Thursday, January 26, 2017

Jack: Three Month Update

I can hardly believe that our sweet cracker Jack is three months old already! Time is flying, and he is growing every day... my little baby has turned into a big baby!



Age

Jack turned three months old yesterday, on January 25th (which was my 29th birthday!).

Weight

Jack weighs a little more than 16 pounds. His weight gain has slowed quite a bit now that he is sleeping through the night (he has only gained about 1lb from last month). I was a little concerned since he wasn't gaining at his normal weight, but his pediatrician said it was nothing to be concerned about and he is just rounding out a bit.

Jack has almost outgrown size two diapers. We will finish the box we are on and then move on to size three!



Nursing

Nursing is still going very well - other than a fourth round of mastitis... yuck! Jack eats about 6 times per day which is enough to get him through the night about 90% of the time. I don't love nursing like some mommas do, but I am so very thankful that I have never had to worry or question whether he is getting enough to eat.

I have gotten into a groove with nursing and pumping and have quite the stash of milk in the freezer; in fact, if I'm going to be honest, it is a little bit out of control! I have so much and it will probably never get used since he only gets a few bottles a week. I am going to look into donating it, so that it doesn't get thrown out... otherwise we would need to buy a new freezer!

Sleep

Sleeeeeep! OH my goodness - something just clicked in this little boy's brain at week 9 and he has been sleeping through the night since then. I don't know exactly what happened, but it is so amazing that I have become extremely strict about keeping his night time routine so nothing gets messed up.

I typically feed him for the last time between 7-8PM and lay him down for the night between 8-8:30PM... and he sleeps until 6AM - not too shabby, huh?! Not only do I love the sleep, but I also love the fact that his bedtime affords John and I the opportunity to have an hour or two alone at night before we go to bed. It's a nice way to recharge and feel like normal people.

He has been sleeping so well, in fact, that my brain can hardly believe it. After putting him to bed, even though he is asleep I feel like I still hear him crying! This phantom cry is going to drive to me to the crazy house... the "crying" always ends up being our refrigerator whining, but I still can't quite get his crying out of my head.

Not only is he sleeping through the night, but we are following the proper eat-play-sleep cycle (meaning I am not nursing him to get him to go to sleep), and I lay him down awake and he falls asleep on his own. Truly, this was all such a struggle until one day - bam! - and it all fell into place.

We recently got a video monitor, and it is so funny watching him on the camera after we lay him down. He hangs out in his bassinet and kicks around his legs and moves his arms for an hour or so until he eventually gets tired and falls asleep... silly guy!

We are still working on his day time naps. He takes a good nap (1-2 hours) in the morning, but anything after 11AM he has trouble sleeping for more than 30-45 minutes. He needs to connect his sleep cycles to start sleeping longer, but I am sure he will figure it out eventually. In the mean time, I have nothing to complain about!



Clothes

Jack is quickly growing out of 3-6 month clothes and has moved on to 6-9 month. I keep him in onesies most of the day since he spits up so often, and we are constantly changing his diaper. The poor kid doesn't wear pants anywhere... I throw a swaddle over him and call it good! He doesn't seem to mind, because after all, who likes pants anyway?!

Likes

Jack loves bath time and it warms my momma heart seeing him splash wildly in the tub. It is so sweet, and I am looking forward to him being able to sit up on his own so he can actually sit in the tub!

Cracker Jack also loves to suck on his hands. He isn't teething yet, but he is certainly exploring the world with his little mouth. It's the sweetest thing to see him hold on to things (his bunny or a blanket) and then start to suck on it... I'm sure no one else thinks it's cute, but I find it pretty sweet!



Dislikes

Jack just about loses it if you strap him tight into his car seat... I'm telling you, he-loses-it!! Once we get him in the car, he will calm down after 5-10 minutes, but you better move quickly because the only thing he hates more than being strapped in his car seat is sitting at red lights... no bueno - the car must be moving... fast!

Jack also has started really disliking laying down horizontally. If he is laying down or in a reclined seat, he will strain to try and sit himself up - he is ready to see and explore the world! We have put him in his jumper a few times and although he is still a bit too small for it, he really loved looking around with a different view. Tummy time is still not a favorite, but we are practicing daily and the better he gets, the more he tolerates it... he's got some big cheeks to lift!!



John

Seeing Jack and John together is one of my favorite things... Jack smiles and giggles at me, but I have to work for it. John, on the other hand, gets smiles and giggles just about every time he looks at Jack! Jack loves John very much, and it is so sweet to see.

John and I also headed out for our second date night this past month. John's firm had a table at the local chamber of commerce gala, and we were able to leave cracker Jack with our sweet friends from church who have a little baby who is about 5 weeks younger than Jack. It's so fun to see them together, and we've decided we are going to do monthly date night swaps!

Scout and Lily

Ohhh, Scout and Lily - these two turkeys love Jack... and his toys! They are lucky that Jack is such a great sharer already!



Favorite moments

So many favorite moments this past month... Jack is all about those smiles and has started giggling - I absolutely love it! When he smiles you can keep him going and he will eventually start to giggle.

He is also using his hands more and more intentionally. He holds on to blankets and reaches for us... it melts my heart, and no one will ever be able to convince me that it is on accident - that boy wants to hold my hand! :) His head control is improving and it is absolutely the cutest when we get a peek of his little neck.

Looking forward to

Jack and I have been going on lots of walks and lunches with baby friends and their mommas. It's such a fun way to get outside, move around a bit, and enjoy the beautiful San Antonio winter... I'm looking forward to keeping this up and watching all of these babies grow up together!
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Three month photo outtakes...!




12 comments :

  1. Sweet big boy!! So happy y'all are finding your routine and SLEEP... that's amazing!

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  2. i love the new blog look, and what a little cutie he is!
    b

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  3. Oh my gosh! what a cutie. I love those chubby cheeks! I am super curious are you still working? lol I know that's a weird question to ask but I am a longtime reader.

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  4. Oh my goodness those cheeks! And rolls! He is sheer perfection! I was the same way about not loving nursing so I'm totally impressed you're sticking through it despite the mastitis, you're doing so good mama!

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  5. Oh my goodness, that picture with the pouty face is the cutest!

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  6. How precious!! So glad things are going so well! Sounds like you're nursing like a champ and Jack is sleeping like a champ! Also, love the new blog design :)

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  7. So so cute, can't believe how big he has gotten. His facial expressions are just the cutest!

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  8. He is so expressive!! I love the faces he makes!! Lol at not liking red lights... that spells trouble!!

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  9. Hahaha I love that Jack shares his toys with the pups ;) Jack is absolutely adorable!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

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  10. Goodness I love his leg rolls :) so sweet. I'm so glad to hear baby Jack is healthy!

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  11. Oh my goodness! What a cute little cubbers! Congratulations. Can't believe he's 3 months already!

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  12. It's amazing how I can step away from the blogging scene and then come back months later and see such wonderful things on the blogs I love to follow. You're son is so sweet!! Congrats (albeit, a little late). So happy to see things going so wonderfully for you!

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