I can't believe Ace is three months. He is actually two weeks away from being 4 months, but I'm a bit behind. In three months, he has gone from being a baby that did nothing but eat, poop and sleep, to a person who smiles, makes amazing, joyous sounds, almost laughs, can hold his head up and reach for things and grab them. It is truly amazing how fast babies develop. Stages go by in a flash.
In these first three months, Ace gave us a run for our money by not gaining weight initially and by refusing to sleep unless a person was touching him or he was in his swing. After much worry about his weight gain and tons of pumping and even formula supplementing, Ace is now gaining weight slowly but surely and is a very healthy looking little guy, finally developing chunky baby thighs. As for the sleeping, I still hate hearing about three month olds - or any young babies, for that matter - who sleep through the night. My three month old still wakes up every two to three hours to eat during the night. He occasionally sleeps four to five hour stretches, but that's usually if he is in bed with us. He has developed the ability to sleep on his own in the bassinet next to our bed, but that is how he sleeps the worst. There was so much anxiety on my part about how he was sleeping and that I was creating a cosleeping nightmare, but I have since decided not to care. As long as I am getting some sleep, I am sure the baby will learn to sleep by himself eventually.
Ace's favorite thing to do recently is lie under a tree and watch the leaves moving. He loves his mobiles in the home and trees are just large scale mobiles, really. The leaves, the birds flying overhead and even the wind blowing over him, tickle him to no end and he happily lies back, taking it all in and moving his little body around with excitement.
His least favorite thing is riding in the car. He screams for a while and then either falls asleep or just looks out the window. It breaks my heart to hear him scream while I'm driving, but I have to admit that I don't pull over. I am hoping that he just gets over it - very soon!
His favorite toys at this point are little stuffed animals with wooden parts and parts that are filled with that crinkly material that makes that sound that babies love. He can now grab for them and put them in his mouth. Everything is going into his very, very drooly mouth.
Ace flew on an airplane and went into a pool for the first time in this, his third month. The plane travel went very well. He wasn't too sure about the pool, but it produced his first sustained laughing when a friend kept popping up from under the water in front of him. B was crying, he was so enthralled by the sound of Ace laughing.
Ace can hold his head up now and loves looking around a room. He is able to entertain himself a bit more these days and does not always need to be held, as long as he can see me or the other people in the room. It makes it easier to get things done, but I find that I still don't get much done.
I have started thinking about going back to work, but am not sure what job will be available for me with this stinking economy. I don't want to leave Ace yet, even though my mother would be the one watching him. I want to be with him for at least a year, maybe two. I need to find some sort of ideal part time gig that pays tons!