charlee margaret | three months

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

It seems time has passed even quicker now than before.
 I wish harder and harder for time to slow down or stop it altogether but it somehow seems to speed up. Charlee continues to develop an change almost on a daily basis. 
One of my biggest focuses going into the newborn stage with Charlee
 was to cherish every moment as much as possible.
As a first time mom I felt like my main goal was just to survive. To be honest.. those early months are kind of blurry. Between the sleepless nights and colicky days I don't know how I did survive.   Now my goal is to enjoy each day & each night. To watch her grow and change daily.

We didn't have a well visit this month with her doctor but they  encourage  free weight checks if I wanted to just drop by.  We did this so we could watch her weight since she is a tiny babe.

Charlee at THREE months
Weight: 9 pounds 10 ounces
Birth: 7 lbs 7 oz

She is still a tiny baby but growing at a rapid rate.
This sweet one is filing out her 0-3 month clothes and still wearing size 1 diapers.

W H A T ' S N E W

We are all finally a happy baby.   Last month we were still working out the colic and reflux issues. This month she has completely mastered her baby grins and gummy smiles.  She smiles in response to anyone saying hello and talking to her in a sweet voice.   She also has started to respond to actions that she enjoys.
She LOVES to suck her wubba..and will grab her ears/hair now when she sucks her paci. 

her mamaroo - she naps in this swing at least once a day.  I am thankful for this love because it makes it easy to get things done around the house or taking care of work issues when she will sit contently in the swing // her wubba - the greatest form of self soothing ever.  // her hanging toys - this girl loves her play mat and to just be on the floor with toys above her to grab // her Mickey Mouse and My Little Pony - she loves to watch the colors and shapes on the screenr // bathtime, but hates the after bath rub down with lotion  // ergobaby holder - i just changed her from the wrap to the holder and she loves both of them. She like to snuggle and be close to me. 

her carseat - I don't see a end to this in the future. She hates sitting in her carseat and will cry until she realizes that it isn't getting her anywhere // being alone - she is the most social baby on the planet.

E A T 

Charlee remains on a pretty consistent schedule.  She sleeps, eats, and plays around the same time every day.  3-4 hours is normal, eating  7 times every day.  The usual 'scheduled' feedings: 6:30 -7:00  every morning when she wakes and then 9:30am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm,  6:30pm, 9pmish before going down for the night, then between 2-3am. Charlee got her first cold and ear infection this month which led to her not wanting to eat much. She is slowly getting her appetite back and we are hoping she will be back to normal soon. Big girl is trying to hold her own bottle.  Time slow down. 

 P L A Y / D E V E L O P M E N T

Charlee has gotten SO good at tummy time this month even though she absolutely hates it!  She will hold her head up and tolerate tummy time for longer than about a minute these days.  She will actually lay on her tummy for about 5-10 minutes before she's totally over it. Eye contact and focus has been another huge change this month.  She seems to be very aware of her surroundings and intently observes and takes in what she sees.  She follows whatever has her attention with her eyes and then proceeds to move her head to seek her interest after it has gotten out of her line of sight.  Her teachers at school say she is so noisy wanting to know who is always talking. She had become VERY vocal.  Anytime that I am sitting with Charlee in my lap and she is cooing, screeching, and cawing as I type.  She become pretty active and I have found her completely turned over on her activity mat several times! Speaking of turning over.. Charlee rolled over this month!  She rolled from back to tummy.. like it was no big deal!  I was SO excited about this! She hasn't rolled from her tummy to her back yet but that will be only a matter of time. 

Other developments..
She's basically stuffing her entire fist in her mouth.  I am pretty sure we are at the early stages of teething.  Her thrashing while she eating sometimes, the way she sucks hard on her thumb and pulls it out wincing in what seems like pain.. DROOL.  Often she will stop eating and stick her hand straight in her mouth. I am not totally convinced that we will see a tooth soon but at least the process has started.

-Blowing spit bubbles and playing with her tongue!  Did you know that spit bubbles is a developmental milestone?  I didn't either until I read it on my Wonder Weeks app.  She blows spit bubbles ALL the time. 

-She gets SO excited when she observes something she likes.  She flaps her arms and squeals with delight.  Its probably among my favorite moments of the day.  

-She bats at the hanging toys and will even shake her toys that make noise.  She has gotten really good at holding and grabbing toys. 

This girl is an okay sleeper. Sometimes her naps are 2 hours and other times they are 30 minutes. She naps about three of four times during the day/ night. She sleeps from about 9pm to about 3am. She wakes up to eat then goes right back asleep until about 6:30. I am totally okay with her getting up to eat since she is still a tiny baby. She is still sleeping in her crib unless she is super snotty the doctor said to let her sleep in the rock n sleep inclined up. She seems to sleep better in her own space but I feel better when she is sick knowing that she is right next to me. 

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