As promised, a more recent glimpse in to the life of our little Archie Bug! I love this age because I feel like it’s when their personality starts to come out and they are more alert and playful and just really start to notice what’s going on around them. And there’s always A LOT going on in our house for Archie to be entertained with. He’s definitely entertained by Asher Wade, but he also likes to watch Cody. He loves to just sit in his bouncy seat on the kitchen island and keep an eye on everyone. He’s also super content rolling around on his playmat in the living room while we are eating dinner or doing stuff in the kitchen. Sometimes I forget he’s even in there minus all the squeals as he grabs and laughs at his little toys. He’s just so different from Asher Wade, who had to be held all.the.time. For the most part he’s a very content and easy going baby and pretty much goes with the flow. We do follow a schedule, and like with most babies, he does better with some sort of consistency, but it isn’t like with Asher Wade where we tried so hard to not deviate. Second kids just have to be able to roll with the punches sometimes!
Age: 3 months
Weight: Unofficially (me standing on the scale with him) 13 lbs
Length: No clue since his 2 month checkup (where he was 24 inches), but I would guess 25’ish inches
Clothing size: 3 month for the most part, with a few 3-6 months mixed in. He’s kind of in between sizes right now. About to move up to size 2 diapers when we finish this last box of size 1’s.
Milestones: Rolling from back to tummy (he pretty much does this shortly after putting him down for the night…he’s a tummy sleeper), and just recently started going from tummy to back. He rolls all over the place and gets around pretty well. When he’s on his belly he pushes up with his arms really well too so he can look around. Smiles all the time and has started to form a laugh. Uses his voice nonstop and has gotten very vocal, especially when he’s excited. Has some tiny teeth buds showing up, but I assume it could still be a little while before they push all the way through. Can sit up with a little assistance and loves to stand with assistance. Seriously, this baby is freakishly strong.
Sleep: He sleeps in his crib at night (since 6 weeks) and goes down pretty easily. He usually goes down for the night by 7:30 (we start the whole bedtime routine around 7), sleeps until sometime between 4:30/5:30, nurses, and then goes back to sleep until 7:30/8. He was sleeping through the entire night 7:30-7:30 for a couple of weeks, but he’s been consistently waking to eat for several weeks now. I haven’t really done anything, like CIO, to try and push past that 4:30 wake-up, but I may try soon. Pretty sure he’s just doing it out of habit. I honestly wouldn’t mind all that much except that I can never fall back asleep afterwards:( I usually have to pump whatever side he doesn’t nurse off, so by the time I finish that, it’s impossible to go back to sleep. During the day he generally takes several cat naps. It’s a success if he makes it to an hour, but it’s usually more in the 45 minutes range. He likes napping in our bed, but we also rotate between his crib and the rock n’ play.
Eating: He’s a good nurser, like his big brother was, although he doesn’t eat as much as big brother did. When I’m home with him he pretty much eats every 2 hours. When I’m at work (part time) he takes 2 bottles, each with 5 oz of pumped milk. Breastfeeding wasn’t challenging with Asher Wade, but there definitely was that learning curve in the beginning, and I was for sure more stressed about whether he was doing it right, whether I was doing it right, whether he was getting enough milk, etc., etc. With Archie is just came really easily and I haven’t worried about anything much at all. I don’t know if it’s the “been there done that” aspect, or that Archie has just been better at it from the very beginning (he latched and ate great just minutes after being born), or probably a combination of both. I am definitely way more relaxed this go around and feel confident in breastfeeding. I’m sure he sensed that, which made him relax more too. I had forgotten what a commitment it is though. And the pumping. Bleh. I hate it.
- Going for walks in his stroller, or pretty much anything outside. He loves to sit on the front porch or back deck and watch the older kids play.
- His play mat and “kick n’ play” piano mat. He grabs at the hanging toys and rolls all around. Seriously, he’ll hang out on those things for an hour.
- His bouncy seat. This is where he hangs out when I’m making breakfast and cooking dinner.
- Big brother. As soon as he hears Asher Wade come in, he turns his head as much as he can to see him. He loves to hang out in his room too and watch him play.
- Bright colors.
- Bath time. He LOVES it! He scoots down as far as he can so his whole lower half and torso are submerged.
- Being sung to, or just being talked to in general. He just smiles and smiles.
- Kids. Loves, loves, loves to watch kids playing.
- Cody (he does notice Annie, but I don’t think he even realizes Maddux is there considering that Maddux rarely moves anymore).
- Looking at himself in the mirror.
- Blowing spit bubbles.
- Watching the Baby First and Disney Jr. channels, or as we call it, his “shows.”
Not even kidding, I’m not sure I can think of much. He’s not always crazy about car rides, unless he falls asleep. He doesn’t like to sit in a poopy diaper. He’s not a fan of when I eat too much dairy and I can always tell when I overdo it because he’s fussy and gassy for a few days.