But, according to my calendar, yesterday, it was!!
My little Luke is 3 months old! 13 weeks, today. I was looking through pictures from when we brought him home and clothes we put on him were HUGE. Now, they are just teeny, teeny, tiny!
My friend Christy has the same bouncy for her son that we have for Luke (well, one of them--the zoo friends one is his favorite!) and I remember her telling me, "Just wait until he's big enough to turn the vibration on and off himself with his foot!"
At the time, when he was all of seven pounds soaking wet, I thought, "Yeah..I think we have a while until we get there."
WHERE DID A WHILE GO???????
He was turning it on and off like a champ last night! He's getting so big!! He weighs 11 lbs., 13 ounces, so we'll be over that 12 pound mark any day! I won't lie, I'm holding out with great hope that hitting 12 pounds will afford us some longer sleep stretches, or at least consistently that is. I am pretty sure he can do it--last night he went for 6 hours without feeding (from about 10 pm to 4 am), it's just consistently. Plus, if I am honest, I am sort of struggling with scheduling. He is really good at schedules, but it's me who isn't consistent. It's hard--I can't do much 'training' at night with John because I want him to be rested. So, if Luke even makes a peep, I pretty much do whatever I can to make sure there isn't any crying and waking John up. Which is a bummer, because I am finding with naps, he'll wake up, cry a minute or two, and just as I go to get him, he's back out again. I am SURE that is what would happen if in the middle of the night, but it's hard to test that theory when he is in my room.
So, feeling like in the best interest of all involved, we'll try to move him to his crib this weekend. I can't express how much this is breaking my heart. I know it's my job as a parent to raise a well-adjusted child with good sleep habits, but I just LOVE him so much and hate for him to be far from me. I am also not looking all that forward to the initial transfer; I know it could be a bit ugly for a tad and in that I mean more for me having to get up a more to check on him/put paci back, etc. I think I'll be bringing some blankets in his room and hanging out in the recliner for a few nights! That's actually why we'll be doing it this weekend--so John can at least help me.
Luke is getting more and more interactive. He smiles and coos a lot, and I am just waiting for that giggle or belly laugh. I feel it's coming soon! This boy has so many videos taken, but that's the one I am really looking forward to these days. He still loves his bath, likes it when we whistle or blow in his face, and is fascinated with the camera--or at least the external flash! I take pictures of him every day...hundreds and hundreds of pictures and just love my little model!
He's in 0-3 months clothing, but believe it or not, some is starting to get small for him and we may head into 3-6 soon. I'm pleased with this, but will have to shop for him as he pretty much inherited all of Matthew's things and I thought they'd just double over perfectly. Not so much...that month difference in their birth really is a big difference for clothing at least, so I have lots and lots and lots of sweet baby boy clothing, brand new, that will never get worn. At least not by my babies...Good for consigning or donating, I guess.
I'm also struggling with a schedule for the day. There are so many things that give various opinions on how much they should eat, how much they should sleep during the day/night, etc...I just don't know. I know from when we were doing Baby breast-feeding boot camp that he takes to scheduling extremely well, so I'd like to have one, but just haven't found our niche yet. I'd love, love, love any suggestions or tried and trues if anyone wanted to share. Right now, he wakes for the 'start of the day' feed anywhere between 6-8 am. He'll eat, then usually go back to sleep until anywhere between 9-10:30. He'll then eat again, and we'll hang out for a while and play. He's usually ready for a nap again between 11-12, and he'll lay there/sleep until about anywhere between 1 and 2:30. Then he'll get up, eat again, play some more and be ready to go back down by 4ish. I try to make sure he's up again at 5 to eat, and then again at 7 to squeeze in lots before bed. After he eats at 7, we give him a bath, he reads stories with daddy (he LOVES this time, and I love it for John!), dress him and he's down usually by 8:30 until about 10 when I wake him up again for a last effort to stuff him before he goes down 'for the night'. Then he wakes anywhere between 2-4 to eat and then back down again until we start all over the next day.
He still is good about going down at night...very, very, very little fussing if any at all. He goes back to sleep after the middle of the night feeding pretty well also...although last night we ate at 4 and he didn't go back to sleep until a bit after 5 and then was up again at 6:15 when daddy woke up. (That's one more reason for him to be in his bed! He'd sleep a bit more in the am!)
Anyway, I wish someone would just give me a schedule that I knew was good for him (allowed enough eating and sleeping time) and I could follow it. I'm much better at following schedules than I am creating them!
I just love this sweet boy so much. He is truly such a blessing. I don't even have the words to express how much joy he brings to my heart. If my biggest issue these days is figuring a schedule out for my pretty-much perfect baby, well...obviously, as usual, my cup runneth over.
Here are some pictures from this week..I was playing around a bit with editing...but just a bit because I have no idea of how to use software!