Jesse Blue / 3 months.
3 months already! I'm so happy to be here; we've experienced Blue's first lot of jabs this month, his first fever (awful!) and now his first cold. After the threat of the coldsore virus (which can be very dangerous for any baby under 3 months), I'm so glad to finally be on the other side of that milestone. It's been an eventful month, mostly in a good way but I'll probably write this pretending the last 24 hours haven't happened as things seemed to be shifting once again (another growth spurt or wonder week, no doubt).
Oh gosh, I'm losing track of this already whereas I'm pretty sure we religiously got Archie weighed for about a year. We'll probably get Blue weighed tomorrow (as Mr J is off work) as we need to keep an eye on his weight due to his mild reflux, but he's been piling it on so far and is growing out of each size as and when he should. At his last weigh-in I believe he was 11'11 so by now, he must be well into the 12 pound mark. He's definitely heavier in the past month and he's grown out of the skinny newborn stage into a gorgeous little porker (the chubby stage is my fave).
This month has been so much better for sleep; honestly, bar a few nights Blue has been a fairly good sleeper, or perhaps we're just used to the sleep deprivation after Archie so 1-2 wake-ups seems entirely reasonable. The longest stretch he's managed so far is just over 6 hours and he's been regularly falling asleep for the night anytime from 7-9pm, and sleeping until around 1-2. After his first wake-up, he does seem to wake more regularly, every 2-3 hours but it's nice to get a long stretch in at the beginning of the night and at least have some time to ourselves in the evenings.
He also sleeps pretty well during the day (still ignoring the past 24 hours), with regular, long naps but he's yet to settle into any sort of routine. The only thing I can tell is his awake time is around 60 to 90 minutes as this seems to be when he starts to get overtired and cranky. We haven't bothered with any sort of sleep/bedtime routine so far as I'm just happy to enjoy him being with us and fit him around Archie's schedule, but now he's 3 months, we may start to think about implementing one.
I'm still breastfeeding exclusively and I love it. It's so true that after the first 6-8 weeks, things do settle down and become much easier. There are still tough days where Blue will want to be constantly attached to the breast but generally he can go a good 2-4 hours between feeds and the feeds themselves are becoming shorter. He's had a few bottles in the last few months but I haven't expressed in a while simply because I haven't needed to and there's just not enough time in the day!
His eyes are definitely not blue! I'm a little gutted considering he is baby Blue but interested to see how they turn out. Archie's were a very dark brown at this age and only lightened slightly as he grew but Blue's are a very light hazel colour (not sure where he got those from). I believe they'll either remain hazel or turn brown but I don't think he'll have my colour eyes, they are a beautiful round shape though, he's a very wide-eyed child. Blue still has loads of dark hair which is lovely as A was already turning blonde at the same age and looked bald for a good year due to his hair being so light. I think he'll end up with his Dad's dark hair if it doesn't start to lighten in the next few months.
I talked about Blue's umbilical hernia in his 2 month update and we've since received a letter from the hospital stating that they wouldn't do anything about it unless he still had it at age 5. We've also noticed it has shrunk in size and occasionally disappears completely so I'm quite confident it will be gone within the next year, yay!
We were also giving him Gaviscon for his mild reflux; he's a very sicky baby, and it does seem to have helped him. He has 2 doses a day and though he's occasionally still a bit sick, it's a massive improvement on before where we could get through up to 12 outfit changes a night!
We've attempted a little bit of tummy time this month and Blue is managing to hold his head up really high and well for a few minutes each time before getting tired. He's also kicking toys with his feet on his activity mat and is starting to grasp and put things to his mouth, he mostly enjoys doing this with his muslins or blankets.
He smiles almost all of the time and I'm sure we'll hear a giggle out of him soon. He also seems desperate to sit up, has good balance when we help him and attempts to pull himself up or throw his head forward in his seat to sit. I'm sure it'll be a while before he actually can but it's definitely his favourite stance.
Blue seems to be getting more used to Archie constantly kissing and cuddling him and has started to smile and stare at him. Archie's a very erratic and active child so he does make Blue a little nervous and upset when he's over excited but they're both learning how to be around one another; A is slowly realising he has to be more gentle and calm around his brother and offers to make him pretend cups of tea and wants to share his food (we obviously have to inform A Jesse has no teeth and is a bit young for food) though I'm not sure he'll be the same when Blue's old enough to play with his cars.
THINGS I DON'T WANT TO FORGET
He absolutely, categorically refuses to take a dummy which was quite unexpected as Archie happily took to a dummy from a young age. We've tried different types, sizes and although he occasionally seems as if he's trying to take it, his suck is so strong he ends up throwing it out of his mouth so it's not worth it for us to sit there continuously putting it back in.
I thought a dummy would help with night wakes as he tends to suck for comfort, but now I'm not overly bothered; he's improved and sleeps fairly well and doesn't often cry unless it's for food/nappy/sleep so I'm quite happy for him not to have one if he doesn't wish to. I suppose it also saves the bother of having to eventually get rid of it.
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