My Path In Motherhood

The adventures of a Christian, cloth diapering, cooking enthusiast, breastfeeding, healthy-wannabe, "crunchy" mama and daughter.

3 Months Old.

on August 31, 2012

My dearest Molly,

Time is flying! Anyway, I’m having more fun with you every day. I have absolutely adored each stage in your life so far. Even though you were very awake, I loved the cuddliness of the first few weeks. But watching you become more alert and aware of your surroundings was fun, too. Then you began to smile. Oh, those smiles melt my heart, especially when I know that they’re because you recognize me and you know that I’m going to protect you.

I think the biggest excitement of this month was going on vacation! We had this planned since January or so, and we didn’t know what kind of baby you would be and how it would all pan out going on vacation with an 8-12 week old, but you were fantastic! You’re such a flexible baby, and really didn’t have any trouble changing you sleep habits and being around everyone else all week long. I think Mommy and Daddy were more exhausted by the end of the week than you were. I will say, as much fun as I had, I was actually happy to be home again after that week.

Tummy Time!

You had a doctor’s appointment at the beginning of August and you weighed in at 10.64 pounds, and measured 22.5 inches long. You were in the 50th percentile at the time, and the doctor said you were a “perfect specimen.” Breastfeeding is still going spectacularly, I love the time we get to spend together so many time a day. We still don’t have a schedule, but I’ll feed you when you’re hungry. I don’t mind at all. When we were at the doctors and I told her you were eating every 2-3 hours she told me to try to space it out to 4 hours and asked if I was tired. I thought that was a strange question, when you sleep for 12 hours with one feeding at night, I get plenty of sleep. Sometimes you don’t eat for 4 hours if we’re out and about, but sometimes, you eat 2 hours after your previous feeding. I’m going by your schedule, not mine.

Had to keep crawling back in the van on the way home so Molly would sleep

Sleeping is usually going really well, too. It took a few days after vacation, but I’d say for most of the month, you slept from about 8:30 or 9 until at least 5am the next morning. You’ll have your nights were you’re up before that, but usually we get about an 8 hour stretch. After that early morning feeding, I bring you in bed with me once Daddy leaves and we curl up together until about 8:30 or so. Once you get up, you are just so happy! I will say it’s one of my favorite times of that day, for sure. Naps are a different story – you’re usually taking them while someone is holding you. And they aren’t long. Usually only about 20-30 minutes or so about 4-5 times a day. I try to put you in your crib for your morning nap, but since we sit with Grammy for the rest of the day, one of us is usually holding you while you nap. I’m hoping it doesn’t bite me in the butt at some point.

Fingers Taste Good?

You’ve been munching on your fingers a lot. I’m not sure if it’s teething – I hope not – or just that you’ve found your hand and they taste good! I was a thumb sucker, and I’d love for you to be one, too, just so I can stop carrying pacifiers all over the place and cleaning them off when they drop. I don’t think you’ve associated sucking on a finger with putting yourself to sleep, although you did put yourself to sleep once sucking your thumb. It’s usually the pacifier to be put to sleep. Or a boob.

Entertaining herself on the way down to the beach

You are thisclose to rolling over onto your belly. You haven’t rolled over onto your back, but I think I’m to blame for that. Tummy time is a rarity, and I know it’s important, but honestly, you have amazing neck control and still have a perfectly round head, so I’m not too worried about it. You can’t seem to get your arm that’s on the bottom out of the way when you try to roll over. I know you’ll get it soon though, it’s only a matter of time.

Time with Daddy

Your newest thing that took me by surprise is the trying to sit up business. Seriously, all of a sudden you decided you don’t like to be reclined and you try to sit up. In the carseat, while we’re holding you, all the time. I didn’t realize that was a development you’d start doing. I knew the head control, trying to roll over, but this one took me by surprise.

Watching the Olympics

Back to the doctors, you had a shot that day and holy mackerel, did you want your mommy all. day. long. We went to look for a van that night, and you wouldn’t leave my arms, even for Daddy, or Grandma, or even to change your diaper. I felt so terrible for you, but I held you with no complaints.

Loving her activity mat

We got you and activity mat and I think you really like it. I usually put you on it for a while each day. The other day you actually fell asleep on it. You were playing and I was on my computer, and I looked over at you and you must have decided you didn’t want to play anymore so you rolled on your side and fell asleep. Simply adorable.

First skirt – Daddy thought she was too young to wear a skirt

You are talking all the time. To everyone. I think you’ll be a chatterbox. It’s so adorable though. I finally caught it on video so I have that, yay! I’ve been trying to catch it on video, but every time you see me get a camera/my phone out, you just start it and and won’t smile or talk or anything. I only got it because you were talking to Grammy and didn’t see my phone. Ha ha, tricked you! 🙂

Enjoying the pool

We put you in your high chair for the first time this month too. The seat reclines so it’s more comfortable for you. I’ll usually put you in it while I’m cooking dinner. I’ll give you a few toys and you’re content for a while. We’re trying to get into a habit of putting you in the high chair while we’re eating, but since Grammy and Pappy and sometimes me eat about 4:30 and Daddy doesn’t get home until at least 6, there’s usually someone free to hold you while others are eating.

Family of three!

All in all, I know I am very blessed to have such a wonderful baby for a daughter, and I am loving every minute of every day that I get to spend time with you. I hope you know how very loved you are by the entire family!




3 responses to “3 Months Old.

  1. Caitlin says:

    I found your blog through twitter, and I’m not a parent, but it’s very off-putting when a blogger opens up with some “you don’t understand because you’re not a parent” platitudes. Just my two cents, of course, but I know I’m not the only one who finds those kind of statements pretty offensive.

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