According to the app "wonder weeks," Henry has just completed his stormy week. As he turns 3 months old, his body is focused on learning smooth transitions: coordinating his limbs, focusing his eyes, developing speech, and processing his surroundings. Since this is so much work for a little one, the app marks it as "stormy" because babies can be often quite fussy. Thankfully, Henry has been his usual jovial self. Yes, this time period may have affected his sleep which up until last week was merely Henry not sleeping at all. But, aside from the lack of sleep (which has gotten MUCH better) Henry has been a super curious, playful, and happy little guy. We joke that his laugh is like thunder and lightening. Right now he opens his mouth wide to give a hearty chuckle but there is not a sound. Perhaps like thunder, his laugh will soon follow his toothless smile. At lunch on Saturday, David had to change a blow out diaper and said that he heard the first true hearty laugh out of the little man! I am waiting patiently for a repeat performance.
This month marked my full return to work and Henry's daytime care turning over to Mema's capable hands. Mema and Henry are doing great together. Each morning my phone buzzes with picture updates, as Mema reads stories, plays on the mat, feeds and swaddles him for naps, and helps Henry practice rolling over. I love coming home and asking Mema, "How was your day?" and she replies, "Oh it was wonderful. We did all of our activities together." At the same time, it is hard being away each day. Leaving in the morning continues to rip out my heart and I still cry most mornings on the drive in. The consolation is knowing that Henry is having a wonderful time at home with Mema who loves him so very much. Under her supervision, he has started to really respond to conversation and is determined to roll over. A few "accidental" rolls have occurred. Then finally last night, while I was working my epic long night on campus, Henry did it. He rolled, and rolled, and rolled for Mema and Pepa. This left us all in a little panic. We were planning to wean Henry from his swaddle this weekend but had to do it cold turkey now that he could flip himself over. He must have been ready for the release of his arms during sleep because he slept great despite the new sensations and freedom.
The best part of this month may just be the sounds that Henry makes. He loves to lay down and stare up at you and just coo and shriek and babble. I know he has to grow up but I wish I could just savor these moments longer!! This may just be my most favorite month yet, really. His little personality continues to develop and he is such a flirt! He practices his grin, coy smile, and even his frown. And while he obviously cannot speak yet, these expressions really do fill the home. It is not a far stretch to imagine him chatting at the dinner table.
Henry is starting to grab and reach for things and this includes holding onto your clothes as you cuddle and sway him. He loves playing with his rattles, although sometimes he gets carried away and whacks himself in the face. And, he loves watching the dogs play. Right now we have four dogs in the house: Buster, Bella, Daisy, and Blaise. Each of these little beasts wants to be near Henry at all times. While this can be a little frustrating since they don't quite understand their own strength, it does come from a place of curiosity and Henry is equally curious about these fuzzy creatures who like to stick their wet noses on his cheeks. With a little assistance, Henry pets each of his furry friends.
His morning and evening routines seem to be developing as well. My alarm goes off at 5AM and I head into the shower to get ready for work. By 5:30AM, Henry is awake and David plays and cuddles him in bed until I finish. Then I take over from 5:45-6:00AM and play in bed with Henry while David showers and gets ready. Then around 6:05AM we all head downstairs. My mom joins us and makes coffee for the adults while David plays with Henry in the living room. I pack up my bags for school, eat some breakfast, and then snuggle the little guy so David can do the same. We usually have 15-20 minutes all together in the living room before it is time to said our goodbyes for work. At night, recently, Henry has started his bedtime routine at 7PM with a bath. Then it is pj time, reading, snuggles, a fresh diaper, a last meal, a little swaying and down for bed. While he doesn't sleep completely through the night the new pattern is to sleep until 12:30AM and then get up again around 3:30AM and then 5:30AM. And, our little man is about 15lbs and 25.5 inches and barely fitting in size 3 months!
This month Henry is:
- All smiles
- Cooing, babbling, and shrieking
- Using his tranquil turtle to help him go to sleep (and David and I love it too, it is SO peaceful!)
- Has changed swaddles , these seem to be a little stronger than the summer swaddles we originally used
- Plays with his rattle and rocket ship from Bannor Toys
- Sits in his Bumbo Seat
- Loves reading. We have started to read the Biscuit books
- Loves seeing his friends
- Takes strolls in the park
- Enjoys brunch on Sundays
- Can be in the Ergobaby without the infant insert and doesn't only sleep in it now
- Showing signs of laughter and rolling over
- Takes a bottle like a champion (Dr. Brown all the way!)
- Has discovered his hands and feets
- Loves to chew on your hand or his hands
- Is starting to drool and blow bubbles
- Grabbing and grasping for things around him