Our precious baby girl turned three months old on November 25th. I will likely make this comment in every single one of these monthly posts, but I simply cannot believe how fast times flies. We are starting to enjoy more and more sleep, but learning that with better rest comes busier days and fuller schedules and lots to do. My baby girl is taking it all in stride – she has such a delightful demeanor and is so easy going (at the moment). She had a busy third month of life. We celebrated our first Halloween as a family of four which including dressing up as a butterfly for Mary Mac and two different costumes for Emmy Mae (a bumble bee at school and a cat for trunk-or-treat). Our little one is doing great with her tummy time and holding her head up for longer and longer periods of time. Although, she isn’t totally a fan but she is not nearly as defiantly against tummy time as her big sister was. :) She has started “talking” more and more and smiles SO BIG when her big sister is around!
Miss Emmy Mae has become quite the big helper. She loves to fetch diapers or wipes and giving her baby sister a “hug and kiss” is top priority first thing when she wakes up in the morning and just before bed at night. She loves to be the one to “fix” her crying, whether from providing a pacifier or just talking to her and engaging with her while she is (im)patiently waiting for her mommy or bottle. We also celebrated Miss Mary Mac’s first Thanksgiving, and it was so great to have her tag along. At one point after lunch, both Jerri-Rae and I were pumping in the Taylor’s living room and I remember thinking this would probably be the last time either of us would pump over Thanksgiving for our babies as both of our families are likely now “complete.” We also enjoyed a lot of fun festivities around Thanksgiving. Just a few days before turkey day, we loaded up as our little family of four and headed to the mountains for our second annual trip to get our Christmas tree and, for the first time, experience the Polar Express. We had SUCH a fun time on that trip! The girls did so well driving there and back and we thoroughly enjoyed the first class experience on the polar express. Mary Mac was mostly in awe of it all and trying to figure it out, but Miss Emmy Mae sure did enjoy herself and allllllll the candy involved! We also ended up driving straight home and skipped the whole stopping to cut down a tree because we had to soundly sleeping babies on the way home and it saved us a lot of time. We hope to resume that tradition next year. We stayed in Asheville this year and enjoyed a lovely trip to Biltmore Estate where we took our family photos. This was the last time we had been to Biltmore since my 25th birthday (as documented here) and things are certainly different with a toddler and infant. :) But we wouldn’t change a single thing!
Mary Mac is still taking in around 4-5 ounces during the day per feeding and is feeding almost every 4 hours, with the exception of nighttime when she will go about 8 hours between her nighttime and morning feeds. She has adjusted to mommy being away on Mondays and Wednesdays like a champ and enjoys her time with Daddy during the week as well. She is a wonderful little shopper, hardly ever fussy and loves to be on the go. She even attended a meeting for Bridge to Hope when mommy needed to make a conference call and we didn’t hear a peep out of her for over 2 hours. She does have a pretty big intolerance for caffeine and caffeine-containing foods (including chocolate) and so I have had to eliminate those products from my diet. This was difficult initially, but definitely much easier to make the dietary changes than seeing her in pain from horrible gas due to not tolerating the caffeine. She is one of my biggest blessings, and I am desperately hanging onto every one of these “firsts” because I know they are likely the “last firsts” for our family. She is so perfect in every way and I cannot imagine our lives without her.
Length: ~24 inches
Likes: Cuddling, nice long naps, baths, lying on her activity mat all stretched out, walking around the house together, her mobile over her crib (she will literally light up and giggle when it starts to play).
Dislikes: Not getting milk fast enough, being “overtired” when she doesn’t get her full nap out. Can’t say I blame her though!
Sizes: Size 3 diapers!! :O Cannot believe my big girl is growing so fast. She has moved out of 3/6 months and into into 6 months clothing.
Sweet memories: Our girl time on Tuesdays and Thursdays, her running errands with me and everyone making a big fuss over her adorable self :) There are so many things I want to remember about this time. Her soft skin, her “dredlocks” from where she rubs her head back and forth and creates a little knot in the back of her hair, her wonderful smell, her precious smile and sweet sounds, how she tries to talk back with everyone when we are all talking and I get the impression she doesn’t like to be left out. She is always so good at bath time, loves looking around and figuring out where the water is coming from and giving her little massages with the soap. I love the way she looks at me in the morning or when we are nursing and she holds one of my fingers so tightly like she doesn’t ever want to let it go. She will also hold my shirt or stare at the patterns on my clothes until she is almost cross-eyed! She loves my LuLaRoe tops because of the bright patterns and colors. She is the perfect addition for her and I cannot thank God enough for her!