Thursday, April 19, 2012

Juliet: 2 months!

Juliet turned 2 months on Monday. She is growing so big, so fast. I packed away all her newborn clothes about a week and a half ago, marveling that those teeny tiny onesies were way too big in the beginning.

Juliet had her 2 month check-up this week, with the dreaded shots, that actually turned out to be not that bad.  Granted, I cringed and wanted to cry when the needles poked her, but I nursed her immediately and she calmed down right away. She was fine the rest of the day, just a bit sleepy.  Juliet now weighs close to 11 pounds (a couple days after her birthday she was down to 5 lbs. 8 oz, so this is major weight gain, and I am thrilled).  She eats and eats and eats and eats.  It's her favorite thing in the entire world.  Breastfeeding has been tremendously bonding for us and I am at the point where I really love it.  The 3am and 5am feedings aren't awesome, by any means, but somehow I manage to feel pretty rested in the mornings.

Juliet has hit a few milestones in the past few weeks.  She smiles, not often, but when she does it's that much more special.  She coos and gurgles and makes the sweetest sounds.  We're still working on head and neck strength but that will come in time.  She was a month early, after all. 

Question for other mommas out there.  I planned on having more professional photos taken at 6 months and 1 year (I also had newborn photos taken).  I heard that it's common to have photos taken at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and a year.  Did you get photos taken that often? On the one hand, I totally get it...babies change so fast and I would love to document it all.  But on the other hand, that can get super expensive.  What did you do? 

These past couple months with my baby girl have been amazing.  I wasn't one of those mommas whose heart exploded immediately when she was born.  I loved her, yes of course I did.  But it took days, weeks even before that love grew into what it is now.  I've fallen more in love with her over time.  And now that love is HUGE heart-pounding love.  Oh my, I love her so much.  She is so sweet, so cuddly, so curious and I am desperate to be sure I take in every second I have with her over the next month before I go back to work. 
Happy 2 months, sweetie!  You've made me one happy momma.

13 comments:

  1. I did cheap photo sessions every month for the first year but in addition I did expensive portraits at 3,6,9 and 12. Most professional photos have first year baby packages. Check with yours. Enjoy this time, it flies!!

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  2. Especially love that last photo of her in the hat:)

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  3. The photos of her are so cute! I say get the 3 months photos taken!

    Katie

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  4. She is so adorable, I did 3, 6 and 12 with mine, they change so much in the first year!

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  5. I just did professional pictures at birth, 6 mo and 12 mo... you have to ask yourself what are you doing to do with all of those pictures!!! Of course you can always take a ton of pictures yourself or go to a cheap place (like JCPenny's)for the other months. But that's just a very practical me :)

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  6. The bond between mother and child is a "magical thing". I love you honest comments about your love growing for your daughter, but what about Erik? I would love to hear how the birth of Juliet has impacted his life. Afterall, a father in a childs life is just as important as the mother!

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  7. Beautiful post, Jenna! I've considered doing more professional photos, but some of my VERY favorite photos are ones I've taken myself because I feel like I can capture her personality and those fun moments at just the right time better than anyone else can. Plus, having a nice camera never hurts. :) You take beautiful photos, but if it's important to you to have professional photos, I say splurge a little and go for it! You won't regret having them.

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  8. I love watching your baby grow! I take weekly photos of my baby boy (now 18 weeks!) just how Young House Love did with their daughter and I love seeing the little nuances of how they change each week. I also took newborn (with a professional photographer) & 3 month photos (at The Picture People). I plan on getting my son in the studio for his 6, 9 and 12 month photos as well! Picture People has great deals if you sign up on their website and I save all those coupons from baby magazines for the JcPenny and Sears studios for his upcoming photos!

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  9. Aww, look at that gorgeous chubster!

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  10. Beautiful! So glad you are taking it all in!

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  11. Those photos are so lovely. Kid's grow so fast that's we need to treasure everyday that we are with our kids. Make sure that it is memorable for us.

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  12. What an adorable picture....love her hat also (did you make it?)
    Personally I think the pics you take are just as memorable as professional.
    Plus you will also have the memory of taking certain pictures and you certainly won't remember the taking of the pros. Everything you take will be natural not something "set-up"....just do it. Save the pros for the yearly birthday.
    Of course, this is just my humble opinion.

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  13. Adorable and gorgeous baby Juliet. I can't believe I missed this post

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