Now that Ada's out of the fourth trimester, I've decided to stick with monthly updates or ones that come about as interesting things crop up. Everyday is interesting, but I can only write "I can't believe how much she's grown/changed/etc." so many times, right? And yet -- I really, truly can't BELIEVE how much she has grown since birth!
Tiny baby Ada:
I've been having a conversation on Twitter with some other moms about teething signs and symptoms. Ada has been biting her hands, crying in what seems like pain, congested, and drooling like crazy. She's had less intense teething signs for a while, but they kicked up a notch in the last week or so. Stephen's mom told me that he broke his first tooth at 4 months. I had mine at 6 months, so I guess anything is possible.
I'm wondering what teeth mean for breastfeeding. It's surprising to me that I hadn't thought about the two in combination until recently.
We've been playing a lot more these days. Of course we still have tons of fun in the activity gym -- and Ada's showing much more recognition with cause and effect -- but she has a new favorite: Black and white books and cards. I bought a set of sea creature cards from Wee Gallery a few weeks back. Each morning after we get up, I show her the cards . . . and she grins at the octopus and jellyfish. I can't believe the reaction these simple designs elicit from her.
Lots of fun. We're also using the Bumbo chair now that she's basically mastered head control.
I know all babies are different, but I feel like Ada sleeps way more than most 3 month olds. I could be wrong. But she'll start to sleep at night around 7:30 or 8 . . . then we'll change her diaper and feed her around 10 or 10:30, swaddle her, and she'll sleep through until 5 AM, at which point we'll usually have to wake her up (it's when Stephen gets up for work) and feed her. Then she'll go down again until 7:30 or 8.
During the day, she naps a few times, probably equaling 4 hours total.
I'm not complaining, I just thought by now she would be up more and taking fewer naps during the day. I suppose I'll be yearning for all this sleep when she goes through a phase where she's waking up all the time. A few of my friends are reminding me of this almost daily. Duly noted!
Though she still fits into a good portion of her 0-3 month clothing, I've decided to pack away a majority of it because I can tell any day now, she'll be busting out.
Remember this green dress?
It was the first baby item I purchased once we found out we were having a girl. I call it the "gateway dress" because it opened up this whole new world of girly items to me. If you remember, I had been utterly convinced we were having a boy until I was 18 weeks pregnant.
Other milestones we've hit up to this point include tons of smiles. Head control and bearing weight on her legs. She squeals, gurgles, and coos quite a bit. Blows tons of bubbles with all that teething drool. Bats and holds toys.
And despite like zero minutes of tummy time, she can do a mini pushup:
I know it's early for the jumper, but with how much she likes to stand on her legs, we thought we'd try it.
She liked it a lot.
But I think we'll wait a while before trying it again -- she's so small.
Yup. She's got a lot of skills in her repertoire. But we don't like to brag. It's funny, we were picking out a book for Ada today at Barnes and Noble. And I forget why, but the cashier was like: "Oh, I hope you won't be like those parents who say things like, 'Our little Timmy is reading at a FOURTH GRADE level!'" We all laughed.
I mean we'll never be those parents. The level of pretension makes me gag just thinking about it. But I also never thought I'd be that mom who posts only photos of my baby all over Facebook. I guess you never really know.
I'm making lots of progress on the new site. SO, that's exciting. Oh! And I just had to share this. It's too true. As much as I'd like to laugh at each of these scenes, I'm certainly guilty of a few of them!
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