Not to be outdone by his sister, T turned three months old this past weekend! (Technically he should have turned three months on Feb. 29 but as this wasn’t a leap year I guess he turned three months old sometime between Feb. 28 and March 1.) A three-year-old daughter and a three-month-old son – I am one lucky mama.
T is just so fun these days! He’s so interactive right now. He coos and squeals and hoots like a little monkey. We have wonderful “conversations” where neither of us understands at all what the other is saying but the meaning is perfectly clear. He such a happy guy and has big ol’ gummy smiles for everyone. I love his vocalizations and smiles! They brighten up my days. T loves watching daddy and if daddy’s holding him he loves loves loves to rub his face on daddy’s beard. It’s hilarious! I wouldn’t think that would feel good at all but T is all about it. He itches his face on daddy as if he were a bear and daddy were a tree with this “Oh yeah, that’s the ticket.” look on his face. I can’t help but laugh! Speaking of which, he recently laughed for the very first time but it has only happened once or twice since. I can’t wait for lots of baby giggles! Our guy rarely cries but if he does it is almost always because he’s hungry and he is not being attended to as quickly as he would like. He gets pretty hangry! (Just like his daddy. Sorry, babe, but you know it’s true!)
T seems to have found both his hands and his tongue this week. He clutches his hands together (which is just too darn adorable), often sucks on his fist or his fingers, and actually seems to use his hands to push things into his mouth. He has managed to get his pacifier back into his mouth after dropping it this way. Of course all this new hand movement means he sometimes pushes/pulls his blanket up over his face while he’s in his swing or that he tries desperately to eat his bib. And lately, boy, does he need that bib. He’s constantly blowing spit bubbles and sticking his tongue out. He’s a slobbery mess sometimes. He drools a little bit but it honestly wouldn’t be so bad if he weren’t actively spitting on himself so much!
T has definitely started taking notice of things more and more. He avidly follows us as we walk about the house (with his eyes and by turning his head) and started to notice and interact with the toys on his activity mat. He reached out and purposefully grabbed daddy’s finger last week, so I think we’re pretty close to the point where he’s really going to start interacting with and enjoying his toys. I also think he’s probably not too far from rolling over!
T’s sleep was a bit messy the past month. He was doing pretty well but then he hit a growth spurt and since his sleep was messed up anyway (and he kept getting his hands out) we decided to ditch the swaddle. Of course right after we did that he started dealing with some stuffiness and was having trouble sleeping due to breathing difficulties from the congestion. It was like the perfect storm of sleep issues. Thankfully I think we’re getting back on the road to normalcy and hopefully his sleep will follow. We’re past the growth spurt and he is doing well without the swaddle. The congestion is clearing up now, so more restful nights should be in our future! He primarily sleeps in his swing during the day. I sometimes try to put him in the pack-n-play napper but he really doesn’t sleep as soundly or as long there as he does in the swing. We hardly ever used the swing with E and she primarily napped in the pnp, so he is pretty much completely the opposite of his sister in this regard. Of course, with E i was able to nurse her to sleep for every nap and with two now that’s just not always possible.
In addition to dealing with sleep issues, we’ve also had to deal with some skin issues this past month. T has had a decent case of cradle cap around the crown of his head but it also cropped up on his forehead at his hairline and in his eyebrows. Thankfully Aquaphor and gentle scrubbing during bath time (while he splashes water everywhere) really seem to help. We haven’t fully gotten rid of it but we’re able to keep it at bay for the most part. Most of his baby acne has cleared up nicely but he has had a little bit of dry skin on his cheeks and he tends to scratch himself around the eyes (he rubs his eyes a lot), so some days he really gets all slathered up with Aquaphor.
Our tall boy just continues to grow. He’s currently wearing 3-6 month clothing but I’m pretty sure he’s ready to expand his horizons to 6 month clothing as well. He’s a robust, healthy, little man! He has outgrown most of his newborn cloth diapers but isn’t quite fitting into his one-size diapers, so we’re kind of stuck in that tricky middle ground. I pulled out our flats and covers and I think those with doublers because he is a heavy wetter should get us through. It’s kind of sad to pack away so many articles of clothing that he has barely worn because he’s just growing so quickly but it’s also kind of fun to put him in cute new outfits as well. I have to say it has been fun to have both a girl and a boy to dress up!
He’s such a sweet, happy baby. We really couldn’t ask for anything more! Big love to our little man!