Saturday, April 26, 2014

Tracey Ann - 3 Months

Where did time go?
Our Baby turned THREE Months Old this week!  She officially went from being a "newborn" to an "infant" -- and she absolutely is a full-blown healthy, perfect, pudgy, beautiful little infant baby.

I'm 3 months old!

Weight: Probably about 11 pounds.  She weighed 10.5 pounds at her 2 months appointment, which was about two weeks ago.
Mom makes sure I stay warm...

Length:  She was 22 inches at her 2 month appointment - she looks SOOO long though.  She used to just snuggle into my body when she was nursing, and now she is SOOO long!  She lays across my entire lap.  She as as long as her daddy's forearm.  She is so much bigger!

Hi there!

Clothing size:  She's wearing almost all 0-3 month clothes, with a few 3-6 month dresses thrown in (that she wears over sleepers).  She is not really growing out of much in height right now... but she's in cloth diapers now, causing her little bottom to be much more bulky than it actually is

Eating:  Yes -- breast milk, but this month was the first time she got breast milk from both the breast and the bottle.  She had her first bottle at ten weeks, she had another one at twelve weeks, and then this week she has had several a day as I am back to full-blown work, eight-hours away from home.  So, since she's been taking some bottles, I can accurately report that she eats between 3-6 ounces seven-ish times/day.

Come on, Mama... get that figure back!

Sleeping:  She is getting a little more of a sleep/wake routine -- five to seven hours/night, then a total of two hours in the morning (maybe two one-hour naps), and a total of two hours in the afternoon (a few cat-naps).  She hits the hay between 9:00pm and 11:00pm, and she sleeps until between 4:00am and 6:00am.
Mama says I need to protect my eyes!

New things/discoveries: 
  • This month, she sucks on her fingers a lot more and uses them to soothe herself
  • She's beginning to grab things and bring them to her mouth with much more accuracy... she doesn't have the great hand/eye coordination to see something and then reach out and grab it... but if something is placed in her hand, she grabs a hold and then it heads to her mouth... baby-proofing, here we come!
  • She is loving dangling toys -- she just stares up at the toys that hang from her mobile on her swing, and she's really having a ball with the hanging toys where she lays on her back and bats at them.
  • We discovered that she has a favorite song -- "Let It Go" from the movie Frozen
  • She had her first bottle this month
  • We're beginning to put sunglasses on her when we are outside... she doesn't love them, but she doesn't have the hand control to pull them off yet, so we hope she gets used to them before she's able to pull them off
  • Sitting on Mama's tummy while she's doing crunches
  • She sat up at the dining room table for the first time by herself
I'm such a big girl sitting at the table!
New Accomplishments: 
  • Entertaining herself for 30-40 minutes at a time (when she's in a good mood)
  • She's making a lot more sounds now... not just cooing and crying, and not yet babbling but just trying out a myriad of different sounds.  They are the cutest sounds!
  • Using cloth diapers -- cloth diapers from about 7:00am-7:00pm, and then disposable diapers at night -- that's right, we're awesome!
  • She's big enough that we took the newborn insert out of her carseat, swing, and bassinet.
  • She has mastered holding her head up this month... she's been working on it for awhile, but even a month ago, she would still get off-balance, and head-bang.  Now, she has complete control of her head.
  • She recognizes us now, which is just the best feeling in the world! According to my reading, she has recognized us from a few days of age... but now she is able to express to us that she recognizes us
  • She's able to reach out and grab items and brings them to her mouth
Family Easter picture... getting close to all of us smiling

  • Baths/showers
  • Her swing
  • The song "Let It Go"
  • Toys that make noise -- especially a dingling or a rattling
  • Her Grammy and Papa
  • Going for walks in the pram now that the weather is warmer
  • Exercise time with Papa -- she sits in her little pumpkin seat (that's what we call it -- I'm not sure why) and Papa pushes against her arms and legs, and she pushes back -- it's her weight training
Tracey Ann is so happy to have Grammy and Papa taking care of her...
of course we got a picture of the three of them all smiling...

  • Tummy time -- yeah, I haven't been the best mother with Tummy Time -- Montessori believes that developmentally, you should not put a child on their stomach until she rolls unto her stomach herself, and I'm a big Montessorian, so I'm still evaluating the value of Tummy Time
  • Spitting up
  • Having a messy or wet diaper
  • Waiting for a bottle
I LOVE this picture... she looks exactly like I did when I was a baby

Places She Went:
  •  VAIL MOUNTAIN -- the place where her Papa proposed to her Grammy, the place where her Daddy proposed to her Mama, the place where her family has vacationed for years, and the place where her namesake, Aunt Tracey's ashes are scattered... we love Vail Mountain
  • Colorado Springs
  • Her first baseball game -- a HUGE deal for a Miller
  • Her first Easter Sunday service
  • "Daycare" -- which doesn't really count because she's still at home all day, but its with Grammy and Papa instead of Mama
  • Lots of walks now that the weather is nicer
I know... I'm a horrible mom who forgot her hat on the mountain -- but I promise, she had the hood tight over her head, and several blankets keeping her head warm -- except for during this picture.

Take me out to the ballgame!

Special Memories:
  • The first morning I went over to her bassinet and she immediately broke into a HUGE smile -- she recognized me!
  • She's having really special times with her Grammy and Papa while Mama and Daddy are at work
  • Her first baseball game -- Hubby and I saw less of the game than ANY other in our life, but it was fun to have her there -- side note: breastfeeding is an adventure when windy (well, modesty while breastfeeding is an adventure when windy)
  • I LOVED buying and dressing Tracey Ann in her first Easter Dress -- see this post for more details
  • Her first time in a swimming pool -- and the hilarious picture that resulted
Happy Easter!

Enough pictures already...

  • Tracey Ann
  • Tracey
  • Baby Girl
  • Beautiful
  • Pumpkin
  • Punky
The Easter Bunny found me!

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