Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Marshall: Three Months

My growing boy, you're such a joy in our lives. Happy three month birthday!

(Photos taken at one month, two months, and three months)

Weight: 15 pounds, 15.4 ounces
Height: Unknown, but you're taller than the giraffe now!
Likes: Your daddy, eating, smiling at mom and dad, reading, being outside, riding in the car or stroller, baths, laying on your activity mat
Dislikes: Stopping at red lights in the car, being tired or hungry (I feel ya, kid)

Some milestones this month:

You are much more interested in books! You seem to really love looking at the pictures while we read to you. You used to last about 30 seconds looking at a book, and now you'll sit through an entire story!

You're getting much stronger and holding your head up more steadily. If we stand still while holding you, you have no problem, but if we walk around you get a little wobbly.

That tummy time is paying off!

Speaking of which, you don't mind tummy time, but you're no closer to rolling over. You rolled over once this month (July 27th), but you haven't done it again since. It makes sense---you've got a lot of chunk to move!

Also, you are still a spitting machine. You spit up after almost every meal, but you also spit up randomly. It could be ten minutes, an hour, two hours after you last ate, and we're still not safe.

You're blowing bubbles now! You can also spit (not blowing raspberries, but making noises with your lips), and you're MUCH more vocal all of a sudden. You will also happily hang out on your activity mat for about an hour all by yourself, just chatting and looking at your animals and smiling now and then.

You LOVE your daddy. He's your favorite! You stare at him with the sweetest look that makes my heart skip a beat every time. I love seeing the bond between you two. Daddy sings to you, reads you stories, makes silly faces with you, and helps you with tummy time. This month was also your first time playing "airplane" with daddy, and you had absolutely no opinion about the activity. It was sort of anticlimactic, really.

You love me, too, of course. But then again, I feed you, so what's not to love?

You seem really comfortable hanging out with other people. I'm so excited that you have been able to meet so many people who are important in our lives, and we look forward to you getting to know them (and vice versa!). 

Baby swap! Ed with Marshall (who was probably hungry) and Terry with Kayla

And the SMILES!!! You smile almost anytime we smile at you now, and it's just about the greatest thing ever.

You're a pretty good sleeper. At night, you sleep from about 7 or 7:30 until 4. You eat and then go right back to sleep for another few hours. I consider that to be pretty good! Of course, sometimes you wake up twice during the night (maybe around 1 or 2 and then around 5 or 6), but I'd say we're in a decent routine so I don't feel like a total zombie.

You're also very good at escaping from even the Miracle Blanket, probably because you're essentially The Hulk.

During the day, your naps are ALL over the place. If you're sleeping in your crib or cosleeper, you'll nap 20-45 minutes. If you're being held, you'll sleep much longer, maybe an hour or more. And if we're out and about, all cozy in your car seat, you'll sleep up to three hours! Since you have no real routine or schedule yet, we just go with the flow.

I think you really like getting outside for fresh air. If we're home all day, which is rare, you get pretty worked up by 3 or 4 pm. If we go out, even for a few hours, you're much more agreeable by the end of the day.

We started noticing some red hair! In certain lights, it's like you're a full-on redhead. In other lights, your hair looks black. But your eyebrows are undeniably strawberry blonde, and your eyelashes are super dark, so we'll see what happens.

You started putting your hands in your mouth a LOT this month, and more recently you're exploring toys in the mouth too. But you have virtually no fine motor skills, so it's pretty cute to see you play.

Scout is getting used to you. For the first month you were here, Scout spent a lot of time hidden in the corner, probably just scoping things out from a safe spot. Now he's a little more curious about you, and I can tell he knows you aren't exactly a threat. He's still tentative, but he's finding ways to bond. You, however, have still shown zero signs that you're aware of his existence.

This month we took two big trips: to Ojai for the wedding and to Nor Cal for your very first trip to the Bay Area (I'll write about it soon). It was so special to me to start to introduce you to where I come from. You also got to meet more of our favorite people, and you met Uncle Chris and Auntie Shlee's dogs, Achilles and Tango!

With Winnie (super pregnant with Keston...and so adorable)

They loved you. Both dogs kept licking you all over and wanted to be near you all the time. You let them lick you in the face and didn't seem to even notice what had happened!

You seem to like car rides for the most part, and you were GREAT on our long trips. You slept almost the entire way to and from the Bay Area! I'm sure you were exhausted from your busy weekend, but it was great to see you so comfortable.

We're so glad to have you in our lives, big boy. It's a joy to watch you experience the world around you!


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