Nine Whole Months

Here we go! Nine months feels like quite the milestone and indeed our little Sam has experienced a number of big “firsts” in the past couple of weeks.

Sam in the leavesHe now weighs 23.5 lbs.

He used his passport for the first time to take a road trip (yes, road trip) to Colorado.

We’re all loving the musical stylings of Elizabeth Mitchell, which got us through some tough moments in the car on the road trip.

Sam can be soothed when sung Elizabeth Mitchell’s Little Bird song, which hubby & I are now incredible good at singing.

Other fav music choices by Sam is the Backyardigans intro theme song. He only cares a little about the show itself, but loves to bop along to the theme music.

Sam has been enjoying FaceTime with the grandparents. They have to have Sam in leaves 2their Sammy fix even a thousand miles away.

He finally came down with his first cold (all that travelling you know).

He also had his first trip to the ER at the Alberta Children’s Hospital because we weren’t sure what was going on with him (until two days later he got congested).

His first tooth has chosen to start popping through while he’s sick (it’s been really fun at our house this past week).

Favourite ways of dealing with his teething discomfort, chewing on pepperoni sticks, pickles, and pine cones (his choice, not mine).

You can also divert his anger from the pain by letting him shred paper. We have dubbed this “rage paper” time. He seems to find it very Zen. When all else fails just hand him a piece of paper, or better yet, a paper bag.

His current fav book is I Am a Kitten.

He was finally Dedicated at our church this past Thanksgiving weekend, surrounded by family and friends.

Sam continues his love of nature, pulling at the grass, crunching leaves between his fingers and even eating dirt.

And that’s our little man these days. Looking forward to the rest of his very first autumn, my absolute fav time of year. Can’t wait to share it with him!

Eight Whole Months

Sam at 8 months smilingSam at 8 months laughingSam at 8 months smiling2
Yep, that’s my silly Sam. And eight months old now! Wow! That means there’s only four months till his first birthday!! That’s crazy.

Well, this month’s post is going to be a bit different for several reasons. One of the main ones being that this mama is feeling very weary and as much as I love talking about my Sam, I just don’t have it in me right now. But there’s several photos for you to get your fill and I’ll give you the “Cole’s Notes” version:

Weight is now 22.6 lbs.

He sits up on his own really well.

He plays with his toys.

Loves his big trucks (such a boy).

Is slowly outgrowing the Jolly Jumper & ExerSaucer.

Has discovered swings at the park.

There’s an official passport with his photo on it.

He might have an issue with dairy.

Which is too bad since his love for yogurt might revival that of pears & bananas.

Enjoys hanging out in his funky new high chair.

Loves water from his sippy cup.

Is happy to chew on pepperoni sticks, fresh beans from the garden, and juicy plums.

Rolls, squirms, wiggles his way around the house. No crawling yet.

(Still) no teeth yet.

His best friend is Chloe (the cat) who has been oddly patient & loving towards him.

Still naps on the couch with mama after failed attempts to get him to sleep in his crib.

Bedtime and night sleeping isn’t quite as easy as it was, but not as bad as it has been in the past.

Slowly getting more hair, and man, is it red! Looks like we’ll have a ginger on our hands, at least for a few years anyway.

His laughs & smiles & giggles melt my heart.

Playful Sam at 8 months

Sam at 8 months napping

Sam at 8 months sleeping

Seven Whole Months (and a bit)

Sam with milk lipsYes, yes, I’m behind on posting. Busy weekend followed by a busy Monday trying to catch up with everything, but now Sam is in bed & mommy can get down to the business of blogging and drinking wine.

Little man was weighed and measured about 10 days ago and he hasn’t really stopped growing. Yay for super thriving baby!! Plus my arms are looking and feeling pretty buff these days. That’s what happens when you have a seven month old who weighs 21 lbs, 3.5 oz!! And he feels like he’s getting taller every day, although the measurement on this from the clinic didn’t seem that accurate. It only indicated 3/4″ increase, which is silly given the number of things he’s grown out of! And the number of notches he’s had to move up on the Jolly Jumper!

Sam is still nursing away and we’ve been busy introducing himSam making faces with his tongue to all sorts of different foods. Texture is still a big issue. He is slowly liking a bit more chunky things, but only just slightly. He’s still very much a puree kind of guy for now. He has some new favs though. Sam’s absolute favorite is pear, followed closely by banana, then sweet potato. Also, a big hit, blackberry yogurt. Yum! He finally tried his first bit of meat, chicken, and we’re hoping to try eggs and ground beef soon. We’ve started giving him long slices of cucumber and carrots (raw or pickled) to chew on after meals and he often enjoys that. Must feel good on the gums. Anyway, the food thing is quite the adventure for all of us.

Sleep. Yes, last time I wrote about it, we were all quite sleep deprived. It continued for another week and got to the point where he would only sleep if I was holding him. I spent a few nights on the couch with him and got very little rest. We decided that things were just deteriorating too much. Hubby and I were fighting a lot, more than we ever had before, evenSweet Sam through other difficult times. Sam was really unhappy during the day, because he was so tired. We realized we just couldn’t continue on like this. So we picked up a copy of “Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems” by Dr. Richard Ferber. I know, some of you might be cringing or even getting angry at our choice, but we really felt it was the solution for us. We talked to a number of different couples who had done various types of sleep training with their babies and kids. Some had done the Ferber method, others had used elements of the Ferber method to create their own sleep training. To be honest, I had some hesitation in doing it, but also knew that our little family couldn’t keep on doing what we were doing. Hubby was keen on the Ferber method, so that’s what we went with. In the end, after reading the book, some of my concerns were eliminated. We also quickly decided to stick with our own nap plan during the day, not a Ferber nap plan. The first night of sleep training was pretty difficult. The second night was so drastically better, it was hard to believe!Silly Sam Instead of crying 20 min, he cried 6 min! By the third and fourth night, he was sleeping beautifully. And what a difference the restful sleep made to Sam and our entire household during the day! We had our happy baby boy back!

Now certainly, I would agree, that the Ferber method doesn’t work for every child or situation. Dr. Ferber himself makes no such claim. He’s pretty straightforward in saying, if you see no improvement after 7 days, then reassess the situation. For us, in our current sleep stage, it seems to have helped greatly, and I stand by our choice to do this with Sam. The sleep training encouraged us to develop a consistent bedtime routine, which includes the hour leading up to bed. We try to wind things down for him, we don’t have the TV on, we refrain from putting him in the Jolly Jumper or Exersaucer. Mostly we cuddle on the couch, or have floor time together. Then we have a consistent bedtime and routine each night (feeding, diapering, PJs, story time, bed). Sam LOVES it!! HeSam talking gets so happy when you head to his room to start the bedtime routine, it’s pretty cute.

What else has he been up to…? Oh, talking! Sam is such a chatter box nowadays, with a whole range of noises! It’s fun to see his vocal skills developing and his attempts at communication. Still has yet to say his first word. Not even sure what age that might be a possibility.

Sam has had several babysitting experiences lately. He still won’t take a bottle of milk (even in a sippy cup, although he loves water from his sippy cup, go figure). So that makes it a bit tricky for evenings. Mama has to get home for his final bedtime feeding. Other than that though, he is easily able to go three hour stretches with Grandma Janice. I say “easily” because I get to miss out on the hard crying that inevitably comes while I’m away, but food & entertainment wise he isSam rolling on floor good for that bit during the day. It has been so nice to go the movies, test drive cars, a crafty afternoon with friends, even made it out to the UFC night (my longest stretch away at 6 hours)! That long stretch is not something we would typically try to do, but it’s nice to know that I can pop out for a bit of a break these days.

Doesn’t feel like we’ve had a ton of adventures over the summer months. An occasional trip to the zoo, an attempt at the Riley Park wading pool (not a hit since little man still hates getting wet), some random drives through the countryside as hubby and I look at potential farm properties, and short jaunts to the library. Until we got the sleep issues resolved and everyone more rested, it felt like we were trapped at home for a while. We’ve been enjoying simple activities like eating out on the back deck, Sammy included, and sitting in the grass on a blanket. Sam is getting better every day at sitting up by himself. There’s still theSam's Eye flop-and-bonk and tears, but he definitely enjoys exploring his world from this new view.

We’re trying to get ourselves organized to go on Sam’s first big road trip in the fall. We’ve got the new car, a more comfortable car seat for baby boy, and taking regular drives to get him used to longer stretches in the car. Still need to get his passport and a storage box to go on top of the car. Our destination is Colorado Springs. So ya, that will be our interesting adventure for the year. I think the drive will be enjoyable with baby boy, as long as, we just take each chunk of the day as it comes, let go of expectations, and take the time to explore things we’d miss if we didn’t have a baby slowing down our travels. If it was just us adults, we could do the drive in two days, stay in a hotel a single night, but with Sam along, I’m sure it will take at least three days, four if he has a bad day. Good thing hubby and I like road trips! It’s how we prefer to travel when possible (airplanes & I aren’t the best of buds). In fact taking Sam on an airplane stresses me out more than thinking about being stuck in a car with him for a few days. If I’m uncomfortable on planes, can you imagine how he would be (since these little guys pick up on everything and their moods are entirely influenced by their parents)!? Plus it will be fun to take the new car out on a long trip. AND the best part will be finally visiting all my family in Colorado, most of whom I haven’t gotten to see in about seven years! It will be wonderful for them to meet little Sam!

So here we go, another month down, so many more to go with baby boy!

Six whole months

Naked Sam at six monthsI can not believe that Sam is now SIX months old!! Oi! And this past month feels like it has seriously flown by. I ws trying to think of things to write for this post and a lot of the month is quite a blur. That might partly be due to lack of sleep, though (more details on that to follow).

Last time we checked Sam’s weight, which was a month ago, he was just shy of 19 lbs and he was 27″ tall. Basically he’s sitting in the 85 percentile for both height and weight. He was still packing on 2 lbs a month, but I’m really, really hoping that has slowed a bit. He’s got to be over 20 lbs now, but just hoping he hasn’t surpassed his best friend Simon, who is seven months older than he is! Oh my not-so-little man who is just too adorable no matter how big or small. When people see him and then find out how old (or rather how young) he is, they usually respond, “Well, you must sure have some good fatty milk!” Yes, yes indeed.

Sam eating green beansOf course, the nice thing that has been slowly developing over the past month or two is that Sam isn’t eating nearly as often as he used to. And just after he turned five months old, we started introducing him to puréed foods and a bit of oat cereal. It was slow going at first, and we still have hit-and-miss days with the food (as to be expected, I’m sure), but there has definitely been improvement. After an afternoon with Grandma Janice, who fed him cereal because he still won’t take a bottle, he really started liking the pablum. And now that I have borrowed my friend’s Baby Bullet, I can more easily get food to the texture and consistency that Sam likes. So far he has tried avocado, sweet potato, apple, nectarine, green beans, pumpkin, turnip, and mango. The sweet potato was by far the biggest hit, followed closely by pumpkin. And I think most of that was due to texture. Oh and a cute little quirk, one we should have anticipated given Sam’s hate of plastic bottle nipples and soothers… he won’t eat off a plastic baby spoon. Ya, I know! So picture me scrambling around trying to find a wooden baby spoon. Found a little wooden spoon spreader at a gourmet cooking shop and now have ordered some hand carved spoons from an Etsy artisan out of Manitoba, Canadian Wood Crafts. Oh my sweet boy…

Sam and MarcusTwo developments on the sleeping front. One, I gave up trying to swaddle him and he is now just in a sleep sack at night. It was a battle I had been kean to give up on for a while, but he just seemed unable to sleep long periods without being swaddled. But then the second thing started happening so long periods of sleep weren’t happening anyways. The second event is still a mystery to me, but basically about three nights a week (sometimes more) Sam wakes every 20 minutes to every hour. The longest period of sleep might be less than two hours. It makes for a looong frustrating night. And this mama is quite the grumpy bear in the morning, as is baby and hubby. We know he’s teething, so that’s part of it. But we suspect there might be more going on, since you can often get him to sleep rocking him in your arms. Maybe that’s enough to comfort him from the pain most nights, or maybe he’s got some issues with not wanting to sleep alone, or there’s that dreaded sleep regression thing…who knows. I certainty don’t, otherwise we would have sorted it out and all be getting good, restful sleep! If you have any advice on this issue at all, please feel free to comment. Would love to hear your opinions or personal experiences!

Marcus holding SamOn the flip side, one of the fun developments this month is his new found joy, the Jolly Jumper! My parents bought him one and it stands in the corner of our living room, where he jumps to his heart’s content! It didn’t take long at all for him to figure out the jumping motion and how to turn around in it. Now he wants to do “jolly jumpums” all the time! Even when you’re holding him! And especially after he’s been stuck in the car for a while.

Speaking of cars, every week he has been getting increasingly more uncomfortable in his infant car seat. And no wonder! He’s almost outgrown the thing! Never could I have imagined that by six months we would be buying another car seat for him! But we did and it arrived on Monday and hubby just finished installing it, so we’ll see if it makes car rides more enjoyable for baby boy (time for a road trip!). This is the one we ended up buying. It converts all the way through to the booster seat stage, so we shouldn’t have to buy anything else for Sam. We have also started using the big stroller seat in his UPPAbaby stroller, instead of clicking in his infant seat. It seems to have really increased the time he’s willing to spend in the stroller which is helpful and he has returned to taking naps in it while we walk around.

I’m sure there’s been other special moments and little things, but can’t think of any more right now. I tell ya, these months are going by more quickly! Feels like we’re going to be writing the post for month seven in a blink of an eye!

Five whole months

Yes. Seriously. Baby boy is now five months old!! Where has all this time gone to? Well, we’re certainly keeping busy these days and Sam continues to keep us on our toes, never certain where things are going.

He’s got to be about 18 pounds now. A month ago he weighed in at 16lbs, 10 oz which meant he was still gaining about 2lbs a month. That has hopefully slowed a bit. We’ll find out Thursday where he’s at when we head to a doctor’s appointment. He’s a big baby, I can’t deny that, and I’m getting pretty used to it. I’m more curious to see how tall he is now. Feels like he has grown more in length this past month. The last batch of sleepers I picked up didn’t last long at all! And we don’t have too many more left in the larger sizes. Here’s hoping we get some hot weather and I can just let him sleep in a onesie. That or we’ll be forced to head to Sproutz for a little shopping trip.

One can’t talk about this baby’s growth without talking about his food source, which has solely become me. We went from being able to give Sam the occassional bottle, even some formula, to having him flat out refuse anything but his mama. I had been so looking forward to getting a few breaks here and there and more date nights with hubby, but then baby boy threw us this curve ball. One minute he was fine with the bottle, the next minute he decided that we were trying to kill him with it. We tried lots of different things, even tried to get him to drink from a sippy cup, but nothing has worked so far. Once a week, we give it a try again, hoping that he has changed his mind. We have managed to get him to drink about 1oz of pumped milk from the sippy cup (it took about half an hour), but that’s it. It has been the source of some stress, but I keep reminding myself that in just another month we will begin introducing him to soft food. The change won’t come over night, but eventually, I won’t be his only food source.

Speaking of nursing. Wow, I never could have imagined that babies could get so distracted from nursing! It makes sense. They’re taking in so much of the world around them, it’s hard to turn off that interest, even when they’re hungry. Sometimes even just having hubby sitting beside us on the couch is enough to distract Sam. He’s just so happy to observe everything. Sam has also started showing his complete joy of nursing more and more. He’s obviously always love it, but now he laughs and smiles and giggles sometimes. It’s just a hoot!

Another big adjustment this past month and one that feels like a bit of a step backwards has been his sleep cycle. Sam had been sleeping amazingly well at night, 7-9 hours straight. Then out of the blue, he began waking up crying every night about an hour after we’d put him in his crib. Then it he’d wake again later in the night or wee hours of the morning and need to be fed. The worse night came when he woke almost every hour! The longest window of sleep was just two hours! Needless to say, Sam and I were both pooped & grumpy the next day. Silly boy! You need your sleep (and so does mama)! Not sure what all this is about. Teething? Sleep regression? A growth spurt (oh gosh I hope not)? Our nights are still unpredictable for now. Sometimes he sleeps pretty decently, others not so much. We’ll see how this all goes in the coming weeks. At the very least I can count on Sam to take a nap after he wakes at 5am or 6am, so we get to catch a few more Zzzs (very helpful if we’ve been up a few times in the night).

I think the most fun thing this past month has been Sam’s new discovery of toys. Yes, toys! He has always had the occassional toy to play with, a couple of favorite rattles, some small stuffies, his blankie. But we were very blessed by friends and neighbors who brought us several gently used toys at just the perfect time. My friend Joanna brought her son’s ExerSaucer over for us to borrow for a few months. At first it seemed a bit too big for Sam to play in, but he is quickly growing into it. He can even spin himself around (with some work) to get to all the different toys and he definitely has a favorite item he likes to play with on it. You could say he’s “slightly” obsessed with the green flower. A neighbor down the street who was moving, gave us a few toys that her boys had outgrown. Sam now has one of those baby gyms with the toys dangling from it that baby lays underneath. It is Sesame Street themed with a cute little Elmo hanging from it, which Sam enjoys. He can spend a good chunk of time playing with it and I even discovered that I can squeeze it into out teeny-tiny bathroom for him to be entertained while I shower. Yay, for being able to shower without relying on hubby being home! How freeing! The other new toy for Sam is his Sophie the Giraffe. I wasn’t too sure about getting him one because everyone else seemed to have the things & I really didn’t understand the appeal. But now I get it. He does enjoy his Sophie and it’s an easy thing to throw into the diaper bag as a toy while we’re out & about.

Let’s see, what else is there? Oh he finally managed to get his foot in his mouth, all by himself (something he has been working on for some time). He has had quite the foot obsession and it was pretty exciting when he finally got to suck his toes for the first time! See how simple some of life’s joys can be!

The next month or two is sure to hold some very interesting changes with all the hints this boy seems to be dropping. There will likely be soft food, jolly jumpers, and more rolling. And also a frustrated baby who wants to walk before he can even crawl. Oh boy!

Four Whole Months

Here we are again, recapping another month. It’s getting more & more difficult remembering what life was like before Sam came onto the scene. Which either means we’re enjoying his company so much, we’d never look back or, that Sam keeps us so busy we don’t have a chance to look back. Whatever the case may be, we’re loving being parents to this little man.

Baby watching TVI don’t know how much Sam weighs now and not sure I really want to know. My big baby boy! He’s healthy and thriving, still eating lots and covered in adorable rolls. The only change in his feeding is that we have introduced a bit of formula to him. This mama was feeling trapped too much and needed the reassurance that, if I did go out for awhile there would be plenty of food available for Sam. I’ve never been able to pump a whole lot or consistently, so we finally decided that a bottle of formula on occasion would relieve some of the stress. It has meant that I have been able to enjoy a night out at the ballet, and hubby & I even had a date night! Thanks to my wonderful parents for letting us have an evening off!

Sam has had two big physical developments this past month. First off, he’s been really kean on sitting up. He can hold his head up well (when he’s not tired) and gets frustrated if you lay him on his back too much. He enjoys being pulled up into a sitting position, which gives him the best view of his feet. Ah, yes, Sam is currently obsessed with his feet and seems quite fascinated with them. Anyway, as for sitting, we borrowed a Bumbo from our friends and he spends a bit of time in it. We also use my nursing pillow to prop him up on the couch to sit with us. His neck is getting stronger every day!

Naked babyThe second big physical development came when Sam managed to start rolling from his tummy onto his back. He just surprised me (and himself) one day during some naked floor time. One minute he was on his tummy, the next he was lying on his back. Since then he’s really started to do that roll well (even fully clothed). Still not much action with the back-to-tummy roll. He has managed to do it a couple times, but seems less interested in developing that roll at the moment.

Two words stand out the past couple weeks. Naked time. Yep, Sam loves being stripped down. Putting clothes on him has gotten more & more difficult (you’d think the poor kids was being tortured!) and diaper change time has become a time of excitement because he gets a bit of freedom. After a challenging day, with pee and poop accidents every time I turned around, I finally gave up, stripped off Sam’s clothes and laid him down on a soft waterproof pad on the floor of the nursery (with a soft fleece blanket to cuddle with). I let him entertain himself while I cleaned up the latest mess. There was so much giggling and squeals of delight, that he now gets daily naked time! And he loves tummy time while he’s naked! Plus, I get to admire his sweet dimply bum, that I see so very little of. I am really looking forward to warmer weather when Sam can wear fewer clothes (or even just his diaper) and his cute toes can come out to play more often.

Baby toesSam is getting lots of story time these days. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to those of you who know us well. We’re bookworms and reading will likely always have a place in Sam’s life. He enjoys looking at colourful pictures with lots of contrast and is starting to show interest in touching the books and grabbing pages (especially board books). We have a small collection of kids books which is sure to grow as the months & years go by, but Sam and I have also started going to the library once a week for books. He’d be happy to have me read the same books over & over again (which we do), but I need to keep things interesting for myself. The library is becoming a place of great discovery, so many books and authors to check out. I came across one book tht I actually bought our own copy of called “The Game of Mix-Up Art” by Herve Tullet. There aren’t any words to the book, but it’s filled with the exact type of images that Sam loves best.

Story time, by the way, is generally done while laying on Sam’s baby quilt. His grandma Janice finished it up a few weeks ago. I hope to have a post about it soon with more photos to share, but for now you get a little peek of it beneath those adorable baby toes.

Baby AweOne adjustment that I’ve had to make is getting used to Sam being awake more when we go out. He no longer sleeps as much in his stroller. Those big beautiful eyes of his are kean to take in the world. So I started having to carrying him around more while shopping or at the zoo, because he didn’t want to be awake and away from his mama’s arms (such a suck & I love it). We recently made an awesome purchase though, which will help me deal with carrying Sam, while freeing up both my hands… a BabyHawk! So far, so good. It has made walking enjoyable again and I’m sure it will get lots of use out & about and even in the sewing room.

Guess what? Our baby boy has a blankie. Sam loves his blankie (aka flannette burp cloth), particularly the aqua print with clouds & rainbows (seen in the above photo). He holds onto it in his car seat, while lying on the floor, being carried around the house, sitting on the couch… he always has his blankie. We’ve tried giving him a satin toy to suck on. He seemed to think it was alright, but nothing like his blankie. And so there he sits or lays sucking on his blankie and fidgeting with its softness in his hands. Oh the things Sam has discovered and grown to love! It so intriguing to watch! Here comes another month of fun!

(Sam is sharing his four month birthday with what would have been my oldest brother’s 41st birthday today. My brother was quite lucky to have reached his 40th birthday last year, a milestone that many of us didn’t think he’d ever see. But it is now a sad day to have come and go. May 12. Forever my brother’s birthday, no matter where he is now. Like so many say, “gone but not forgotten”. Never forgotten. Happy Birthday, bro.)

Making new friends

Someone has been busy making new friends, from the comfort of his crib. Sam was given this amazing crochet mobile by my friend Kalen of Minibytes. She’s been mentioned on this blog lots, seeing as she has been my oh-so-wonderful boothmate at some monumental craft shows (aka Make It). I was delighted to see this special mobile get hung in the nursery (my apologies on the dark photos these days… every time I get a chance to drag the camera out, it’s overcast & gloomy).

Sam and his mobile
Sam talking to his new friends

The mobile is all done in crochet. Kalen used her Minibytes critters (owl, bunny, mouse, and fox) and added some clouds & stars. The critters just Velcro onto the strands, so we can remove them for some supervised play time or even change them out with different animals. Sam has really been enjoying it! He can entertain himself in his crib for little stretches of time while mama does things around the house. The giggles and talking he does in there is just adorable. I’m so glad he likes his new friends! And who wouldn’t love those cute critters?! Thanks again, Kalen! If you’re interested in your own crochet mobile, she has a couple versions for sale in her Etsy shop.

Crochet mobile
Crochet mobile made by Kalen of Minibytes

Crochet mobile detail

Today is brought to you…

… by the letter “S” and all things cute & circular. Here they are, finally, the bit of crafting I managed to do (as mentioned before). I had these all prepped & ready to go before Sam was even born. Bit by bit, stitch by stitch they came together. Then they sat for a couple weeks waiting to be hung in the nursery and then its taken me a couple more weeks to remember to photograph them. Le sigh. Oh well. You know how things go sometime.

Nursery embroidery hoop decor

Snail embroidery hoop

The inspiration for these came from various examples on Pinterest on ways to decorate baby nurseries. I took my own spin on the embroidery hoop decor, adding the little felt critters. The snail design and the small birdies were just free PDF downloads. The letter “S” was made with buttons (of course!). That was actually the project I worked on at the last Pinterest party (I promised pics of it, didn’t I?). Most of the fabric is 1930’s reproduction prints, except for the one used for the “S”.

Sparrow embroidery hoop

Letter 'S' Embroidery Hoop

I’d love to make up some more to hang with these. The cluster of them on the wall is so pleasing to my crafty eyes. And I think Sam likes them too (or at least we’ll let this mama go on believing that for now). Yay for no more bare walls in the nursery!

Three whole months

Samuel smiling at three monthsEgads! Three months old! My little baby boy is just changing so much! It definitely doesn’t feel like three months have past, but on the flipside, some days, it can be hard to remember what life was like before Sam came into this world.

Sam now weighs somewhere around 13.5 lbs (again, measured on the Wii, so only approximate, but about a 1 kg weight gain). He definitely has some good weight to him now. My arms and wrists can get sore hefting him around. No more lightness of a newborn baby. Oh, and the chubby rolls on his legs, arms and neck are so kissable! He’s still eating lots (exclusively breastfed) and we’re certainly satisfied with his continued growth.

His voice and “vocabulary” have been changing lots these days. He’s quite the chatter-box (I wonder who he gets that from?). He smiles a lot too, and his giggles & squeals of delight are so incredibly contagious. How can you not laugh along?! Sam loves when you repeat some of his baby talk back to him, that will earn you a big grin. Happiness is not the only that he expresses. His cries have quite a large range, from loud wails, pained almost voiceless screeches, to short, simple calls for attention. His exasperated sighs always make me smile, much to his dismay. I can’t wait to see how his “voice” will develop in coming months!

Samuel at three monthsOne of the biggest developments this past month involved transitioning Sam from sleeping in his bassinet in our bedroom to sleeping in his crib in the nursery. He was simply outgrowing the bassinet and hubby & I had reached the point where we were ready to reclaim our bedroom as our own space.

For a few nights, I started placing Sam’s bassinet inside his crib after his middle of the night feedings. He’s usually quite tired then, and I thought he might notice the change less. Placing the bassinet in the crib meant that he could get used to being on his own in a different room, but surrounded by the familiarity of the bassinet. That went very smoothly, so I moved on to placing Sam directly into his crib, without the bassinet. I started doing this while hubby was away on a business trip, in case Sam woke up crying more frequently. The first night I did this, Sam slept 6.5 hours straight, more than double his usual time! The following night he slept 7.5 hours! And so, as long as he doesn’t break free of his swaddle, he’ll sleep from about 9pm to 4 or 5am, feed & get a diaper change, then back to sleep until 7 or 8am. Once he finally wakes up for the day, he’s often so happy, not waking with a whole lot of crying, just a couple of cries to let you know he’s up. Then once he sees your face he starts smiling away! A much nicer way to start he day! Who wouldn’t be smiling after a good sleep like that, instead of waking every 2.5 or 3 hours?! So now our big boy, sleeps in his crib each night, the bassinet tucked away into storage.

One thing that has changed since he started sleeping more at night, is that Sam no longer takes long naps during the day. If you’re really lucky he might nap for an hour, but that has become quite rare. Typical nap times are 20-30 minutes. Which makes sense if he’s getting better rest at night. The exception to all of this is when he is in his stroller. If we go out and put Sam in his stroller, and keep moving, then he will generally sleep for the whole outing.

Samuel in his car seat
Cute crochet hat made by Ellen of Craft Interrupted
Which leads us to another change to our routine. Sam and I have started getting out of the house a lot more these days. If we can, I try to go on one outing a day, usually in the morning. I started doing this, not because Sam is likely to sleep during that time, but because we both seemed to be a lot happier with not spending the whole day in the house. Sometimes, the occasional full day at home is nice, but two days in a row of that, and I start to get into a bad mood (which of course, in turn, makes for a grumpy baby). So off we go for a walk down to Bowness Park, or a wander through the mall, or a trip to the zoo. I bought an annual zoo pass, and it is quickly becoming one of our fav destinations.

Another activity we’ve started adding to the mix is story time. Sam has a growing pile of colourful books that I read to him while we both lay on the floor together. It’s so much fun watching the expressions on his face as I read & turn each page that story time is just as much fun for me, as it is for Sam.

Sam is discovering that it can be fun to have solo time too. I regularly put him on a blanket on the kitchen floor while I make meals or pop him in his crib while I do some laundry. Recently, I started putting him on the guest bed in the sewing room while I attempt to do a little crafting. If you catch him in a good mood, freshly fed, he is content to entertain himself for about 20 minutes. Sam lays there talking to himself, taking in the world around him.

What new things will he discover this month, I wonder?

Raining rainbows

Many months before Sam was born, I purchased several solid colored baby onesies with the intention of decorating them. Unfortunately they ended up on this list of items that I didn’t get done beforehand. So I’ve been trying to squeeze them into my brief moments in the evenings when I have two hands free. Here is the first completed onesie:

Rain cloud onesie

Rain cloud onesie detail

I used a reverse appliqué technique (my first time at attempting it). There were two different tutorials I read on this, one from that*darn*kat blog and the other from Sew, Mama, Sew! In the end what I ended up doing was much closer to the second tutorial, simply because I was sewing by hand not machine. It was really simple to do and I have plans to try it with another onesie, perhaps a dinosaur this time around or even a Day of the Dead sugar skull. There are a bunch of other ideas for decorating & personalizing onesies floating around in my head and on my Pinterst board. And I better get moving on the onesies I’ve already purchased because the time for them to be worn by little Sam will quickly come and go before I know it!

Happy Friday! Wishing you all a little crafty time this weekend!