Guess who turned 3 months on Tuesday?! My little cutie pie.
Kester is growing and changing so quick these days. I swear he gets longer everyday.
I haven’t weighed him though so not sure poundage wise how much he’s chubbin’ out!
He is now following people and things with his eyes very well. If I have him playing on the floor in the room, and I’m walking around doing other things he follows me everywhere. Which also leads to a bit of crying when I leave the room. What can I say, boy loves his Momma. In the past few weeks Kester has also started “talking” or making responses to the things I say to him, and laughing. He has the cutest little voice…it’s adorable.
We are starting to get into a routine with eat, wake, play, read time, and then nap. I’m learning his tired cues and trying to get him down for his nap before things spin out of control. We are learning together.
Books, rattles, and snugglies are some of his favorites as of late.
He is starting to grab things with a strong grip, including my bra straps and snapping them while he’s nursing. It’s kinda funny. I have also have to keep his nails clipped extra short because he’s mauling my chest like a little bear!
Nursing is still going good…even though sometimes I feel like I’m not producing enough milk?. I don’t know. Kes still only eats every 3 hours during the day, and goes longer stretches at night, but I worry, because I’m his Mom, I don’t know. He seems healthy though and is gaining weight so I guess I have nothing to worry about. And the milk is always there I just don’t have an abundance.
Kester is fitting nicely in all of his 3 months onesies and pants, but the footed sleepers are getting just a smidge too short on him. Also the sleeves on his gerber brand onesies are all more like 3/4 length, which is not great for the frigid WI February so we’re sticking with the other brands.
On a more fashionable note we got our diaper bundle from The Honest Company. They were running a 50% off sale so I decided to try them out. I got 6 packs of 40 diapers and 4 packs of wipes (70 each) for $40. And you can pick up to 6 different diaper designs!! And they are seriously adorable. I mean how cute are these!! I also think the diapers are really absorbent too. Would I spend the normal price of $80 a month on the bundle, probably not but its been fun to try them out.
Sleeping…ah, a sore subject as of late. Kester is still sleeping decent, but his sleeping patterns have definitely changed, which I read is common for 3-4 monthers. Recently we started implementing an earlier bed time, around 8-8:30pm, hoping that this routine would get him sleeping even better at night…well, it hasn’t…yet. He’ll have a really great night where he sleeps 7 hours straight, and then it will be 5-6 days of waking up every 4 hours. Meaning, I’ll be up at midnight or 1 in the morning to feed him, and then again around 4am. Blah. Not exactly what we were going for, but I’m hoping things start looking up pretty soon. I keep telling myself he’s only 3 months old for goodness sake.
About two weeks ago we tried a slow wean off the swaddle at night….oh.my.goodness. He was not ready. We tried swaddling him one arm out for 2 nights, and it was rough. Waking up every couple of hours, kicking, restless, arms waving, blankets flying…yeah. And frankly I wasn’t ready either. One night around 2am out of sheer frustration I grabbed the swaddler and wrapped him up all burrito style again and sleepful bliss ensued! Well, he’s just too big for the swaddler, so I decided that this week was as good as any to try again. And I figured, if he’s like his Mom he’d rather just go “cold turkey” and ditch the swaddle completely none of this one arm gradual stuff. The last few nights he’s been in a footed sleeper, and is doing pretty good. But I almost think his legs are more active than his arms? Anyone have good tips on how to keep a baby warm while sleeping when his over-active legs kick the blanket off?
On a good note though we have transitioned naps to the pack n play, versus the rock n play sleeper. Kester still sleeps in the rock n play at night, but is doing pretty well in the pack n play during nap time. I got some tips on how to transition him from a few blogs, and here’s a little summary of what I did to make the pack n play more comfy and feel like it was snuggling his little body like the rock n play does.
– Elevated one side of the mattress by putting a pillow underneath it
– Put the “boppy” nursing pillow on the inclined matress creating a U shape kind of seat thing
When I put Kes in to sleep his head goes on the elevated mattress and feet up on the boppy. Like so…
Seems to be working quite well.
Tummy time is getting SO much better!! He’s actually squealing in delight now when I assist him with a roll over to his tummy. He pops his head up and just squeals. So.Cute.
Also he is sitting up from a slightly inclined position. The only problem is he’s not strong enough yet to hold the sitting position alone so he topples over, butt in the air, straight onto his face. It’s hilarious. In fact when I took that 3 month pic at the top of the post, he kept sitting up from the propped position on the pillows and falling on his face into the bed…it took several takes.
Oh, and last but not least can I talk about poop for a minute. If potty talk grosses you out you can skip this portion and be done reading.
So, around 7 or 8 weeks Kester started holding his poop. From going several times a day as a newborn to holding it for 2, then 3, then 5 days at a time. And this last week was the record, a full week!! 7 days with no poopy diapers! Sounds glorious right? Wrong. He was so stopped up that he had a couple days of just unexplainable fussiness, and was so uncomfortable at night that neither him or I got much sleep, it was terrible. Finally after a 20 minute bought of blood piercing screaming Tuesday night we took my sister-in-law, mother of 4, and baby whisperer’s advice…and took a rectal temperature. Sure enough an hour and a half later things got clearrrred out and 5.5 hours of blissful sleep followed. I’m pretty sure Kes and I both felt like a million bucks.
Does anyone else’s baby hold it that long? Geez it’s aweful I feel so bad for him.
Overall I’m so grateful for a happy and healthy baby! The ups and downs of parent-hood are totally worth seeing this face when he wakes up from a nap..
I am beyond blessed that he is mine.