significant amount of time with your child should provide the same kind of care you do.
I know this may sound dumb, but I appreciated allllll the tips of things to do with Brittlynn when she’s awake.
I’m so used to entertaining a toddler that I forgot what things an
infant would enjoy! I didn’t realize she’s already old enough to start
“playing” with toys so instead of just having Kye show her all of her
toys, he can for real play with her. It says to make sure to put toys to
the side, not directly in front of her. It also suggests putting her on
my stomach a lot for play. We can do airplane on my feet or calves and I
can help her push off my hands while on my stomach. I already sing and
talk to her all the time and spend a lot of our time together
just sitting with her, smiling, and telling her how stinkin’ cute she
is. But it’s good to know I can be doing other things as well!
You can look back at what Kye was up to in his two month post here. Also here’s a bunch more pictures for you to enjoy of my sweet girl:
I love this, you can tell she’s laughing with her entire body
My favorite of the month!