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Three Months with Lucy

September 13, 2015

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.

Lucy Curtis, 3 Months

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.

Lucy Curtis, 3 Months

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? ;)

Lucy Curtis, 3 Months

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.

Lucy Curtis, 3 Months

What a wonderful 3 months it’s been, Lucy!

Two Months with Lucy
One Month with Lucy

Hand lettering by Jenn Gietzen, Write On! Design

Two Months with Lucy

August 6, 2015

Miss Lucygirl is 2 months old! I can hardly believe we already have a 2 month old. She’s growing so much, it feels like I can see her grow right in front of my eyes. She’s starting to get some deliciously chunky baby rolls and graduate out of her newborn onesies. It looks like she’s going to be tall like her daddy! Lucy is a smiling machine and she’s stealing our hearts on a daily basis.

Lucy Curtis, 2 Months

Development: Lucy has been a smiling machine over the past month. It started with our morning routine, she was the smiliest in the morning and over the past few days she’s added mid-day and afternoon smile sessions to our playtimes. Speaking of playtime, we’re working on tummy time, looking at shapes and toys and listening to music. I’m constantly learning about what she needs for proper development – sounds, patterns, conversation, smells, comfort and so much more.

Lucy Curtis, 2 Months

Daytime: Lucy’s got us on a great little baby-led routine, her morning naps are still the best and most consistent nap of the day. Her lunchtime nap is pretty good and the afternoons are a gamble. I usually wear her in the afternoons to keep her close and happy and I can still have 2 hands free to fold laundry or get dinner started. Most days she does have a little fussy spurt around dinner time. Some days are worse than others and some days I handle it better than others, but we always snuggle and work through it together. This month I learned a few tricks about naptime and helping Lucy fall asleep when she gets tired. In the first few weeks, I assumed crying after nursing was a tummy-ache cry, but it’s not always. I learned that she’s not a sleepy newborn anymore who can’t help but fall asleep constantly, she’s developing wake-sleep cycles. Sometimes she’s been awake and alert for an hour or more and when she’s ready to take a nap she needs a little help. I quiet down and grab her blanket or swaddle, grab the pacifier if she’s cranky. We sway or rock or otherwise sooth and she’s able to fall asleep. It’s fascinating how overstimulation, sleep-wake cycles and her own little rhythm work together.

Nighttime: Lucy’s made so much progress with nighttime sleep just over the past couple weeks! Right now, she’s pretty consistent with wanting to eat between 7-8pm, again between 10-11pm (mommy & daddy’s cue to head to bed), and then she sleeps until 3-4am. She stays pretty sleepy during that 3-4am feeding, only opening her eyes a few times, so we nurse for a bit and she drifts back to sleep peacefully. Her morning waketimes are always different, anywhere from 6-8am, and then we get our day started! (This will be tricky as I head back to work in a week…)

Lucy Curtis, 2 Months

Breastfeeding: We’re doing great! Physically, I’m glad to say that the discomfort of those first 3 or 4 weeks is gone. When we hit 4 or 5 weeks, Lucy and I hit our nursing groove. Emotionally, breastfeeding is such a powerful experience. It’s such a good feeling to know that I can nourish and comfort my child, to hear her cries quiet and feel her body calm as she nuzzles into me.

Lucy Curtis, 2 Months

Behind the scenes assistance from my sweet mama, trying to get Miss Lucy to smile for the camera! :)

Hand lettering by Jenn Gietzen, Write On! Design

Happy Naptime

July 24, 2015

This post is sponsored by Munchkin.

We’ve been working on a mini-schedule for Lucy the past few weeks, simply encouraging the natural nurse and nap pattern that she’s naturally fallen into. As of almost 7 weeks, (7 weeks?!) Lucy naps really well in the mornings, pretty well mid-day and the afternoons are a gamble.

Munchkin Latch Pacifier 1

There a few essentials we have to have at 7 weeks to make a nap a good one: a tight swaddle, some background noise and a great lightweight pacifier. We’ve finally found a couple of swaddles that work well for us, Lucy’s flexible with the background noise, (a noisy kitchen, lullabies or white noise will do) and the pacifier is my favorite part. It’s fascinating, and so satisfying, to watch Lucy’s gurgles and groans fade away when she find comfort in that newborn sucking reflex with her favorite Munchkin pacifier. These cute pink and orange Munchkin pacis were designed with pediatric dentists and moms, with a goal of developing a lightweight, comfortable pacifier. When Lucy’s happily suckling away, Allen and I slowly back away and high five that she’s content and napping… for now!

Munchkin Latch Pacifier 3

And Mama has her own agenda for Lucy naps! I know everything says nap when the baby naps, but I was only able to do that the first few weeks when my own Mama made me. :) Now, during Lucy’s good morning nap, I usually do whatever is the most important task of that day. Whether it’s cleaning the kitchen, making sure a few loads of laundry or ironing get done, watering the plants or taking a few photos for the blog. The afternoons are Lucy & Mama’s snuggle time. (Let’s be honest, I could snuggle my girl all day.) Since her naps are less consistent and she’s usually more fussy in the afternoons, I love to have her nap on my chest. Plus, the Munchkin pacis are lightweight and easy to pop in her mouth one-handed. Plus, the cute heart shape makes them fit just right under her nose and propped between my chest and her chubby cheek. She sleeps really well snuggled up on my chest with a soft blanket and paci. And I can’t get enough of those sleepy snuggles. And she smells so delightful! I usually make a cup of tea (one-handed!) and have a snack (usually fig newtons) and we both have a little down time. It’s a sweet snuggle time, I know she loves it just as much as I do.

Munchkin Latch Pacifier 2

And don’t be fooled with all this talk of snuggles, Lucy’s got a set of lungs on her and she’s not afraid to use them! Evening fussy hour is a normal occurrence and we always bust out the pacifiers again – along with every bounce movement and silly “shhh” sound we can think of. It’s hard in the moment (or hour…) but it always passes. And usually, our trusty Munchkin pacifier is to thank for that. :) Luckily, there are three different nipple shapes that grow with baby, specific to the shape of baby mouths at 0+ months, 3+ months, and 6+ months. I think we’ll be depending on our Munchkin pacis for a while. :)

Munchkin Latch Pacifier