As a newbie mom I got advice from other mommies telling me to “trust my instincts” and to “follow your child’s cues”, but that just made me more confused than ever! This past month, I finally got it. I know that she doesn’t mind it when daddy sits down to watch TV as she lays there against his chest, but when I do it she gets seemingly uncomfortable and squirmish. I guess mommy’s chest is not as soft or plush as daddy’s. I know she enjoys being held upright, cradled in my arms, but the moment I try to rock her horizontally she’ll fuss and whine until I prop her back into the position she desires. I know that nothing can calm her down the way music can, even when she’s hungry, bored, or irritated. I know that a poopy diaper doesn’t bother her and that’s almost never the source of her cries. I know that the moment her eyes glaze over and she starts staring off into space that it is time for a nap, and that nap almost always happens within an hour on the nose. These are the things that no amount of reading or expert opinion can teach me. I know my daughter. She is unlike any other.
She only wakes up about once per night now – she can sleep a pretty long stretch from 8pm-5am! Though I caught my first cold in about 2 years, which kept me up anyway. I’m just grateful Noelle didn’t catch anything from me. Breastmilk has immunities that protect her from catching my cold – again, I’m amazed at how God thought through every detail when He created us.
Favorite Toys: this month, the toys that hold Noelle’s interest the longest are her Tiny Love Mobile and Tiny Love Lights & Music Activity Gym. Both play music and have bright, dangling things attached to them that make her googoo gaga all over the place… as you can see…
She loves music so much! She’ll kick her legs and flail her arms to the sounds while staring wondrously at the hanging toys. Other times I’ll just play Pandora and she’ll have the time of her life as I bounce her up and down on my knee or rock her in my arms. I’ve been reading to her daily now, and she seems to really like it – her favorite board book right now is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? – it was a favorite of mine as a child too!
Look how she loves her mobile:
Milestones: Noelle has such strong head control already and can lift her head 45 degrees when laying on her belly or on mama's tummy. She's also able to "stand" with a little help. She has really strong, long legs! She tries to roll but can only go about halfway onto her side... she'll get there in her own time. She continues to smile responsively and makes lots of cooing noises. She knows how to self-soothe herself back to sleep too by sucking on her fist through her woombie.
There was no 3-month pediatrician visit so I don't know her current weight/height, but she doesn't seem to have grown too much more than last month. She's still in 3-month clothing so maybe she balanced out! We shall see, she's due for a growth spurt soon.