Monday, June 1, 2020

Rose-3 Months!

Man this feels late, so much has already changed since this little lady turned 3 months but better late than never! Here's all about our 3 month sweetie pie:

Date: May 20, 2020

Sleeping Pattern: Schedule has gotten pretty steady-I did play around with cutting a feed and nap but I don't think she was quite ready so we went back. She eats every 2-3ish hours and her wake times start at 50 minutes, getting longer throughout the day (she's usually awake about an hour and a half before bedtime) and SHE STARTED SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT! Woo! It's not all the time, she'll spoil me with like 4 days in a row and then like a week where she can't quite make it. But it's frequent and earlier than it happened with James so I can't complain! Her routine has become so easy, too, since she started sucking her thumb. I sing to her while I get her in her sleepsack, and I leave her arms out now and she usually starts sucking her thumb and closes her eyes. I then just put her in her crib and either leave or if she hasn't started sucking her thumb or has her eyes open I might kind of stroke her arm and keep singing for a tiny bit. And that has been working-although every day is a new adventure. Some days she naps amazing, others less so. Nighttime sleep is great, though! (Edit: after writing this, of course, naps went to crap. So I changed her schedule up! But more on that next month.)

Eating Habits: She's a good eater, quick! She just eats for about 10ish minutes then usually just starts trying to smile at me and I try to have her eat more just in case she stopped because she was distracted lol. She has 7 feedings during the day and then maybe 1 in the night.

Development & Firsts: Rose slept through the night for the first time on April 30 (8-6:30) and has sporadically been doing it since. The little cutie has started occasionally grabbing/holding on to toys. Although she's much more likely to grab and hold my hair, face, or shirt. She's started really focusing on things and people. She'll stare so intently at her grandparents, etc. on facetime and she discovered her feet and is always looking down at them. She very clearly knows Michael, James, and I and greets each of us with giant grins when she locks in on our faces. And then if we don't look at her for like a few seconds then look back she does it again as if we've just returned. She's noticing patterns in her life (mostly this is evidenced by her protesting/crying/griping when I start putting her in her sleepsack now that she realizes it means sleep time is imminent). She's super strong and holds her head up great and her upper body up on her arms. She's ALWAYS scooting, like she really wants to crawl. A lot of times she ends up rotated like almost 90 degrees. She also tries to stand when we hold her upright and crunches in like she's trying to sit up sometimes. But yeah that's mostly it! Not many firsts due to current circumstances being what they are-she only leaves the house for doctor appointments :(

Mischief: Ummm....I got nothing. Mischief is the purview of her brother.

Cuteness: I don't know how we got so lucky. Rose is the happiest just most pleasant and adorable baby. And, because she's our child, she's getting super expressive and her faces are just so good. I can't get over how often she smiles and grins. Like she just rewards you with pure joy about the fact that you exist and are looking at her. She'll straight up scrunch her shoulders up and giant open mouth grins at you, interspersed with coos frequently, just because you are paying her any attention. Me, James, Michael-she loves us and gifts us with her sweetness and it's just the most wonderful thing (seriously I can't get over Rose and James together. He's always trying to hug her or cuddle her and saying sweet things to her and she just staaares at him and gives him so many smiles). She also straight up POSES. If she sees me lift my phone up she 90% of the time all of a sudden turns it on and starts grinning and posing or blue-steeling it. She's insanely photogenic and it's so funny. Like the other day she was fussing then when she saw I was about to take a picture-BAM serious face then smiles and poses! And she's so laid back and lets us cart her around or lay her down and is honestly pretty cool with whatever, she rarely gets upset, but then she'll get SO INTENSE when she wants something. She will cough at you and/or grab at you for kisses and love. She'll also talk at you in a loud disgruntled manner if she's been left in tummy time too long or is too sleepy. Rose has recently discovered she has feet and she loves to stare at them, she also thinks its super funny when I pretend to eat them or if we clap her feet together. The lady is drooly (woooo probably teething...) and usually has drool hanging from her cute little lip. She'll also blow little bubbes (I was going to say when she's happy but I've seen her do it even if she's starting to fuss) and sometimes BIG bubbles with aforementioned drool combined with her cooing. She really latches on to little animal characters and toys with faces and if she's doing tummy time and sees them she tries to scoot to them. Her favorite is probably the caterpillar on the mat of her activity gym, her face lights up and she grins at it so happily. Something else that makes her happy, which surprised me, is getting dressed and undressed. James HATED that (and diaper changes) and she just gets like excited and smiles huge as you're changing her. A pleasantly weird thing lol. I think she both enjoys being naked and enjoys playing dress up, haha. I think getting her diaper off always feels like a relief, too. She doesn't protest being wet but I can tell she prefers it when she isn't. And I mean...she just always is looking around with wide eyes and awe (her eyebrows are always rising up like "oooh what is that?!", she's such a happy sweetie pie, and even her sucking her thumb is pure cute. Love love love this lady.

Nicknames: Rosie, Rosie Posy, Baby Rose, Baby girl, Lady, Ladybug, Chunk/Chunk-a-munk, "Little Chub/Chubby" (James calls her that), Scoots (Michael calls her that), Fuzzy Head, Sweetling, Sweetie-girl, Cutie-girl, Honey girl, Honey bun, Little miss, Missy, Ma'am, Sweetness, Love, combinations of all of the above...

Talking: She still coos a bunch and sooo sweetly. And it's sounding more and more like she's trying to talk to you. She's also started serving some sass. I swear sometimes you're like "ok clearly you're telling me something, you are protesting your current situation." she just like gripes at you with little talk yells. She'll also cough at you with an open mouth to demand that you give her kisses. So the lady knows what she wants and isn't afraid to tell you.

Favorites: Mommy, daddy, and big brother. Smiling and being smiled at/attention in general. She hasn't had much exposure to other people but I think she just likes people. She stares so intently and sometimes smiles on video calls and is obsessed with "the baby in the mirror" (aka her). So yeah, mirrors. Kisses. Her feet. Being held and snuggled. Eating. Sleeping. The activity gym-especially the caterpillar and butterflies she sees during tummy time. Being naked and being dressed up (she is smiley either way). Getting dirty diapers taken off.

Dislikes:  Teething (I assume), not getting enough sleep, and being left for too long? Honestly she doesn't have many dislikes. She's happy 99% of the time.

Concerns: Nothing in particular, just always making sure she's sleeping and eating and feeling ok and then just COVID stuff. I hate that she doesn't get to see anybody and meet them and gain more people in her tiny world.

A Day in the Life: Rose wakes up between 6 and 7 (I always hope for the 6:30-7 range). She eats and I get James from his room (either before or after Rose eats, depending on time). We play for a  bit, change her diaper and then she has a nap after about 50 minutes of being awake. She usually sleeps until about 9:30-10am. Feed her, play, diaper change, down for nap. Then she wakes around 12pmish (generally right after I've put James down for his nap, sometimes before though) feed, play (without crazy brother distracting me), diaper change, down for nap again. Then wake up around 2-2:30, I get James from his nap, feed Rose, play, diaper change, nap again. Wake and eat at 4:30ish then play, diaper change, and one more nap. 6-6:30 she's up and eating then we play until about 7:30ish (James is in the midst of his bedtime routine at this point) and it's Rose's bedtime. If it works with James' routine we'll all read a bedtime story together. Then I put Rose in her sleepsack, nurse her again, and then lay her down in her crib (usually falls asleep around 8ish). She's still sleeping in the cradle in our room at night and Michael stays up later than I do, so he brings her to our room before he's going to bed and then she either sleeps until morning or maybe wakes up and eats once in the 3-5am zone.

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