(title of post quoted from one of JJ’s favorite books, Ten Apples Up on Top)
Dearest Little Bubba –
You are really so aware these days! A lot of times I will ask for a smile, and you oblige! You rarely furrow your brow anymore – I guess you are taking it all in and it isn’t as scary or confusing as it once was.
Dad seems to think that you might have bigger eyes than your brother – and that is quite a feat! They are still a steel gray / dark blue color, I am assuming they will likely change to a dark brown, but who knows?
(this really good photo was taken by your Auntie Yarbs – thanks!)
Your eyelashes are really coming in – getting really long! You are still in the bassinet, and it seems that you are losing some of your hair on the sides of it. Not to worry, we will be ordering your new crib and organic mattress soon!
I think you are becoming your Auntie’s favorite nephew (of the moment) as JJ is a little clingier to me these days. She loves your chubbiness as much as I do! She has been a great help – babysitting so we can go out, and helping during J’s pickup, so I don’t have to bring you.
This month we switched you off the newborn formula – and onto regular formula. It seemed like you were getting especially gassy with the regular formula, so we put you on the gentle formula. Then it seemed like you might have some reflux – you were not pooping well, not napping well, waking up screaming, and even had an episode with a little blood in your spit up. So after taking you to the doctor, we decided to put you back on the newborn formula, and you seem to be getting back to your regular self. We are feeding you less food more frequently, which is probably a good thing in general.
Now your sleep schedule is around 7pm at night to around 530 – 630am – since you are eating 5 times now, you get up a little early for that extra feeding. Not too shabby – and you nap around 4 – 5 hours a day. I can’t really complain (though I probably do) since you are a very good sleeper.
Your brother is still a big fan of yours. Every morning, he asks where the baby is. And he loves it when you are in the car next to him. Often times in the morning, he will spontaneously give you kisses on your head (or blow kisses to you) numerous times without being asked! In the afternoons, when he is tired, he is a bit more needy and less interested in you, but I can understand that.
And of course I am (along with your dad) your biggest fan! You are so so cute! and good, a very very good baby. You really only cry when 1) you are hungry or 2) you are tired. And you go down pretty easily for naps and night night. Sometimes I won’t be able to sooth you completely to sleep, and you are already able to put yourself to sleep! When JJ is around, you love to watch him. You guys really are going to be the best of friends!
Since you stay up a smidge later than J, you often times get to see Dada before you go to bed. He loves getting to spend some time with you! and with your new earlier waking schedule, he is usually on feeding duty, and afterwards, you guys sometimes end up in the big bed – which is so cute for me when I get home from working out.
Dada says he is excited for you to be able to sit up on your own – I told him not to make you grow up any faster than you already are! I think soon you are not a newborn, just a regular baby. I need to start taking you to story time and music / gym class – we’ll just have to get your schedule nailed down a little more, as you are napping a lot of time.
We love you so much, little Chunk-chunk. You are the perfect addition to our family. Even though it has only been 3 months, I can’t imagine life without you. Sometimes when you nap a long time, JJ and I get lonely and miss you. Thank you for being such a good baby!