People told me that time goes by so much faster with a baby, and I’m finding that it’s true. Amelia turned three months old on Thanksgiving, and I don’t know where the time has gone. In just another three months she’ll most likely be sitting up and eating food — it’s crazy to me! She adds more joy to our lives everyday, and I couldn’t be more thankful.
Amelia’s next well checkup isn’t until January, so I’m not exactly sure of her weight, length or head circumference. According to the somewhat inaccurate trick of weighing her with someone on the scale, she’s 13 pounds. She’s still nice and long — if it keeps up, she’s going to have a difficult time finding jeans long enough when she’s older, just like her mommy! She wears size 1 diapers and can still wear most of her 0-3 month and 3 month outfits, but her long legs have outgrown her sleepers and she’s now wearing 3-6 month pajamas. I just washed a handful of her 3-6 month outfits because I know she’ll be wearing those soon too!
- Being outside
- Going for walks in the stroller and BabyBjorn
- Lying on her changing table
- Her swing (it’s so funny how this used to be one of her dislikes!)
- Chewing on her hands
- Sleeping in her crib
- Being held over Daddy’s shoulder
- Sucking on her pacifier
- Looking all around, especially at lights
- Loud noises
- Being cold
- Getting out of the bathtub (see above)
- Eating, at times — because she’s so much more alert now, she gets distracted when eating and would rather be looking all around!
- Being tired
- Being away from Mommy and Daddy — she’s starting to get slightly more apprehensive when being held by people she’s not as familiar with
Places she visited:
- Mommy’s work
- Daddy’s work
- A couple of different restaurants
- The mall
She’s still sleeping well, 12 to 13 hours at night, with 3 naps during the day. This is the month where I saw some of the Babywise techniques paying off. It’s really hard to schedule a baby during the first two months, but this month she naturally started to follow an “eat, play, sleep” routine. She’s eating well, typically 5 – 6 ounces, four to five times during the day.
This was a big month for Amelia — she took her first road trip to Michigan! I was dreading the car ride because she’s never loved her car seat, but everything ended up going great. My mom and Jordan went with us, so someone was able to entertain her in the backseat the whole time. She didn’t have a meltdown until the very end of the trip, when she was already overtired. She slept really well in her pack n’ play too, so it’s encouraging to know that we’ll be able to travel with her in the future!
Another big thing is that she’s starting to show some early signs of teething. She’s drooling a lot, constantly chewing on her fingers and hands, and slightly whiny (I can tell it’s an “I’m uncomfortable” whine).
I feel like this is the month where things started to click. We’re no longer questioning every decision that we make, and we feel more comfortable and confident in our parenting skills!
I ended up seeking treatment for postpartum anxiety this month. Did you know that they’ve changed the name from “postpartum depression” to “postpartum mood disorders”? They’re realizing that changes in mood vary, and not everyone gets depressed. I found that I was worried all of the time, to the point where I wasn’t enjoying motherhood even though I desperately wanted to. I’m starting to feel better now, and I’m glad that I decided to get help. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, so if you have any questions about this, please email me! My doctor assured me that it affects more people than you’d expect.
Other than that, things are going well. This next month will include lots of holiday celebrations, and I’m so excited for that!