2.02.2012

you're two months old, wattsie!

Happy two month birthday, my big, big girl! You turned two months old yesterday.

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Yesterday, you went to the doctor for your two month check-up. Daddy and I both got to take you. You wore your cream smocked dress with your socks with the ruffle at the top. You looked so cute! You were hungry when we got there, so you were a little fussy throughout your entire appointment.

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You weigh 13 lbs., 9 oz. (95th percentile). You are 23 inches tall (75th percentile). Your head is 16 inches around (75th percentile). Your temperature was 99.1*.

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You got three shots-- Pentacel (to protect you against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and H flu type), Prevnar (to protect you against pneumococcal infections including meningitis) and Rotate (to protect you against rotavirus). Two were by injection and one was an oral vaccine. You did really well. You were so very brave! We had a bottle ready for you right when you finished up your final injection, so you didn't cry long at all! You were too hungry to think about the shots, I think.

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Dr. Belza said you are perfect. You don't have a heart murmur, your head isn't flat, and you are eating and pooping just as you should be! We're thankful he didn't hold a grudge against you after you hit him when he measured your head circumference! He also said your ear that was infected looks just fine, and your congestion is getting better and better every day.

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Your two month old photos turned out so good. I didn't realize how much you have grown since your one month photos (because I see you all day every day), but as I compare your photos, I realize that you have gotten so big! You are changing so much every single day. It breaks my heart and makes me so happy at the same time. Being a parent is weird like that.

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You wear mostly 3 months clothes, but you can still wear some of your 0-3 month pajamas. You wear size 1 diapers.

You have started sleeping in your crib more and more each night. Your daddy has the special touch, I think. He puts you down after your 10:00 feeding, and you cry for just a few seconds, then you lay in your crib pretty quietly until you fall asleep. Your longest stretch of sleep in your crib was from about 11:30p until 4:30a. We are so proud of you!

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You are still eating every 2-2 1/2 hours. You eat for about 30 minutes at each feeding. When I fix you a pumped bottle, you eat 3-4 oz.

You love your daddy. I think it throws you off a little when he's not home with us during the day.

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You love, love, love to sit up like a big girl. You are holding your head up so well, and you love to "stand up", too. Your favorite place to lay is your changing table. We can always get a smile out of you when you are laying on it.

You still love to ride in the car. You always fall asleep about 5 minutes into the ride.

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You hate tummy time. It's so funny to watch you squirm around when we put you on your tummy. It's a good thing Dr. Belza told you your head is just perfect today, because you would have probably pitched a fit if he had said you need more tummy time. It's your absolute least favorite thing.

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We FaceTime your Mumsy and Gran V a lot. You've fallen in love with the Kate Spade case on my iPhone. You think it's so funny.

You grunt all the time! You are such a little piggy. You also have started drooling a lot, too. It cracks Daddy up that his shoulder is always wet after he holds you.

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It has been so much fun watching you grow and change over the past two months. Your daddy and I love you, and we are so proud of you. We make it a point to tell you that every single day, and nothing could be more true. You are such a blessing to us.

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Happy two month birthday, my precious, precious girl. You mean more to me than you'll ever, ever know.

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You are my heart, Amalou Watts Alexander. You are my heart.

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With more love than you'll every know,
Momma

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