Our baby isn’t a newborn anymore! Ruthie is interacting with us so much – cooing, talking, and always wanting someone to “play” with. This is such a fun age! A few days ago I was holding her and just felt so overwhelmed that my dream was to be a mom, and here I am holding my baby. Thank you Jesus for giving us this sweet girl.
Weight: 11lbs2oz (taken last week on our friend’s scale, so this weight may not be exact)
Doctor’s Appointments: Our pediatrician doesn’t see us for a three month appointment so Ruthie won’t be back until 4 months (that’s why I dont know her height and head measurements). She has been super healthy this month. It seemed like she had another clogged tear duct a few weeks ago but it wasn’t as bad as the first time and I know what to do for it now. She is still spitting up all the time and unfortunately for us that hasn’t gotten any better, but I am so much more used to it and it could be worse. I’ve heard that when they start to eat solids that can help a lot so I’m considering starting solid foods earlier with her (maybe around 4-5 months). It seemed like she was in discomfort because of her reflux around 8 weeks but now she’s just a happy spitter and it doesn’t seem to bother her.
Eating: Ruthie is actually taking less bottles than she used to because she dropped her middle of the night feeding!!! Yay for us! We often give her a bottle at bedtime. We just switched her this week to Level 2 nipples on her bottle (Dr. Browns’) because it seemed like she was getting fussy halfway through her bottles and not wanting to take the whole thing. She still eats every 3 hours on the same schedule as before. I’m hoping she will be on this schedule until we introduce solids. Now she is taking 4-5 oz with her bottles, although this can vary a lot. I feel like one of my greatest life accomplishments is breastfeeding for three months now. I actually (gasp!) prefer breastfeeding to bottle feeding now.
Sleeping: Ruthie is still my champion sleeper. I want this blog to look back on this blog for my next baby so there’s a few details I want to note about getting her to sleep through the night: At 8-9 weeks she was waking between 4-5am and then it progressively got later and later. In Michigan, she was waking between 6-6:30am (which is still in the 4-5am time range mountain time since we kept her on mountain time when we were at the lake). Somewhere around 11 weeks she was starting to wake more around 6am at home. She was always breaking her hands out of her swaddle and trying to suck on them around 11 weeks, so I started leaving her arms out of the swaddle then. As soon as I left her hands out, she started sleeping through the night until 7am. At 12 weeks, we dropped the swaddle completely for nighttime and naps. She is sleeping 11-12 hours each night. What a dream baby! Naps are totally a different story. She loves loves loves to nap on me or in her baby carrier. I don’t mind one nap a day like this, but the other naps I really try to get in her crib. Her morning nap from 8:30-10:00am is usually the best one. I try to keep her awake for an hour and a half during the day now before she sleeps, but sometimes she gets really fussy and tired after an hour. I’m already worried that my next baby won’t be a good sleeper like Ruthie is, but God gives you what you can handle at a time!
Leaps: I added this section in here this month because I am following the Wonder Weeks app, which tracks developmental milestones in babies. Ruthie has been through 3 “leaps” so far and it’s crazy how much they really do correspond with her fussier weeks. Leap 1 I didn’t notice a huge change in her. Leap 2 was when we were at the lake and she was not napping at all. I’m not sure if this was because we were in a new place, new packnplay, etc but she literally would nap for like 15-20 minutes the whole week we were there. As soon as Leap 2 ended, she went back to her normal nap schedule. Leap 3 was only a week long and she was having a hard time napping again and only wanted to fall asleep on me. Leap 3 just ended today and I am DREADING Leap 4 which is supposed to be linked with the 4 month sleep regression and is 5 weeks long….
Clothes: Ruthie is still wearing 0-3 month clothes and size 1 diapers but I think she will outgrow that size soon. 3 month clothes fit her great right now. I feel sad whenever we have to retire her outfits because they’re too small! I always think about the clothes I want to save for her sisters one day, but I think I’m going to be able to save less clothes than I originally thought since a lot get stained.
Likes: the morning, when mom and dad play with and talk to her, eating, sleeping on mom, the Tula baby carrier, her hands, cooing and talking to mom and dad.
Dislikes: tummy time, getting her diaper changed, when Mom makes her nap in her crib ;), being in the car when she’s hungry, her fussy hour before bed at night.
Highlights of this month:
- Ruthie had her first airplane trip to Michigan and did great. It was a little stressful for me but after flying with her once I know the next time will be easier.
- We have had a lot of time with her cousins the last few weeks, trying to soak up all the cousin time before we move!
- My Grandma and Grandmother met Ruthie for the first time in Michigan. They loved holding her and rocking her.
What we’re looking forward to: Ruthie’s third month will be full of a lot of changes because we’re moving to Michigan in two weeks. I’m so glad that we are all together as a family – I know I could never move with anyone else! Dave is looking forward to moving to a new place as a family and taking Ruthie to the beach (in Michigan). I am looking forward to having her as my travel buddy as we move and get to discover a new place with her.