I love the newborn stage. But I’m not a mom who goes into mourning when it’s over. For as blissful as it is, it can be equally exhausting and overwhelming at times. On the really overwhelming days this second time around, I found myself thinking, Just make it to three months. All the kinks work themselves out by then. And it’s true. And we made it!
General Baby Thoughts
New babies have a lot to figure out about this wide world we live in. Wynn’s little body had to figure out nursing, sleeping, tummy troubles, and having a routine. And in the last two weeks or so, she finally seems like she gets it! The only time she’s discontent is when she’s tired or hungry (or in the car, but that’s another story). Otherwise, we have a girl with the smiliest disposition. We took the bus home from the airport, and she and a rather rough-around-the-edges man sitting across from us smiled and laughed at each other for at least half an hour. She is just the sweetest little person, and as long as people are around, she’s grinning from ear to ear. We can’t help but compare our Winnie to how Sally was at her age, and Winnie just seems so much more laid back! It might not always be this way, but we are counting our lucky stars right now!
Since it’s the second time around for us, I can’t help but add a little note about how Winnie’s big sister is coping three months in. Much of the initial jealousy and subsequent acting out has subsided, but Sally’s behavior is still noticeably less mischievous when Wynn is asleep (and vice versa when she’s awake). She definitely still prefers the only-child life. Currently, she asks to also do “tummy time” anytime Wynn is doing it, which is pretty cute — usually. I’m excited to carve out more one-on-one time with her now that we’re adjusting a bit better.
Financial Baby Thoughts
I still haven’t bought Wynn any clothes of her own! She is living the hand-me-down life like a champ. I’ll make up for it when she’s a little older, I’m sure, but for now we’re enjoying the savings of not buying her clothes. I did spend $20 on headbands since she doesn’t have much hair, and I keep getting the “It’s a boy, right?” question when I’m out in public with her. I also spent $26 on SwaddleMe blankets since Wynn seems to love them. Anything that will help her sleep well is worth every cent! Aside from that, we’re still going strong on the diapers and wipes that were purchased last month, so $0 on those for month three. Yippee! While we were on our trip to visit family, in a moment of desperation, I bought a $5 pack of two pacifiers, as well as a $3 packet of pacifier wipes. We’d lost the one pacifier I’d packed for the trip, and we needed something (anything!!) to keep her from screaming in the car. So our grand total for month three comes to $54.
And now, here are a few pictures of our happy, little three-month-old:
So parents with two kids, I have to know — is your second child more chill than the first? Does birth order really have that much influence?