Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Quarter

Little Miss Thang is already a quarter of a year old (or 3 months for those who failed second grade math!)!!

How in the world did three months go by so quickly (and thank you GOD for letting three months go by quickly- the newborn stage is NOT my forte!)?!?

Charley continues to be a wonderful baby. She is SUCH a joy to us and adds a new, wonderful dynamic to our family.

-Size 2 diapers
-Size 3 months clothes (only for the length- she is such a skinny little thing!)
-Will scootch (sp?) around when put on her back. She loves to move all over her playmat- especially to crane her neck to see the TV (yikes!)
-Nurses every 3+ hours during the day
-Catnaps but will take at least one GOOD (meaning 2+ hours- usually 3 hours!) nap during the day! AMAZING!
-Falls asleep usually around 830 in someone's arms, then we wake her up for a dream feed before we go to bed, and she will typically sleep until 4-5 am depending on when we last feed her. She usually gets a 7 hour stretch between the dream feed and the first morning feed.
-Has rolled over SEVERAL times from front to back and back to front. She beat her brother in this stat by the way! She is so cute when she does it because she looks so teeny! We aren't safe in high places anymore!!
-Definitely eats, plays, then sleeps- and has done this routine from about 2 weeks on (a doctor's dream!)
-Coos and babbles a bit, but not NEARLY as much as Jay did at this age
-Smiles like it's going out of style! And has giggled a few times! When she smiles her whole body smiles- I just adore this!
-Still sleeps in the bassinet by our bed and will sleep in bed with us after the early feeding in the morning. This has less to do with her and more to do with my exhaustion. Her bedroom is upstairs and ours is downstairs and I'm not willing to trek it up and down the stairs in the middle of the night yet, so she is staying put for a while!
-Likes a pacifier sometimes, likes her thumb if she can find it. Can't decide which way she is going to go!
-Has recently discovered how to lift up her dresses and flash! Ha! She also likes to put her dresses/clothes/lovey in her mouth.
-Is just starting to grab on to things or toys. She will legitimately reach out and try to grab something!
-Still takes bottles! Phew. This is the age when Jay ditched them altogether!
-She still poops 3-6 times a day. Fast metabolism!
-She will be awake for at least 1.5 hours between naps now, and a lot of times it's closer to the 2 hour mark.
-Is overall a pretty chill, easy baby. She will happily lay on her playmat or in her bouncy seat (or on the floor, or on her brother, or bed or WHATEVER) for a LONG time and just talk to herself and play!
-Loves to be snuggled
-HATES HATES HATES riding in the car. Seriously hates it. Screams EVERY car ride until recently. Now she only screams in about 75% of the car rides. I think the change is that she can see things now, so she's happy for a bit to look around or spin her carseat toys. If we have her in the carseat OUT of the actual car, she is fine. Weird. 
-Loves the Moby still and LOVES to face forward in the Baby Bjorn.
-LOVES looking at her brother and he LOVES being with her. He still asks daily to "hold it" and checks on her constantly. He loves to give her pacifiers, show her toys, or just lay down next to her and say, "Hi Caryey." And each night he doesn't forget that goodnight kiss for his baby sister. It amazes Anthony and me how affectionate he is to her.
-Has blue blue blue eyes! They are gorgeous!!

That's about all I can think of for now. Charley is truly a wonderful little girl. We have loved learning about her and seeing her grow and develop. She is a precious little lady who loves people and loves being out. While Jay had a hard time going to others, Charley enjoys looking at other faces and is happy with anyone who wants to snuggle her. She loves to sit up against you and see the world from that point of view, but is also happy to lay down and relax. Where her brother needed constant stimulation, she is happy to sit back and look around at the world.

 Charley, you are a JOY. The love that you added to our family is something we could have never dreamed of. There are times when both of you are snuggled against me and my heart feels so full it could burst! We love love love you little girl!


J & J said...

Her sweet laught reminds me of you! So pretty!

Sarah said...

What a cutie!! She seems like such a happy baby!

ChelseaSalomone said...

She's a doll. I LOVE that three month picture. She looks so bored with you. Haha!