Kenley has started wearing 3-6m clothes... at 7 weeks old. Insanity. I'm sure a lot of people had their babies grow quickly, but I don't think Ashlynn started wearing this size until she was pushing 4 months. Just so different! She still fits in the 0-3, but she's pretty much the full length and learning from mistakes with Ashlynn, I always seemed to wait longer than necessary before moving her up.
Which leads me to the theme of the week, comparisons.
So far the old adage of "your next baby will be completely different" is ringing true. Sure the kids look a like (check the side by sides below), but almost all their habits vary.
Ashlynn was never a great sleeper. Part of that was because she was born pre-term and we had to wake her to eat every three hours for a few weeks. And then also my new mom neuroses of constantly checking on her, feeding her, etc. She was also never tightly swaddled. She seemed to sleep well enough being swaddled in a A+A blanket and once she started fighting it (3 months or so) we just switched her to a sleepsack.
Kenley was fighting her swaddle from day one, so I now either use the Miracle Blanket (aka, the baby straightjacket) or a SwaddleMe. As long as she's swaddled tight, she sleeps amazing.
She also is a top-notch nurser. She came out of the womb knowing how to eat, where with Ashlynn again a combination of my lack of experience, her jaundice, and pre-term status, set up for some major struggles early on.
Ashlynn received way more attention and rightly so, there wasn't a needy toddler around to distract us. Kenley gets far less tummy time, but I try do what I can when I can and get my snuggles in during Ashlynn's nap.
Also, we never received/purchased a swing prior to Ashlynn's birth and once she was here we never felt we needed to get one. With Kenley's nightly fuss fests, we asked a friend if we could borrow theirs and it has been our little baby whisperer. I actually have two free hands and am not a human pacifier during the evening. Amazing. I will be sending our friends a very nice gift for giving my arms a rest!
Obviously not a ton to compare at the moment since Kenley is only 7 weeks. Hopefully I can keep up with these posts, even as we pass the two under two threshold. I realize it's probably terrible to compare your children, but not sure why recording sleep, eating, growth, favorite interests, would be bad. It's not like I'm comparing school grades and accolades, right? I love hearing the stories how my brother and I were different growing up. Ok, enough internal reflection... picture time!