Sunday, January 13, 2013

3 months!

So I'm almost a week behind on this, but our little one turned 3 months on Jan 8th! We celebrated by being in Little Rock and got spoiled by Nana Jan and Pop Pop. And she was so happy we were there, she slept 10 hours for us one night!!! What?! It was a one time deal unfortunately, but on average she does about 7, so I'm not complaining. She usually sleeps from 10:30-5:30, then eats 4oz and goes back down for another 3-4 hours which is super nice and I'm very thankful for some rest. We are also only doing bottles now. I'm exclusively pumping which isn't fun, but I'm hanging in there. Maren wasn't ever a great nurser and when I went back to work for those 2 weeks and then we traveled a ton for the Holidays, we slacked off a little too much and then she got really bad at it. It just became frustrating for me, so now this takes a lot of questions out for me. I at least get to know exactly how much she is getting which I like and I don't have to pump every 3 hours which is nice. I make enough so that I can skip a feeding if need be and can make it through the night w/o having to pump. My goal was originally to make it to 6 months, but if I'm being honest I probably won't make it. I may get to 5 and if I do, I will be happy with that. I think I'll have enough stored up so she can make it to 6.

I tried for more attempts of getting her smiling in her "monthly" pics, but that didn't work so well again, A little better this time around, but not great.

This was from a week ago. She was happy, happy, happy. 

First time in the bumbo!

Having a serious convo with dad

We had about 4 weeks of her being absolutely perfect. Smiling, talking, sleeping well, playing, etc and hardly any crying. In the past week she stopped talking, started fussing a lot and just doesn't seem very content. I have no clue what is going on with her. It makes us sad because we don't know what happened to our happy baby. I mean its not horrible  but I just can't figure out what to do to make her happy. I thought at the 3 month mark is when they started getting super fun and less crying especially if colicky. I'm hoping its a quick phase and she will be back to her happy go lucky self! My mom said both me and my sis got a tooth at 3 months, so maybe that's what going on, but she hasn't run any fever and I can't feel anything coming through. Or maybe its just a growth spurt. Any ideas or is this just normal?

Here are some stats:
-She weighs 11ish lbs
-She eats 4oz (occasionally 4.5)
-She is super easy to put down at night. A bottle and swaddle and she's out. No rocking or holding needed.
-She loves the car and her car seat still
-She went to the church nursery today for the first time! (I did great, however dad wasn't quite ready for that :) )
-She loves her swing, play mat and bouncy seat
-Still really loves bath time! If she's screaming she stops immediately. Too bad her skin gets dry and we can't give her one every night so we do every other night. She always sleeps great after a good bath.
-She is wearing 3-6 month clothes. Onesies fit great, pants are way too long. Imagine that! (i'm 5"2)
-She wears size 1 diapers
-We don't have a great nap schedule yet, but would like to work on that a little more this month
-She sleeps about an hour after she eats right now anywhere from 30min-1hr.
-She can't hold her head up completely on her ow, but is getting very close.
-She doesn't even act interested in trying to roll over. During tummy time she just chews on her fist, falls asleep or gets mad
-Her cheeks are still really yummy :)
-the biggest thing that happened this month was that we weaned her from the nap nanny. She did awesome. It took 1 night and then she slept longer than usual after that. Yay!

I think that's about it! Even though we've had a rough few days, she has been amazing and really pretty easy. She's definitely lights up our world and time is flying by! We are so grateful.


Green Girl said...

Wow! 3 months already?! She is so so adorable!

Linds said...

a few things:
- she is SO SO SO cute!
- If I remember correctly, both of my boys quit napping well around 3 months and became more "aware" of things. Because they quit napping well, they were more fussy. It's also a developmental and growth spurt milestone, so that could be some of her fussy issues too. Just be consistent with what you do schedule-wise... she'll get through it.
- I felt like you wrote exactly how I feel in regards to breastfeeding. I don't know how I even made it to 9 months with Brayden. I made it 5.5 months with Connor. Breastfeeding made me whacky mentally, and I felt SO much more comfortable bottle feeding. It was just so much more relaxing to me to know how much they were getting and not have to be there all the time. People will try to make you feel bad, but honestly, I had to do what made me the best mom.

Analisa said...

Your baby girl is so precious! Love those sweet cheeks! :)

If you're open to it, I'd be interested in a post about your pumping schedule (how often you do it, how long you pump, how you started, is it harder than nursing etc.) My son has never been a good nurser, either, and after 6 weeks of hard work, I think I'm ready to try something new. I don't want to do formula, so I'm thinking pumping may be for us.

Any tips/advice would be appreciated! :)

Michelle said...

Thank you! That makes me feel better. I really hope this is a phase because last night she woke up twice! And thanks for making me feel better about the bf thing. I really did not enjoy it! ;)

Michelle said...

Yes! Time is flying. Thank you

Michelle said...

I would love to do a post on it and then if u still have questions jut email me! I like it way better though once you get the hang of it :)

Nikki said...

Hi Michelle. Our daughters were born 1 day apart and I too am exclusively pumping (since week #3). It can be time consuming but it's a good thing in the end. I pumped for my son too. Keep up the good work!

Kt said...

I am not sure if this chart does more harm than good but I have found it to be a helpful reference over the last 4 months. I also try to avoid worrying too much about those long periods of fussiness on the chart!

You can see there at about 3 months they probably will be grumpy. The Wonder Weeks book it comes from is supposed to be good but I haven't got it myself.

My baby is just 4 months and is just like Maren during tummy time. But on Wednesday, out of no where, the kid just rolled from his back right around onto his tummy with his arms flicking out to hold him up. And yet he still doesn't seem at all interested in trying to do the tummy to back roll. Each to their own :)

Carly Grace said...

No judgement on the bf thing here. :) love that maren