A quarter of a year! I can’t believe it! I hate clichés as much as the next guy, but holy smokes is time going by fast!
This month blew month 2 out of the water. We have had so much fun this month! With more sleep we saw much less of Sir Grumpypants, and had lots more adventures!
This varies, but he usually eats 3.5 oz about 7 times a day. We have had some hungry days where he has wanted a bit more, and obviously I have no idea how much he eats when nursing, but this is what we start with. At one point this month I almost gave up nursing in favor of exclusive pumping, but decided to stick it out a bit longer. Things have gotten easier (no more pillows now that he is bigger, so nursing in public places isn’t so impossible), so I think we are just gonna stick with both for now!
I am filled with horror at the thought of saying a word about this. This month has been BLISSFUL compared to last month. About a week ago Caleb started long stretches of sleep, from about 7-3:30 or 4 most nights, and then right back to sleep and awake sometime between 5:30 and 6:30, ready for the day. We tried going without the dream feed (10pm) one night and he slept better, so we have dropped it altogether. We are hoping that this month he will start stretching that time so that he no longer has a middle of the night feeding, but I am more than happy with the way things are right now and am counting my blessings!
Naps are still good…I let him take most of his naps in the swing or car seat, because he sleeps better. Usually we get one short AM nap, one long AM nap, and then the afternoons are different every day. Sometimes he will sleep for long naps, sometimes just for 30 minutes at a time.
We made it to 3 months with no sickness! Hurray! There was one night where I thought he might have a fever…taking an infant’s temp is not for the faint of heart! Fortunately he turned out to be just fine!
His strawberry hemangiomas are still growing…some of them much faster than others, but none are of concern. Hopefully when we go to the doctor for his 4 month checkup he will not be worried enough to need to do an internal exam. Because he has so many of them (between 15 and 2o…we aren’t really sure), he could also have them on his organs. He has no symptoms, so our pediatrician and the pediatric dermatologist aren’t worried.
Because he was a breech baby, we had to do a routine ultrasound on his hips to make sure everything had developed normally. Everything was perfect, but I have to say, being in an ultrasound room and watching HIM get checked out was pretty weird, considering how many times they had me on that table to check him out! The exam room was full sized, and putting him on that table was just plain strange!
What a difference a month can make! Caleb is so alert! In the last week or so he has started batting at toys connected to his play gym, and is much more aware of what is going on around him.
He is smiling SO much more, however, I am so enthralled by the sight of those grins I hardly ever can get a camera in time to capture them! Here is one I caught the end of. Doesn’t even come close to capturing the cuteness!
Funny thing about schedules….you can’t have one AND be flexible at the same time. For example… our schedule says that Caleb should eat at 6, 8, 11, and 2. Well, if he is hungry at 1, we feed him. Even the most strict “scheduling” books say to do this. So for the rest of the day, we no longer are “on schedule”. We are pretty much always within 3o minutes or so of our “goal time” but really, who cares. I can’t stand the thought of being tied to the clock anyway. We have a routine which is pretty much the same as last month, not a “schedule” and I like it that way.
We had a busy month!
Our first big adventure was a train trip to Washington DC. Nick and I had never been together, and we figured this is probably the last chance we will get for a while before it gets a whole lot more difficult. We took Amtrak to Union Station, and then stayed in a hotel near the Mall. We were able to walk everywhere we needed/wanted to go, with the exception of the Smithsonian Zoo. We took the metro to get there. Public transportation is so cool to me! 🙂 We had a great time! Caleb did very well on the train, and it was nice to travel with him without having to drive, especially since he eats so often.
This month was also Caleb’s baby dedication ceremony at church. Our church does not believe in infant baptism (baptisim is a choice to follow God, one that can’t be made for you by your parents), but the dedication serves as a way for the adults in his life to promise to love him and teach him that God loves him too. It was held at our church on Mother’s day, and we had a great time celebrating with our families and friends.
Our next adventure was our first hiking trip! At the last minute we decided to head a couple hours west. We had originally wanted to go to Hanging Rock, but it looked like the weather was going to be bad, so we decided to go to Morrow Mountain instead. We had never been there before, and there was less of a chance of rain. In the summer in NC, every day says chance of thunderstorms, so we figured we would chance it! Of course, we got to the top of the SUPER STEEP mountain and it started pouring. The canopy protected us for a good part of the hike, but by the time we got back down the mountain we were soaked and Caleb was NOT happy! But, we proved we have an all-weather baby, and were pretty happy that we braved the storm. Had there been lightning, however, this momma would have been calling the park ranger for a ride to the car 😉
We have also spent a LOT of time strolling! We live in a great area, and we are able to walk all over the place. This month we went to the library a couple times, and to the grocery store. I am learning to slooooow dowwwwwn. Before Caleb came along the thought of walking to the library to drop off magazines was insane…it is a 45 minute walk, or a 2 minute drive. But aside from the heat, I am really enjoying getting outside with the stroller. It fills the days quickly. I can’t wait until he is big enough that we can go investigate all the cool things we see along the way! Right now he just sleeps….he doesn’t care much about mud puddles or grasshoppers…all in due time! 🙂