Good morning everyone! Today my baby boy is officially 3 months old and out of the newborn stage. Every day I swear he looks older and does something new. It’s exciting watching him grow and learn but also sad as his cuddly, sleepy, tiny baby days are coming to an end.
We haven’t been back to the doctor so I’m not sure how much he weighs. He’s still rocking the chubby cheeks and thighs look though. We joke that he has “wrankles”, like cankles but on his wrists, because his arms and hands are so chubby. That awkward in-between sizes stage is beginning where his 0-3 month clothes are starting to look a little tight but the next size up is still a little too big. I keep dressing him in my favorite 0-3 month outfits and dramatically thinking “this could be the last time he’ll ever wear this”.
He’s still the happiest, smiliest guy. His smile and baby giggles will melt your heart. He does have a little bit of a temper with sudden but thankfully short-lived screams. Ryan says he gets that from me but I disagree. We laugh when he sometimes gets what we call an attitude and starts talking in an angry tone, like a customer complaining to customer service. He also tells us off when we wipe his face.
This kid is the best sleeper! Knock on wood. We got so lucky with him. Bedtime is between 8 and 9 and he typically sleeps until around 5:30. After eating, he sleeps for another hour and a half or so before being up for the day. I feel so fortunate he started sleeping on his own because Ryan and I have no idea what we’re doing. We do have to change his sleeping situation soon because he’s outgrowing where he sleeps so we’ll see how that goes.
As for naps, if he’s on my chest he sleeps well; if he’s in his swing or rock ‘n’ play his naps only last about 20 minutes. Sometimes I think I need to address that but other times I ask why. I’m home with him during the day and can work on my laptop just fine with him sleeping on me. Of course, the house is a mess but I’d rather cuddle than clean.
Chase is such a happy guy, he pretty much likes everything. He loves talking, waving his arms and legs, and watching faces. He’s fascinated by lights, including a light-up elephant on his play mat and, much to this mama’s dismay, the TV. He’ll stop crying when he sees the TV or start crying if you turn him away from it-my little 3 month old TV addict.
He enjoys laying on his boppy lounger or changing table and chattering away. He’ll talk the most if he can see your face and only needs a little bit of encouragement to keep going. You know those people who only let you get a word in when they stop to take a breath? That’s him.
His play mat is becoming more and more fun for him as he discovers that he can grab blocks and see a baby in the mirror. Tummy time is also becoming more tolerable, especially if he’s propped up, and I don’t think it will be long before he starts rolling from his tummy to his back. He just started pushing up on his arms and lifting his head all the way up. In fact, the other day he discovered how much fun it is to roll off my chest! The first time I think it was an accident; then he kept doing it and grinning at me when he ended up next to me on his back. The best way to get him on his tummy and lifting up his head, though, is propping him up on the couch so he can look out the window. He loves this and turns his head from side to side to see everything.
If he’s in the mood, he enjoys books and being read to. His favorite book is We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. I didn’t know babies could have a favorite book but he seriously gets the biggest grin on his face when we start reading it. He actually screeched at me when I put it away the other day after one reading and happily listened to another reading.
He’s interested in everything. I can take him around the house and he’ll study the pictures on the wall. He likes looking at our reflections in their mirror. Even his own body entertains him. His hands are a favorite and he almost always has them together. Recently he discovered his feet and started putting them together if he doesn’t have socks on.
Most of these I wouldn’t recognize as milestones but my Wonder Week app says they are. He usually goes through leaps a little before the app says (yes I’m just like every other mom who thinks my baby is gifted) and it’s fun reading the list of abilities and checking off the things he does.
- Reacts to and looks for noises (like when I use the ice maker he’ll turn his head towards it)
- Grasps toys
- Pushes up on hands when on his chest
- Blows saliva bubbles
- Chews on his hand all the time
- Leans forward when sitting up, to the point that we have to be really careful when he’s sitting in our laps
- Smiles and shows interest when something makes him happy
- Pushes feet down when you stand him up
- Brings hands together
I could probably go on and on but my little man is up and it’s time for breakfast and cuddles!
I’ll leave you with one last picture