Miles is 3 months already! Time has really flown by. I can't believe our little muffin is growing up so fast. And sooo much has changed since the day we brought him home from the hospital. The biggest (and absolute best!) change has been his smile! It seems like Miles is smiling all day long. He's pretty calm, always goes with the flow, and rarely cries. My favorite part of every day is when we wake up in the mornings and just stare at each other for 15 minutes, just smiling. He has been the happiest baby and we truly feel like the luckiest parents in the world!
We haven't been able to weigh him since his last pediatrician appointment at 2 months, but we can tell that's getting super chunky! He's grown out of almost all of his newborn sized clothing and has been fitting into 0-3 months and 3 month sizes (and depending on the brand, a couple 3-6 month things too!). He's now wearing size 2 diapers. We have started him on a loose bedtime routine to prepare for sleep training in the upcoming months. We give him a bath around 7:30 (he loves bathtime!), give him a little baby massage with lotion and get him into pajamas, then read him a book (which usually by this point he's a little tired, so getting fussy and not enjoying reading time haha), nurse him, swaddle him, and lay him down for bed. He still sleeps in a bassinet next to my side of the bed with white noise, a nightlight, a humidifier, and lavender essential oils diffusing.
When it comes to sleep, we have good nights and bad nights. Recently we've had a handful of great nights where he sleeps a 6-7 hour stretch. But more commonly he sleeps about 4ish hours for his first stretch and then wakes up every 2-3 hours after that. We've had some rough nights where he wakes up every hour or two, but those are few and far between, so we can't complain! Those nights where he sleeps 7 hours straight give me hope! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm hoping soon we can start working towards him sleeping 8 pm to 8 am. (A girl can dream, right?!)
We have really noticed that he's holding eye contact and can read our faces. He smiles whenever we smile! I love the recognition in his face when he sees Justin or I. He truly lights up. He can be crying or fussing, and I'll get his attention, make eye contact, and smile at him... and he will smile right back! In the middle of crying! It's amazing and moments like that make me feel so fulfilled. He also "talks" and coos a ton! He's super funny because we have tried so many times to get a video of him talking, but it's like he knows we're filming and gets camera shy and gets quiet haha. Miles's also been doing really well at tummy time! His pediatrician says that he's very strong. He is able to hold himself up on his forearms for long periods of time and look around. He doesn't always love it, but we make sure he gets his exercise everyday!
He absolutely loves being active and kicking his feet! We can lay him on his play mat and he will stare at his dangling toys and kick the poles to make them move. This keeps him happy forever! Or we take him outside to the park and he will lay on his back on the blanket and stare at the trees above him and get so excited! He's getting a pretty prominent bald spot on the back of his head because of this activity haha.
He still loves his swings (and this one) and bouncer. We have recently discovered that he's fascinated with baby music! The instrumental lullabies are so calming to him and sometimes put him to sleep. We also bought a sit-me-up a couple weeks ago (we found an unopened box on Letgo for a great discount!) and he has been loving to sit up in that like a big boy!
One of the biggest struggles that we have had has been trying to get him on a bottle. He is currently exclusively breastfeeding, but for the last 3 months I have been pumping and building a "freezer stash" so that he would be able to take bottles on certain occasions. (Like if we were out and about, or I want to have another beer, or so that Justin could help out with the nighttime feeds.) But so far, we have only been able to get him to take a bottle on two occasions. Both seemed to just be a random occurrence. For a while, Justin was trying every single night. We had heard we would have the most luck when I wasn't around and Miles couldn't smell me, so I would take the dogs for a walk or just go upstairs and try to relax for a little bit. But every night ended in Miles screaming crying and him back on the boob. It felt like we were torturing him with this, especially doing it daily, so we're on a bit of break right now and will get back to trying soon! Our hope is that it just clicks for him one day and he will begin to take them without a problem! But we haven't been able to get him to take a pacifier either, so I think he's just a smart baby and can tell what's the real deal and what's not :)
Last but not least, Miles has been bonding with his big brothers, Porter and Barley! Since the day they met, the pups have been so great with him. They are (most of the time) really gentle and careful around him. But most recently they have been laying down next to him on his play mat and cuddling. They walk up to him and lick his face to give kisses! They just like to be near him. They both choose to go lay down on the play mat next to him (or wherever he's hanging out) and keep him company. Miles has started to get grabby lately (hence why I cut my hair short!) and he has learned how to grab onto the dogs fur. I've caught him doing it a couple times and gotten nervous that he is hurting the dogs, or that they'll snap at him. But Porter and Barley have been so patient! They've really accepted him as a part of our little family, and we are so grateful.
Ever since Miles joined us 3 months ago, our lives have completely changed, and in the absolute best way possible. He is sweet and silly and smart and cuddly and funny and smiley and just better than we ever could’ve hoped for. Love you, Muffin.