Saturday, March 1, 2014

David: {Three Months}

David –

You are three months old today! You are officially out of the newborn phase and considered an infant :)

According to our measurements at home, you are 12 lbs, 0 oz and 23-3/4 inches long.

You still fit in most of your newborn sized onesies, and a cardigan. However, we probably need to just pack up all the newborn clothing and call it a day. You wear 0-3, and 3 Months on a regular basis. You are still in size 1 diapers, but we will be switching to size 2 when you finish the current box we have open.

You eat an average of 28 ounces, and feed 6 times a day. You are exclusively on the Target brand formula that's similar to Similac Advance. We recently switched you to the next level of nipple flow, and your feedings are much better. Before, it took you a long time to drink much, and it was a really tough battle to get you to eat. We accidentally switched you to a gentle formula, (daddy bought the wrong kind, and mommy didn't notice until it was already opened), and it messed with your system a bit. Now that you're back on the regular formula, you seem much happier :)

Your sleep schedule is a little bit inconsistent, but still good overall. You sleep for a 5 hour stretch at worst, and a 7-1/2 hour stretch at best. There's a feeding between 3 and 5 am. Sometimes you wake up a little earlier, but it's usually because you have a gas bubble that really hurts :( We're trying to figure how best to stretch your sleeping before we move you into your shared bedroom with Jillian. Since you don't like pacifiers very much, we trying rocking you to sleep. So far, it works pretty well, so let's keep up the good work :) You nap about 3 or 4 times a day. It can vary between 30 minutes to 90 minutes. I'm sure this will change more as you become more aware of your surroundings and alert.

Bath time is enjoyable for you! 8 out of 10 times, you don't really fuss at all. When you do, it's a combination of being hungry, and not wanting lotion put on you. You have a few little dry spots on your scalp, but they are not severe enough to be considered cradle cap.

You are a calm and sweet baby. Everyone that has encountered you has just adored you, though we're not surprised :) You are a very serious baby though! You smile at us more, but you don't really laugh like your sister did at this point. Usually, one of two things will happen: 1) You let out a high-pitched squeal, then proceed to decide we're crazy and just stare at us until we stop. If we laugh at your stare, it usually scares you, and then you cry. 2) You get really close to a belly laugh, but then you get the hiccups instead. Someday we'll really get you laughing, and it will just be the sweetest sound!

You can roll to your side pretty consistently, but you're not really close to rolling from back to belly anytime soon. You may surprise me, but I'll be proud of you either way :) You can lift your head pretty well during tummy time. Also, you have really good head control so we feel pretty comfortable not having our hand behind your head 90% of the time.

Being in the car is usually ok for you. Every so often you get upset, but it's almost always because you're getting too hot in your seat.  We took a day trip to Tulsa to take our cat to a new home, and you were the quietest, and most well behaved person in the back seat! Well, you did cry a little, but it's because your sister threw a book in your face :( No worries my darling, she is not allowed to have books again until she can learn to not toss them in your direction. {It was not intentional, just a bad habit she developed before you were born!}

Things that seem to upset you:
Dirty/wet diapers, being cold, pacifiers-especially if you don't want it and someone is trying to give it to you anyways, being overstimulated, loud noises, getting your clothes changed, gas bubbles, being left alone, not being held, being tired, tummy time, and you flinch a little if your sister is heading your direction while yelling/making lots of noise.

Things that you like:
Mama making spit bubbles, cuddling, your mobile, looking out at your surroundings if you're alert, being swaddled, the Moby Wrap-but only a little bit, being in only your diaper, mama's hair, and daddy playing pat-a-cake.

I am so happy you are in our family baby boy! You’re such a joy, and we enjoy watching you grow and learn every day. Love you little tomato :)

Now some outtakes:
{Nice little Elvis sneer there bub!} 

{This is his default face. I have numerous photos with this exact expression. Still a cutie} 

{Got a quick little smile!}

{And of course, big sister needed in on the action ;)}

And a few comparisons!
{Months 1, 2, and 3}

{Left: Jillian 3/2012 Right: David 3/2014}

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