Thursday, September 13, 2012

{3 months}

James, you are three months old!

 By the numbers: 3 months old. Weight: 12 lbs. 10 ozs. Length: 24"?. 7-8 feedings per day. 0-4 night wakings (this month saw the extremes in your sleeping!). Size 2 diapers. Size 0-3 month clothes (although you can't straighten your legs in the 0-3 sleepers any more so we need to go up a size in those now!)

For his dad who is a computer progammer :) This is also the only baby item I bought while trying to conceive/ doing fertility treatments!
This month has been such a delight! You smile often and have so much expression on your sweet face. You are also "talking" up a storm and coming up with new coos and gurgle frequently. Lately your favorite sound has been to use the saliva in the back of your throat and and make a "k" sound that gurgles. You have gained more awareness of toys and love batting at them as they dangle in front of you or above you, pulling them to your mouth, and beginning to grasp them. You have even started talking and smiling at the toys!

One of my favorite things this month has been seeing you start to enjoy story time. Last month you really didn't pay attention to the books we read to you, but then you started watching our faces as we read and seemed to enjoy that. Now you love looking at the books and hearing our voices read, and you smile, coo, and gurgle throughout the story. I love it!!

Sleeping has been all over the place! You started the month as you had been the month prior and typically slept 4-5 hours straight with 1-2 night wakings. And then, amazingly, you slept 8-9 hours for almost a whole week! Oh my! The first couple nights you did this I woke up around when you normally do and had to check on you. But, alas, the last week of the month you suddenly started waking every 2-3 hours again to eat and sometimes woke yourself up after eating, too. I keep hoping it's a growth spurt and your longer stretches will return but we will see. No matter how much you keep me up at night, when I see your sweet smile in the morning I tell you it's worth it! :)

Your bedtime routine is simple: bath, eat, book, white noise/ swaddle, bed! Naptime is the same minus the bath. You LOVE the bath, and your dad almost always gives you your bath and it is a fun time for both of you. You are clearly starting to understand that this is your special routine and are happy throughout....until it's actually time to bounce you to sleep. Then you often let out a few cries (we think you are just transitioning to sleep mode and need to cry a little), but we bounce you and you typically go to sleep easier than the last couple months.

By the end of the month you have fallen into a bit of a nap rhythm. About an hour after you wake up you go down for your first nap, which is only usually about 45 minutes. You then have your longest wake time (1.5-2 hours), and then sleep 2-3 hours. You usually take another two 45 minutes naps throughout the afternoon, and typically go to bed between 7:00-8:00. Of course there are many variable and this isn't how it always is, but it has been fun the have a little more "normalcy" to our days.

This month started out a little stressfully as we tried to figure out why you were unhappy while eating. I started pumping and giving you extra milk after nursing and you were finally satisfied. I'm sorry you were hungry, sweet boy! I worked to increase my milk supply for two weeks and continued giving you extra milk, but my supply never seemed to change (or you always wanted more!) so we started supplementing with formula sometimes, too. Now that your tummy is full and you are gaining weight (3 pounds this month!) you are clearly a much happier boy. I was worried that you might start to prefer the bottle to me, or that my supply would get worse by using some formula, but instead I am so thankful that you have become a happy nurser again. 

This month you began lifting your head while on your tummy! At first you didn't really like being on your stomach, but we laid you on our chests and you lifted up your head. You also started rolling from your tummy to your back. You love to kick, kick, kick your legs and I think you are going to be an active little guy in a few months.

You put your little feet into the ocean for the first time this month! You didn't get upset so we assumed you liked it. :)

James, you are a sweet boy and a gift from God! I love watching your little personality emerge and am thankful to be your mom.


andreajennine said...

That last snap of him in the hat--so precious! Glad that routines are getting more established, that feeding isn't so stressful anymore, and that you're getting to enjoy more interactions with your boy. This is a fun stage! said...

I remembered that onesie!! It's seriously awesome seeing that on your son!

He is getting so big! Love his eyes :)

Carrie said...

Happy 3 months little guy!!!

Jessica said...

Love all of the photos! He is amazingly precious! What a handsome boy.

kdactyl said...

So happy to hear you and James are finding your groove.

CorinnaVN said...

Your James is so adorable!!! You're right, he has so much expression in his face and eyes!
I feel for you in the sleeping department....and we were there with our kids too. Both of our daughters took at least 8 months to sleep 8 hours through the night consistently. Those first 8 months were a lot of ups, downs, wakeups, and random nights for us too!
It may take a bit, but James will eventually become more consistent in his sleeping!
Love the pictures!!! So great!

Anonymous said...

James is SO adorable! What a handsome little man!

It sounds like you are finding your groove as a Mommy. When my daughter was about 3 months old I was fretting about not being on a schedule...until I realized that she had set the schedule! Once I figured out that we did have a routine, it suddenly became easier to schedule things!

Enjoy these days - my little one just turned 18 months old and it has flown by!!


Life Happens said...

oh my, I can't believe how big he is now. You can tell how much he's grown from his two month to his 3 month picture.

He is just too precious!

Anonymous said...

Magnificent! (As usual. :-P )

Jessica said...

Just checking in on you today. Felt moved to tell you that. Hope all is well! :)