Motherhood

Behind the Scenes with a 3 Month Old!

This is what our life is like with a 3 month old baby boy. This post answers all of the questions I get asked most often and all the things I google in the middle of the night. I hope it’s helpful to you, too! 🙂
Baby Update: Archer is about 16.5lbs according to our home scale! He is definitely filling out and I can tell his weight is dispersing differently, he feels more like a baby than an infant now, I really feel like he’s growing before my eyes! He’s chatting all the time and will mimic what we do. Not officially laughing yet but we’re SUUUPER close and I’m doing all the stupid stuff I can to make him laugh.
Mom Update: We went on a date night without Archer for the first time! Woohoo!! He did great (or my sister is totally lying to me…) We traveled for the first time with Archer for Thanksgiving and it was really nice to have a lot of people around who wanted to hold him. Plus staying with people who would watch him so I could get things done or just go grab coffee was an awesome perk! It felt like a huge win to travel with him and be away from home for almost a week. I wrote a post about what we did to make things easy, you can read it here!
Gear We Love: This stroller. We traveled with it last week and oh my word! It folds up to be the size of a carry on (we still gate checked it) and weighs only 12lbs. We got a converter to click our car seat in and it was such a huge help getting through the airport!!
What We Play With: We really love this car seat toy! He doesn’t always enjoy being in his carseat which is unavoidable so we got this toy and he didn’t care about it at all until this month. He’s really entertained by it now!
Eating: We are still exclusively breastfeeding and giving him the occasional bottle. I started using this system this month and it’s a gamechanger!!! WAY less pieces to wash every day. He eats every 2.5 hours almost on the dot during the day. He doesn’t really vary from that but supposedly a growth spurt will kick in soon so that may change.
Sleeping: Archer doesn’t usually nap for longer than an hour at a time during the day and it’s tough to get him to nap on the go unless I’m wearing him. BUT he sleeps really well at night so I’m okay with it. He goes to bed at 7-7:30 and sleeps a 6-8 hour stretch and only wakes up once. He just moved to his crib last night and did great! I’m hoping he’ll totally sleep through the night since he’s not in our room anymore. I’m also going to do something crazy and try to push his bedtime back so he sleeps 8:30-8:30 (I may completely regret that and pretend I never tried…)
Diapers: Still in size 2 and Target brand has been my favorite (which is nice since they’re the cheapest)!! We used Huggies when we were out of town last week and they are super soft but I just don’t love them as much! They don’t seem to last as long or fit him right. I use the same wipes from Huggies but I will say, we used the Honest wipes last week and I really liked those too, they’re really thick and durable but not as wet.

What Are We Wearing?

Archer: I crammed him into his 0-3 footed onesies last week since I didn’t get to go shopping before we left for Thanksgiving and then noticed his toes were curled in the feet. Whoops!! Sorry buddy! We’ve moved into 3-6 month and some 6 month clothes. They’re still a little long but fit well through the body. (I have a lot of hand me downs and shop at thrift stores mostly but these are my favorite footed onesies to buy!)
Mom: I’m still living in these shoes. A new trick I’ve started doing is shopping for clothes in the sleepwear section. “Sleep” tops are more likely to be nursing friendly and supersoft. And when you wear them with leggings, they don’t even look like pajamas!

Lessons Learned this Month:

  • Superstition isn’t helpful. Let me explain, just because you did something once and it worked doesn’t mean the world will end if you don’t do it again. I had to keep Archer out longer on Monday night and I spent the whole time TERRIFIED he would be up all night because he didn’t fall asleep while we were out. He was fine. Babies definitely thrive on routine but we teach them how to be flexible.
  • Rhythms are more important than schedules. Archer doesn’t wake up at the exact same time every day or nap at 12:30 on the dot but he definitely has a rhythm. He eats every 2.5 hours and sleeps every 1.5 hours for about an hour. So it’s getting easier to predict whats next, even if it’s not by the clock.
  • Life starts to feel normal when you stop thinking about it. We did a ton of sightseeing last week when we went out of town. We went all over the place and I didn’t even think about it. I just followed Archer’s rhythm and it all felt so normal! Now to get up the courage to get out more at home…

Check out our other monthly updates so far: 1 month, 2 month

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