It's kind of scary how fast three months have gone by. Next week she's probably going to head off to college already! I've had a love/hate relationship with time since Hadley came into the world. As she gets older, things are getting more fun and (a tad) easier, but I already miss those crazy newborn days. When she needed to be held around the clock, I didn't have time to take a shower and we just stared in amazement at her all day long. That was a beautiful time, but also a rough time and I plan on sharing more soon about my postpartum experience in full. For now though, here's what we've been up to over the past month!
Stats: 11 pounds, 7 ounces (17%) and 24.5 inches long (87%). Still our long and lean girl!
Eating: We've had some major struggles with eating this month. Very distracted, eating way less than normal, etc. It started while we were on vacation last month and I figured it was just because we were in a new place with lots going on. However it continued and kept getting worse once we got home. At some points I couldn't even get her to take 2 ounces at a time! We had quite a few trips to the pediatrician for weight checks since she fell from the 49th percentile down to the 17th, but after changing her formula and a couple of other things to minimize distractions, I think we're finally headed in the right direction. We were at the pediatrician yesterday and they were very happy with her weight gain so we don't have to go back until her 4 month check up - what a relief! It's scary when your baby doesn't want to eat and therefore isn't gaining weight. The month was filled with frustration and tears (from both of us), but I'm so thankful that we're coming out the other side of it now. I hope. ;)
Sleeping: The eating struggle definitely affected her sleep as she wasn't getting enough calories during the day, so she would make up for them at night. Reverse cycling they called it. She went from sleeping 8 hours straight at night, to maybe 5 or 6 with a couple of wake ups to eat. It was strange because she did her best eating at night in terms of ounces, so we just had to roll with it. Hoping to get back to better sleeping habits now that she seems to be eating better because we know she can do it!
As for naps, she has become a napping champ! She's come such a long way from needing to be held to sleep and I can only attribute that to my persistence of putting her in her bassinet and probably just her getting older. She takes 4 naps a day right now - the best one is in the morning in which she'll sleep up to three hours! The rest are usually 45 minute catnaps.
Schedule: I was following the Moms On Call (and loving it), until the feeding issues began. I'm a total schedule person and I honestly just had to let all of that go because she doesn't/won't eat on a schedule, she eats when she's hungry which is generally every 3-4 hours. I do try my best to follow the EASY routine: eat, awake, sleep, you, but sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. The one type of 'scheduling' thing I try to stay consistent with is her wake times. She goes down for a nap 90 minutes after she wakes up and that seems to prevent the overtired meltdowns.
Likes: Smiling, cooing and making high pitched squeals (we call her baby pterodactyl!), grabbing her feet, hanging out on her playmat, 'standing', doing tummy time on her boppy pillow, listening to music (specifically Justin Bieber because I listened to him nonstop while pregnant), riding in the car, going for walks. bath time.
Dislikes: Eating ha! and being overtired, but that's really about it. She's a super happy baby. She has had a little stranger danger going on with people other than Nick and I, which always makes me feel bad when others want to hold her. Any idea how to help with that?
Milestones: Her first laugh was literally the sweetest thing I've ever heard! I cried it was so adorable! Also this month was the first time that we left her with a babysitter and while it was hard, it was good to have a little time away. She loves her sitter, so that really helps :) She has come such a long way during tummy time. She holds her neck and chest up super well and has also rolled over from her tummy to her back a few times - it surprises her every time she does it!
Funny Stories: This isn't quite a funny story, but a night I won't forget. It was a Saturday evening and Nick and I were wanting to go out to dinner, so I was feeding her and getting her changed and ready to go when she started literally screaming. I've never heard her cry like that and it honestly kind of scared me. Gas was the only thing I could think of, so we gave her gas drops and tons of burps came up, but she still just wasn't a happy camper so we decided to stay home. About an hour and a half later, she had FINALLY calmed down enough that I went to put her in her Mamaroo which she loves... and then I clipped her skin in the buckle. The tears started again (from me too - I felt awful) and she couldn't be consoled, so we just put the poor girl to bed. Not a good night!
Postpartum: I want to devote an entire post to this, but this third month has been the first month that I've felt like I'm living again and not just in survival mode. I'm finally starting to feel more like myself. It's been so very needed to have time to myself during the day while she naps and I've been able to devote time to my hobbies again, like blogging and I even changed up some decor around our house. It's just really nice and a relief to realize that I can still be myself while being a mom, which is something I really struggled with at the beginning.
Cheers to month 3! It was a beautiful one and I can't wait to see what this next month has in store for us.