I still can’t believe that Bree is 3 months now! In fact, since I’m writing this (very) late she is actually getting closer to 4 months! I feel like so much has happened over the past month since her 2-month post. She’s definitely a baby now and not a newborn or even really an infant! Her face has changed so much and her cheeks and legs are getting chunkier and chunkier. Her hair is getting blonder as well and that dark hair she was born with is really now only on the top of her head like a mowhawk and on the back of her head. And this girl has got a pretty big head. She’s in the 91st percentile for head size, 67th for weight and 84th for height. She still eats like a champ and is also sleeping like a champ. She started sleeping through the night fairly consistently around 10 weeks old and she also started sleeping in her crib in her own room right before she turned 3 months. It’s nice not to hear every little noise and movement she makes so we’re all getting a bit better sleep and she’s doing great in her own room.
She’s definitely moving a lot more and kicks her legs and flails her arms all the time. She loves to lay under her play gym and look at all the stuff hanging above her and she’s starting to reach out to grab stuff. Just before she turned 3 months old she reached out and grabbed Sofie the Giraffe and brought it to her mouth. She’s totally mastered holding her head up and she likes when you pull her to a sitting position with her hands. We’re still working on tummy time but she’s starting to hold her head up when on her tummy a bit more even though it’s only in small increments. She just really hates tummy time!
This little girl is all smiles and lights up when you say hi to her! She’s a big talker too and likes to squeal and gurgle and coo with you. AND she belly laughed for the first time this month!! I nearly died! And I know I definitely cried when she did it. It’s such a sweet sound! We keep trying to get her to do it again but she’s stingey with her laughs. While she’s a very happy baby most of the time, when she’s hungry or tired she’s all drama. She has a face we call “the lip” where she pulls that bottom pouty lip out as a warning that she’s about to “go nuclear.” She likes to be entertained all the time but I guess it comes with her age since she can’t do much herself yet. You can tell she is ready to be moving and sitting and grabbing toys. We think she’s going to be a very independent little girl!
I’m back working now and I miss Bree so much when I’m gone. I always thought I’d want to continue working after I had kids but it’s turned out to be much harder than I ever anticipated. I’m still in love with photography but Bree has made it much harder to leave for long wedding days. On September 10th Bree spent the first of many Saturday’s to come with her daddy exclusively taking care of her. Poor Brad was thrown in to 10+ hours with Bree and unfortunately the day before she had had her shots so the day didn’t go quite as well as hoped. Since that first “daddy daycare day,” Brad’s time with her has improved a lot and he is able to read her cues better and know her schedule. She definitely loves daddy though and loves to talk with him A LOT when he gets home from work. She also rather enjoys staring at the TV when football is on so Brad is pretty proud of that!
Speaking of TV, Bree loves Baby Einstein’s World of Colors video. It seriously is a life saver sometimes when she just won’t settle. She loves when a blonde little girl comes on and says “yellow.” Lots of smiles and squeals occur! We now have the You Tube video bookmarked on basically every computer and smart phone so we have the video ready when we need something to entertain her or hold her off from being fussy. She has also taken a liking to reality TV shows, in particular, The Rachel Zoe Project and Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I’m teaching her young folks!
We took Bree on her very first road trip to Laguna Beach when she was 10 weeks old and it went pretty well. The car ride home was much better than the car ride there since we had some “experience” the second time. Going out there we had a good straight hour of crying before we pulled over in the middle of nowhere so I could feed her again…in the dark…in the car. Of course while we were in Laguna we put her feet in the ocean and not surprising, she wasn’t such a fan but it made for some very cute photos! It was so nice to be at the beach to relax and hang out and not have to worry about anything else. And Bree did great sleeping in a new place. In fact, she slept through the night every night we were there. We’re really excited to go back to Laguna for New Year’s and take Bree on her very first flight!
Since the holidays are about to start we took Bree to her first pumpkin patch and of course had a mini photo shoot in the pumpkins. The whole thing was pretty uneventful since we just walked in, took some photos, picked out a couple pumpkins and left but it was still a first for the little girl! And the photos of her surrounded by pumpkins are pretty adorable!
I’m so thankful that the weather is cooling down and we’ve been able to take advantage of the great weather and our amazing stroller. We’re going on nightly walks during Bree’s “witching hour” when nothing really seems to do the trick. She really loves the walks and as soon as you put her in the stroller she calms down and starts smiling. She looks around during the walks and often falls asleep so we’re pretty excited for the approaching fall weather!
These past few months have flown by so much so that I look back on photos of Bree when she was just born and it feels like it was so long ago that we held that itty bitty brand new baby in our arms! It’s true how they say you forget those sleepless nights and the challenges that come with a newborn! And I’m pretty sure I need time to slow down so we can enjoy all the milestones that are about to happen for Bree in the next year!
And her are some things about Bree from her third month:
*Kicking her legs and flailing her arms…A LOT
*Putting her hand over her face while eating
*Walks in her stroller outside
*Doing pulls ups to a sitting position
*Grabbing new toys and trying to get them in her mouth
*Baby Einstein’s World of Colors
*Her play gym and all of its toys (only for short periods though!)
*Kicking off her socks
*Tummy time (but we’re working on it)
*Waiting to eat
*Staying in one place for too long
*Having her hair washed
Birthday 7.3.11: 7lbs 15oz, 20in
1 week 3 days: 8lbs 4oz
2 weeks 4 days: 8lbs 14oz
5 weeks 1 day: 9lbs 14oz, 21.5in
7 weeks 1 day: 10lbs 13oz
9 weeks 5 days: 11lbs 13oz, 23.5in
13 weeks 5 days: 13lbs 6oz
And here are a few photos from her third month:
10 weeks old…
12 weeks old…
First trip to the Laguna Beach (10 weeks old)…
Pumpkin patch (12 weeks old)…
And some more photos from her 3 month shoot…
Look how much she’s grown!!!…
And since I love comparison photos, here’s me at 32 weeks pregnant…
And here’s me in the same outfit in a similar spot on the beach with a 10 week old (and slightly unhappy) Bree…