Sorry I’ve been MIA a little (and didn’t finish the 31 day blogging challenge). Now that Whitlee is a little bigger, we’ve been trying to get out of the house a little more. I’ve also started working out again and I feel like we’re just doing something all the time now. I don’t have quite as much time to post, but I’m going to try and get back into the swing of things. I did get back into the Instagram world, so if you’re on there – send me a follow request! My username is jaimehillin.
Whitlee turned 3 months old on Wednesday. As fast as I feel like time flew up to 2 months, I actually feel like time between 2 and 3 didn’t go quite as fast and I’m so thankful for that. I thought I was going to wake up tomorrow and she’d be graduating high school! And even though time didn’t fly by, it still amazes us how much she changes all the time. She’s growing up so fast!
We don’t go back to the doctor until 4 months, so we don’t have any official stats, but she’s weighing over 10 lbs now on our home scale! I love that she’s growing. That means I’m doing my job! I mean look at these cheeks!
Whitlee is eating 4 oz every 4 hours during the day now and has one bigger bottle of 5/6 oz before bed about 9/10 PM and the same when she wakes up in the morning. The week before she turned 3 months she had her last breastmilk bottle. We then swapped to Enfamil Gentlease and she had no issues with the switch. We tried mixing some bottles half and half a week or so before we ran out of breastmilk, just to make sure she wouldn’t reject the taste, but she never even blinked at that, so we did normal breastmilk bottles (still fortified with Similac Neosure) until we ran out, then switched cold turkey. Oddly enough, I think she might like the formula better. She seems a little less fussy at times that she used to be fussy. The Gentlease says it’s easy on their bellies and can reduce gas, colic, and fussiness. We are still mixing the formula to 22 calories.
We also switched back to the Avent Naturals bottles that she originally rejected. It was too hard to dump formula in the smaller Parent’s Choice bottles we were using and when we’d shake them to mix the formula, it leaked everywhere. I’m not sure what the deal is with the bottles, but she drinks from the Avent without any issue now. Maybe they were just too big for her at first. I noticed one day on the Parent’s Choice bottles that her mouth covers the whole nipple and touches the sides, and with the Avent bottles it seems like a better fit now. She always had a deep latch, even when breastfeeding, so maybe that’s why. The Avent Naturals are supposed to mimic breastfeeding the closest.
Whitlee still sleeps in her crib for the most part, but we had a little regression on the staying in her crib through the night thing. She normally gets a bath, clean clothes and diaper and eats her last bottle, the bigger one, around 9PM to 9:30 PM. Then we swaddle her and rock her a little and lay her down in her prewarmed crib about 10PM. She rarely cries or fusses anymore at that point and is usually out within 10 minutes. She’ll sleep til about 2AM and that’s when she used to wake up for a bottle. Well a few weeks back, she suddenly started waking up (I’m thinking she’s hungry, so I fix a bottle) and then by the time the bottle is warm, she’s back asleep and basically refuses to eat. She’d take maybe an oz, if that. So I decided she must not actually be hungry, she’s just used to waking up at that point. So I’d get her back to sleep and lay her down again. But then she’d only sleep on and off the rest of the night, like 30 minutes to an hour each time. Does this sound familiar? She did the same thing in the rock n play. So in desperation of sleep I finally brought her to bed with me. Again. Now she sleeps the first half perfectly in her crib, wakes around 2AM, then I get her and bring her to bed and she sleeps til about 5 or 6AM. She also takes a couple of really good naps throughout the day, like 2-3 hours in the morning and 2-3 hours in the afternoon. Sometimes she’ll catch a little cat nap later in the evening, too.
More and more smiles! She seriously makes me laugh on a regular basis because she’s so happy and smiles so much. I think we are this close to a real laugh. I can’t wait for that! Check out my Instagram for videos and a ton of pictures of her smiling!
Her head control is amazing now. She even tries to sit up on her own sometimes but she’s still a little unstable. She prefers to be sitting up looking at everything now instead of cradled in my arm.
She’s getting even better at putting weight on her legs. We think she’ll walk before she crawls because she’s so strong with her legs. She’ll stand in our laps with just us holding her under her arms for balance for a long time before she gives out.
We’re officially out of newborn clothes. I packed them all up a few nights ago because she’s officially into 3 month clothing and even outgrowing some of those that run a little small. She’s also wearing size 1 diapers now. We’ve decided we prefer Pampers, both the Swaddlers and Baby Dry. I just think they fit her better. We have a huge stash of both Pampers and Huggies but we’ll prob go exchange all the Huggies at some point.
She’s starting to coo and make little noises now and it makes my heart melt every time!
Biggest moment – Whitlee rolled over for the first time! It was tummy to back while she was doing tummy time on the activity mat. She did it so fast I didn’t even have time to video it. And of course, she hasn’t done it again although she tries every day. I’m sure the days of rolling around like crazy are very close.
-Still loves bath time
-Her changing table (weird)
-Riding in her stroller
-Snuggling with momma
-Going outside to see Daddy
-Little lamb teether (similar to Sophie the Giraffe)
-Rocking in the glider we finally decided to get
I mentioned in the sleep post a while back that she doesn’t have a blanket that she just loves. Well now she does. It’s the blanket that came with her bedding so it’s vintage floral on one side and pink minky fabric on the other side. We usually use it to put over her on the carseat. Well one day I was watching her in the mirror while I was driving and I kept seeing her lean forward over and over. I kept reaching back and putting her head back and she’d do it again. I finally realized she wanted her blanket by her face.. so I tucked it by her head and she was happy! So now we take the blanket everywhere. I’m thinking about making her a small version of it, like a 12″ X 12″ that she can hold herself.
-When the vehicle stops moving
-When she can’t rub her face on her blankey
-Being dried off after a bath
Thankfully she doesn’t dislike much! She’s usually a pretty happy baby. The only time she’s really fussy is in the evenings between 6 and 9… but I’ve heard that’s the witching hours for babies. And she’s not just all out pissed, but she’s definitely not just quietly content like she normally is.
I can’t believe our sweet girl is a quarter of a year old already! (And yes, I’m that crazy mom that is already planning her first birthday party!) I feel like she’s out of the infant stage and it’s starting to really get fun. She loves to play with us and I know that’ll just get better with time.
We love you, Whitlee Alyzabeth!