My baby girl is three months old already – I just can’t believe it! I wonder if I am going to start every one of her updates with that sentence. Seriously though, it has flown by and as she is my last baby I am desperately trying to hold on to every tiny, milky moment with her.
Here’s where we are up to at three months:
Growth – At 11 weeks she weighed in at 8lb 14oz, so I imagine she’s somewhere around the 9lb mark now. This puts her on the 2nd centile for her growth chart – this basically means out of 100 other breastfed girls her age, 98 of them would be bigger. Clothes-wise she is only just fitting into size 0-3months and to be honest, she is still wearing the Newborn size in some of the roomier brands. It’s safe to say she’s pretty dainty. Breastfeeding is going really well and she is putting on weight at a slow but steady pace so there’s no concerns there. Not much to report on the feeding except to say that she never stops feeding during the day! Seriously, she never goes longer than 1.5 hours during the day and often it’s more like every half an hour. As she is a small baby, you can kind of understand this though.
Sleeping – This is going brilliantly. For the last week, Sophie has been sleeping from about 21:30 right through to 5:30 (ish), waking for a feed and then going back down for up to 2 more hours. I’ve never known anything like it! Before you hate me, I have to say that this is pot luck – she must just naturally be a good sleeper because Zak was the total opposite and I’m doing nothing different! It’s great that we are developing a consistent bedtime routine with a feed in the dark right before I put her down but again, she showed signs of being ready for it by kicking up a tired fuss at the same time every evening (between 19:30-21:00). I’m just taking my cues from her. On the flip side though, Sophie barely sleeps during the day unless its the odd ten minute cat nap – I’m not complaining though, I would much rather have it this way round.
Development – With all that wide awake time during the day comes a new alertness and sudden interest in the people and world around her. I’ve bought her a gorgeous, soft play mat and she is really enjoying kicking her legs and batting at the hanging toys. In the past few days she has also started to grasp the little toys if I hold one to her hand. This is something new as before she just would not uncurl those fingers!
Personality – New born loveliness is all well and good but the magic really starts when they begin to give a little something back. Sophie is for the most part, a really contented, happy baby. She gives me so many smiles every day and has started those gorgeous little chuckles that young babies do. She has that cheeky glint in her eye that spells mischief though – I’m bracing myself for what’s to come!
She also has a pretty quick temper and goes from 0-60 in about three seconds if she is hungry, tired or doesn’t get what she wants immediately. For such a little lady, she sure does have a big pair of lungs on her!! I have to say though, that her sulky face is quite literally hilarious and I can’t help but laugh when she gets stroppy.
Sophie is getting a bit less clingy than she was, although she is most definitely still a Mummy’s girl. I think that this might be something to do with the breastfeeding – she knows I’m the only source of food! I’ve been using a sling for the past two weeks, called a Close Caboo – I will put up a review of this sling for anybody interested in baby-wearing soon.
Check back next month to see how we get on with the so-called four month regression. If you enjoy my blog posts, why not enter your email address in the ‘follow me’ box and don’t forget to come and say hello on social media where I post daily. I’d love to see you there!