Thursday, January 8, 2009

Nora is 3 months old!

So I totally planned on returning to blogging WELL before today... but we've had quite the full New Year so far. So, while this is interesting only to me and the grandparents...I've got to do the traditional monthday post.

I've learned, in the last three months, that you really do forget all those great things that you learn the first time around. I can't tell you how many things I've had to re-learn this time around...and I'll probably have to re-learn next time, too!

Here are a few things Nora is up to these days. Nora is...
  • sleeping through the night, most all the time. (She started on Christmas Eve...what a great Christmas gift!) We typically feed her around 10:30, and then she will wake up around 7:30 the next morning. I am getting up with her about once a night to give her a paci; she'll typically go right back to sleep. (That said, last night I was up with her three different times.)
  • eating 3-4 ounces at a meal, every 3 hours.
  • still having some tummy troubles. Lately, she's been shrieky-fussy while eating, and we're starting to see some return of her reflux symptoms (which were managed beautifully with Zantac). We just changed her medicine today to a higher dose, so we're hoping that helps!
  • napping with relative predictability, even if it doesn't look quite the way I'd want it to. At least I know when she's only going to nap for 30 minutes, right?
  • about the happiest baby I've ever met. Seriously. She is so easygoing and sweet. She is pretty much content wherever she is, but still especially loves to be held. Or naked. Or in the bath.
  • easily excited, especially by bright colors and faces. She kicks and squeals with fervor.
  • extremely talkative. She is seldom quiet! Love it!
Also, I kept a pretty detailed notebook for Phoebe that detailed her daily schedule. Since I barely have time to think these days, I wanted to record her typical daily schedule here.

7:45 - Wake up, eat, tag along with Mommy and Phoebe to get dressed/clean up the kitchen/etc.
9:15 - Nap
10:00 - Wake up, Mommy usually tries to get her to go back to sleep...or at least stay in the crib until mealtime
10:45 - Eat, tag along some more, blanket time
12:15 - Nap
1:15 - Wake up, Mommy tries to get her to stay in the crib until mealtime... (notice a pattern?)
1:45 - Eat, special time with Mommy
3:15 - Nap (this is her best nap of the day, most days)
4:45 - Wake up and eat, tag along time, family time
6:15 - Catnap
7:00 - Wake up, family time (Bible, prayer, getting Phoebe in bed), bath
7:45 - Eat, try to get her to go to sleep
8:30 (if we're lucky!) - Bedtime
10:30 - Dream Feed

Bedtime is still a little bit of a struggle. She goes down great for naps, most of the time, but nighttime has always been harder. It dawned on me yesterday that we weren't doing much of a nighttime routine, so I'm trying to bring that in to her evening. Tonight, I rocked her and sang to her until she got drowsy; it was a little more successful, and a lot less stressful for me. We'll see!

Since this is officially a novel, I'm going to close up shop on the 3 Month Update. More to come soon, I promise! (And I mean it, too!)


The Pink Potpourri said...

i love that picture of nora! what a happy little baby! sounds like shes up to lots of fun stuff nowadays :)

Carolynn said...

Happy 3 Monthday, Nora! You are a sweet sweet little girl!

The Sinks said...

What a sweet picture! I love reading all the updates, since they are practically where we are too! We are struggling through naptimes/bedtime also. Little man still doesn't want to sleep in his crib for more than 20-30 minutes at a time. I was so sure this second time around we be much easier with sleep...hahaha! It's so great that Nora is such a happy baby. It does get easier as time goes on, doesn't it?

Erin said...

That picture is priceless! What a great smile! I have been meaning to do a 3 month post for Emma but haven't found the time yet. It sounds like Nora is really doing well with her routine. I wish Emma was but I can't really complain since she is usually sleeping 6-8 hours at night.