My Baby Is No Longer a Newborn
June 24, 2015
My baby can no longer be referred to as a newborn. She is officially 3 months old and is now technically referred to as an infant. I remember when she was, in fact, a newborn that the thought of her becoming a 3 month old brought some comfort: if she ever were to get a fever, I wouldn’t have to panic and rush her to an Emergency Room. She should be sleeping better. The transition with us and our family will have become somewhat easier. And, maybe, just maybe, she’ll be sleeping through the night.
Well, all of the above has happened. But, part of me is sad that she’s growing as fast as she is:
-She loves to bring her hands to her mouth and suck on them.
-She loves when we make eye contact and talk to her.
-Along with her big, beautiful smile, she laughs.
-She rolls from her tummy to back.
-She still likes to be swaddled.
-She takes cat-naps (i.e., not very long) during the day.
-She nurses every 2-2.5 hours during the day.
-She does not like her car seat.
-She will not take a binky.
-She will not take a bottle.
-She needs to be bounced to fall sleep.
Although my third baby, I continue to have questions like: “How long should she be swaddled?” “When should I move her out of my room into her own?” “When should I move her into her crib?”
And, there’s the fact that she already needs bigger clothes and diapers!
So many big milestones have happened, and yet, so many bigger milestones are to come. BUT, I know that with each passing day things will change. Her features, obviously, but mostly the little things will change too. Like the way she grasps my finger while she nurses. That her changing table is her favorite place to coo and “talk.” The way she likes to bury her nose into the crook of my arm while I am rocking her to sleep. These little moments… these are the ones that are hard to let go of.
Do you have a 3-month old? What is your infant doing now?
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