Baby D turned 3 months old on Aug. 30! For some reason, 3 mos feels like a pretty huge milestone. Maybe it’s because I’ve already had to pack up most of his 0-3 mos sized clothes. Maybe it’s because I went back to work about 2 weeks ago and we’re figuring out a new routine. Whatever the reason, I just feel like my tiny little newborn isn’t a newborn anymore.
Weight/Length: He’s just under 15lbs. Not sure on length but I know it’s changed because even if some of his onesies fit width-wise, they don’t snap at the bottom anymore. Sad.
Sleep: Going great, most nights. He goes to bed around 9pm and gets up between 7am and 8am. Although his bedtime has been inching earlier and his wakeup time later. Now that I’m back at work, we’ve figured out a pretty good schedule of bath at 8pm, lotion, jammies, eat, burp, swaddle and sleep. Some nights he’ll wake up around 4am and either scream from a night terror or just fuss loudly, signaling the need for a diaper change. Whatever it is, he’s usually back asleep within just a couple of minutes.
His naps are getting more predictable too. He typically goes down for a late morning nap, and then an afternoon nap, with each one lasting between an hour to two hours. And although I’m not a huge fan of it, he usually falls asleep around 7pm for a half hour or so. I’d say we’re pretty lucky on the sleep front.
Feeding: I’m still exclusively pumping, and thanks to some reader comments on my breastpumping post, I purchased a hands-free bra and it is LIFE CHANGING! Honestly, I’m kind of mad that no one cared to mention this to me sooner. I could’ve been milking (ha!) the benefits for weeks, yet I only just discovered it days before returning to work. Still, it’s such a nice thing to have at the office. Here’s the one I bought.
D is eating about 6 oz at each meal now. And although we’ve had to supplement a little here and there, it’s not a daily thing. In fact, I’ve got a good 10-12 oz in the fridge for tomorrow already.
Firsts This Month: Oh my goodness, so many! Sleeping through the night was probably the biggest accomplishment for the month. The best was probably hearing his first real laugh. It wasn’t a huge belly laugh, but we still loved it. He’s only done it a few times since, but man, it’s the best sound ever. He also started watching TV this month, which sounds awful, but when I noticed he was really looking at the TV screen, I put on a DVD of Baby Mozart that we bought and he LOVED it. He sat on the floor on a blanket in his boppy and watched it for the entire half hour it was on.
We started doing real baths in the bathtub as opposed to our usual sponge baths, and thankfully, he still loves them. They’re a little harder on momma since I have to bend over the tub and setup/cleanup takes longer, but we have fun and even play bathtime music like Ernie’s Rubber Ducky song.
Developments: He’s all about trying to sit up lately. When we set him down in his boppy, he leans forward, like he’s doing baby crunches. He’s also in love with his hands and is starting to use them for things, like pushing away the bottle when he’s done, and grabbing blankets and burp clothes to chew on. And for weeks now, he’s been pulling the cord on his music toy on his playmat. I think he knows his name, but I can’t really say for sure. But I know that he recognizes himself in the mirror. He’ll look at himself and just smile the biggest smile. I’ll ask him, “who is that cute baby?” and he’ll just grin. Adorable!
And when he’s mad about something, he doesn’t cry, he yells in his baby gibberish. Or as my husband says, “He’s givin’ you down the road!” It’s actually ridiculously cute when he does it.
Oh and one random thing that just happened tonight: Every night before bed when I’m doing his final bedtime feeding, I recite my own version of Goodnight Moon since it’s too difficult to hold him, a bottle, and a book at the same time. Basically I just say “Goodnight ______” and fill in the blank with whatever catches my eye in the nursery. If I’m feeling extra creative, I try to rhyme things. Like, “Goodnight clock; goodnight socks!” “Goodnight chair; goodnight bear!” Anyway, since he didn’t have an evening nap tonight, he was extra tired and extra crabby around 8:30, so I started the bedtime process a little early. And in my rush, I forgot to say goodnight to anything. So when I put him in his snuggie (aka his swaddle sack), he was fussing so I gave him his paci. Then I remembered that I hadn’t “read” his book to him, so I said “Goodnight moon!” which is how I always start, and his face just broke out into the biggest smile! So I kept going.
“Goodnight kittens; goodnight mittens!” And then he laughed!
I tried non-rhyming words. “Goodnight giraffe; goodnight floor” No laugh.
“Goodnight wall; goodnight ball!” Big laugh!
So maybe I’m crazy but I think he understands the difference between rhyming and non-rhyming words. Not only that, but the fact that my little mindless game of saying goodnight to everything is apparently a really big part of his bedtime routine. Really strange, but really cool!
Likes: Eating, bathtime, going places, his playmat, Baby Mozart, his hands, mommy & daddy, looking at daddy while mommy is holding him, the mirror, being naked
Dislikes: Being hungry, tired, or bored. Having his clothes changed. Putting on clothes after his bath (REALLY hates that one). Sleeping in a dirty diaper. Being held like a baby (he prefers to be held upright, or looking over the shoulder).
What I’m Thankful For: Sleeping through the night! And just generally having a good natured baby. People say newborns aren’t much fun, but really, he’s been a lot of fun. Especially lately.
Also incredibly thankful that the hubs and I are able to raise him on our own at the moment without needing additional childcare.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Belly laughs. His first words. Watching him try solid foods for the first time.
How Mommy’s Doing: Still haven’t really lost any more weight. I haven’t been on a strict diet or exercise regimen, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but I feel like I’ve been more active and eating less, so I assumed to see more than a 1lb drop. Oh well
Still miss my grandpa like crazy. In fact, I think it’s worse now. Maybe it’s because his birthday is coming up this month. But sometimes I find myself missing him, thinking of calling him, and then I remember that he’s gone and it’s like I’m realizing it for the first time. It knocks the wind out of me. Over the last several years, I can remember having dreams of my grandpa dying and I always woke up, so relieved that he was okay. Now it’s the exact opposite. I think about calling him, feeling like it’s been awhile since I’ve talked to him, and then I remember why. And I go from feeling okay about my life, to feeling like things will never be okay again.
Work has done a really great job of keeping me occupied though. I race through the work day, barely stopping to eat or use the restroom, and I use my commute home to decompress and switch back into mommy mode. Once I get home, all focus is on the little guy until he goes to bed. Then I spend about an hour pumping, washing bottles/pump parts, and getting ready for the next day. This leaves very little time for cleaning or working out or “free” time, but thank goodness for weekends.
So month 3 has been a pretty big month for us, and I can’t wait to see what next month brings!
(Sorry for lack of pics. Will post more next time.)