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THREE MONTH update

Saturday, December 31, 2011

**I apologize in advance for the length... these posts are my equivalent to a baby book as I can't seem to do both anymore.**

BIG BOY: Trev and I were confident going into our last doctor's appointment that G-man would do us proud and hit the 12 pound mark (give or take a few ounces). Imagine our surprise - and strong insistence that he be re-weighed - when he barely made it to 10.5 and that's with socks and a onesie (great look by the way). For length he's in the 50th percentile, weight he's in the 10th and his head circumference dropped into the 5th percentile... yikes! We have a pediatrician appointment next week to look at the pinhead situation (okay it's not that noticeable) as well as his DT shakes (sorry buddy when mommy's anxious she makes awful jokes that she doesn't even find funny, forgive me).
UPDATE: I started writing this post over a week ago and since then Gabe's had his 2nd appointment. As of yesterday he's 11 lbs 4 oz aaaaand his noggin' is back in the 10th percentile... way to go G.

SNACK TIME: nursing is going good however because Gabe feeds on demand and has yet to establish a regular eating schedule, I rarely get opportunities to go - or be - without baby... "I am slowly going crazy, 1, 2, 3, 4, switch". Gabe & I - or more specifically Gabe and my boobies - are kind of a package deal these days so unless I find time to pump in between my 176 other daytime duties, it's just me and you kid.
SLEEPY TIME: the one question I hear and hate the most is, "how is he sleeping?". Yes Gabe has blessed us with good amounts of zzzzz's since day one, but because he's been a great little sleeper I feel like I can't complain about all the other baby annoyances like his deafening scream, his 2 hour crying spells, his needing to be held every second that he's not sleeping. I promise we work really hard during the day to make up for the 6-8 hours of peace we get at night {11 last night}.
Here's what his December sleep schedule looked like: starts off in his crib around 9'ish, transfers into our bed somewhere between 3:30-4 for a feed and then we'll both crash until 7-7:30 or when Saige wakes us up.

Now that he's 3 months old I'm going to try to work on a nap schedule. In the A.M. he typically drifts off and on in my arms and then he'll go for a longer 2-3 hour stretch in the afternoon... those are my 'power hours' when I tackle my to-do list and/or blog posts.

OUTFIT OF THE MONTH: I should probably rename this heading "stripes of the month" because I yet again picked an article of clothing that's striped. I purchased this ahh-dorable knit hat from JOE and it's hands down my December fave. In case you haven't noticed I'm all about dressing my boy in navy these days {and white onesies}.

TRYING MOMENTS: so Saige and I made de-licious no-bake cookies that I indulged in 2 nights in a row {and by indulge I mean ate a baker's dozen all to myself}... both of those nights Gabe became hysterically inconsolable so he was either {a} disappointed over my lack of self control or {b} not liking the milk & butter ingredients - I think it was the latter. As a result of his food intolerences, I'm avoiding all things dairy... starting now. I'd honestly consider going vegan if it meant no more fits of tears. To say I'm over the crying is the understatement of 2011... when people tell me their babies NEVER cry I become jealous and hateful and decide right then and there that we CAN'T be friends.  

MEMORABLE MOMENTS & MILESONES: I think Gabe was just as surprised as I was about his winter solstice roll over {tummy to back} and Trev & I were in hysterics when he demonstrated his first laugh mid-dream - it was the cutest most unexpected sound ever. December also marked Gabe finding his legs, tongue and ticklish parts {armpits and neck}.  

As a family of 4 we took our first family vacation and the healing waters of Halcyon put Gabriel into a 9+ hour coma {that I had to disturb when I thought my boobs were going to explode}. He even got experience the craziness that is Christmas; has an ornament to prove it and everything. 
To sum things up, Gabe's 3rd month had its fair share of highs & lows, tears & smiles.  I've learned a lot about my little man - ie. when he hears Saige crying he'll start crying himself, but when I cry he just looks up at me and smiles. His 100 watt smile tells me he wants to be a happy baby but his sensitive stomach gets in the way of that happiness.

He's such a stinker - truly - and has started making other farting noises with his mouth which he and his sister find ha-ha-larious.
Yes our Gabriel Arthur can be difficult - much harder than I hoped for - but I keep reminding myself {and Trev} that he's easier than Saige as a baby and look how great she turned out. There's still hope for him yet and in the meantime I'll continue to deprieve myself of dairy and save money on a gym membership by doing the 'bouncing baby circuit' every 1/2 hour.

Dear Gabriel,
I'll love you forever
I'll like you for always
As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.
Love always,
Your Mama

18 comments:

Randalin. said...

Wow - I can't believe it's been 3 months! I love this age when babes start to look more like babies and less like newborns (I know, it's also very sad - they're growing up!).
Kale was a screamer too, despite being wearing him all the time and feeding on demand. I tried cutting out dairy and soy and it made a big difference - but it's amazing how much dairy is in! It was challenging, but worth it.
You guys are clearly doing a wonderful job with him. What a lucky little guy.

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

congrats on your sweet boy getting bigger and yay mama for keeping that nursing schedule up!

Sarah said...

I use my blog as a baby book too. I think my mom has some photos in an album but that's it- you should turn your blog into a book one day so you have a hard copy of all the stuff you've written!
Zach (my first, the red head) was always "too skinny" and a crap ass night sleeper. So, I blame it on red hair (obviously) because Will (the brown haired baby) is a huge tank of a boy and is becoming a better sleeper. So there, blame it on the red hair!

ana {Bluebirdkisses.com} said...

3 months was my favorite time I think with J. Its funny but reading your post about how you're basically tied to one another all day long for feeding on demand is really bringing back the memories for me. J was the same. It was hard to do anything without him, and I was lucky that my work was 5min away from my mom's house where he was when I had to be at the office...I'd get frantic phone calls from my grandma telling me he was starting to stir in the crib and I'd better run home...sometimes every hour! Every stage has its beautiful moments I think....although I have more freedom now that boob feeding isn't as often I think I kind of miss those moments too :)

Danielle Hardy said...

This is so beautiful.. Hang in there. Being a mom is so rewarding and challenging all at the same time. Goes by so fast but in those moments of questioning yourself and sleepless nights it feels like it will never end :) Loved reading this :) your sweet baby is the cutest :)

christine, just bella said...

LIttle Gabe is just the cutest! I must make some giant babies cause Alice was 11lbs5oz at one month!!

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