His wiggly legs and hyperactive little arms are filling out with soft baby rolls and his once fleeting gummy smile is now something he flashes our way every single day.
Chase seems to smile with is whole body, often crunching up his little belly and smiling at us with his eyes, too, and it’s impossible not to smile and laugh with him when he is so joyful. (I am convinced there is nothing better than gummy baby smiles.)
I know everyone says the same thing about their babies, but it really does blow my mind to think about how much Chase has changed in the past three months. Compared to the tiny newborn we brought home from the hospital, Chase practically seems like an adult! He is changing so much every day. It seems like each day brings something new… A new milestone (grasping toys!), a new challenge (cluster feeding like whoa) and new joys (making noises I swear are so close to real giggles). Being Chase’s mom feels like an ever-changing adventure and even though we have yet to make it through the night without waking for at least two feedings, I am beginning to feel slightly more adjusted to our new normal.
Chase is still an eating machine! He doesn’t eat for long (our nursing sessions are typically under 10 minutes), but he does eat very often. (We had him weighed before and after nursing at the lactation consultant’s office and he’s apparently “very efficient” and gets all he needs in a relatively short amount of time.) His short but frequent nursing sessions can be killer for my productivity during the day (especially on days when he’s cluster feeding or not napping well), but I feel grateful breastfeeding seems to be getting a bit easier with each week that passes. I no longer have sore nipples and feel like we have a bit of a routine down now during our nighttime feedings.
Of course there are days when non-stop breastfeeding can overwhelm me and Ryan has learned not to ask me if I “think Chase might be hungry” when he’s playing with him during a short break away from the boob because I will become ragey. (Colleen said it best in her blog post about The 5 Stages of Breastfeeding.) During one or two of our daily feedings, Chase has started to do something that absolutely cracks me up. When he’s done eating, he likes to just hang out near my chest and give me the most mischievous little grins as he latches off and on.
It’s almost like he’s cracking himself up… Or daring me to move him which I’ve learned not to do during this time or I will suffer the wrath of Chase. Such a little stinker! His faces during this time truly make me laugh out loud.
During the past month, we got a bit more comfortable with bottles, mainly because we had our first family vacation and I wanted to feel comfortable leaving Chase for a few hours when my mom was kind enough to watch him during some of our hiking adventures.
Chase seems to take a bottle quite well and I’ve been trying to bring a bottle with me if we go out to eat and bring him along so Ryan and I can easily tag team feeding him if he gets hungry. When we’re hanging out around the house, I’ve learned to wear zip-up hoodies or other easy-access clothing since Chase is an eating machine. The boobs are still always out around here!
Ryan and I agree that we’ve seen a little personality developing in Chase throughout the past month. He seemed to find his voice this month and loves to squeal and coo all day long. He’s a little chatterbox already!
Chase also began interacting with his toys a lot more this month. He LOVES the Baby Einstein musical light up toy that Tina gave us! I actually had it packed away in his nursery and when my friend Leah saw it during their visit, she told me it was a hit with her little boy, so we unwrapped it and Chase was instantly enamored with the music and lights. I can now expertly hum all the melodies from that toy because we play with it multiple times every single day.
Faces continue to be Chase’s favorite thing and he loves staring at people. The looks and smiles he gives to Ryan when Ryan arrives home from work absolutely melt my heart. He looks at his dad with the most adoring eyes and the biggest smile and it’s simply the best! Ryan is growing a beard right now for “Movember” and we’re convinced Chase is a facial hair fan.
Chase also loves to “be free” and spend time on his activity mat without anyone holding him. This doesn’t last for too long (he still definitely prefers to be held most of the time), but he’ll start to get antsy after he wakes up and we know he wants to kick and wiggle on his own on his mat or a soft blanket. He seems so determined during tummy time, but Ryan and I have no idea what exactly he’s determined to do. He concentrates and grunts like crazy when he’s on his belly and we’re convinced he has some big goal he’s trying to accomplish during this time. Go for it, buddy!
Outside is still Chase’s favorite place to be and we’re continuing to enjoy our daily walks with Sadie! Chase used to pass out the instant we’d put him in the stroller, but now he’ll often stay awake and enjoy looking at branches, leaves and anything else that finds its way into his field of vision during a walk.
- My messy bun (he loves staring at my hair when I wear it on the top of my head)
- The morning
- “Pshew pshew” noises (even better if they’re paired with baby leg kicks!)
- WubbaNubs (our best discovery this month!)
- Diaper changes
- Miss Lindsay from Burn Boot Camp’s childcare
- Baby wearing in the K’Tan
- Ceiling fans
Do I have the only baby in the world who hates bath time? I swear everything I read talks about how much babies usually love warm baths and how a relaxing bath can be great for establishing a nighttime routine, but Chase basically loses his mind every time we try to bathe him. Baths for our little man are a two-person operation and Ryan and I basically speed bathe Chase right now and get him wrapped up in a towel as quickly as possible.
- Wind/strong breezes
- Sleeping unswaddled (this never lasts long and I am terrified for the day when Chase can roll over and we’ll have to have him sleep unswaddled all the time…)
- Cleaning his ears and wiping his nose
How Am I Doing?
I feel like I am doing pretty well. I love my baby boy more than I ever could have imagined and being his mom is such a joy.
When my friends Leah and Carrie came to visit, they asked me what my biggest challenge has been since Chase’s arrival so far and right now it is balancing working from home and being a mom.
Sleep is still rough, but I feel like I knew enough to expect horrible sleep for a while. Before I gave birth, I honestly thought it would be much easier to be productive during the day than it has been since Chase’s arrival. Babies are needy little people and work often only gets done in super-short increments which can make it hard to feel productive.
Everything takes 10,000 times longer than it used to and I’m constantly feeling behind in everything related to the blog, emails, partnerships, website updates and more. I have SO MANY longer blog posts I am dying to write and website updates I want to make that take time and focus that I just don’t have right now. (This post, for example, was supposed to go up last Wednesday on Chase’s three month birthday, but is a week late because I’ve had to write little paragraphs at a time and come back to it over and over again.) I really, really appreciate you guys and your support and readership during such a transitional time in our lives.
Physically, I am feeling better and better. I am back to working out regularly and cannot get enough of Burn Boot Camp workouts. I will also squeeze in fast and efficient at home naptime workouts when we can’t get it together fast enough to make it out of the house during a time that BBC offers childcare. Running still feels a bit strange (I still have an odd feeling in my lower abdomen when I run), but other than that, things seem to be coming together.
Aesthetically, I am undoubtedly softer, my stomach is squishier and cellulite is chillin’ on my lower body like it’s hot, but, for the most part, I just don’t care. I’m working out because I love it and I know it’s good for me and I am trying my best to eat well most of the time. Whatever my body does on this non-plan plan seems like a healthy fit for me. I don’t weigh myself regularly but stepped on the scale yesterday to just see where I’m at for this post and I’m currently up about 7 pounds from my pre-baby weight. Of course I’d love to see this weight come off eventually, but breastfeeding and mommin’ is my priority right now and I feel like working out and eating (mostly) healthy will help me get there when it’s time for my body to get there.
Right now, my focus is right here:
I love this little boy so, so much.
Three Month Favorites
Many of our three-month favorites are the same favorites we’ve had for the past two months, but here are some highlights:
- WubbaNub (LOVE these so, so much!)
- Soothies Pacifiers
- Ollie Swaddle (Our favorite swaddle – pricy but worth it.)
- Baby Einstein Take Along Musical Toy
- ThredUp Baby Clothes (Great for gently used brand-name baby clothes that are cheap but still good quality! )
- Infantino Turtle Toy (We hang this on Chase’s car seat and he loves looking at it!)
- Tuffo Water-Resistant Outdoor Blanket
- Activity Mat
- Baby K’Tan
- Burt’s Bees Burp Cloths (We were not a fan of Carter’s burp cloths at all and found them way too narrow.)
- Honest Company Soothing Bottom Wash (Great for nighttime clean ups when poop may have a little more time to dry to the skin)
- Dreft Stain Removing Spray