Penny is 3 months old! She has grown a ton in the last few weeks and even cooler she has picked up a lot of new developmental milestones. You can read and watch her past updates from 2 months old and 1 month old to see how much she has changed!
This month in her update video and photos she is wearing dresses I wore as a baby. Isn’t that the sweetest? My mom is amazing for saving these for me! I’m not sentimental over many things but I love this so much!
Baby’s Eating Habits
Penny is still eating very well. She has gotten so much better at nursing that it amazes me sometimes. I truly thought we would quit breastfeeding early on but I’ve kept going past what I even expected. For the first couple weeks back at work I told myself daily I needed to quit. But then I wanted to make it to 12 weeks. And I wanted to make it past her first cold. I’ve done both and I’m happy we’ve nursed this long. I’m not sure I’ll make it all the way to 6 months or a year since I’d love my work day breaks back, but we will keep going for a little while longersince combination feeding is going well.
Baby is growing as well and hit 13.0 lbs exactly at 12 weeks. She’s gaining pretty much right on track and stays in the same range of weight percentile. The doctor said she looked great and healthy even despite her cold.
Baby’s Sleeping Habits
She’s put herself on a nice sleeping schedule that is much more consistent. Bedtime begins around 8 pm and she is completely asleep by 9 every night. She sleeps mostly through the night now. She will wake up some nights around 2-3 and other nights also around 5-6. Some nights she wakes up for both of those but usually it’s just the later wakeup and I nurse her back to sleep. Then she sleeps another couple hours. She’s slept completely through the night a couple times but I almost wonder if maybe we just didn’t hear her since she’s stopped screaming at night and she is in her nursery.
Funny enough we haven’t done anything for her sleep. She’s just done it herself and we followed her cues. I will say that we haven’t yet slept without the swaddle so I’m curious how that will go since she loves her swaddle right now. I’m hoping that transition and the 4 month sleep regression I’ve heard about don’t cause problems.
Baby’s Developmental Milestones
Penny started daycare in this past month and I feel like between daycare and my time with her she has learned a ton and grown so much developmentally. I have loved picking her up from daycare and catching her enthralled watching the bigger kids.
This month Penny started using her hands so much more. She grabs and holds toys now. She also likes to suck on her hands and put them in her mouth. And toys. And anything she can get up there.
She also started rolling over during tummy time! I helped her the first few times and then she started doing it herself like in the video. It’s still a new skill but she is getting better at it.
As you can see from the video, she also loves toys! Her light up baby Einstein toy is her absolute favorite. She loves it so much and it has obviously helped a lot with tummy time. She’s gone from crying in the first 30 seconds to lasting for several minutes at a time.
Mom Pospartum Update
I did start going back to the gym in the past month! I haven’t gone much and my workouts were short but I did get back out there. I’d like to try some classes soon to add a fun social aspect to my workouts to hopefully motivate me to go. I’ve also been baby wearing a lot when I get home from work so I’ll strap Penny into a carrier and go for a walk around the block every night.
I’ve feeling much better in the last few weeks after I started treatment for some PPA/PPD symptoms. My doctor prescribed zoloft for me and I’ve been taking it the last few weeks to excellent results. While I wish natural anxiety remedies were enough right now, unfortunately the hormonal balance in my body is just too much for anything else. I’m happy that Zoloft has worked so well and I’ve been able to continue breastfeeding while taking it.
Overall I’m doing much better than I was when I started back at work at 8 weeks postpartum. I’m optimistic that the continued path of medication and exercise will continue to improve things. Or you know, if I could just find an extra 8 hours a day so I can work full time and be a full time mom that would probably work too. :)