I thought I’d give you a little update on what life is like with Grace now that we’ve hit 3 months (and now that she’s not really a newborn anymore) and of course share some more adorable photos of my baby girl!
I’ve been really blessed to have such an easy baby (although for the past few days she has been quite sooky and clingy!). People keep telling me that I seem like a really relaxed parent (always with a hint of surprise in their voice!). I honestly just think it is because she is such an awesome baby, but I am a big believer that babies feed off your vibe so I’m definitely aiming for a ‘relaxed parents, relaxed baby’ situation in our house.
She’s still a great feeder and breastfeeding is still going so well (which is a relief!). I really want to be able to breastfeed Grace for as long as possible, partly for all the benefits for her, but part of it is also me being kinda lazy. I am quite happy to not have to be paying for bottles and formula or a breast pump and then carting it all around with me when I leave the house or warming up bottles every time Grace wants a feed. I know how impatient she gets when she’s hungry so I would not like to keep her waiting any longer than I already do with the time it takes me to unclip my bra and lift my shirt!
She’s also a great sleeper most of the time which is so nice. I won’t go into too much detail about her sleeping habits, mostly because I know mums whose babies are not good sleepers do not want to hear about babies who sleep pretty well! Most of the time I’ll put her down for a sleep while she is still awake and she will put herself to sleep. I’ve watched her as she goes to sleep and she does the weirdest thing! She will lift her legs straight up in the air and then drop them back down onto the mattress (usually with a bit of a ‘thump’ sound to accompany it). It was so weird the first time I saw her do it, but she does it a lot so I guess it is her way of putting herself to sleep. Whatever works, right?
Grace is such a hilarious baby and has so much personality. She smiles every time she vomits on me like it the funniest thing that has ever happened. She also has a cheeky smile if she poos in a nappy that I have just changed, like she did it on purpose. She still hates having a wet nappy but she’s getting better at not crying every single time she wets her nappy (although if you change her nappy and she wets it within 5 minutes of getting a fresh one on she will let you know about it!!).
I’m so much more confident with taking her out, and I even managed to take her out in my Chekoh wrap! I was a bit nervous about baby carrying but it’s so good. It took me a little while to get used to tying the wrap up and I would only put Grace in it if she was in a good mood for ages so I could practice. But a couple of weeks ago I used it to calm her down when she was really upset and it worked so well to calm her down.
It was a lot easier being at the shops with her in the wrap. I had to go to Spotlight to pick up some fabric (to make Grace a Santa sack!) and it was so much better being able to use both my hands to grab things with bubba safely on my chest and push a trolley to hold my rolls of fabric rather than pushing a pram and carrying things awkwardly.
We are still getting out for walks every day (which has resulted in a highly attractive ‘pram tan’ on my hands from the way I hold the handle of the pram!) although she sleeps less in the pram than she used to. I think it’s partly because she is ready for a bit more awake time during the day now and partly she is so curious and wants to look at all the things!
I think it’s also this love of wanting to see everything that means she no longer likes laying on our chests as much (unless she is particularly tired or upset). She wants to face outwards thank you very much and if we try to cuddle her and she isn’t in the mood she’ll get upset with us and demand to face outwards very loudly and insistently! Stu calls this her ‘cricket position’ because it is how he holds her when he is watching cricket on the tv.
She loves the tv (I think it’s the moving shapes and colours?) and also loves to stare out the window. Way more interesting than looking at mum and dad apparently.
She’s just such a smiley and happy baby. She generally doesn’t cry when she wakes up anymore, she just lays in her bassinet chatting to herself and kicking her legs around. She has huge smiles for us when we pick her up after a sleep which is so much nicer to be greeted with than the crying!
I feel like we have settled into a good rhythm and life is ticking along nicely. We’re really looking forward to Grace’s first Christmas (even though she will have no idea what is happening) and starting off 2016 with an almost 4-month-old baby!
What do you remember most from the first three months?
Today I’m linking up with Essentially Jess for #IBOT (I blog on Tuesdays)