I cannot believe Emerson is three months old today. The past three months have truly flown by and this day is very bittersweet for me as it marks my last month of maternity leave. I go back to work full time in April, and although I work from home it will not be the same. Although we’ve had difficult days, some tears and frustrations nothing can replace the joy of the last three months and having the opportunity to devote my full attention to Emerson.
We didn’t have a check-up this month, we don’t have to go back to the doctor until 4 months but we’ve seen so many changes since our two month update. Emerson has become more vocal and more mobile. She is starting to bat and grasp at toys, she is laughing more (which still gives her the hiccups!) and she loves to engage with the people around her.
I am excited for the month ahead. My sister, brother-in-law and nieces are coming out to visit. I cannot wait to have them here and have them meet Emerson. After their visit I am flying back to California with them and we get to see the rest of our family and friends.
Here are Emerson's three month stats:
We haven’t had a weight check in several weeks but during her last checkup she was 12 pounds and 7 ounces, I wouldn’t be surprised if she stood 13 pounds today! She still appears to be around 24 inches long.
I am hopeful that we escaped winter without any colds. While we still have a few cold months ahead Emerson is in good health and hasn’t had any issues.
Emerson still breastfeeds during the day every 3 hours and we continue to give her a bottle at night before she goes down for bed. We had a couple of days where she went on a nursing strike. Our doctor things she is starting to teeth and that caused her some irritability. Emerson isn’t the smoothest breast feeder, we have good days and bad days but she is gaining weight and that is all that matters.
We are still on the eat, paly, nap routine. I’ve noticed that her awake hours are increasing and her naps get shorter. Typically around 30-45 minutes. We take a morning nap and an afternoon nap in our crib and then typically an evening nap on mommy. However, there are some anomalies so I cannot assume each day will be the same. However, she is consistently clocking 5-6 hours of sleep a night, she wakes for a brief nursing session and then falls asleep for another 2-3 hours. She still enjoys Jazz music and nap time and at nighttime to help soothe her.
night. I suppose the nice thing about this setup is the music puts Nate and I to sleep too. I highly recommend Jazz for Sleep on Spotify for anyone who is having trouble sleeping J
Sitting upright on your lap, music toys, animal noises, being held and walking around the house, drooling.
Being hangry, being left alone for too long when she is awake and gas.
We’ve moved into the 3-6 month size range. She can still fit in some 0-3 months onesies but the pants are too small so she’s navigated to her 3-6 month drawer of clothes.
Emerson still is not much of a crier (double knock on wood again). She has started to give a few whimpers when she is hungry or overly tired.
Still trying to laugh but those pesky hiccups get it in the way. She smiles all the time, has learned to kick her legs up in the air and starting to roll on her side but not rolling completely over yet. She has also started batting at toys with her hands!
I went to my first mommy and me class in Jersey City this past week. It was nice to be around other moms and I think Emerson enjoyed seeing other babies. She was alert and smiling the entire time so I’ve decided to sign up and we will continue to go once a week and see if she continues to enjoy it. It was a good escape outside the house for me as well. I have gotten more adventurous taking her on longer outings, I have yet attempt to breastfeed in public as it still scares me. I don’t care what people think, but since Emerson is a fussy breast feeder I am more nervous about dealing with her than anything.