Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Walker is Three Months Old!

I know I said I was taking a break this week, but I had to do this post! :)

Walker, you are officially three months old and I can't believe it at all! I think back to the day you were born and in some ways, I feel like it was so long ago, and in others, I feel like I just snapped my fingers. I guess it is true what they say: they days are long, but the years are short. 

Like last month, you are still eating every four hours, but the times will change once you start day care on Monday to the following: 6:15 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. with one feeding in the middle of the night {usually around 3-4 a.m.}. I will nurse you in the morning at 6:15 a.m. and then in the evening at 6 p.m. You will get 6 oz. of breast milk at each feed at "school" via a bottle. 

I was pretty religious about pumping 3-4 times a day while I was on maternity leave {getting anywhere from 2-4 oz. at each session}, so we have a pretty big stockpile. However, I'll pump during the day while you're at day care and give you what I pump that day the next day. Therefore, we can use the stockpile when my supply starts to dwindle. My goal is to nurse you for a year, but we will see how that goes! I'm starting with baby steps and making my immediate goal four months; then six months; and then a year.

So, all of that to say: you are a great eater! I absolutely love that special time I get with you to nurse you. You're my little buddy, and it's just you and me, and I love knowing that only I can provide you with exactly what you want and need.

You are still a spit-up machine, and your pediatrician has upped your dosage of Baby Zantac from .9 mL to 1.2 mL twice a day based on your weight. 

Kiddo, you started sleeping all night on Mommy's birthday {April 7}! It was the best gift ever! We decided to drop the 10:30 p.m. "Dream Feed" cold turkey that day, and you didn't even miss it at all! You started sleeping from 8 p.m. - around 3-4 a.m., and went back to sleep right after that until 7 a.m. It was heaven! The pediatrician says that "sleeping through the night" is when a baby sleeps for 6+ hours during one nighttime stretch, and you're doing that…plus about one or two hours! 

Once you've started day care, we'll have to push your sleep schedule back a bit. Our goal is to have you sleeping from 8 p.m. - 3 a.m. {or later, preferably!}, and then back down until we get you up at 6:15 a.m. to eat. You'll likely take a cat nap on the way to "school" with me from about 7:15-7:45 a.m., and then you get a bottle there at 10 a.m., then you'll nap from about 12-2 p.m.; get a bottle at 2 p.m.; and then nap from 4- about 4:45 p.m. when I pick you up. You will probably cat nap in the car on the way home, and then we'll nurse at 6 p.m., then do bath time and bed time. 

We visited your pediatrician Tuesday for her to take a look at your head since you prefer your right side so much - regardless of how much tummy time we do or how often we move your head to the left. Normally we wouldn't have a three-month appointment, but I'm glad we did so I could have your weight!

You weighed 13 lbs., 11 oz.! We didn't get your height since it wasn't a "well baby" visit, but she did comment on how long you were, too! You are definitely an eater.

I'm going to put sleeping through the night first because we're so excited about that! You also found your hands and not only started sucking on them to soothe yourself, but you also move them in front of your face and stare at them; it's precious! You notice yourself in all mirrors now and give yourself the biggest grins, especially when we say, "Walker, where's the baby?" We will stand in front of our hall mirror for a good 15 minutes, and I think I'm just as entertained at the spectacle as you are. 

Your new thing when you talk to us is to say, "Gooooo!" and then you turn your head side to side while you screech and smile. Sweet boy, you know you make us laugh and your Daddy and I just love that! You were really mimicking sounds around two months, but this month you're doing it even more. Your Daddy swears he heard a "mama" the other day; I'll take it, even though I know you definitely didn't say it. ;)

You still love the ceiling fans and will laugh and laugh at them, craning your neck in every room to find one. I wish I was that easily entertained! 

You absolutely hate tummy time. I thought that would change as you got older, but it hasn't; you despise it! You will bury your head in the blanket/play mat/whatever we're doing tummy time on and just scream. When we roll you over, you give us the biggest grin - you know exactly what you're doing there! However, you are good at holding your head up when you're laying on our chests after a little cat nap or when we hold you over our shoulders. You also rolled over for the first time last month - to get yourself out of tummy time! Now you do it often!

You celebrated your first Easter in Mommy's hometown, where you got to stay at Papa and Foxy's house for the first time! Everyone in Mommy's hometown just loved you! You also got to meet some of your extended family for the first time. 

I moved you out of 0-3 months clothes on April 9, and it was so bittersweet for me. For some reason, not having the "0" on the tag of your clothes - and instead seeing "3 months" or "3-6 months" on your tags makes you seem like such a big boy and not so much a little baby anymore. We also packed away your newborn size Halo Sleep Sacks; you're now in their small size, which fits 3-6 months. 

The 3 months clothes {especially the Carter's brand} fit you perfectly, but the 3-6 months ones are a little long and baggy. Needless to say, we're wearing the heck out of Carter's clothes right now! 

You moved to size two diapers on April 12, and we still prefer the Pampers Swaddlers brand. 

I am sure every parent says this, but you truly are a sweet boy. I am so thankful that you're so happy, and I hope and pray you continue to have the precious personality you have now when you're older. 

You still love to talk {you get that naturally from your Mommy!}, but especially in the morning. You are definitely a morning person - again, just like me! - and we always get the biggest smiles then. Your Daddy and I love seeing little bits and pieces of us in you. For example, when you yawn, you let out a little "sigh" noise when you're doing it, and that is absolutely, 100% your dad. 

Like I said earlier, you know what you're doing with your little "cry" at times. You will let out a fake little cry and when we come running to you or are holding you and say, "What's wrong?!", you will give us a big grin. You sly thing, you. 

You are definitely a mama's boy, but I attribute that to me being home with you 24/7 for three months. And I'm alright with that! You can stay a mama's boy for as long as you like. 

Currently you love: ceiling fans; us getting in your face to talk to you; bath time; going on walks; and bright phone covers {you see a lot of these when we FaceTime with your Foxy and Papa or Daddy when he's traveling}. 

You do not love: being burped/spitting up; tummy time; or waiting for anything. You don't have a lot of patience! 

You still have all of the same nicknames as last month, but your Daddy has taken to calling you "Skywalker," at which I just shake my head. ;)

Walker, we love you so much and are so thankful for you. 

My prayer over you is one your Foxy used to pray over me: protection, purity and punishment. Protection from anything bad; purity that you will wait for the perfect person that God has for you; and punishment that if you do something wrong, you will get caught. It might seem early to be praying this over you, but I want to cover you in prayer, my precious boy. 

I also pray that you will come to know the Lord and let Him be the ruler of your heart and your life. I pray that you come to know that no one comes to the Father except through Him {John 14:6}, and your Dad and I strive to be Christian examples for you in that. 

Finally, I pray for your future spouse, whoever she may be. I pray for her that she knows the Lord and that she will love you the way that I love your Daddy, and in turn, I pray that you love her not only like your Daddy loves me, but as Christ loved the church {Ephesians 5:25}. The best gift your Mimi gave me was to tell me that she began praying for me, your Dad's future spouse, when he was just a baby. And I pray I can give that same gift to your wife one day. 

I can't believe you're already three months old. We love you to the moon and back again, sweet little love. 

Mommy and Daddy 


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