What I’ve Learned: 2 Months Old

Yes, another month has already passed and we are back for part 2 of this exciting saga.

Sarah, in her bloomers, at 2 months

  1. Nothing can bright up a day more than seeing your baby smile at you!
  2. Every time I think I have Sarah figured out she changes on me. Sleep schedule, nap lengths, reasons for crying. She keeps us guessing!
  3. Being a stay-at-home mom is harder than any 8 hour a day job I’ve ever had, but it’s also the most rewarding and exciting thing I’ve ever done!
  4. Being on-duty and on-call 24/7 is positively exhausting, but I think God must have put an energy-capsule inside women so we could keep going, especially when we feel totally drained.
  5. I’m gonna repeat #3 from the 1 Month List, there is no such thing as too many pictures!!
  6. Babies love to smile when they’re pooping. It’s probably the only time when this can be hilarious and adorable.
  7. Not all babies like car rides. Sarah did, and now she doesn’t.
  8. Our little girl loves to stare at ‘nothing’. I’ve decided we have angels in our house (specifically¬†floating on our back living room wall) and she can see them.
  9. At just shy of 10 weeks Sarah laughed for the first time. Did you know the love for your child GROWS constantly? Cause it totally does. Just when you think you’ve topped off the max limit there’s room for more!
  10. Tummy-time helps build neck strength, but I wanna know how Sarah grew leg muscles that can kick like a horse. She must have been a big swimmer early in utero.
  11. Sometimes babies just need to cry. They can’t talk out their frustration like us, so they ‘whhhaaaa’ it (and at a few levels higher).
  12. I thought setting a bedtime was a ridiculous idea, but turns out Sarah is more awesome than I thought and she likes a nighttime routine. Her bedtime is 9pm, and ours has become very shortly after.
  13. You don’t notice how big your baby is getting until you see a newborn. Sarah has gotten SO big in 2 months!
  14. The 2-month shots are the worst thing ever. My mom and I both cried after seeing Sarah cry so hard. Stephen is going next time!
  15. When I leave the house it looks like I’m leaving for vacation. 1 diaper bag, 1 bag of change of clothes for me (just in case), stroller, backpack with laptop (depending where I’m going), purse, carseat, and of course, baby.
  16. If it weren’t for the generosity of everyone at our showers, and our parents, diapers would absorb our grocery budget.
  17. Leading me to another repeat, babies go through some diapers!
  18. Pregnancy and birth do weird things to the body, one of my recent findings is the onset of gallstones. It only took two attacks to decide to remove my gallbladder. ER visits in the middle of the night are never easy, especially with a baby.
  19. At 2 months Sarah has become super curious and aware. She makes amazing eye contact and loves bright colors, the fan, and lights. She can beat you in a staring contest!
  20. They have diapers that have a yellow line that turns blue when it becomes wet or dirty. Best.Diapers.Ever.
  21. Being spit-up on doesn’t bother me. Either do my daughters boogers. Both of these facts surprised me.
  22. The pacifier is, hands down, the best invention of all time!
  23. I haven’t been to the grocery store since Sarah was born because I don’t want to be ‘that person’ in the store with a screaming baby (that, and I’m afraid of strangers touching her with their crazy germs).
  24. If you are going on a drive that is 3 hours long prepare a ‘meal break’ so you don’t have to pull over at a random building to feed your child in the backseat. not that that happened or anything…
  25. My favorite time of day is when Sarah first wakes up and is full of smiles and giggles for Stephen and I. It’s positively adorable.

That’s all I have for month 2. I’m sure I could think of more, but it’s dinner time in the Ringl household.

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4 Thoughts on “What I’ve Learned: 2 Months Old

  1. amanda on May 15, 2011 at 7:09 am said:

    ur making my baby fever come back…the best part of all these things is that 3 years down the road you can still write a list of all the stuff youre learning and that your love for your kids gets even stronger and stronger…its pretty awesome im not gonna lie!!

  2. matt on May 15, 2011 at 9:01 am said:

    Building on what Amanda said, how freaking cool will it be years down the road to look at your literal BOOK of ‘What I’ve Learned’ lists? I think you’re going to keep this up, and by the time you have a 6 or 7 year old Sarah, you’ll literally have a book full of these things, and you could actually write a book with them, expounding on each one… Just think, you could be an author in the ‘parenting’ section one day… No sarcasm here, totally serious… There may potentially be TWO authors in this family (assuming I ever step up to the plate and become one myself)…

    And a little clarification needed for ‘meal break’…

  3. Auntie Shaw on May 17, 2011 at 12:15 pm said:

    Sarah RIngl is without a doubt one of the two purtiest babies I know……the other one being Luke Shaw of course!
    She is such a lucky little girl to have parents who love her so so so much!

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