Hi, happy baby! This month, you have been delivering smiles left and right and “talking” and squealing for us. We are so blessed that you only cry occasionally, and it’s usually only when you’ve woken up from a nap and are ready for one of us to come and get you.
Speaking of waking up, you’ve woken up so much to the world around you. You have become EXTREMELY distracted while we’re breastfeeding, which has been somewhat frustrating at times. Also, you used to sleep through everything, but that isn’t the case anymore. Whenever we leave you in the church nursery, sleeping soundly, we’re told you’re wide awake within minutes of us leaving. You just hear all of the other kiddos, and don’t want to miss out on the action! We’ve found this to be true in a lot of other similar scenarios too.
You’ve started to take an interest in your toys, though you’re still a sucker for ceiling fans. And if the TV is on in the same room as you, you crane your neck to catch a glimpse. This has resulted in a no TV rule when you’re up and awake.
Though you still hate tummy time, you’re getting a little better at it. We still have to help you position your arms, but once you get the hang of that, you’re able to lift your head up almost 90 degrees. You’re also making moves to roll over, which is surprising given the amount of time we spend (or lack thereof) on your tummy. You’d much rather sit up now than lie down, and when you’re at an incline, you’re constantly working to sit straight up. We’ve busted out your Bumbo seat, and you also sit on the couch with the help of your Boppy.
This past month, you stayed in the nursery for the first time at church, went on your first trip and had your first cold. With your cold, naps were a little more restless and nursing was a little harder, but thankfully, you handled it all like a champ. You’re getting to be such a big girl, and though watching you grow up is sad at times, it’s more exciting than anything.
We love you SO MUCH, and we oftentimes say to one another that your smile is the best thing that’s ever happened to us. You’re an awesome little baby and a joy to be around, Little Bit!
Mom and Dad
Weight: 13 lbs, 4 oz
Height: 25 in
Clothing size: Charlotte transitioned into her 3 – 6 month clothes at 2 1/2 months. Much of this has to do with the bulk of her cloth diapers, but even in disposables, the 3 – 6 month clothes were fitting at exactly three months.
Charlotte Likes: Activity mat, trying to sing along with Mommy (especially “Little Town” from Beauty and the Beast — I’m convinced she’s going to be a singer!), naps, swinging in her swing, sitting up, riding in the car, grabbing (and licking!) anything and everything within reach, palm tree leaves and the sound and sight of the ocean.
Charlotte Dislikes: Diaper rash, staying in a new place, tummy time (still) and having a cold.
Diapers: Charlotte is still in cloth diapers when we’re at home. When we leave to run errands or are traveling, we put her in disposables, just so I don’t have to deal with carrying around dirty diapers. However, when we switch back to the cloth, we’ve found that she’s more susceptible to diaper rash. She had a pretty bad case when we got back from Florida, but after a few days and a bit of Desitin, she looks better than ever!
Sleep: We were getting to SUCH a good place, sleep-wise, before our trip to Florida. She was sleeping five to six hours at a time at night and napping really well. Each night of our trip, she got progressively worse, and on the last night, I had to get up twice in the night to feed her. But once we were home, she was back to normal, sleeping five or six hours at a time and napping well throughout the day! She typically has one bad night a week, where she wakes up and can’t cry herself back to sleep. I go in and nurse her and just tell myself that she’ll get there!
Feed: Charlotte is still on breast milk only. Since her nursing strike in Florida, her appetite hasn’t been as great. She doesn’t nurse for as long as she used to, and there are times when she fusses while nursing too. There are no other signs of illness or anything, and she’s still happy and delivering several dirty diapers a day, so I’m just chalking it up to a phase.
Happy Three Months, Sweet Girl!