Three months. Twelve whole weeks. It can't be!!!
I know it is so cliche, but it honestly and truly feels like we just brought you home from the hospital last week. It has been a blur...such a priceless blur.
Here are some of the highlights of your third month with us!
-Not sure on your height and weight exactly as we don't go to the doctor for a few weeks, but I know you are growing fast judging by how many newborn and 0-3 month clothes I'm already having to pack away. :( You are mostly wearing 3-6 month clothes, especially when it comes to needing some length in your outfit. You are long, Baby!
-We are quickly trying to get through all of the size 1 diapers we were given when you were born, because you really should be moving on up to a size 2.
-Your hemangioma on your side is growing even bigger. We are taking you to a vascular anomalies specialist in a few weeks to discuss treatment options. Because of the location of your strawberry hemangioma (or 'love bump' as we call it around here), it is very likely to be rubbed raw and begin to bleed. It's located right where people have to scoop you up under your armpits in order to lift or move you, and that will be happening countless times a day for the next two to three years. Thus, it is probably best to discuss a treatment to remove the hemangioma. I don't want you to constantly bleed or be in any pain, but I also hate the thought of putting you through any kind of procedures. Sigh. We'll make a decision after speaking with the specialist.
-Your dark, fuzzy hair is coming back in on the top of your head, and you are able to hold your head up so well! You are looking more and more like the little person you will become with each passing day!
-THE SMILES. Oh. My. Word. The smiles!!! You grin and giggle and coo so so so much these days, and I absolutely treasure those gummy grins. Sometimes you can't even concentrate on nursing because you're smiling up at me so much! You'll get bashful and turn your head down when you get to smiling really big, and I LOVE it when you spot me or hear me from across the room and break out into a smile that says, "There's my Mommy." :) LOVE!!!
-You are beginning to realize that your arms and hands are connected to your body, and it is hilarious to watch you flail around on your floor gym and then immediately go still when you see your hand pass in front of your face! You concentrate and go so slow, just watching every movement. So funny!
-You're still eating every 3-4 hours during the day, and, after a quick dream-feed around 10pm, you are no longer waking up to eat in the middle of the night. Woo hoo! You usually make it till around 5:30 or 6am, and I am not complaining. God bless sleep. Amen. :)
-Just like your sisters before you, you do not nurse like the books say you should. Oh, the books. ;) Instead of laying tummy to tummy, you grunt and wiggle until I let you lay on your back with your head craned upwards. Looks horribly uncomfortable, but all three of you have preferred to nurse like this, so what do I know?!
-We had a bit of a nursing strike this past week, and I'm wondering if you were trying to tell me that you want to eat closer to four hours apart instead of three and only one side. Okay then. I'll just go with it, because, when I finally wised up, you went back to your happy, contented little self! Message received, kiddo. ;)
-Still going strong on those bottles--bless you! You even took one from our sweet babysitter, Miss Kylie, without a fuss! Woo hoo for date nights! ;)
-I love your dream-feed most of all. Daddy brings you to me, and while I feed you, he hops in the shower and shuts down the house. During that time, I place you on my shoulder for a burp, and then we both snuggle down into my bed for a 20 minute snooze/cuddle. Precious. You are so alert during the day, thus I treasure this relaxed snuggle with you more than you know.
-For the most part, you go to bed for the night around 7 or 8pm, dream-feed around 10pm, sleep until 5:30 or 6am.
-You take 3-4 naps throughout the day, with the best naps occurring in the morning and getting shorter as the day goes on.
-Although it sounds mean, you nap mostly back in our walk-in closet! It is dark and quiet back there, and this way you get peaceful naps, while your big sisters can still run and play throughout the house. After those first few weeks spent shushing them after they'd startle you awake in your room during your many naps, we were all kind of miserable. So, back to the closet you went! Things went so much smoother after that, and I figure the season of you needing so many naps is very short. You'll be napping once a day in your own room like your big sissies soon enough. For now, you are well-rested and happy, the big girls can run and squeal and play to their heart's content, and Mommy is a lot less stressed. ;)
-The 45 Minute Intruder still messes up your naps every once and awhile. Most of the time, you fuss for a few minutes and then put yourself back to sleep. Sometimes you can't get there, so we call it a wash and try again next time. It really is the saddest thing to watch you be able to put yourself to sleep on your own...but then that dang nap Intruder startles you awake mid-nap. Boo.
-You can still be held to sleep during the day if needed, but you are really starting to strongly prefer to be put down to sleep in peace. I can't blame you. I miss you, though. :)
-After a few insane months, we finally all made it back to church as a family. A family of FIVE! Crazy! You have been great in our Sunday small group class and in church, and I don't want to send you to the nursery just yet. I love the snuggles too much. :)
-We spent the day with Aunt Schmoo and your cousin Charly, went with some friends to a town festival, visited Mimi for a day, spent a weekend just the two of us while Dad worked and big sisters were with Nama, spent some time with our step-fam gals when they came up to visit, had Aunt Schmoo and baby Charly come stay with us for a couple of days, made a trip to the library, and went on lots of walks this month. It has been full and fun!
Sweet Nora, I miss you when you are asleep, and it hurts me how quickly time is rushing by...and there's nothing I can do to stop it. So, instead, I'll take four bazillion pictures of you with my phone and soak up every minute that I can get. I love you so. Not sure what I did to deserve you, but I'm grateful to the Lord for loaning you to us. :)
I'll love you forever,