Written October 4th, 2012
Wow, the time has flown by! So much has changed these past 3 months.
For one, she's giving me longer stretches of sleep at night. Last night she slept from 8pm to 1am! After her first long stretch of sleep she typically starts nursing ever 1.5 to 2 hours. Her napping, however, is atrocious. She fights naps tooth and nail and when I do finally manage to get her down, she typically wakes back up after 30 minutes (and that's on a good day). Also, she will either only sleep on me, or sleep if I lay down next to her. So I get nothing done while she naps.
I literally held Charlotte every waking moment her first 3 months of life. She refused to be put down anywhere. The swing? Nope. The super cool Kickin' Coaster I got her? Not interested. The only place she wanted to be was in my arms. It was exhausting, but I'm glad I accommodated her. Now she hangs out in the swing for about 15 minutes first thing in the morning while I make myself coffee and breakfast. She likes to "talk" to the butterflies that spin around overhead, it's the cutest thing. Then, she'll tolerate the Kickin' Coaster long enough for me to eat my breakfast.
Another thing she initially despised was Tummy Time. During the first couple of months, most of her Tummy Time occurred on my chest. I was really starting to worry... there was no way I would leave her on her tummy if she was screaming and crying, yet I knew she really needed it to help develop her motor skills and muscles.
Luckily, she has gotten a lot better about Tummy Time. Also, she started rolling from tummy to back on September 11th! Pretty good for a baby adamantly against Tummy Time. (:
Let's see, what other milestones have passed... she gave me her first non-poop smile on July 25th, just a few days after she turned 1 month old. Her first laugh was on the day she rolled from tummy to back, September 11th. It couldn't have been more perfect. I had just given her a bath and was getting her ready for bed. Robert was sitting in the room and we were talking while I rubbed lotion on her. Then, she laughed! Her very first laugh, and we were both there for it. It was so sweet. (: She laughs so much! She's such a happy little girl.
Today, October 4th, she is officially 15 weeks. She'll be 4 months soon! I can't believe it! Nowadays, she loves sitting up. She does these little baby crunches and grunts, then looks at me expectantly. I'll let her grip onto my fingers and help pull her up into a sitting position and she happily looks around the room. I have a feeling she'll be sitting unassisted soon. She also loves being worn in my Beco Gemini carrier. I originally got the Baby K'Tan, but she really didn't like that too much. She likes the Beco quite a bit though. I've only been wearing her facing in so far, and will probably keep it that way. I've read some cons to wearing a baby facing out, so as long as she's content to be facing in, that's what we'll do. I take her for a walk around the neighborhood every evening and it's just about her favorite thing in the world right now.
Oh, another new skill she's been working on is blowing raspberries. However, she only does this when she's upset. So she'll start to whine/cry, stick out her tongue, close her lips around her tongue, then blow out really hard. It's hilarious! It's very hard to take her upset moment seriously when she does things like that!
That's all for now, hopefully I'll have another update soon!