the 3-month man

The little man never ceases to amaze me.  I am still oodling over every detail of his existence.  Here’s an update at 3 months.

Dear Caleb,

You have been selected as one of the best babies ever.  We have transitioned into day care over the last month and had a few select people watch you, and everyone says the same thing…”Can I keep him?”  You are so laid back and such a joy to be around.  Your routine is pretty well established at this point, but you don’t seem to phased by a change in scenery.  You are developing quite the personality.  You LOVE playing patty-cake with mom and dad, and have even developed a few ticklish spots that will send you into a laughing frenzy.  My heart melts every time you crinkle your nose, and your eyes sparkle as you flash an opened-mouth smile my way.

You also still give me smiles in your sleep.  The last few weeks I’d bring you into bed with me around 5:30 or 6:00 AM so that I might have just some cuddle time with you but also get another 30-45 minutes of sleep before the dreaded time to get up and ready for work.  On days when I’m off, I’ll let you continue to sleep and admire you every second. I am noticing that you sleep less frequently but for longer periods of time.  Typically you nap from 9:30 AM- 11 AM and then again around 1-3 PM.  Although you must be growing because the last week you seemed to be sleeping all the time.

You, your dad, and grandpa’s seem to have a fondness for watching TV in the Lazyboy.  When dad was holding you the other night while watching TV, I came to see you up close and you looked around me as if I was in your way.  You also have a fondness for sleeping in a reclined position.  We’ve set up a Caleb recliner with a pillow on the couch during the day, although mom doesn’t let you watch tv…sometimes we look at the computer or iPod screen though.

But when you are awake you are SO alert!  I think you take after your mom a bit in that you like to always see what’s going on.  Your curious, some might even call us noisy, I prefer observant. Heaven forbid we put you some where you can’t see us.  If your need to see us is taken care of, then you can fascinate yourself with your hands and mouth.  While the standard seems to be your middle and index finger in your mouth, there are times where whole hands or 2 hands make it into the mouth.

I have loved the loud sucking sound you make on those hands.  I used to think you were hungry every time you did it, but by now I’ve learned you just do it to entertain yourself.  Sucking is a security mechanism for you.  Just yesterday you stuck out your tongue and started sucking on your top lip.  That tongue sees more daylight, as you are always sticking it out or licking on something (bibs, mom’s shirt). Pretty much anything that comes close to your mouth requires you to stick out your tongue. You continue to find ways to make me laugh as you explore the wonders of your existence.

On top of that you have learned to speak and sing.  We carry on conversations, tell stories and sing songs.  About a week ago you added bubble making to your repertoire.

Mom has learned to add some adventure to our lives by spending some time outside on nice days.  I finally found a hat that you allow me to put on you without a screaming fit…turns out your pretty darn cute in it too!  I’m still a bit conservative taking you outside, but I’m learning to dress you in shorts, and still make sure you are fully protected from the sun and wind.

Mom has been adventurous too.  This past weekend I spent my first time away from you overnight.  Mom and dad kept with our tradition of camping with friends for the holiday weekend.  Gma and Gpa O came to watch you and loved you endlessly.  I think you blew their socks off with how good you were…although that’s just how you are it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary for you.  You even showed them up by sleeping through the night.  I think Grandma was a bit uncomfortable putting you in the “straightjacket” at night…but she noticed the difference in your sleep pattern with it on, and now she’s a believer! Being away from you was pretty rough on mom though.  I recognize mom and dad occasionally need some time away too, thankfully we were surrounded by friends (also parents) who understood the challenges.  Dad and I had tentatively talked about coming home on Sunday, but I survived the storm (literally) and we packed up early Monday morning.  When we returned you didn’t leave my arms all day…except to shower!

Today is your 3 month birthday and I continue to be amazed by your awesomeness.  I never imagined motherhood would be this amazing.  Unfortunately today also mark a heartbreaking first for mom too.  I had to take you to the doctor for a barking cough and raspy breathing, which turned out to be croup.  You weighed in at almost 12 pounds (up 2 lbs from last month) and are keeping in the sizes of your clothes as you are officially in size 3-6 mos.  You’ve been such a champ, still keeping your charm and upbeat attitude…in between naps.  We had an abundance of snuggle time and even posed for a few 3-month photos…although we’ll do it again when you are feeling better.

I love you to pieces little man.  Being your mom is the most rewarding thing I could ever experience 🙂  Happy three-month birthday.
Love you more,
Mom 🙂

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