Month three was quite the month. Maybe that's why I'm so late in writing this (but at least I'm writing it!!), but I'm quite glad that for many reasons the month is now behind us. We basically had one normal week in the month--the second two weeks were thrown out of whack with my surgery and recovery and the last week we traveled to Utah for Thanksgiving. So, so long month three!
As a second time mom, it's been impossible for me to not compare my experiences with Evie to my experiences with Elle. It constantly amazes me how different the two girls are and I've also forgotten how sweet little babies are. I don't want Evie to grow up!! I want her to stay my little baby forever. No really. Even though she probably won't be my last, I've been taking my time with things as though she is. I felt a pang with every milestone that Elle met, but this is more of a pain. So badly and deeply do I want time to just stop right now.
Sleep - Evie is sleeping a solid 7-8 hours at night--sometimes more, very rarely less. She's still sleeping in our bedroom and while Scott would like to move her out of the room, I just can't be bothered. We all sleep great and it's just so easy (spoiler alert, we have since moved her into her own room...). She doesn't settle down for the night, though, until 10 and usually wakes at 6. Or sometimes I wake her up if it's been too long! She usually goes right back to sleep until 9ish.
I'm still working on naps. She was napping great, until she wasn't. In the morning she'll nap for about 30-45 minutes and ideally she'll sleep for longer in the afternoon but often she doesn't. I try to be patient as I remember it took months before Elle napped regularly. We have good days and we have less good days--on those less good days we usually just pack up and head out of the house to burn some time.
Eating - Still nursing six or seven times a day every two and a half to three hours for about fifteen to twenty minutes. Got all those numbers? :) Evie nurses fairly well but she's easily distracted and sometimes she rather talk than eat. I keep telling her this is why she's such a little girl--too busy socializing to eat. Sometimes it's frustrating to me when she does this, but we usually end up having a pretty good conversation and try again later. She was taking a bottle every now and then but the past couple of times she hasn't been interested. I'm still mostly dairy-free and usually regret when I've eaten too much cheese (pizza is always a bad idea).
Routine - Ahem, since she's pretty much just sleeping and eating, there's really not much more to our day. Ok, kidding a little. Nope, not really--what else do we do all day?! Bath time, which she likes a little better but still gives me the evil glare the entire time. Eh--since three out of four weeks in this month were routine-less, December will be a routine-building month.
Development - My favorite is her laugh. She's quite ticklish and her laugh is literally a "hahahaha" in breathy pants. She loves to talk, especially in the evenings, and has quite a large range of sounds. She loves her hands but hasn't tried sucking her thumb anymore. She's recently discovered her feet and loves kicking her little legs into the air. Kick kick kick kick--she's a pretty chill baby but she loves kicking those little legs!
She's discovered how fascinating ceiling fans are and has finally taken an interest in her playmat, especially the musical light. During tummytime she'll sometimes roll onto her back and she's kicking her legs over to the side when she's on her back. She no longer wants to be held like a baby (except when I'm trying to help her to sleep after she's been swaddled), and she loves being held like she's sitting in a chair. She loves sticking out her tongue and often has her right fist raised in the air. Oh and the spit and bubbles--nonstop!
Personality - Oh my gosh is Evie sweet. And happy. While she does fuss here and there, she is mostly very laid back and has such an easy disposition. It's usually pretty easy to tell when she's tired or hungry, though sometimes she just wants to be held close. I'm normally very happy to comply. While it's hard for Evie and Elle to interact right now, I can tell that Evie is so patient with her big sister. She seems to look at Elle with some loving and curious and adoring eyes--she rarely fusses when Elle is messing with her. I can't wait to watch their relationship develop.
How is Elle doing? I don't think she remembers what life was like before Evie. A few weeks ago my sister took Evie for a few hours and I thought Elle would freak out because she didn't get to go. Instead she freaked out because her baby sister was leaving her--she was distraught! She always asks where her baby sister is if Evie isn't in the same room and she asks to hold her and kiss her. My favorite is when we're in the car and Evie starts fussing--Elle so patiently hushes her "we're almost home Evie; don't cry." It both breaks my heart and warms my heart at the same time.
Sadly because I was basically out for two weeks I didn't have as many pictures this past month--at least not on my regular camera. Here are some of my favorites...
Alright--let's rewind and live that third month over again. K, thanks.