So my Instagram, calligraphy business, blog posts...it's all been slacking a little lately because we're planning our move to Michigan. We're in the process of buying our very first home which is so overwhelming, especially since we're doing it all out of state. We're just so fortunate my parents are there to help with the showings and inspections (Love you, Mom & Dad!).
But on to today's update...I can't believe Emory is THREE months old already! I feel like just yesterday that he was born! At the same time though, I feel like it's getting harder and harder to remember what life was like before he was here; I'm getting the hang of going out in public with Em and nursing/changing him in public (which I was SO afraid of doing about two months ago), and so it's weird that it's only been three months since he became part of our family.
I felt like things were really good at two months, but I feel like they've gotten even better this past month! Just when I think that it's not possible that I can love this little boy any more than I already do, every morning I see his cute little face and it's like my heart expands even farther than I thought possible. I am absolutely loving this stage with him and really trying to soak up every minute. I feel like we're in a really good groove right now; we're passed the hard newborn stage but we haven't hit teething or sleep regression or any of that stuff yet. We're just in this sweet spot where he's smiling and learning so much, but is still a cuddly little baby who still sleeps a lot--it's getting so much fun!
Here's what he's up to at three months old...
So Emory didn't go to the pediatrician this past month so we did the old 'let's weigh us then weigh him and subtract the difference' method. Very official :) But according to our findings, Emory weighs about 12.5 lbs. We'll get his official length at his next well check visit at 4 months.
Overall, Emory seems to be a healthy little guy! He has some sneezes occasionally and he is spitting up a little bit more now after nursing, but I think this is due to the fact that he seems to be eating more at each feeding. But other than that, he seems just fine!
His new obsession this month is definitely chewing on his hands! It's like he just discovered them one day and he can't get enough. He'll literally stick his whole fist in his mouth sometimes and it's kind of hilarious. He's still liking most of the stuff that he did at two months, including staring at his mobiles, and going for walks in his stroller. Emory loves being held, but he's certainly a bashful baby. When he smiles and laughs he covers his little face--it's so cute! He used to hate getting his diaper changed but now he really likes it, we find he's most chatty when he's getting his nappy changed!
Being too hot in his car seat, being hungry, and being overly tired. But overall, Emory doesn't seem to have too many dislikes at this point in his life, which is good! We're SO fortunate and happy the colic is gone, so when he cries now he either needs a nappy change, a feed, or he's sleepy.
Emory is slowly transitioning into 3-6 month clothing (depending on the brand). As for diapers, we switched him from size 1 to size 2 and they fit so much better! By the way, learning your baby is growing out of their diapers sure is messy! Hello, blowouts!
He's exclusively breastfed right now and I am so thankful that nursing is going really well and I'm actually really enjoying it! This month also was a big milestone because Emory started nursing without nipple shields! I can't believe how much less work it is! I'm so proud of Em (and myself)!
I've started to pump more this past month and freeze the milk so we have a small supply being built. And when I say small...I mean SMALL. He's still not totally in love with sleeping on his own or playing on his own, so I can only find time to pump once John gets home from work.
My friend Toni also flew in from Boston to visit us and meet Em this past month so I knew I needed to have some bottles on hand because I knew there was going to be lots of champagne that weekend! Other than that, I am his food source 24/7. However, his feedings are starting to get more efficient and usually take around 10-20 minutes, whereas before it could take 45 minutes to an hour for him to nurse! He's also going longer stretches (3+ hours) during the day between feedings, and that's really helpful!
This past month I also started getting more comfortable nursing in public, I recently bought some nursing scarves so I'm excited to start using those!
We have made some MAJOR progress in the sleeping department this month! Since we brought Emory home from the hospital, he has not been a fan of sleeping in his bassinet, Rock n Play, Dock a Tot...you name it. So we started bed sharing (which John and I vowed we would NEVER do...it'll be the first of many I'm sure). Emory pretty much slept on our chests almost every single night of the first two months of his life. But this past month, he totally turned a corner and all the sudden he finally will sleep in the Dock a Tot at night and during his naps! Before we'd put him in there and he'd sleep for like 5 minutes and his eyes would pop open and he'd start crying. He's such a light sleeper; any movement and he'll wake up.
How'd we do it? We started putting a heating pad in his Dock a Tot while he nursed or when we were rocking him to sleep, so by the time he was asleep the Dock a Tot was nice and toasty (we removed the heating pad before we laid him in it). Now, Emory will sleep in his Dock a Tot pretty much every single night and it's amazing! I usually feed him one final time before bed and put him down in his Dock a Tot around 9/10:00pm and he'll sleep until around 2:30am. Then I'll feed him in bed and try to either lay him back down in his Dock a Tot or sometimes I'll lay him in our bed at that point :) He'll usually sleep a few more hours, until around 5-7am, then we'll get up for the day.
He's typically gets four naps during the day, and I try to get him on a schedule to nap around 9am/12pm/3pm/6pm. He will nap in his car seat if we're out running errands or he's in the stroller, but if we're home, I have started laying him down for a nap after rocking him to sleep (he's only fallen asleep on his own twice), he still love sleeping on me, but he's getting a lot better about sleeping in the Dock a Tot for his naps. This next month we're going to try to start having him nap in his crib so we can slowly start that transition.
We also have had two nights where Emory slept all the way through the night! We're so proud of him!
Emory is still loving his play mat and Mamaroo! He's starting to really grab onto toys so we've slowing been introducing more toys. He LOVE his Oball toys! We love our Uppababy Vista stroller and I use my Boppy pillow everyday for every feed, and now he's getting big enough where we can use it to prop him up. We wear him a LOT and he loves the tula carrier.
-Emory rolled over on 11/12/17!! -Emory celebrated his first Halloween and Thanksgiving!
-Emory attended his first party! We went to our annual "Fall Day" potluck party and Emory did SO well, he slept and socialized the entire time, maybe he'll be a little extrovert!
-He's getting much stronger at holding his head up during tummy time
-He's super alert and really curious! Em is always looking around trying to figure out the world around him -He's really grabbing at toys now and holding onto them
-He went on his first plane ride! Thankfully for mama, it was just a short 45 minute flight!
-I also had an event this month (girls' night out with my friends) where I went out for a few hours in the evening and left him home with John and he did great!
-He met his Aunt Toni who flew in to Chicago from Boston to see him