Oh, little Lucygirl! We cannot believe you’re a whole 3 months old. You’re a charming little gal, with a beautiful smile and an easy disposition. You’re already showing us your personality and we love getting to know you.
Development: I’m sure I’ll say this every month, but Lucy is such a sweet, happy baby. She’s really started to show us her sweet personality over the past month. She must be a morning girl, since she’s happiest and smiliest in the mornings. She’s lively and happy most of the time, she cries and cues really well to let us know what she wants (or doesn’t want). That communication and understanding is so sweet and precious.
Lucy is coo-ing and gurgling up a storm, learning the back and forth of conversation and coo-ing to get our attention. She loves it when we get up close at chat with her, she opens her mouth really wide, lets out a little coo and then grins with her whole face. It was so fun around 9 or 10 weeks, I think, when she first started learning how to use her voice and understanding that her noises get a reaction out of her silly parents. It’s fascinating to watch her learning process, she would accidentally make a little noise and be so pleased with herself, but then she’d get frustrated if she wasn’t able to replicate it. Over the course of a few weeks, she figured it out and now she’s coo-ing all the time!
She’s working on rolling over, she’s done it a few times and we’re in that easily-frustrated-if-she cant-replicate-it stage with this skill. The first time I saw her do it, it was a lesson in that whole “don’t do it for her!” thing of parenting. I saw a lifetime of “don’t do it for her!” ahead of us. Sweet and terrifying at the same time. Other fun things, Lucy likes to look at colorful books and she’s been trying to suck on her hands lately.
Daytime: I’ve been back at work for a few weeks now, so Lucy spends her weekdays hanging out with her grandmas! She still takes three naps a day in about the same pattern, morning, lunchtime and afternoon, they’re just shorter and more inconsistent because she’s awake and interacting and engaging with us so much more. We’ve been transitioning off the swaddle for a few weeks and it’s gone well! It definitely affects her daytime naps now (when there’s lots of noises around and a Birchie-dog barking) but nighttime has been great. She’s a champ.
Nighttime: Oh man, are we lucky. Lucy’s getting to be a star at nighttime sleep. She made an easy transition from (at 2 months) nursing at 7 or 8pm, 10 or 11pm and 3 or 4am. Now at 3 months, Lucy is sleeping from 8pm to 4 or 5am pretty regularly. Sometimes she’ll stir when we head to bed between 10 and 11pm and we’ll nurse a little bit, but mostly she’s a champ and loves her bedtime. Her waketimes still vary, so getting ready for work anywhere between 6 and 8am is a little tricky, but we’re working on our routine. We put her to sleep in her crib at 8pm and then move her to the bassinet in our room when we go to bed. I love hearing her little grunts and squeaks as I fall asleep. I don’t know how or when we’re going to let her sleep in her crib all night! She can just sleep in the room with us til she’s a teenager, right? ;)
Breastfeeding: I love love love nursing Lucy. (And I think she loves it, too.) It’s the last thing I do before I leave for work and the first thing I do when I get home in the afternoon. I was really worried the transition to working full-time would affect how we nurse. Those first few weeks it was obvious that Lucy was glad to see me when I got home, it was so sweet. And it still is. I was also worried about pumping and my milk supply, but thankfully, I think we made it through the transition and we’re okay for now. I’m pumping a little bit more than Lucy eats each day while I’m at work. Though I freak if my ounces vary from day to day, which I know is completely normal. Being a working-full-time-pumping-mama is HARD. (Run to the pumping room, think about your baby, try not to stress about work, run back to your desk, refocus on work and try to get something accomplished before the alarm goes off that it’s been 2 or 2.5 hours and we need to pump again. Repeat 3 times.) As hard as it is, I’m so so thankful that I have a work environment where pumping is possible.
What a wonderful 3 months it’s been, Lucy!
Hand lettering by Jenn Gietzen, Write On! Design