Three months old — that means M is out of the ‘fourth trimester’. Babies are known for becoming more alert and interactive as they approach three months, and M is no exception. My favorite thing is that she’s learning to be silly and understands when I’m being silly with her (although I wish she wouldn’t be so silly when I’m trying to get her to eat!). Certain things, like our bedtime routine, seem totally sorted out. Other things (like naps and eating) still seem very much in the experimental stage.
Size: M doesn’t have a doctor’s appointment until she’s four months old, so I don’t have an official height and weight on her. But my scale at home says she’s right around 12lbs (sticking to that 50th percentile line), and my very rough measurement of her length came out at about 23.5″ (same percentile). She doesn’t look skinny — just not like those super chubby babies with rolls upon rolls. I guess I always assumed I’d have a big baby, so it’s hard not to wish she were a chunky little thing. She’s just growing at her own pace!
Likes and Dislikes: She LOVES to sit up straight! No more being held like a baby for M. She’ll put up with it for a little bit while she’s eating, but then she starts to tense her abs, trying to curl herself into a sitting position. When we go to a restaurant, she sits on my lap and looks all around. She also likes to lie on her back and wiggle. She’s really been enjoying her new playmat, especially the musical caterpillar that lights up. I can tell that she’s listening to the music, and her jigging around almost seems like dancing. I won’t be surprised if she’s an early mover, and I bet I’ll be in trouble if she is!
She’s decided that she doesn’t like taking baths anymore. She used to be quite calm and relaxed, but now sometimes she starts crying while she’s in the water — sometimes she’s okay until I take her out and put her in the towel. She cries when she’s tired (and scream-cries if she gets overtired) and will complain if she wakes up hungry and doesn’t immediately get a bottle in her mouth, but otherwise she’s pretty content. She’s good at amusing herself a lot of the time, especially now that she can play with her hands.
Eating: It feels like she’s taken a step backwards on the eating front. She’s back to having a bottle every 2-2.5 hours during the day, and she’ll drink only about 2-2.5 ounces at a time. Sometimes it’s a struggle to get even a single ounce in her! I think she gets bored while she eats rather than it being a problem with the mechanics. At night, when she sleep-eats, she can down three ounces pretty quickly. I feel like I should try to stretch out the time between feeds to get her to eat more, but I don’t want to deny her any opportunity to eat, since she’s already a small girl.
Sleeping: Her nighttime sleep pattern has stayed pretty consistent, with only a handful of bad nights here and there. We usually go down to bed around 6:00/6:30pm, and she has her last bottle of the evening while she drifts off to sleep. It’s a really steady routine, which she seems content with. Once she gets that bottle in her mouth, her eyes close almost instantly, and there’s no fussing. She still wakes up around 10/11:00pm, 1/2:00am, 4:00am, and then we’re up for the day around 5:30/6:00am.
She’s been sleeping in a fleecy swaddle, but I recently switched to the Baby Merlin Magic Sleepsuit. When she tries to move her arms in the swaddle, she gets frustrated, which causes her to kick her legs. She manages to sleep through that, but I don’t! So far, the sleepsuit seems more comfortable to her. Because of all her kicking, I put the fourth side of her crib on and moved it an inch or so away from my bed, just so the movement wouldn’t shake my mattress as much. I’m not sure it’s been particularly effective, and I actually wind up letting her sleep on my bed more often now. She seems to sleep a little better when she’s closer — or maybe my mattress is just more comfortable!
Working On / Accomplishments: There are almost too many things to remember! She’s getting more and more precise with her hands. Both with being able to grab what she wants and the little movements she makes as she feels objects. It’s so fun and bizarre in a way to be able to hold a toy in front of her and have her reach out and grab it — like it’s no big deal.
She’s once rolled from her back onto her right side, and she’s come close several other times. She pulls her legs up and throws them to the side, but it’s hard to get the rest of her body to follow. She’s getting a LITTLE better about tummy time, but it’s still not a big hit. Her neck is plenty strong, but she needs to work on those arms!
I think my favorite thing is the way she’s experimenting with her voice. A lot of her talking is more like humming, but she’s getting more creative, especially in the mornings. And when she starts to fuss, instead of immediately crying all the time, she’ll often just complain to me. It’s so cute that I’m reluctant to actually tend to whatever it is that’s bothering her (but I do, of course).
Other Stuff: It was fun having Rob here for the last month, and we’ll both miss him while he’s gone now. She always smiles at him, and he likes to keep her entertained when I’m busy for a moment. Sometimes she has terrible sticky-up hair, and he likes to say that’s what she inherited from him (somehow).
She had her first trip to Amy’s diner and a second trip to Tobies this month. Everybody thought she was so cute and alert — and they were amazed by all her hair, of course. One of the nice things about living in a small town is that all these people will really watch and notice her growing up — that seems quite special to me.