I’ve always loved the idea of a baby book. In practice, however, keeping a handwritten version aggravates any perfectionist tendencies I still have from my days as an elementary/middle school student. My handwriting, while nice, is not my father’s, which has become my standard for beautiful penmanship. Therefore, I tend to get stressed or frustrated in the creation process. Thank God (or Charles Babbage) for the invention of the computer, which should hopefully allow me to fulfill this task much more enjoyably.
Eating: H still only gets mama’s milk, which, as you can probably see from the picture above, is doing her good. She is becoming much more interested in watching us eat though (see Doing).
Sleeping: For the vast majority of her (short) life, H has been an AWESOME sleeper. I really have no reason to complain, but lately her sleeping habits have become more complicated. She does not go down as easily as she once did, which has started to make me feel like I’m doing something wrong even when I know that she’s just being a typical baby. To help ourselves and H, Tyler and I have started working on implementing consistent routines. We’re tackling bedtime first and hope to extend to naps after that. Keep your fingers crossed for us people!
Doing: H’s favorite activities these days are observing, grunting and sucking on anything she can get in her mouth. She looks intently at most everything around her, although watching Maisie run around the apartment is perhaps the funniest thing she’s ever seen. Watching our “fur”st baby induce laughter in our other baby is the sweetest thing ever. She also wants to be sitting up more often than not, but definitely can’t do that on her own, which means a lot of mommy/daddy lap time.
Salient Milestones: At about three and a half months, H figured out how to roll from her back to her tummy. She does it all of the time now, but hasn’t quite figured out how to go back the other way just yet. She is also holding toys in her hands much more consistently these days and is able to bring both of her hands together to grasp an object and bring it to her mouth.
Likes: Anything she can get in her mouth. Getting her diaper changed (perhaps a favorite). “The Wheels on the Bus” accompanied by body movements.
Dislikes: Objects that don’t fit in her mouth. Going to bed. Being read to. (Yes, friends; it’s killing me.) Being held “backwards – away from the action.
Our Favorite Moments: I think I have two. My first is early morning tummy time. This usually happens on the couch with H on my stomach. Without a doubt, she is in the best mood when she first wakes up in the morning, making these sessions not only developmentally productive but also fun. My other favorite time of day is post-breastfeeding. In order to signal that she is finished, H frequently pushes off of my chest to lay back on her pillow. She does this so that she can stare up at me and then proceeds to smile, giggle, and engage me in “conversation”. It’s the best. While Tyler says he enjoys tummy time with H as well, his favorite moment is putting her in his lap to rock outside on our porch. She clearly likes it as well.