Morning! So much for that 3 month update earlier in the week, huh? Liv had other plans for us…like a 3 month growth spurt. Monday I was thinking to myself that she hadn’t had one since 8 weeks…then BAM it hit hard on Tuesday.
When she is going through a growth spurt (like most babies) she barely naps, eats about every 2-2.5 hours and is more fussy than usual. I have to say though, she wasn’t super fussy yesterday, she just DID NOT want to nap. You can imagine how much I got done with 2, 30 minute naps from 7 am to 7 pm.
So it’s been 3 months with our little girl. How does time fly so fast? She is SUCH a happy, happy baby. We are greeted every morning with lots of happy smiles and kicks. I’m so grateful for every day with her. I’m so grateful for the weekends and night times as our little family of 3. It’s just all so sweet.
Speaking of sleep I guess that’s a good place to start:
First, let me say that I hate talking about sleep. It changes all the time. Right now Liv is waking up (typically) 2 times a night. Last night she only got up once, but who knows if that’s a fluke. Her first stretch is usually around 5 hours, which is a great improvement from 3-4 hours. What a difference getting up once a night from 3 times a night. You actually feel human. We had a couple nights last week where she was just really having trouble getting into a deep sleep. She’d wake up anywhere from 10-30 minutes after we put her down. It was rough.
The biggest thing I’ve learned about Olivia is don’t mess with her sleep. Just let her do what she wants to do and sleep will get better in time. (I’m NOT saying the dreamfeed or anything else doesn’t work for other babies, because I’m sure it does! It just doesn’t work for her.) It’s SO hard to be patient because you’re so exhausted…but slowly it has gotten better. She’s been sleeping in her crib since about New Years. I wanted to keep her in the c0-sleeper until 3 months, but the quality of her sleep and mine was just tanking. She was making sounds in her sleep and moving around and I was picking her up too quickly. Now if she makes a sound or two, I’ll wait a bit or check the monitor. Most of the time she’ll go back to sleep unless she’s hungry. It was hard at first and I almost felt bad but I realized it was best for both of us!
We also still swaddle her. I don’t swaddle her when she’s in the swing, but if she’s in her crib or rock n’play I do. She actually loves it. We’ve tried a couple times to quit the swaddle, but so far it didn’t work. We may try again this weekend, but otherwise we’ll just wait until she rolls over.
Right now she naps in her rock n’play or her swing during the day. Eventually I’ll transition her into her crib for naps, but right now she likes those two things and so do I. If we have company we make sure she’s napping away from everyone in a quiet place.
We do a routine at night with her. We give her a bath, read book, and say prayers every night before bed. She LOVES to be read to and will look at the person reading, then the pictures when we show it to her. Some of her favorite books right now (or my favorites really…) are: Time for Bed (Mem Fox), any Olivia book, Sheep in a Jeep, and Nursery Rhymes. I have a million books for her, so we need to bring some more up to her room.
Olivia eats typically every 3-3.5 hours during the day. She’s a pretty good eater. Often we feed her to sleep…which I guess may give her trouble later, but honestly I’ll deal with that when it comes about.
Weight Gain, Growing & Clothes:
I’ll update this after we go to the doctor on Monday. I know she’s grown because she’s been out of 3 month pj’s for about 2 weeks now. She still fits in 0-3 gap clothes and some carter’s but it’s 3-6 months for Old Navy. I’ve been slowly putting things she’s outgrown in a bin once it’s washed. I’m kind of excited to transition new clothes into her closet and drawers. She’ll also get her 2nd round of shots. She did okay with the 1st round but was a little fussy after.
Liv has started cooing up a storm. We say she talks in sentences. She will also have “conversations” with you and go back and forth. If I put on music (usually Glee) and she’s in the mood she will coo along. It’s just about the cutest thing (says every mom ever). She also LOVES to stand. I put together her jumper and stuck books under it so she could stand. She’s basically obsessed. (I am going to ask my pediatrician about this Monday. She has really good head control so I don’t see it being a problem.)
Liv has also found her hands..which basically means she has them in her mouth. More often now she’ll get her thumb in her mouth, but she hasn’t figured out how to curl the rest of her hand yet so she basically covers her face with her hand. She’s also drooling up a storm. She likes holding a lovey…which also ends up in her mouth. She hasn’t rolled over yet, but we’re doing tummy time daily. Right now she basically swims in place on the floor. It’s pretty funny.
She is so alert and distractible. We have to feed her in a quiet place because otherwise she’s not interested in eating. If the TV is on, you can bet she’s staring at it. She also started belly laughing this week. She has been laughing for a couple weeks, but just little laughs. I have gotten her to do it 1-2x a day since Monday. It’s SO fun and makes me laugh so hard.
When we were in the hospital with her after she was born, when we was in the nursery she would just hang out when the other babies were crying. We were amazed at how calm and laid back our baby was…but I wasn’t convinced she would stay like that. Well, she has and I’m still so amazed. She just hangs out 99% of the time. She’s still super laid back and just goes with the flow. It is such a treat when you go out and she just cooperates the whole time (I mean she DOES have her moments, but they are rare.)
Olivia is just pure joy. We are so incredibly in love and stare at her everyday in amazement. I’m having SO much fun at home with her and enjoy everyday. With all the happiness though, being a mom is TOUGH. Winter is also TOUGH. I don’t want to take her out when it’s this cold, so it means being in the house all day. Luckily Monday and Tuesday I did get out and had company between my cousin, friend Beth and sister. I’m also super lucky that my mom and stepdad stop by a couple times a week either in the morning or before Danny comes home. It gives me time to start dinner or just do a couple things I couldn’t do during the day.
I think I’ve covered everything. In the next month I will be looking for some activities to start with Liv maybe in March. I def want to do story time because she loves books.
Like I said in my other post, Danny and I are in a good groove right now. I know things constantly change fast, but I think we have transitioned into our role as parents well. I am so grateful to have a husband and partner who is 1,000,000% commited to his family. The love he has for Olivia makes me heart melt daily.
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions about anything we do, or anything I missed..let me know!