Ty is 3 month and a week old. I was looking at his newborn photos a few days ago and was shocked at how much he grew and changed He looks like a totally different baby! He went from being ultra slim to squishy and fat. It’ll be interesting to see how he changes throughout the weeks/months/years.
Mia asked me awhile go if Ty’s doctors are going by his actual birth day or original birth day as far as counting how old he is etc. I was a bit slow to catch on, but they are going by his original birth date because his 3 month appointment will be in Nov. He’ll be 4 months then by his July 6th birthday, but technically still 3 months.
Weight: 5.6kg on his 3rd month b-day, but he’s now 5.7kg. His weight gain has slowed down. He’s basically only putting on 100grams a week these days and I’m trying not to be concerned about that. At the rate he’s going I can presume he’ll be 6kg at 4 months and that’ll put him on the very lower end of the precential scale, but then again if I go by his original due date then his weight is just on target. I know its crazy that I should be concerned about his weight, but there were a few days where his weight stayed the same and then when he did gain it was only 20grams or so. I was also counting his diapers and there were days when they were only slightly wet. But he seems quite healthy and I’ve read that babies, just like adults, have days where they eat more and days where they eat less so its easy for the diaper count to fluctuate etc.
Height: We didn’t really measure him accurately, but he’s somewhere like 58 – 59cm. Still a little shorty hehe. Its funny, when he was a newborn my mum was saying how he has such long legs and he’s going to be tall probably and the last time she saw him she was like “oh his legs are really short now.” Thats because his head is so big ha.
Ty, just recently has started getting into a bit of a routine, but it’s still a little tough for him to get solid naps so he’s quite cranky and difficult during the day. He wakes up between 7-8AM and takes a 30min nap an hour later. I know he wants to sleep more, but has hard time falling back to sleep, so sometimes I nap with him and at the 30min mark (He’s ALWAYS right on time and wakes up in 30mins) I try to nurse him back to sleep. But usually I use that time to shower and get dressed etc. He has a little kick around and tummy time and I try to go out for a morning walk, run some errands, grocery shop etc. Its easier to carry him in the carrier and he usually falls asleep. If he does, I try to stay out until he wakes up. He usually wakes up as soon as I get back home and because he seems so tired during the day I’ll do anything at his point to have him sleep longer. He’ll take another nap sometime in the afternoon, but is usually awake from 5pm until his bed time. The bedtime routine we have down pat! He gets his bath at 6, change clothes/nappy, nurse, fall asleep while nursing, wake again to finish his meal until he’s down solid around 7:30 – 8pm. I can count on him having one long stretch of sleep sometimes up to 6.5hrs. He’ll wake to nurse close to 2AM, needs help to burp/fart around 3:30AM, nurses again around 5-6AM.
Recently I have him sleep with me after his 2AM feed. He wakes up pretty consistently to be burped and to nurse again so its just so much easier for him to be in the same bed as me. I got tired of standing up and bending over the crib to pick him up etc. Life kind of revolves around his naps because he really is quite cranky these days with only 1 hr of nap total. He generally only naps for 30min stretches and it’s totally not enough for him! He’s more fussy than before and cries pretty hard at least once a day :(. Lilia got a taste of it on skype one time. He gets so sleepy that basically nothing can sooth him. He doesn’t want to eat, he’s not happy being carried, but he’ll cry harder if he’s put down. But that being said he’s quite the good boy in that he tries his very best not to cry. If something is bothering him he talks his baby talk. He talks if he wants to burp, eat, sleep etc and if I don’t figure out which one he wants soon enough then he starts fussing etc. His talk is SO cute and actually his fussing is quite cute too, but his crying IS NOT ha. I really hope this is just a phase and that his naps will start to regulate a bit more as caring for him is FULL ON and exhausting. I think he sleeps best being carried so for now I’m resorting to carrying him to get him to nap, but eventually I’d like him to nap laying down because I would like to do things like cook and exercise during his nap times one of these days.
Ty still isn’t really so interested in toys/rattles etc, but he has an obsession with lights. If were in a restaurant or store he’ll look up totally intrigued and when I’m trying to put him down for a nap in a dark room and there happens to be a tiny bit of light coming in from the bottom of the curtain he’ll just stare at it. He loves his crib mobile and any hanging devices.
As far as feeding goes Ty suddenly isn’t so interested in eating and he makes it very well-known. He’ll push and arch his back away from me, but the problem is I know he’s hungry, but he’ll get to this point where he refuses to eat and then he’s over hungry and super cranky :(. I think it might have to do with him not napping well so eating is just too much of a hassle. Or maybe he doesn’t like what I’m eating recently? But actually, come to think of it now, I think it has to do with his digestion and getting irritated with my letdown. He still chokes and sputters when my letdown comes in and it really upsets him. The poor man! He also has to burp a lot and that doesn’t make him too happy either. My sitter suggested I pump and give him a bottle as he takes it SO well and drinks more at one sitting, thus going longer in between feeds, but to be honest, I hate pumping! I did it for over a month 8xs a day and I’m quite sick of it. I only pump now when I need to like the occasional time I teach a yoga class or go out for a run.
Physically he’s getting stronger every day! He can roll from stomach to back and can lean on his forearms while on his stomach. He’s got super strong legs and can hold his weight pretty well. His neck is almost set….almost. He can hold his head inline with his body when I pull him up for his baby sit ups. His grip is strong but he doesn’t know yet how to grab and reach for things. He got a little bald spot on the back of his head and sadly the right side of his head is a little flatter in the back compared to the left because he prefers sleeping on that side. But he’s a good sport and doesn’t mind if I turn his head to the left while he sleeps.
His favorite part of the day is most likely his bath time so long as he isn’t hungry. He loves his pacifier and we use it sometimes to put him down for his naps or just when he’s feeling like sucking and I don’t really feel like being a human pacifier.
It’s really nice right now that Motozo can spend a lot of time at home with us so Ty gets to have a lot of daddy time. I’m super lucky! Motozo does a lot of cooking and shopping for me. He’s a pro at making my morning smoothies and always picks up my favorite salad at the station whenever he’s passing through. When he makes dinner (as he does almost every single night!) he always makes sure to make a lot so there are leftovers for me for lunch the next day and it makes my life so much easier!
As for me, I’ve more or less gotten used to not getting much sleep, but I still have days where I’m so tired and emotional. I’m super lucky that Ty is a good sleeper at night, but the days are full on and its sometimes hard just to make it to the bathroom ha. I have to keep reminding myself that this time is temporary and come 6 months maybe it’ll get a little easier. It has gotten a bit easier, but I think Ty is quite the high maintenance baby, so like all moms out there……I’m exhausted! I seriously have no idea and am dumb founded that people can have multiple children! Those people are AMAZING! I don’t have a lot of motivation when it comes to exercise and eating well. If I’m lucky I can get 2 runs in a week and yoga is just simple stretches here and there and sometimes when Ty goes down for the night, but usually I just want to eat dinner and go right to bed. Physically I’m getting soft everywhere. I feel like I was in better shape pregnant than I am now. I’m really looking forward to when I can exercise more regularly as I’m feeling pretty BLAH these days and it isn’t good at all! My hair is falling out by he handful and theres no doubt I’ll be as bald as Ty in just a couple more days. ;S Moms, when does the hair falling out period end or does it ever?
I saw a nutritionist a few weeks ago and she said I need to focus on eating more protein, foods with omega 3’s, iron, B vitamin and magnesium. It was pretty interesting…she took a hair sample to test to see what my nutrition levels were and mine weren’t too good. She said it most likely has to do with giving birth and breastfeeding so I really need to pump up on eating SUPER well. Another interesting thing she found out is that I have a sluggish thyroid and slow metabolism. Because of my sluggish thyroid I’m not processing and absorbing protein as well as I should. She told me I need to increase the acid in my stomach and probiotics to allow my body to start absorbing the protein. As she recommended I’ll be taking probiotics and apple cider vinegar daily to help improve my stomach acid which will hopefully get me to absorb protein better. I’m also taking vitamins and making sure I get my omega 3s etc. According to my daily diet she was pleased with what I eat , but wanted me to add a few more things and eliminate things. I need to avoid wheat, but buckwheat and oats are OK and excellent for me. She wants me to be POURING flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds into my diet and I’ve been pretty good about that. She also guilted me into not drinking coffee (bad for Ty) and I’ve surprised myself for going off coffee and I’ve been enjoying tea quite a bit. I still have coffee maybe just 1-2 times a week as a treat, but I need to be really careful about when I drink it as I get a big coffee jolt now. I think when I stop breastfeeding I’ll go back to drinking coffee regularly because I really do like it! I’m also looking forward to when I can start cooking more. Right now its a bit hard to get into the kitchen, but one of these days it’ll be fun to start blogging about my eats again :). This blog is called Run Yoga Veg Meg and these days I talk about nothing else but Ty. But he’s my life right now so I shouldn’t feel too ridiculous.
And this is getting SUPER long so I’ll spare you all from more rambling. Over and out.