Yesterday was a HUGE travel day but also was Sammy’s three month birthday! We celebrated by hopping on a plane (his first plane ride) down to florida!! I can’t even tell you HOW MUCH I was looking forward to this! I haven’t had a vacation since August and haven’t travelled at all because the end of pregnancy & newborn life! And while vacation with a little baby can be harder (especially with 2 other children) its still nice to be in the sun even if you aren’t in the comforts of your own home (which is hard with two littles!).
We were actually supposed to head down on Monday but our flight was delayed 3 hours (!!) and we woulden’t have departed until 9 pm! Yikes! We ended up calling and were able to change our flight free of charge to Tuesday late morning (THANK YOU SOUTHWEST you da real MVP!!) so…yeah. Bummer that we missed out on a 1/2 day of our vacation but #sorrynotsorry …I’m not feeling a 11:45 pm arrival in Orlando with a 3 month old, 2 year old and 4 year old! LOL. I’m so glad we switched our flight because everything went really smooth. No delays, landed early, and he pretty much nursed/slept the whole time. I may or may not have gotten a DVT during the plane ride because he was sleeping on me (lol) but at least he was well rested. He was awake for take off and landing, and slept in the car on the way to our place.
Three Months Old
SO, here we are. THREE months old. 12 weeks have come and gone and I still can’t believe it. We are out of the dreaded “fourth trimester” and the best is yet to come. This first 3 months definitely went by a lot faster than my time with my other two boys. Not sure if its because its my last, or because I have two others to look after….!! But anyway, I think I can officially say that Samson is by far the most laid back baby that we have had….evidenced by how he travelled yesterday. He just went with the flow and even last night adapted to the new place really well and slept good. My older two definitely were more sensitive to change so that has honestly been such a blessing! Of course, any baby is a lot of wok and he is by no means perfect & cries/gets fussy! But he is really a very placid, happy smiley baby most of the time. I guess you could say I “did my time” with my first because he was the complete opposite!!
Nursing is still going great. Baby boy eats every 2-3 hours, the engorgement (and most of my crazy oversupply) is finally gone, and I’m finally starting to leak (less). I think by now, after nursing my first for 13 months and second for 15 months, I’m used to the commitment of nursing. While it is super draining, I love it. I love the bond, I love the snuggles…and while I would love to start slashing macros and get “my body back” I remind myself this season in life is so short, and to soak it all in. I definitely struggled with this during the first year of my other two boys life, so I’m really focusing on that and just saying “breathe. It will be okay. It will get easier.” This will all come in good time. I guess this all comes with a bit of experience.
I pump when I’m away for work and I will be posting a review (I promise!!!) of the willow pump!! Unless I’m at work, I really try to plan my outings around feeding to minimize how much he gets the bottle (and how much I have to pump!).
I did have to go away for a work trip for one night and that was SO Hard but also so nice because I slept through the night! But he did great with the bottle while I was away and I have a freezer stash of milk so all was good.
Sleep & Routine
I still have Samson on a EASY schedule. Eat, Activity, Sleep, and then YOU time :) It seems to be working out. I don’t have set nap times, just awake time guidelines. Generally he lasts anywhere from 60 minutes to 80 minutes of awake time and then its time for a nap.
Sammy is a pretty good napper and I’m working on getting him consistently napping in the crib. Up until a week ago he was napping either in the swing or on the go (ie. in the stroller!) His naps are definitely shorter in the crib but he DOES go to sleep without any sleep associations. I do put him down fully awake and he puts himself to sleep which is literally amazing- i could never do this with my other two. It just goes to show you can raise them all the same way but honestly a lot of it is down to their tempermant!
I know his routine will evolve as he gets older and become more of a “schedule.” I always see it starts with a set bedtime and morning wake up becoming more consistent. I’ve definitely noticed that over the last month so if you’re a first time mom, this is the place to start- a set bedtime and wake time in the morning. Sammy seems to wake between 7-7:45 am and go to bed between the same time at night. Which brings me to nighttime sleep. The biggest topic when it comes to infants!
Currently he goes down for bed at about 7:30/7:45 and usually sleeps until 1 or 2 am. Then he goes back to sleep until about 6 am where he eats and goes back to sleep until 7 am or so. So, he is a pretty good sleeper. Could be better, could be worse!
I do think having a bedtime routine helps but isnt the be all-end all. His bedtime routine is still the same that I discussed last month where I play a lullaby, bath (if no bath just lotion/massage) put pjs on, and nurse. Then I swaddle and put the white noise on and feed the other side, and lay down in crib. I have tried a few times to have him sleep with his arms out at night (unswaddled) and it was a complete disaster so I’ll try again in a few weeks!
I’m hoping I completely miss the 4 month sleep regression because a majority of the time he puts himself to sleep. Here’s hoping…
Samson is babbling and cooing even more, smiling 24/7, and lifts his head up really well during tummy time (which he hates!!). He can roll to his side sometimes…but is nowhere near rolling completely over. He has definitely discovered his hands (they are constantly in his mouth) and the dreaded drooling has begun. Luckily he only spits up every now and again!
his bouncy chair
His fischer price mat
sitting in his swing
going for walks
the jolly jumper
Here are a few of our 3 month favorites for baby:
Baby Boy loves his bouncer || Play gym || Car Seat cover- great for nap time in the stroller and shielding from wind/sun! || Kick Piano Gym! || Finally figured out how to use this wrap! LOVE it. || Great sound machine and super portable for travel! || I have loved this swing for all 3 kids! || Jolly jumper-awesome for burning off some baby energy! || Nice & Warm car seat cover, easy to put on/take off. A must if you live in a cooler climate! || Freshly picked moccs! SO CUTE. Loved these for seb & now for sammy! || PB crib || THE BEST stroller ever || stroller system for the stroller and a britax car seat || Baby Tub || I LOVE these joggers from H & M || My diaper bag-people don’t even know its a diaper bag. I get so many compliments on it! || Fave baby wash/products || Cute jumpsuit for baby || 2 pack jumpsuits || Slub jersey shorts || Cotton pants || How adorable is this whale onesie set || Baby Einstein toy || First faves from Gap- I love their line ||Star onesie || My boppy = my life the first year!! || Drooling starts about now- these bibs are the best || Got this sun hat for my little bub! || Best toy ever for babies! || Sammy loves to lounge in his Dock-a-Tot! Love the buffalo plaid on this one || Best little UGG booties for baby :)
Have a great Wednesday! xo