I’m almost afraid to say it, but I think the weeks with this little guy are starting to get easier.
It seems like all of a sudden, with Logan hitting the 3 month mark, he’s turned in to a much easier baby to take care of. I’ve got him almost down and can pretty much predict what is wrong and how much time we have until a melt down happens. Since I’m aware of these things now and how to fix his breakdowns it’s become a little less daunting. I now feel very confident in myself in being able to take care of him and keep him calm. And let me tell you, that’s the best feeling in the world.
I’ve always known Logan was a big dude, but this week he just seems so HUGE. On his 3 month birthday we realized that he really no longer fits in to 3 month clothes. I’ve been putting him in 6 month clothes for a few days now and they fit so much better. We’re also almost at the point where size 2 diapers don’t fit any more. We weighed him the other day [almost 2 weeks ago] and he was 18 pounds!!! [I can only imagine know what he weighs]. We were out to eat the other night and another couple had a little boy that was sitting in a high chair and eating “real” food. I couldn’t help it, I had to ask them how old he was, because his size was smaller than Logan’s. They said he was 9 months old and weighed 18 pounds. I about died. I think my breast milk might have steroids in it!
I am loving watching him play with things now. He loves to garb a stuffed animal and pull it on top of him and kind of wrestle with it while trying to suck it to death. It makes me laugh every time. And he has no clue that I’m watching him, so when I start laughing out loud it scares him, which makes me laugh even harder! We’re still practicing tummy time, which he is getting much better at. He immediately just lifts that head up and looks like a little superman. Still not showing any signs of rolling over, but he can scoot around a little now on his back. He’s also loving his little bumbo chair, which I can tell is really helping him learn how to sit up.
My biggest task with him right now is naps. We have napping down pretty good, he naps in his crib, and I can get him down pretty easily. What I’m trying to work on now is putting him down awake, which is easy some days and a real pain in the ass other days. I try to just lean over him in the crib and pat / rub his belly and sing twinkle twinkle, but if he keeps crying I break down and pick him up. So now, I can tell, he’s gotten used to me picking him up and that’s almost the only way I can get him to fall back asleep. Boo. I feel like I started a bad habit. —Anyone have any suggestions for putting baby down awake?— I think this process will get much easier when we start sleep training, but I don’t plan to do that for a few months.
I also need to start weaning him from the swaddle, but I’m so scared. Not really scared, but man, I don’t want to go through the process! He still jerks his arms up when he’s sleeping and it’ll jolt him awake, hence me still swaddling him. But now that he’s getting bigger and is really starting to enjoy sucking his thumb I’m thinking it might be time to stop the swaddle. This way at night he can suck his thumb to soothe himself. Plus, once he’s starts to turn over I know we’re gonna need to stop the swaddling. I’m back and forth between the one-arm approach or just loosing the swaddle all together.
Now that he’s in to a little bit more of a routine and is getting more social I’m thinking of finding, or starting, a mom’s group. I just really enjoy getting together with other mamas to swap stories. Plus, it’ll be nice for Logan to have some little friends to hang out with in a few months when he really starts moving.
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