I find it seriously hard to believe that I have a 3 month old. Ok technically I have an almost 4 month old, but don’t remind me that I’m late to the party on writing an update.
Month 3 has been the best one yet (I feel a feeling I’m going to keep saying that in the months to come). But seriously though, Piper has gotten way more interactive this month which makes it WAY more fun for us. She’s doing so many new and fun things, but a few of my favorites are:
- She will grab a toy now and shake it and/or put it in her mouth
- You know when she finds something amusing because she laughs at you. This usually results in me laughing which she finds funny so she laughs and on and on this goes.
- She squeels. Our nanny says she sounds like a pterodactyl and I’d have to agree with her on that one.
- She’s sleeping like a champ. Generally around 9 hours a night (from 8pm-5 am). This change of her going to be earlier has been HUGE for me. Now most nights I know once she is asleep I have a few hours to myself. Its amazing.
Month 3 has certainly had its challenges as well though. Very early on in the month Piper had a complete meltdown while I was gone one afternoon. She scream cried while with Tyler for well over a half an hour. Things were pretty hairy when I got back. Totally unusual behavior for her and it kept up for well over a week. Funny thing is though that when the screaming fits stopped is when she started grasping her toys and babbling a whole lot more. I think all that screaming was a result of the mental leap she was making.
I’m finding that in month 3 she is really starting to require more sleep in a quiet space (aka her bed) and her just sleeping anywhere at any time doesn’t really happen anymore. She is so social and wants to be a part of every conversation (no clue where she gets that from) so she won’t sleep if there is exciting things going on. Because of this we’ve had to start making sure we are home in plenty of times for naps because miss one and you can count on saying hello to the Baby Beast.
I was able to manage taking her to the gym with me once this month. She did ok, but its definitely not something I will make a habit of. I had to stop my workout about 5 times to give her a pacifer or pick her up. Granted it was a day where there was a lot of burpees in the workout so I didn’t really mind, but I wouldn’t want to have to do that everyday.
We’ve also had a lot of big things happening at our house this month. We took Piper’s first airplane trip (which is another blog post in itself), we started music classes (blogging about this for Rookie moms soon!), and we had Piper baptized.
As a mom I feel like I’m really hitting my stride now. The first few months I worried a lot more than I do now (I still worry plenty). I didn’t totally feel comfortable leaving her yet, I wasn’t a confidant breastfeeder yet, and in general I was trying to find my way. It seems like in month 3 I have found balance between leaving her with her nanny (1 full day and 2 half days a week) and being home with her. For me, having that time away to write, grocery shop, and exercise has been crucial to my mental health. I no longer feel guilty about leaving her and when I’m back home with her I really feel like I’m able to focus on her and enjoy almost every moment of it (still human). It really helps that our nanny is absolutely incredibly and she does so well with Piper.
On the breastfeeding front, I have to say, it feels pretty easy these days. I can easily go 4 hours between feedings/pumping which really frees me up to get stuff done on the days when Pipes is with the nanny. Feedings are no longer 40 minutes a time, we are down to probably 15 minutes or less. We both feel like old pros. My best advice for any new breastfeeding mom is to hang in there. It doesn’t always seem super easy in the beginning, but by 6 weeks its way easier and by 10 weeks its a breeze (for most anyway).
I spent a serious amount of my pregnancy concerned that I wouldn’t like my baby very much. I thought babies were boring and kind of high maintenance. As it turns out, not only to I love my kid like crazy, I like her a whole lot too. I never knew that my heart could feel so much love. I never knew that talking gibberish back and forth with an infant would be one of the most gratifying parts of my day. I guess you just have to experience it before you can believe its possible. Life is crazy here, but man is it awesome.