Greer Girl || 3 Months

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

T H R E E    M O N T H S

Yesterday Greer hit three months old, and I can't even believe it! Wasn't it just days ago that we brought her home from the hospital?? She has been the sweetest thing these last 13 weeks, and her daddy and I love watching her personality develop as she gets older. While I could cry at how quickly she is growing and changing, I'm also rejoicing for a healthy and happy baby who is discovering something new every day. Greer has been an absolute blessing from the moment we found out we were expecting her. Sharing her life is our greatest privilege, and we feel so very lucky that God chose us to be her parents. 

In the last month Greer has sort of found her hands. She is constantly trying to get her fists into her mouth, and she's trying her hardest to figure out how to suck her thumb. She loves grabbing blankets and clinching the soft fabric in her hands. She likes putting those in her mouth too to mama's dismay. Her sweet little face keeps becoming more defined as she leaves that newborn stage behind and enters into the infant stage. I can see the biggest difference from last month to this month, and while she keeps changing, one thing remains the same. She is just as beautiful and wonderful as she was on her first day in this world. 


G R E E R   @   3   M O N T H S 

weight: apprx 14 lbs 
birth: 7 lbs 3 oz

height: apprx. 25 inches
birth: 20 1/2"

head: n/a
birth: need to find that out


**these numbers are based on our at-home measurements since there is no well visit at 3 months

E A T

I think it's evident by her weight gain, this girl is a fabulous eater. I mean look at those adorable chunky thighs! She loves a schedule, and that includes nursing too. Every 2-2.5 hours, like clockwork, this girl is ready to eat unless it's more important to continue her nap or it's nighttime.

She will take a bottle, but it takes some work to get her to do so. She much prefers mama to the bottle any day. But, it's helpful when we're out and about to have that bottle ready. Up until now she has been a breastmilk fed baby, and as long as my supply will carry her then we will keep going with it.


S L E E P

I'm not sure how we did it, or that we can even claim that it was all us, but we have a sleep schedule down at night for Greer, and it's stuck. You can tell she appreciates it too. We begin putting her to bed between 7:00 and 7:30. After putting her in her pajamas and sleepsack, I'll top her off with a short nursing session and then give her her pacifier. We'll rock for about 10-15 minutes while she settles into sleep, and then into her crib she goes. On the nights she has a bath (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday - sometimes that is Sunday morning) we start bath time at 7:00 to help her calm down and then go on with the rest of our bedtime routine. This month we are going to begin reading her a story at bedtime. We'll start with the Jesus Storybook Bible, and as she gets older we'll add more books to her nightly routine.

Some nights she is in deep sleep right away, while other times she stirs and moans in her sleep until she hits that deep sleep. These days she is sleeping entirely through the night or waking once between 3:00 and 5:00 to eat. Then she is right back to sleep until 7ish that morning. I can't begin to tell you how thankful we are that she sleeps so well and in her crib. Greer doesn't try fighting bedtime, which shows me that her routine is working and is important for a good night's sleep.

Greer is now signaling when she is tired in a couple of differnt ways. Sometimes she'll rub her eyes with her tiny hands and other times you can just look at her and see the redness forming around her eyes. Both are dead giveaways that naptime is calling. While she doesn't always love giving up the interaction time or playing, she will eventually concede to a nap, even if it's for 40 minutes. Her best nap of the day is in the morning, around 9:30/10:00. If she doesn't get this good nap in, the rest of the day can be a little hairy. The good news is that in the last month she has almost become accustomed to her morning nap and gladly takes it. It's those darn afternoon naps she fights so hard. She loves being held and sung to when falling asleep. Her daddy is a pro at this, and this past Sunday he got her down for three naps no problem. Greer is a daddy's girl for certain.

Fun sleep facts about Greer, if she sleeps in her swing she likes to keep one hand up next to her face as she falls asleep. Put her in her crib for sleep though, and she loves to sprawl her arms out wide or make a "u" around her head with them. 


D E V E L O P M E N T   /   P L A Y

We have seen a huge difference is her interests this last month. She has begun feeling objects with her hands, and she loves grabbing a hold them, especially her sensory blanket. She gets as much of the blanket as she can in her fist and then tries to get the fistful of blanket into her mouth. She has begun reaching for and recognizing objects that hang above her. Cue the activity mat. Her daddy and I are making her one to introduce to her this week. I'm really looking forward to seeing how she takes to it.

Toys that make noise (Sophie the Giraffe) bring out the biggest smiles. She can get a hold of Sophie's leg, but she hasn't figured out yet that she can do more with it. She likes to massage toys with texture and sound with her fingers until she can get a good grip on them. She also loves to lay on her back and wildly kick and roll her bottom to the right until she tires herself out.

In addition to the play aspects at three months, she is also becoming quite the talker/cooer. She is responding a lot to her daddy and me in conversation, which is the cutest thing I've ever seen. She has a handful of different smiles, each of which we can't get enough. Greer is also very careful to engage people she isn't super familiar with, darting her eyes around that person's face until she is comfortable enough to make eye contact.


R A N D O M
  • She experienced her first thunderstorm (it was loud!) and slept through the entire thing!
  • She laughed for the first time, and mama thankfully got the end of it on camera.
  • Enjoyed her first Supper Club!
  • Loves to go for walks in her stroller with mama.
  • Makes it through the church service, most always asleep.
  • Loves staring at bright lights (we try to divert her eyes).
  • Smiles when you click your tongue at her.
  • That tummy to tummy sleeping on mama is now a rarity. She likes being cradled instead. But she's really taken to falling asleep for naps with daddy best.
  • If she catches sight of the television she is glued. (Don't worry, we don't let her keep watching.)
  • We think she is going to be a ticklish toddler.
  • Daylight savings didn't really affect her.
  • She found her thumb and loves sucking on it as best as she can.
  • Her mama has started calling her Greerzly (a nickname that has stuck), in addition to all the other pet names (Pumpkin, Sugarplum, ect.)
  • Her neck muscles are so strong. While she doesn't love tummy time, she does get lots of practice holding that head up while being held face to face with mama. 
  • Her eyes just keep getting bluer.
  • NUK is her favorite pacifier, and she has moved out of the 0-3 month size.
  • When falling asleep on mama, she either loves to grab a handful of my shirt or place her hand on my upper chest, especially if she can find bare skin.
  • Greer voted for the first time with mama in the Presidential Primaries.
  • She loves to follow people with her eyes, especially mama and daddy.


T H R E E   M O N T H S   P H O T O   C O L L E C T I O N


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4 comments on "Greer Girl || 3 Months"
  1. Greer has the most amazing blue eyes! What a doll baby she is. I am really enjoying seeing you as a Mommy. It's a beautiful experience motherhood, isn't it?

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  2. She is so so cute! Look at those eyes!!

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  3. Such beautiful pictures of your girl!!

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