KARA: 3 Months
Kara turned three months on March 3rd. THREE MONTHS!!! Time always went by fast, but boy does it fly at super sonic speed these days! She now weighs around 12 lbs and is fitting into 0-3 month clothing- finally! She loves cooing and smiling, especially after feeding. Like her mommy, she’s happiest with a full belly 😉 I’ve said it every month, but I can’t believe we have a baby. With that said, she’s the most amazing thing that’s happened to us <3
SLEEPING. A few days before Kara hit 11 weeks she started sleeping from 8-10PM to 4-6AM. Hallelujah! But then, my first week back to work, she decided to wake up at 2-3AM again… what the heck, girl!? I think it was just a growth spurt because she is back to her longer stretches of sleep (knock on wood!). We didn’t really do anything to get her to sleep through the night other than not jumping to feed her the moment she fusses. While it’s annoying to still wake up when we hear her on the monitor, we can watch her and see if she’s really ready to eat or just slightly waking. A few times in the beginning she’d fuss, but if she didn’t full out wail, I just let her soothe herself back to sleep. It seemed to work!
EATING. Along with the feeding mentioned above, Kara’s been doing great. She eats well from both the boob and the bottle. I’m still dairy free, although she seems to tolerate it a bit. If I have something with some dairy- say a donut or cookie– she’s fine, if I have ice cream, yogurt or cheese… not so much. For most of her feeding I was still home, but when she had a bottle it was 3oz.
MILESTONES. We were told when she was born that because she was 3.5 weeks early she might be behind in some of milestones and not to worry. Of course I did/do. So far she’s only about a week behind other babies her age and I’m OK with that. Kara finally smiles and it melts our hearts! I can’t help but take a million pictures of her smiling. She “stands up” like a champ! She is working on that leg strength to be a fast runner 😉 Tummy time is going great, as long as you do it in the morning. In the evening, she falls apart REAL quick.
LIKES/DISLIKES. Kara is still loving the bath! My guess is that most babies now do. She likes being swaddled into a burrito, her pacifier, crafting and sticking out her tongue. She doesn’t like waiting more than 2 minutes to eat once she realizes she’s hungry- again, like her mom. She goes from happy to hangry in no time and definitely lets you know. She doesn’t like dirty diapers, being in one place for too long (on the mat, in the rocker or swing) or stopping at red lights.
MISCELLANEOUS. We have ourselves a drooler! You’d think she was already cutting teeth. Bibs are making there way into her wardrobe- ugh. I loved the mix of weather we had this past month. Babies in winter clothes is too cute, but so is seeing their tiny hands, feet and chubby legs. Kara 1 months vs 3 months…
ME. I experienced my first wave of mommy guilt. I like to think I’m a pretty laid back, not overly attached mom. I mean, I left Kara with Todd after a week to go get ice cream, haha. We’ve left her with my parents a few times and she’s alone with Todd plenty of time. It wasn’t until I started work and couldn’t run that the mommy guilt crept in. My foot started bothering me after Gasparilla, so now, not only was I going to the gym for Body Pump, I was going to do the elliptical, too. That means I left her at 6AM and don’t see her again until almost 6PM. Of course that’s not every day, but I started to miss her more and felt bad. Then I realized, I am a better mom and person when I’m able to work out. During that time she’s mostly with Todd (daddy daughter time) or with my mom and dad (grandparent bonding time) so I have nothing to be worried about!