Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Gabriel: 3 Months

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Gabriel is currently in his 13th week and as of today (the 5th) he is officially 3 months old! Check him out:

Getting ready to go to church this past Sunday

Our son is growing growing growing! A couple of weeks ago I thought that perhaps I would forego a "three month update" and instead write about Gabriel's development once he hit the 4 month mark and had another doctor's appointment. Then I began to realize just how much he has changed in only one month's time and I knew I couldn't skip a month just yet. :)

Nursing
  • He is still a great eater and even though he still has spurts of needing to eat every hour during the day, he is also starting have stretches that are 1.5, 2, 2.5, or even 3 hours between meals sometimes! His hunger signs have also become somewhat more difficult to differentiate from other needs, so you can imagine that this has started to make for some fun confusing times of me completely upsetting Gabriel when I mistakenly thought he was hungry and he was not.
  • He gets quite upset if I try to feed him and he isn't hungry (in case you missed that implication from above). My bad. Just trying to make sure my child doesn't go hungry.
  • Well, he still detests bottles of breast milk...but this is partially our fault for not trying to give him one very often. 
  • We are starting to have a little bit more bottle success since his Godfather wisely suggested that we temporarily give up on the awesome Medela Calma nipples which closely simulate actual breastfeeding (the baby has to do the same sucking motion - which helps prevent nipple confusion) and instead try the free sample bottles we got that have "normal" nipples (where the milk simply flows out). It was pointed out to us that perhaps the consolation of not having his mommy there is to have a bottle that doesn't make him do any work...and the first time we tried this he actually ate half an ounce. I'll take it! Baby steps, you know.

Sleeping
  • Gabriel still sleeps through the night (hooray)! I've heard of babies having a regression around 3 months but so far, so good. He goes to bed between 10 and 11pm, sleeps 5-7 hours, nurses, then goes back to sleep for another 1-3 hours. He's been doing this for about 6 weeks now and it's glorious.
  • A recent major change has taken place with naps. Gabriel has always been a pretty happy, easy baby and has never had trouble falling asleep...and he still has no troubles at bedtime. However, starting somewhere between weeks 11 and 12 he began needing to be soothed to sleep for most naps.
  • If he falls asleep for a nap after a feeding there's no problem. However, because he is sometimes going for longer stretches between nursing sessions this means he often needs to nap when he hasn't just eaten...and that's when I end up having to do a lot of work. He gets really worked up because he's tired and calming him to the point of sleeping can take anywhere from 5 to 30(ish) minutes. But honestly? It's not that bad...it just breaks my heart when he does his "angry" cry and I'm doing everything I know to calm him. Compared to what I imagine other parents deal with I have z-e-r-o complaints, though.

Bath Time
  • No problems here! He stills enjoys a good bath.

Play Time
  • This is largely the same as when he was 2 months old...except that he has seriously begun to hone his aiming skills. He intentionally reaches his arms and/or legs towards his desired hanging animal target on his play mat and skillfully hits it; it's really cute to watch him twist and turn and work so persistently to get some of the hard-to-reach animals. :)
  • Somewhere in week 10 he began to intentionally raise and lower his left arm with great skill - and he would do this and hold it in place over his head so he could just stare in amazement at his fist. After his arm would get tired he would then let his fist fall to his mouth and begin inspecting everything about that hand with his little baby mouth. He can move his right arm, too, but for some reason he only did this with his left.
  • Around the time of the last update he began to really notice his hands...but now he really notices and loves his hands. He can't seem to get enough of sucking on them, staring at them, or doing this adorable thing where he literally holds his own hand...because he clasps his hands together and holds his own fingers. Super cute. He will also clasp onto anything he can.
  • He's at that point where he loves to learn about things by sucking on them...which prompted us to order some new rattles and teething toys so he can have a wider variety of textures to explore.
  • He still loves being sung to and I discovered that he loves loves loves the song "Oh, Mr. Sun."
  • We got him a Sassy baby mirror this past month and he has enjoyed staring and/or talking at himself whenever he happens to look that way on his play mat.
  • In the past month I've also noticed that he seems to get really excited on the diaper changing pad. He kicks vigorously (in a happy way) and some of his most excited, talkative times happen during or after diaper changes...even if I don't do anything playful to initiate it.
  • He loves having his feet kissed (and kisses anywhere), having raspberries blown on his tummy, and having his nose and/or mouth playfully tapped.
  • He has taken a sincere interest in books beyond the black and white pages within Goodnight Moon.

Growth/Development
  • Gabriel had his first baby laugh! It happened the night of October 24th (during his 12th week) while we weren't doing anything remotely funny. I was simply holding him and he was intently staring at Michael when out of nowhere he let out two happy giggles. He still doesn't laugh regularly, but it happens from time to time during play.
  • He is so close to rolling over! All of a sudden yesterday he began rolling onto his side and really kicking and making an effort to roll. Any day now....
  • His hair is coming in much thicker! It's also growing in darker on top to match the darker hair on the back of his head.
  • He has outgrown a handful of 0-3 month items of clothing and we've had to adjust the carrier, the car seat straps (multiple times), etc. I think he is probably still in a high percentile for height.
  • Supposedly a baby's crying peaks from 6-8 weeks but Gabriel hardly ever cried until we hit weeks 10 to 11. He became noticeably fussier and clingy from weeks 11 to 12 (hence me needing to rock and soothe him to take naps). Still, I think he cries far less than most babies.
  • He remains incredibly vocal - articulating a variety of noises that sound like "uh oh, uh uh, goo, hii, yeah, uh ma, mom (yes - he makes a noise that sounds like mom!), ooh, ahh, how," etc. He does all the normal coos, a howl, and this week he began to imitate raspberry noises which is too funny (and adorable). And as I was writing this he actually trilled his lips for the first time ever (is that what you'd call it?) to get my attention, haha.

One final note: Up until this week Michael and I had been extremely pleased that our little boy had not yet decided to urinate during a diaper change. Well, that changed Sunday night when he decided to pee all over Michael's hand (because Michael managed to block almost all of it). I knew those glory days wouldn't last forever, but let's hope this doesn't become a regular thing!

"A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men."
-Martin Fraquhar Tupper

3 comments:

  1. Lucky you! My son peed on me within his first week of life. :)

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    1. Haha I had a feeling we were pretty lucky! If it is any consolation, Gabriel did poop everywhere during a nighttime diaper change within the first couple of weeks. It startled me so much I jumped, shrieked, and accidentally woke my husband up.

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  2. I'm so happy for you guys that Gabriel is sleeping through the night so early! I have no idea what that's like after 2 kids, but what a blessing!

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