This month has felt as though a lot has happened, and Emelia has really changed from a sleepy newborn to an smiley active baby ! She is so much more alert, and awake and her little personality is shining through so much. Even very early on I found she held herself quite well and has always been quite strong and not a really floppy baby if you know what I mean! but, her head control is so good now and she holds it up with no problem at all. She even turns her little head when you call her and say her name. She has been trying to sit unaided for quite a while but she's not quite ready, at the moment we do get squished baby as she tends to fall forward quite a bit!
The smiles have been coming a lot more ! My little serious baby doesn't like to just smile on cue however when she's relaxed at home she is so smiley and has giggled a few times too, which is literally the cutest sound ever ! She makes us laugh so much. She's so much more interested in her toys and actually playing with them and putting them in her mouth. All of a sudden she started grabbing toys !The other week I held her little blue elephant toy in front of her, and she just took it from me ! I can see her little hands moving around when theres something near by she wants to pick up.
At the end of her third month, our little miss long legs decided sitting down on our laps was no longer fun and standing up was what she would prefer (this girl knows what she wants!).. she also started bopping up and down and literally jumping her legs up when we held her under her arms. Her grandma brought her A jumperoo for Christmas and she was kind enough to let her have it early. Although its advised from 6 months, Emelia's head control is really good and she is so strong on her legs! Her little face lights up when we put her in it and she's really content in it , it's quite handy whilst I'm trying to do something like house work or cooking as she really enjoys being upright, and able to look around. It keeps her busy for a good while especially with the toys that are on the tray around her.
Bath time is something Emelia still really likes, and now we are able to keep her in the bath for a much longer compared to when she was a newborn. I still give her a bath everyday as its part of her routine, and also because she loves it so much. Her skin isn’t affected at all, and has not appeared dry or sensitive so I see no reason why not too. Although she isnt sitting properly on her own I do prop her up and hold her so she can sit and play with toys. Her Grandpa also brought her a bubble machine which she watches and smiles away at !
This month we also had our first little holiday which went really well, you just need literally a camper van to transport everything you may or may not need even though we were only away for 2 nights I swear you need triple of everything our car was full to the brim. During this time we also saw fireworks which Emelia wasnt phased with at all. I think we were more worried than what she was. But we watched them from a distance and she was mesmerised the whole time. At 14 weeks Emelia weighs 13lb and is definitely filling out. Her little skinny legs have those cute little rolls and she is just so much more robust. You can feel the weight in her when carrying her around especially in her carseat. (I mean are those things ever light, even when babies are newborn?!)
Throughout Emelia’s third month I still exclusively Breastfed. I have to say this has probably been the easiest month. I find it so easy! I’m more confident with feeding out and about, and will only use a feeding room if the place I am at is particularly noisy, or she is ready for a nap, and I know she won’t feed efficiently. People as in strangers are also so nice about it too. They always compliment me for breastfeeding, and feeding out and about too. I when people breastfeed out and about it gives other mums a boost of confidence and also reassurance that it is okay and completely normal. I recently went to national trust hall and their restaurant had a "breastfeeding welcome" sticker. I dont know why I was so surprised to see it but I haven't seen them in many places and I think there definitely needs to be more of them. Don't get me wrong I'm not some sort of "pro breastfeeding breast is best" kind of person ! I believe a fed happy baby is the best form of feeding. Nobody should be pressured judged or talked down too for choosing either method. Its what works for you. As I have said before I didn’t even think I would breastfeed, but the littlest things can make a massive difference to helping you especially in the early days.
We have been preservering with a dummy too. With not much success to be honest. She will take it occasionally but not for long and would much prefer her fingers! I have brought a fair few different ones to try, and our recent purchase of NUK dummies have been the most positive compared with the others. They are latex and shaped smaller and slightly dimpled which I think must feel a lot more natural to her. I guess she's just not massively fussed with it. The teething is definitely cranking up too. There has been a few days Emelia has really suffered. We purchased an Baltic Amber bracelet which can help with the pains of teething. We are also using Ashton and Parsons teething powders(they are amazing!). I can't recommend them enough, I like that they are herbal, and they work incredibly well and quickly too. They are easy to administer just pour the powder dry directly onto the tongue and Emelia really likes it !!
We have had a busy month all in all, and we try and get out and about as much as possible. I go stir crazy sat at home! so even just out for a walk makes the day go more smoothly. We also go to a couple of baby groups too which Emelia really enjoys. She now stays awake during them, whereas before when she would be asleep after just 10 minutes. Ive noticed she’s also very aware of the other babies around her and will smile or coo at them. Getting to some groups is great for me also. I love having some other mummy friends who you can share advice with or just have a good chat with, it makes you feel normal. At the end of this month we have just had the last set of first vaccinations which is good, so no more now until she turns one. Luckily Emelia was never really affected by having them and they just made her really sleepy for about 2 days. One main thing for the end of this post is that out of nowhere her sleep pattern has slightly upturned. She is so cuddly (more than usual!) and will only really settle in my arms. Putting her down once she’s asleep has also become difficult, which is something we’ve never struggled with so I will update you on wether this was just a phase, or something I am in for the long run!
This months Favourites:
-kisses (makes her giggle!)
I hope you enjoyed !