How we are already at three months I’ll never know! But, the little lady turned 3 months last Thursday, so now is the time to highlight what’s been going on.
At her doctor appointment a week before her 3 months, she weighed 12 lb 15 oz. She’s a chunker She was also 23 inches long.
She is wearing 0-3 month clothes still, but I know the transition will be soon. She is sleeping in 3-6 month sleepers as her feet and legs didn’t fit in the 0-3 anymore.
This month has gone by very quickly, but has had a lot of craziness to our normal day to day life. We had many days of Christmas celebrating, where she napped in people’s arms very frequently, and she got sick. She’s actually been sick for more days this month than she was healthy. Poor thing! It’s thrown her night sleep and day sleep out the window. If she was tired and needed a nap, we let her nap as long as she wanted. I’m trying to real that back in now and make the transition back to naps that aren’t longer than 2 hours, but the morning one is usually her longest. Sometimes her morning one will be 3 or 3 1/2 hours in the swing. I tried to pull the plug on that, but with this 45 minute sleep cycle still being a problem, she is so overtired by the end of the day if she doesn’t get a long nap. So, she sleeps in the swing. There are still times when she won’t get back, and I deal with it, but she needs her sleep. I tried the naps in the crib for a bit but it honestly made all three of us a disaster and frustrated beyond belief. After talking with others who dealt with this 45 minutes problem, which they all stated their babies slept in the swing until 5 or 6 months, I felt better about it. Her morning and afternoon nap are typically in the swing, but her lunch time and evening are in the crib. The evening doesn’t always happen. She screams bloody murder for some reason. I have no idea why because she doesn’t fight naps during the day! We’re making it through as best we can!
She still sleeps in her crib (with a binky in usually), and we had it propped up a bit when she was sick. However, she is quite the wiggler, so it wasn’t up too much as I feared she would roll on down and get stuck. We were also told to end the swaddle days. Boo. She’s been escaping the swaddle for a while. We’ve tried Summer Infant, Halo Sleep Sacks (with and without arms), and the miracle blanket. Honestly, I have NO idea how she got out of the Miracle Blanket! It was quite the contraption, but she did it. In fact, one morning she had both arms out and the legs out, which is impressive because the leg part goes up to her belly button. The doctor said we needed to pull the plug, which we did, but this past week or so she’s been swaddled again at night, but naps in the crib she is not. She tends to hurt just flail her arms around if she isn’t swaddled and after a night of nothing getting her to sleep, we swaddled her back up and she fell right back. When you are desperate, you try everything! She loves laying on her side to sleep with one arm above her head, so she does that for naps, but we think she needs the swaddle for night.
The nights have been rough, though. I don’t know if it’s the too much sleep in the daytime, the lack of being able to breathe, the cough and sniffles, or the no swaddling. There was WAY too much to pinpoint, but I’m really hoping things can calm down soon. I know 12 weeks is also a wonder week, and I’ve heard of the 3 month growth spurt. Between all of this, we’re a sleepy bunch. (It’s gotten a bit better, but that was after she turned 3 months).
Annabelle has also dealt with the 45 minute sleep cycle problem for quite some time. Poor girl just wakes up and can’t get back to sleep. If she’s in her crib for naps, she usually wakes happy, but it makes for an overtired girl later. However, we didn’t have that problem at night, until recently. She started waking up 45 minutes in, and then was miserable for like an hour until we could get her back. She was also left with my brother and his girlfriend last Thursday night, and she did not go down without a fight, which just wasn’t our happy girl! Really trying to work on sleep this month. I wouldn’t care if she didn’t get so overtired during the day and be miserable by the time Aaron came home. So, she’s a work in progress. She typically goes in around 7:30 for a bath or 7:45 nights without a bath, gets her diaper changed, put PJs on, sound machine on, and Aaron gives her a bottle. It usually has 5 oz and some nights she eats it all if she didn’t eat that much during the day, and some nights she may only have 2 or 3 oz. She wakes up typically once a night and sleeps until 7 or 7:30.
Annabelle eats around every 3 hours. If she takes a long morning nap, it could be 4/4.5 hours before she eats. The next nap isn’t that long so it may be 2.5 hours when she eats again. I go with her and sometimes she is hungry and needs more. It seems that in the evening we eat more frequently, partly because of not eating as much earlier in the day. She takes a bottle before bed, eating anywhere from 3-6 oz. She typically wakes up once at night to eat but sometimes it’s been 2 times lately. Annabelle will typically nurse for 5-8 minutes on one side, and around 5 on the other. Her morning feeding is the best one. She’s been getting distracted lately, especially if Aaron is around. He thinks it’s so cute that she stops and smiles at him when she’s eating, but it’s quite frustrating on my end as she then proceeds to look around and find him instead of eating!
- Playing on her keyboard mat
- Tummy time
- Light up toys
- Her fingers and basically anything to chew on
- Her elephant to go to sleep with
- Getting out of the bath. We actually have to use a hair dryer to keep her warm or else she freaks.
- The carseat if we aren’t moving
- Being overtired or hungry
- Putting her arms in her clothes
Things I want to remember:
- The way you follow mommy or daddy with your eyes
- The smiles you give us and how happy you are
- How happy you are when we come in to get you from naps or bedtime.
- The big toothless grin
- Your noises after a sneeze are the cutest
- You’ve started laughing slightly which makes me grin from ear to ear
- Knowing you are calmed down when you are given to mom or dad
- The way you light up with your puppy dog named Violet, or the big teddy bear Grandma and Grandpa gave you
- You are starting to laugh, and know when things are funny. For a while you just smiled so big when anyone else smiled at you. Now, I can see your personality coming through and you open your mouth so big and smile such a big smile when things are funny. You try so hard to laugh, and sometimes little noises come out, but I can’t wait to hear the giggles!
- When I’m snuggling you before putting you to sleep for a nap and you look up at me with your binky in your mouth, and all of a sudden you smile and the binky falls out.
You light up our lives, baby girl. I can’t imagine a day without you!
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Thanks, Amanda, for letting me think out loud today!