Monday, September 26, 2011

3 months old!

Libby is 3 months old! She's been home with us for a little over 6 weeks now. She weighed 8lbs 5oz over the weekend which doesn't sound like a lot but when you break it down, she has gained over 3lbs since her birth (babies gain an average of 1-2 lbs per month) and since we've brought her home she has gained 2lbs 6oz in just 6 weeks! That's pretty rapid growth! That just affirms that home is where she needed to be and where she belongs.

Some of the new things she's doing this month: she is a great smiler! She smiles with her whole mouth. Wide mouthed, eyes light up! She loves to smile mostly for mommy though she will smile for just about anyone who will spend a few minutes ohhing and ahhing over her. She is making adorable little cooing noises that I am absolutely in love with. When I talk with her, after a few minutes she joins in the conversation and couldn't be cuter. Libby loves her brother and sister and will often stop crying if they just come over and play with her. While on her tummy Libby can lift her head about 45 degrees though after just about 3-5 minutes she's pretty over the whole tummy time thing. She can roll onto her side too. She can sometimes grab toys that are hanging over her if both her and the toy are in the perfect position. She is starting to put her hands in her mouth and just this week has started sucking on them in a deliberate effort to self soothe.

Right now she is only waking up once a night. It's been really nice that she is getting onto a more regular baby schedule. She goes down between 6:30 and 7 (though some nights it still takes her 2 hours and lots and lots of nursing and cuddling and rocking to get her to sleep) and is awake for the day about 6:30-7:30. She takes 3-4 naps a day, one of them usually 2-3 hours long the rest are about an hour. Libby feeds anywhere from 8-12 times a day. If we're staying close to home she does less but if we're out and about she tends to want more comfort and will nurse sometimes 3x in just 2 hours! But I am just so thrilled that she is nursing, gaining, thriving, that I have no problem at all nursing her on demand anytime she needs it.

As far as her personality, we were able to see practically from day one that Libby is a very sweet girl. I'm not sure what that will look like as she gets older but that's the only way I can describe her. Sweet. She is calm, cute, loves to look at you, cuddle, give smiles. She's a sweet girl. We are so blessed she's in our family and so happy she's been home for so long now and is doing so well.

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