Our sweet baby Jack is going to be 4 months next week, so I wanted to quickly write his 3 month update. I started writing this forever ago, but life keeps happening, and I never published it.
No doctor’s visit until 4 months! We are officially in 3-6 month clothing, and I’m working on getting his 0-3 month clothing into storage. I’ve still been dressing Jack in some outfits that have become too tight. 3-6 month is still a bit large, but it looks more comfy. We moved up to size 2 diapers several weeks ago.
Jack gave us his first laugh at 11 weeks, and since then, he has continued to smile big. He has a favorite book that makes him giggle every time we read it to him. He is such a champ with tummy time, and we are watching him closely for any signs of rolling. He has rolled from his tummy to back, but I’m pretty sure it was an accident. He has started scooting in his crib. He ended up facing a completely different direction one night. Quite a feat to do in a swaddle. He will also lift his bottom a little with his feet, so we have to watch him very closely on the changing table. He talks like crazy to anyone who will listen. He smiles and laughs the most for his daddy.
At 13 weeks, we took Jack to 85C bakery and the Chinese grocery store with my mom. We also walked around the mall for the first time and got Korean food with a family friend.
We restarted Zantac at week 12. He was starting to refuse feeds and becoming so fussy with them. The spit up also was not subsiding. I re-dosed him with his current weight and gave him a low dose. After a few days, the back arching stopped and I we are seeing improvement. The reason we stopped it after it was initiated at his 2 month appointment was because he started doing a horrible scary/sad cry that we attributed to the medication. Eating is still somewhat of a struggle. He drinks 22-24 oz on a regular day, but can get up to close to 30 oz on a better day. He is very distracted when he eats. He is still taking tiny bottles (sometimes 2 oz) but other times 3-4 ounces and only gobbles down his milk in the middle of the night. Eating every 2.5-3 hours during the day and giving us 4-5 hour stretches (sometimes more) at night.
On January 22, 2018, Jack started to really put himself to sleep. I wrote during his last update that he put himself to sleep, but if we are being honest, that was after we would rock him until he was extremely drowsy, and we would put him down with his eyes still open, but about to close. Lately, he has started to put himself to sleep from being wide awake. I know it sounds silly to be so excited about this, but sleep is really important to me, and I’ve been doing my best to lay a good foundation for Jack’s sleep habits.
He did go through a couple days where he would scream as soon as we put him down, but that has passed, and for the most part, he’s falling asleep on his own again.
We get up everyday between 6:30am and 8:30am. It really just varies. Then we try to follow the eat-play-sleep cycle, but I’ve learned not to stress if it’s not perfect. Jack will stay awake between 1-2 hours during play time and typically takes 4 naps per day. Anyone who has a baby knows that it is difficult to get anything done with baby, so I’m learning to let some things go. I’m already good at multitasking, but I want to keep my sanity and rest when I can, especially when Jack still gets up twice most nights to eat. I am exclusively pumping every 3 hours during the day (About 5-6 times in a 24 hour period). I try to cook dinner most nights and keep the house fairly clean. On weather appropriate days and when Yung is around, we might take a family walk with the dogs, which I love.
I just started back at work a few weeks ago, and we are figuring out our new normal. I am hoping to make it a habit to go out with the baby at least once a week to visit a friend or take a walk around the mall.
We are using Walmart and Kroger grocery pick up. Target too. I will also run to Trader Joe’s once and a while when Yung can keep an eye on Jack for an hour.
Survival! I’m really hoping in the month of March, Yung and I will be able to make it a priority to set aside time for ourselves. It has been a crazy loop of taking care of the baby, working, taking care of the dogs and house, cooking, cleaning, and repeat. I want to start exercising, but most days, I am just too exhausted and prefer to go to bed early versus spend an extra 30 minutes working out.
Despite the exhaustion, we are grateful for each other and this crazy time we are in. Sending you much love and happiness from this little space on the interwebs.