Hard to believe Haddie Grace is 3 months old. Between packing and moving the past month as flown by! She is a mover and a shaker for sure! She does not sit still! She can roll over both ways and is ALWAYS scooting or rolling off her play mat. If you're holding her, her legs don't stop moving. Unlike Phoebe, she is not much of a cuddler; she is too busy. She likes to be sitting up so she can see what's going on.
She grabs anything and everything and loves all the toys hanging down off her play mat. She loves her giraffe paci. I am still swaddling her at nap time and bed time and I'm scared to stop because she sleeps so well. She did manage to roll over onto her belly in the swaddle yesterday though and got upset because she couldn't roll back onto her back while swaddled. If she makes a habit of rolling over in the swaddle I might have to stop using it- we'll see.
She is also quite verbal. She is experimenting with sounds and moving her tongue around a lot more than Phoebe did at this age. She makes a lot of different sounds and her tongue is very long. I know that sounds funny, but she can really extend her tongue far outside her mouth in a way Phoebe never did. It makes me laugh to see her playing with her tongue so much.
|Phoebe and Elmo wanted in on the action...|
She truly is a happy and easy baby. We said Phoebe was an easy baby, but we were wrong. Haddie Grace is an easy baby. She's a good eater and a good sleeper. I'm guessing she weighs about 13lbs. She eats six times/day about every three hours and takes 4 1/2-5oz each feeding. I'm still trying to nurse her a little bit, but I'm mostly pumping and bottle feeding. She nurses first thing in the morning and then maybe one other time during the day depending on what all is going on. Since she doesn't transfer that much milk from me, it is more for my benefit to nurse her than for her good. I still have to supplement with a bottle after I nurse her, so nursing just seems to prolong the feeding process without giving much nutritional benefit. I try to wake her up around 6:30 (if she's not up already) to nurse her and pump before Phoebe wakes up. And then I pump 4 times total during the day for her. Because I don't produce enough milk I am supplementing her with donor breast milk from a good friend.
Haddie Grace is a great napper and goes with the flow. She's a second child so she gets dragged along everywhere in the morning and takes cat naps when she can. I put her down for an afternoon nap around 1pm with Phoebe and she sleeps great! I will typically wake her up between 4 and 4:30 to eat in order keep her on some sort of a schedule for the evening. She naps great. Phoebe never napped that long!
She eats around 7pm and then goes down to bed for the evening around 7:30 or 8. Before I go to bed around 10 or 10:30 I give her another bottle. She only takes 2 or 3 ounces; I don't know she might not need it, but I don't want her to wake up during the middle of the night so I give it to her. She doesn't really even wake up to take it. I take her out of bed, put the bottle in her mouth, and lay her right back down when she's finished. Then she sleeps till 6:30 or so in the morning or whenever I wake her up. It works well for us.
She's a big girl now sitting in her bumbo chair.