The second month with Mini, we definitely made some strides. She got even cuter (if that's possible) and started smiling and cooing.
I started to feel more comfortable taking her out because she was becoming a little more predictable. It took some practice to find the right timing, but we were able to get on a good feeding schedule and she began to expect it at the right times. She was even great with a bottle, so we felt more comfortable actually doing things and visiting friends.
When Kennedy was 6 weeks, we went on her first road trip! We all drove out to Arkansas (5ish hour drive) to drop of Jasmine at college. Kennedy was a rock star! I was so shocked at how well she did. We left at 5:00 AM because I was thinking that she may continue to sleep if we left that early, and boy did she. I pretty much had to force her to wake up to eat! I even got nervous that something might be wrong with her because she was so chill. I just need to count my blessings in times like that. We stayed there for 1 night and she only woke up once in the hotel room and was great again on the way home. Next, we'll try a road trip to Kansas City to see my family... :) We could leave in the middle of the night and drive the 8 hours totally uninterrupted??
During the day, I still had her sleep on my chest. I couldn't get enough of those snuggles and wanted to relish my time with her! But at night, she was doing much better and usually only woke up once somewhere between 2:00 and 4:00 AM. But we cheated... We started having her sleep in the Rock N' Play. Kennedy still jerked around a lot when flat on her back, so someone suggested the RnP and it definitely helped. I think it's partly that startle reflex and partly her discomfort from the gas, but she definitely doesn't do well on her back. The RnP was a lifesaver and Sean and I finally started feeling like humans again. Although I still had interrupted sleep, I could at least get a good 4 or 5 hour stretch.
At Kennedy's 2 month check up, she looked great. Her head size was finally on the charts (apparently it was super tiny when she was born), and she was in the 92nd percentile for height! She took her shots like a champ and for the first time I felt really good about the visit and everything we discussed with the doctor. I even got a thumbs up from one of the nurses when she saw us come in and say "look, she's not crying this time!"
The days goes by so fast and month 2 was definitely easier than month 1. We're all getting better at life every day and Kennedy's little personality is emerging. It's difficult to look back now and pinpoint those moments when things change. But one thing for sure is that every new day becomes my favorite and every thing just keeps getting better and better!