Tyler turned three months a week ago. It’s incredible to see how fast/much he had grown in the past months.
I was packing his clothes the other day and came across a couple of pieces that he had since outgrown. Just not too long ago he was drowning in those onesies, but in a blink of an eye, he can no longer fit into them.
Babies really grow up way too fast! Hence, I thought I will do a quick post to recap the little things that had happened in the past month.
One of the most significant things I’ve noticed was that he was getting more alert and liked to be kept occupied more than before. He doesn’t enjoy being left alone for an extended period, and will usually whine soon after I / the Husband) left his sight.
He loves playing, and has been doing well in maintaining smooth eye movement. I started letting him look at some black-and-white pictures (Baby Animals: Black and White by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes) and is amazing to see how he will stare at those images. He also loves staring at our blinds, probably because of the high contrast between white and black/dark brown. We caught him looking at the television several times too! But whenever that happened, we would quickly turn him around or place something in front of him to block his view.
Just the other day, I caught him holding up his right hand and looking at it intensively as though it was something he just discovered.
At the beginning of the month, he was constantly munching his right hand. Then it stopped for a while, and now it appears he’s back to putting his hand to his mouth. He also enjoys munching on the pillow that we gave it to him. I noticed he seems to have an increase of saliva and would frequently blow saliva bubbles too.
He smiles a lot more now, especially when we speak to him. I find myself talking to him more frequently, and I love making him smile. Recently, he had started making short bursts of sounds like ‘uh’ and ‘ah’, and it’s really adorable! I tried to encourage him to make more of such noise by mimicking those sounds and is quite interesting to see him trying to work on his vocal cords.
Apart from all the above, there were also some significant changes in his sleeping and feeding pattern.
This month, Tyler has learnt to sleep through the night. I think the longest he had slept in one stretch was nine hours!
I usually aim to let him has his last feed at around 20:00 – 20:30 and put him down between 20:30 – 21:30. He usually has no problem going to sleep at night; once fallen asleep, he would sleep till the following morning.
After waking up in the morning, typically between 04:30 – 06:00, he would have his milk and promptly goes back to sleep. The next time he woke up would be around 07:30 – 08:30, and that’s when his day started. I would go into his room to greet him Good Morning, and usually, he would be in a good mood after a good night rest and would smile at me when I call him.
Depending on how he’s feeling right after his feed, he might or might not goes to sleep easily. I remember there were days whereby he couldn’t nap well in the day. He would cry the moment his back touches the bed and would only sleep if I carry him. Sometimes he had such broken rest that I had no other way but to carry him through his nap to make sure he clock in some sleep.
I realized he couldn’t sleep well with his arms out, so I would usually swaddle him or let him wear one of those Love to Dream Swaddle. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
So when it doesn’t work, I would carry him even if that means having him in my arms for two hours. On days like this, I typically can’t do much for the entire day. I would then look forward to his bedtime because I know that’s when he would go to sleep without putting a fight.
When it comes to feeding, recently, it has been getting harder to get him to drink his milk. Baby at his age should be drinking around 120ml (or more), but we’re only giving him (on average) 90ml of milk for each feed. Even so, there are times when he couldn’t even finish the entire bottle. He just couldn’t lie still, so sometimes we may even need to break one feed into two (or three).
I know he is hungry because he always fusses the moment we took away the bottle. But when we gave it to him, he just didn’t want to stay still and drink properly. Initially, I thought it was due to the flow of the milk, so I changed the teat. But it didn’t seem to make a difference.
I read that babies tend to lose their appetite when going through a leap, so I hope this phase will past soon. For the past two doc’s appointment, his PD seems to be quite happy with his weight. (At his last appointment, he’s 57cm and weighs 5.1kg.) So I just hope that he would drink well and we could slowly increase his milk intake.
Other things we did last month include bringing him for his second-month vaccination. First time bringing him out in his stroller/car seat and I’m glad it went well.
I was worried that he would cry in the car, but surprisingly, he didn’t. (I think I was more afraid that he would cry in the car than for his vaccination.) I even brought along a pacifier and was prepared to give it to him if he cries. Thankfully, I didn’t have to resort to that. From what I observed, he’s generally okay as long as the car is in motion. He didn’t like it as much and would start whining whenever the car stops (i.e. traffic lights).
My sister brought him this onesie when he turned 1-month, and back then it was too big for him. He finally got to wear it at 3-month old, but it seems like he’s going to outgrow it soon.