Watson turned two months old about a week ago. We just can’t get enough of his sweet smiles and little laughs lately. Every day is more fun than the day before. He is getting so much strength and able to hold up his head on his own for a few seconds at a time. He smiles every time I put his lotion on at night and most every time we change his diaper. It melts my heart. He LOVES baths! We do it every night as a matter of routine. 

Watson’s second month was a lot of fun because we got to see so many developments in him. The first month, on the other hand, was really hard and boy do I have an even deeper level of respect and admiration for all of you mommas now! I’m sure every stage has its own obstacles (especially when there is more than one child in the equation!!), but it really was tough learning to be a mommy while not feeling like yourself at ALL—emotionally or physically. And to boot, we didn’t have a kitchen for the first 8 weeks of this baby’s life. Yeah….really wouldn’t recommend renovating your house when bringing home a new baby, by the way. Unless it’s a room you don’t use often! 

Now that Watson is 9 weeks old, Brandon and I are feeling so much more confident in being parents. Our friends Mike & Mary sent us the Moms on Call book (thank you again, guys!!!) and we immediately started the bedtime routine it suggests. Right away, he started sleeping 7+ hours at night, then I’ll feed him, then he’ll sleep for another 2-3 hours before waking up for the night. Yay! 

A few other favorites that I loved during month two…

Motherlove Nipple Cream: This was recommended by our lactation consultant and it really is great! It’s really soothing and it’s all natural and organic, so you don’t have to worry about the baby eating it, essentially. 

Manual Breast Pump: I have an electric pump, but just discovered how much more convenient a manual one is for on the go. I just plan on keeping mine in the car because you never know when you might need to make a bottle real quick! 

DockATot: Pretty sure I mentioned this last month, but Watson is still sleeping in this inside his cradle at night and I continue to love it more and more. I carry this thing all over the house. He loves it! It’s easily our most used baby item.

BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light: This is the perfect travel version of a pack n play. It’s super light, folds up into a tiny bag (easily!), and pops open in literally seconds. We’ve traveled with it quite a few times already and it’s been amazing.

Tranquil Turtle: This is a little noise + light machine that we turn on every night after Watson gets his bath. We dim the lights really low in his nursery and listen to the sounds of the ocean. It puts a really pretty light all over the ceiling that looks like water. It’s so soothing! We leave this on while I nurse him and we read books. I believe it stays on for about 25 minutes and then automatically shuts off. It’s part of our routine and is really relaxing for baby and parents!

Weleda Calendula Face Cream: Yes, there is a such thing as a face cream for babies! Watson’s skin on his face gets really dry, so this cream has been a lifesaver. He loves when I put it on—he laughs every time lately! I think he must like the mini facial massage he gets while I rub it in. 

more BABY posts

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  1. June 8, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    We lived by Moms on Call and now our little is an amazing sleeper, being 22 months old.

  2. June 8, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    Does Watson sleep in the DockATot at night or is that not recommended? It looks like a great way to make the crib feel smaller when we first bring our son home. Glad to hear everything is going well! You make parenting look easy!

  3. June 9, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    He is the cutest and I love following along on these posts! Our baby Harrison is a few weeks behind – 5 wks old and I was wondering if Watson has had any issues with fussiness/gas/reflux? We think that may be what's going on with Harrison and I was curious if you'd had any luck with gripe water, gas drops etc?

  4. June 10, 2016 / 3:58 am

    Yay! So glad the book worked for sweet Watson! I told you it was a total game changer. Sleep =happiness for everyone! Can't wait to see y'all again soon!

  5. June 14, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    I have a 5 week old that also gets really fussy and impossible to calm, especially in the evenings. I took him to our pediatrician yesterday and got a prescription for Zantac. Even though he doesn't spit up that much, the doc thought it might be reflux. She also said to give gas drops with every feeding. Hope this helps! You aren't alone!!

  6. June 28, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    I am so glad that you are feeling great and are enjoying every step of the journey! Watson is absolutely adorable! Xo, Stephanie

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