Hard as it is to believe, our little man is already a quarter of a year old today. He's in disbelief as I'm sitting in the corner with a box of Kleenex.
This has been such a fun month - probably my favorite so far! He is just becoming a real person and I love seeing that character shine through.
Cooper loves to "talk" to us. His favorite is "a goo goo goo" which I think means "I love you" because his face lights up every time I say this to him. He has a beautiful smile and truly smiles with his whole face - I can just be looking at his eyes and know that he's smiling.
Little Mister now loves his play mat. The other night, he lay there for about an hour, batting at Mr. Frog and the giraffe. He likes batting at the snimals in the gym over his Pack & Play as well, but prefers the mat because he can look around while playing there. Sometimes, he wears himself out and just takes a nap on the mat!
He still loves his swing, but we aren't using it every day like we used to.
And man, the boy is growing! I did the ever-so-official weighing me and him then just myself, and it looks like he is 15.2 lbs. That's about 3 pounds in one month! It's crazy that it took him two months to gain 2.5 lbs., but only one to gain 3! Not really sure on his length, we may try to figure that this weekend :)
A few weeks ago, his sitter noticed the bottles weren't really satisfying him, so we upped him from 5 to 6 ounces per bottle. For the most part, he has been eating around 6-6:30 a.m. (sometimes I have to wake him!), 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. He nurses except for the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. sessions, when he has pumped milk, and we give him an additional 2-3 ounces of pumped "daddy" milk in a bottle at bedtime to really fill him up.
Last weekend, I took away the swaddle but I think it's going back for another month. He did so well Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, but the past three he's been waking up around 3 a.m. just whimpering, so he gets a paci, and I've been having to get up to feed him anywhere from 3:30-5 a.m. the past few days. This mama isn't used to that! A lot of what we've read indicates 4 months is about the right time to take away the swaddle, so we're going to buy a bigger swaddle sack for him this weekend and hope that helps. This mama needs her sleep again!
Poor little thing is losing his hair and it's growing back a bit lighter. I glanced at a photo in my digital frame at work the other day and realized just how different it is and just about cried. He had such beautiful hair as a newborn ....
He's definitely discovering new things about himself and that he can control body parts like his tongue and arms. Or this morning, trying to eat his feet.
One of his favorite things to do is "stand" (with our help, of course) and show how strong he is. Still no rolling over, but he does roll to his side quite a bit. And it doesn't help that we don't put him down for tummy time too much at home - it's easier for babes to roll from tummy to back than back to tummy.
He loves the TV also - I think it's something with the contrasting colors? He loves nothing more than to be in his daddy's nook watching our shows with us every night.
This month, he's experienced his first earthquake, Super Bowl, Mizzou/kU game and Valentines Day.
He is such a ham and still seems to really enjoy daycare - and it doesn't hurt that all the kids love him too. His sitter said he'll often just sit to the side and laugh at the other kids - and boy, his laugh is adorable, too! One of the little girls just loves him and asked to be picked up so she can see him every morning - precious!
Life is so much sweeter with this little guy. He is such a happy, precious little baby. I hate leaving him every day and still rush home to see him. He definitely keeps us on our toes and makes our house so much more filled with love.
Happy three months, love bug! We love you more than you'll ever know!