I’m starting this post early in hopes that I actually post it on time (ha! So much for that since I passed out soon after putting C to bed last night). C turned 3 months old yesterday, and just as we’re becoming comfortable with our new normal, everything changes tomorrow when I return to work. Hubby will stay home with her for 3 weeks, with a half-day trial at the sitter’s once a week to ease everybody in. C already spent one half-day there last week, and it went pretty well. The sitter was able to give her a bottle, even while hubby struggles to get her to take one (I blame this on poor timing – he’s just not home when she’s hungry and not tired!). C did fight napping as always, but the sitter’s husband very sweetly serenaded her on his guitar and she slept a bit after that. We also checked out a nearby daycare yesterday that has drop-in hours on weekends for date nights and if I get called into work when hubby isn’t home. We’re planning our first official date night in a couple weeks for hubby’s birthday. It took us a while because we couldn’t easily find an appropriate babysitter. This center was really clean, and I feel comfortable leaving her there given all the positive reviews I’ve heard from friends and patients’ parents.
It’s crazy to see how much C has grown and changed in the last month. She’s now 13 lbs (more than double her birth weight!), and proportionate for weight and height. Her 3-month clothes are getting tight, meaning she hasn’t worn any of those sleepers even once, thanks to the heat. I plan on putting these away today and she’s worn 6-month outfits starting yesterday.
Tummy time gets better and better, with her pushing onto her elbows and even hands, and I expect full cobra will happen soon. She recently started laughing aloud, especially when talking and playing with daddy, which we adore! I’m relieved that she’s able to amuse herself in her bouncer when I need to cook or do laundry. Her fussy moments are easier to manage now, and I don’t give much thought to taking her along on errands or meals anymore. She won’t last a whole meal in her car seat (she gets too sweaty especially in this heat), but will happily sit on one of our laps looking around, while we eat one-handed. Workout classes are more enjoyable now, as she stays happy for most of the time. She really enjoyed yoga with me yesterday, and I’m very sad we won’t be able to attend more classes together. Currently my goal is to make it to one stroller workout class a week, and two if my schedule allows.
She is still an inconsistent napper, but sleeps pretty well at night. Bedtime is currently 8:30-9, since I just can’t seem to get her down any earlier than that. In the last week, I’ve been able to put her down in her crib while drowsy, turn on her aquarium soother, and she’ll go to sleep on her own maybe half the time. The other times, she fussed after the soother turned off, and I picked her up to nurse her briefly which puts her out. She will no longer accept a pacifier, for better or worse. She wakes up at 1:30-2 to eat, then goes back in her crib easily. Lately she wakes up again from 4-5 to nurse briefly, which is the toughest feeding since we’re both super tired then. I will literally pass out during the feed until the alarm on my nursing app goes off. She generally wakes up around 6:30-7 and is always very happy to see me, usually with an overflowing diaper. I need to put her in one size up at night since lately I’ve dealt with more leaks than usual. I tried to dream-feed her before I went to bed at 11-midnight to see if that would push her to go through until 6 at least, but no such luck. She still woke up at her usual times. Maybe I’ll try again in another week.
We continue to nurse well, and I have much fewer qualms about nursing in public now, though we still hate the cover. It just gets so hot for the both of us. Of course, now we’re dealing with a dislike of the bottle. Crazy for a baby who took 95% of her feeds from a bottle until she was 6 weeks old! Of course hubby blames the full-time nursing, until I reminded him that I’m the one who’s been home alone with her during the day and what did he expect me to do with her while pumping? Along with all the pump and bottle parts to wash, etc. Now I have to add scalding milk to all of that come Monday. I guess if all else fails, hubby can bring her to me at lunch time, but I’m really hoping she’ll accept a bottle from him soon!
Lot to do today, including packing my new work bag with the pump and accessories, so I better get to it. I think I may cry tomorrow before leaving 😦