My little newborn is now a great big baby, having passed the three month mark last weekend. I can barely cradle her with one arm anymore! I don’t really know how it happened…based on her milk bottle consumption, she doesn’t eat any more than Talia ever did. I suspect she might take after the Dover side of the family…I’ve got some tall relatives.
[More pictures at the end.]
I don’t have doctor stats for this month because there wasn’t a well-check, but we think she’s around 14lbs based on our imprecise baby-weighing measures.
Things We Should Remember
Sleeping patterns: Although inconsistent, Liana started sleeping through the night this month. Technically, I think that means more than five hours, but she made it to eight or nine hours a couple of times. Near the end of the month, she established a pattern of sleeping long and soundly for her first shift and then verrrry restlessly for another hour or two. That compelled me to finalllllly figure out how to side-nurse, a feat I never accomplished with Talia. Liana figured it out, and that let the two of us sleep in until 10 or 11am for a few days!
On the difficult side, Liana finally started fussing in the evenings, so we often had to earn her long sleeps with a few hours of rocking, bouncing, and nursing. She also finally became more sensitive to nearby noise, so we’ve been whispering a lot more while she sleeps.
Eating habits: Nothing much changed since last month. Liana continued to eat a lot during the day and less at night. I started pumping after feeding her after her long sleep, often getting 4-5oz, so we’ve built up a decent stockpile of frozen milk.
New discoveries: I THINK she figured out that she can bat at her hanging toys and rock her chair by kicking.
- Sleeping through the night.
- Breaking out of her swaddle sack…I suspect next month might be the last of swaddling.
- Lots more social smiling, especially after eating.
- Enduring tummy time without freaking out…much appreciated by all involved.
- Chewing her hands. For most of the month, she WANTED to chew her hands, but she couldn’t help but punch herself in the face while trying.
The Parent Stuff
- Recovery: I FINALLY felt mostly normal again, even enough to go “jogging” a couple of times with Liana in my jogging stroller. I won’t say I enjoyed it, but I did it.
- Date nights! Because Jonathan’s mom came back to help out for a few weeks after the holidays, Jonathan and I escaped the house for a couple of dinners alone. Having a few hours alone together, with or without dinner, is still a coveted treat right now.
- Being healthy: Jonathan and I joined a year-long weight-loss/healthy living challenge that seems to have provided the right amount of motivation to at least eat a bunch of vegetables. Maybe I’ll post more about it elsewhere (I know, I always say that), but the challenge is designed in such a way as to encourage forming good habits instead of unsustainable dieting. Besides meeting our first goal, one of my prouder accomplishments was finding a sweet potato recipe that Jonathan actually liked! See the “smoky sweet potato” recipe here. It’s delicious.
- “Cooking” with Talia: As part of this drive to be healthy, we took Talia to the farmers’ market to pick out some vegetables (dino kale and rainbow carrots), and we let her use a table knife to cut up some soft fruits for fruit salads. I was especially pleased with our “chopping” party…we actually did something (however small) productive and cohesive as a family. If we’re going to maintain a household of any sort, I think we’ll have to figure out more of these kinds of activities.