Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Three Months

Oh Jax.

Jax, Jax, Jaxon. Where does the time go? Some days, yes, it seems to drag on in a never-ending certainty…but most days just breeze by and I look up and three months have passed already. Of course, that could be lack of sleep talking! Just kidding…

You’re a joy, Jax – to both your Dad and I. You are a constant amazement, as well as a source of entertainment - you can put a smile on our faces faster than anything! Every single day you’re growing up, learning new things, marking milestones left and right…and we’re just privileged enough to be there for it all. We can’t wait to see what new trick you’ve learned each day…or what you’re going to laugh at each day…just a constant joy.

At three months old, you’re eating 7-8 times a day (STILL!) and taking 4-4.5 ounces at a time. You are formula-fed now, and you seem to love it, even if it still makes Mommy sad every once in a while. Daddy’s a little worried that you’re having troubles processing the formula from the amount of poop that you are currently generating for us, but I keep trying to assure him that a) it’s normal and b) it’s going to get worse when we start you on solids next month! He needs a little training still in controlling his gag-reflex while changing your diapers, but he’s learning…

Your sleeping pattern changed quite a bit this past month. You used to sleep from 8:30p until about 2am with ease and grace. Then you would go another stretch until 5am before your next feeding. Not so much anymore. You’re a little more regular about it now, going the same length of time between feedings now, but I much prefer the old schedule to your new one. Of course, you’ve been battling a cold for about two weeks now (it came up about the same time that your sleeping habits changed, so maybe the two are related?) so any sleep at all has been harder to come by than normal this past week or so. Right now, on a normal night, you’ll go down for the night between 8-830p and sleep until sometime between 1230a-1a before your first feeding. Then you’ll take your second bottle of the night between 4a-5a. Not a horrible schedule, but I still like the old one better!

You are constantly alert these days. And talking! You babble at us like it’s going out of style (a sign of things to come?) in your baby-talk all day long. Or maybe I should say that you do that whenever we can keep your hands out of your mouth! You had just discovered your hands at the beginning of this month, but now they are in constant motion. They’re either making your little “gang signs” at us while you eat, sleep and play or they’re in your mouth. Yes, you still try to shove your whole fist in your mouth upon occasion, but you’re getting better about just putting some fingers in and going to town on them for a little “snack.”

You are slowly becoming more mobile. You have mastered the art of rolling that first quarter of a roll. You can roll either to the right or left side, but you much prefer the left-side roll. You have also started the roll-n-scoot, where you can wiggle from your back to your side over and over again and slowly make some progress towards something. Even though you can do this, I’m pretty sure that at this point, it’s all still accidental and not due to any planning on your part! It’s cute none-the-less, as you have your hands in your mouth and your feet in the air or pushing on the floor to start that roll. I don’t think that it’ll be too much longer before you’re rolling from your back to your stomach like a pro!

This month at day care, and at home, we’ve started sitting you in your Bumbo chair for short periods of time. It’s still a bit early to do this, but when day care told us that they were trying it out in 5-10 minute increments with some added “support” we had to try it at home too. At first you weren’t too sure…

But you’ve decided that maybe it’s okay…

As long as one of us is close by to keep that head from bopping around too much!

I’m sure that you’ll be more than ready for solo sessions in it here in a few weeks…and then we’ll move on to your exer-saucer! They try it once or twice a week at day care and you LOVE it…but we’ve got the bouncy-jumpy kind at home and it’s still too soon to get it out of the box yet.

Mommy and Daddy are wondering if you’re already starting the teething process…the drool is starting up. And it’s like someone just flipped a switch on it, there’s so much some days. Then on other days it’s pretty minor still…so maybe there’s some activity there coming our way too…or maybe it’s just that your hands are ALWAYS in your mouth and you’re trying to eat them, so your little mouth produces more saliva to help digest those fingers! LOL!

You still love your baby crack blanket. But we can barely fasten it now…and you’re making the transition to the larger sized snuggle wraps a bit better now than you were a few weeks ago. All in good time, I think. You’re also starting to sleep some on your side, as you get more mobile and can move around more. But you DO sleep each night in your crib…and take your best naps during the day in your swing. You still love that one!

As your baby-talk vocabulary has ramped up, so has your volume. Man, you can really let one wail when you want to, huh? Some of those squeals have Daddy checking to make sure that you’re still all boy…but no worries there! You’re just learning to use your vocal chords…and learning how to use them well!

Since you’re more alert now, you’re starting to play with toys and reach for and connect with things in your line of sight and within your reach. Mommy has to be really diligent about keeping her hair out of your reach…and toys hanging from your play mat are no longer safe! Sometimes when you get a good hold of one, you are trying to pull up a little with them, which is really cute to watch.

You are still happiest during the mornings. Even though Mommy and Daddy enjoy being able to sleep in on the weekends, we also take turns getting up early with you because we know that’s when we’ll be rewarded with the biggest smiles! You are in SUCH a good mood then…and it’s really neat to get some alone time then.

You are still fascinated with big brother and sissy, but I think that the new is worn off on you with them! Jenna still helps out the most, but that’s probably just because she’s around more often than not…you just coo and gurgle at her when she’s playing with you. You’re probably just working on those mad flirting skills that you surely inherited from your Daddy, huh? Keep batting those baby blues, son…they’re irresistible.

Jaxon, we can’t wait to see what this month holds for us as you continue to develop and change on a daily basis! We love you!


Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful post. Enjoy!

Nikkolish said...

What a sweet little man! Your letter to him is so so sweet!

Natalie said...

Wow! You're right...our boys are still on the same track. That's really great to know! By the way, I ended up buying rice cereal but still haven't done anything with it - not sure why I'm hesitating but I'll be sure to let you know if I change my mind! : ) Jax is a cutie patootie!