This kid. I can’t even. The most notable thing that has happened over the past few days is smiles! Not huge smiles, but little ones like the photo above. Love love love it! He looks so big and grown up in this picture, I can’t even believe it.
Sleep: For the most part, Kai is still a pretty great little nighttime sleeper. He goes to bed in his crib usually around 9pm (earlier if he is super crabby). Sometimes he eats right before bed, but not always. He still wakes up twice on most nights, but there was one magical time that he slept from 9:15pm-3:45am and then wasn’t up again until 7:45am to start the day. That 6.5 hour stretch was his longest ever and has not been repeated since, but hopefully that will start to become the norm sometime soon. He usually does go 4-5 hours for his first stretch and then 3 hours after that. Sometimes he sleeps in until 7:30-8am, but other times he thinks anywhere between 4:30-6am would be a great time to start the day. Naps during the day are all over the place, but usually occur in the swing. I am trying to get him to nap in his crib more often, but it is hit or miss. Sometimes if I can tell he is tired, I will swaddle him and lay him down in the crib, and occasionally he will take a great 2-3 hour nap. Other times he wants nothing to do with it and will wake up and start thrashing around within two minutes. He is a very wild sleeper and needs to be in his swaddle sack at night or he will be all over the place and wake himself up within five minutes of laying down. He grunts and moves around in his sleep all the time. Sometimes he even starts crying and when I go in to check on him he is still sleeping. He often falls asleep more easily with his paci, but sometimes it wakes him up when it eventually falls out. A couple of times in the early morning I have gotten him back to sleep by simply putting the paci back in his mouth. It’s like magic.
Nursing: As evidenced by his rapidly increasing chunky thigh rolls, Kai still loves to eat. During the day he eats every 2-3 hours, sometimes more often if he is in more of a snacky mood. I have been pumping once a day about an hour after his morning feeding and I am now consistently getting 4-5 oz at a time, which is enough for one bottle. I think I have enough for about 8 feedings stashed in the freezer right now and am adding one each day, which is great. He will never really need more that one bottle when my mom or Steve has him while I work at this point (I have started seeing 1-2 clients at a time), so this is plenty for now. Kai is still very demanding and will not tolerate a diaper change or anything else before he eats. Sometimes I think it would be so much easier to get him back to sleep in the middle of the night if I could change his diaper first and then feed him instead of the other way around, but screaming would ensue so I give in to his demand to eat.right.now.
Kai really loves laying on his activity mat, and he loves music. He sometimes prefers to lay on the floor rather than be held if he is fussy. He looks at all of his toys and you can really tell that he sees everything now. His favorite song is Rumor Has It by Adele, so we dance to that one whenever it comes on. He also enjoys Dave Matthews Band, Bon Iver and Coldplay, clearly great taste already. He loves to look around outside, and sometimes tolerates rides in the stroller while he is awake now if they aren’t too long. He also loves to look out the window.
In fact, during the day I always nurse him while sitting on the couch, and sometimes he gets distracted by the big window behind me. He also likes this toy that rattles, so I’m going to start throwing that in the diaper bag when we go out in case he needs some distraction.
Ok, now lets talk about fussy babies. Namely, we often have one on our hands. In fact, most nights we do not need a clock to tell us when it is 7pm, because 7pm is also known around here as fussy time. Kai will start screaming for no reason, and we can identify this cry from anything else. When this happens, the swing is usually our best friend and the only thing that can get him calmed down. There have also been a few times when we were out at either a restaurant or a party with a lot of people and noise when he became overstimulated (and overtired), and when this combination hits he is practically inconsolable. Sometimes the Bjorn carrier helps him calm down and fall asleep, but even this will usually take a little while of walking, swaying, talking to him, etc. We are hoping he grows out of his fussy phase soon, but we are thankful that he is usually pretty content for most of the day, and there have even been a few nights lately when we didn’t have the major fussies. Speaking of the Bjorn carrier, I returned the ring sling I talked about in my last post. It was too much of a hassle to get him in and out when he was crying, and he didn’t really love it. We ended up borrowing a Bjorn from Steve’s sister and it is so much better for us right now. Super easy to get on and off, and he usually tolerates it pretty well.
It does hurt my shoulders and upper back after a while so I can’t imagine using it once he is bigger, but for now it is great. Once he is bigger I will revisit the Ergo we have and hope it is a better fit at that time, and more comfortable for Steve and I.
I am sure I will say this at the end of every update, but Mister Man is growing and changing so fast. Some of his three month clothes are getting too short for him, and he even wore a small six month outfit the other day. We had to raise the straps in his carseat one notch too. I am looking forward to seeing more smiles from our serious little guy over the next couple weeks!