Supposedly 3 months is the cut of for being considered a newborn baby. I'll just be over here crying all the tears. Addison James steals a little bit more of my heart every single day. As his personality starts to peak out more it's just hard not to be entertained all the time. He is such a good baby. He's having a bit of stranger danger which is a bummer, but I mean, having him want me constantly isn't the worst feeling in the world either. I won't get that forever so I'm trying to see the bright side of it. I swear the Italian side of him is showing through. He's a pretty chill baby, but he makes sure to let you know when he's not feeling so chill. The best thing about him (okay, this is kind of a lie because I love everything) is how overly smiley he is every single day. When Addi smiles, he smiles with his whole body. I think of the Grinch when his heart grows in size... That's me when I look at him. I'm excited to share some of the things we're working on in his 3 month update.
Kirby and I finally feel like we have our feet back on the ground. We are able to pick up on Addison's cues more and more each day. It's not easy taking orders from a person who can't speak. I told Kirby that Addi's the most fun, but most difficult boss I've ever had. He never really lets me stop working and he doesn't ever critique me so I have no idea if what I'm doing is right. However, he constantly chooses me for the job so I know I'm his favorite. Lol. Our life has never been more full and we wouldn't trade it for the world. We're nearing the 1 year mark of when we found out we were pregnant (Christmas morning) and we just can't believe all that has happened. This life was a dream and to now be waking up to my little love is still pretty mind blowing.
Life With a 3 Month Old
Main Focus: Sleep
Addison has been a pretty good sleeper when it comes to over night. Around 1.5/2 months he began sleeping 5+ hours through the night. We still have the occasional night where he wakes up at 3 or 4 am to feed, but not many. Kirby and I can't tell you how thankful we are for that. However, Addison is not so good at going to sleep on his own. I don't know if we rocked him & bounced him ourselves too much right away or if it's just one of those things. I'm excited to be partnering with Arm's Reach to fill you in on what we're doing to begin sleep training with Addison.
I want to use the word training very lightly. Addison is a bit young for true sleep training, but we wanted to start slowly transitioning to hopefully make things easier on us all. Having the Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper Bassinet is making life way easier. The first thing we're working on is having him be able to put himself to bed. The bassinet is attached right to the side of our bed to help with the ease of keeping Addison soothing himself to sleep. He doesn't hold the nookie to well by himself and then gets frustrated when it falls out. Being able to stay in bed while keeping that in his month makes it more relaxing and less work for both Kirby and I.
We have been working on less motion of swings to help the transition to crib sleeping more simple. He will take short naps in his crib, but nothing longer than 40 minutes. I haven't fully decided yet as to when we'll move him over to his room. It's hard to even think of doing that honestly. However, when the time is right I want him to be used to sleeping still for more than an hour, obviously. We have been huge on using the Rock N Play, but now as he gets older the Ideal Ezee 3 in 1 Co-Sleeper has been a big help in taking motion out of the question, but still keeping him right next to us. Another big reason I like this bassinet is that it transitions into 3 different things. It's either a co-sleeper, a free standing bassinet or a play yard. As Addison continues to grow this will be the perfect thing to grow with him. It's also super simple to pack up and take with on any upcoming trips. Huge bonuses in my eyes!
All About Addison
Addi is getting to be so chatty and fun to interact with. He never creates a dull moment and his smiles are amazing. With all of that though, he seems to also become bored easier than before. He used to love sitting on his play mat and now he will just whimper a bit after a while. I've tried new toys and switching things up, but for some reason he'll just be over it. Although for the most part he is pretty chill, he really does like to be held a lot. It can be hard some days when all he wants is to be picked up and next to you at all times. It's funny though because then sometimes I've noticed he just wants to be put down to hang by himself. Who knows. I guess that's just how babies are lol.
The small little giggles and laughs that are starting to come out truly make my heart smile. It's so cute to watch and its funny because it's so much work for him to get out. The whole car seat thing is still a little work. Addison seems to be getting a bit more used to it all, but it can still be exhausting and stressful going anywhere. If he's not having, he will let you know. Really hoping this changes because being a work from home mama it would be nice to not have to worry about leaving the house every once in a while.
Addison is way too strong for his own good. He has been holding his head up for sometime now and the leg pushing is on another level. Whenever I get the updates of his weeks he always seems to be a week or 2 ahead of the strength meter. Rolling over, pushing up on his legs and sitting fairly well in my lap are signs that this kid will be moving sooner than later. Wish me luck!
Addi's becoming much quicker at eating which has been nice. Little less time for me to have to breastfeed and more time for chatting together. Once we hit 4 months I'm going to check in with our pediatrician to start introducing some solid foods into his diet. I'll keep you posted on all of that in the next update.
I've began pumping in the evening again. It was just too much to fit in with his short naps during the day. I would never have time to work, eat or even pee if I didn't cut it out so, something had to change. Like I stated in my 7 Week Postpartum update, Addison has been bottle fed from day one. Having him get used to that was never an issue. I never got into giving him bottles everyday because I'm not the biggest fan of then having to pump. However, we are now actually starting to fit in at least 1 a day. I figured it will need to happen for whenever I want to stop breastfeeding. We usually do it right before his bedtime to allow me to use that time for pumping which has been nice because then I have a whole feeding ready to bottle up. I haven't been able to freeze as much doing that, but I am lucky enough to already have so much stored away. It's really a mind game for me and something I try not to stress about.
Whenever I do stop breastfeeding I will make sure to share with you babes. Everyone's journey is different and it's really important to not be hard on yourself. Do what feels right for you and your baby.