This past week our Genevieve turned three months old!
As you’re reading Genevieve’s update, keep in mind that she was born six weeks early and think about her milestones accordingly.
At her three-month appointment, Genevieve weighed 10 pounds 7.7 ounces (4th percentile), measured 22 inches in length (2nd percentile), and had a head circumference of 15 inches (10th percentile). This is the first appointment that she’s had where any of her percentiles were above the 1st percentile, so I was pretty excited about that.
The biggest change this past month is how much Genevieve is able to focus on people when she’s awake. When someone is holding her or family members are close by, you can see her actively looking for and then focusing on them. While we don’t get smiles or other real interactions yet, it’s so neat to see that recognition start to form. Genevieve has also been calming down and bonding enough to do more snuggling with me. I know that sounds crazy, but she’s been so anxious that it’s been tough. One of my favorite things to do with Olivia the first couple of months was to have her lay on my chest. The past week or so I’ve finally been able to start doing that with Genevieve.
Genevieve is doing so much better with diaper changes and baths. She’s not always a fan of being in the bath, but she doesn’t scream through it anymore. And she clearly enjoys how good she feels afterward.
I make sure that Genevieve has some time in her activity gym and doing tummy time every day. She is still very sleepy and loves to be swaddled so much of the day. It’s tempting to just let her do that as much as she wants. But it’s so important that she gets to stretch out and work on tummy time. Watching her do tummy time is so interesting because Tommy and Olivia were complete opposites with it. Tommy screamed through every minute of tummy time while Olivia absolutely loved being on her tummy. As soon as she could flip over, she did and would spend minutes and minutes on her tummy voluntarily. Genevieve is somewhere in the middle. She does pretty well with it. But being in her gym and doing tummy time is still a lot for her.
The biggest event from the past month is that we had Genevieve baptized. I talked in Olivia’s update when we had her baptized that we pushed through to have all of our kids baptized before their adoptions were finalized. I knew what to expect with that process this time, and it actually went very smoothly. We had even fewer people at Genevieve’s baptism than we did at Olivia’s. I would have been so disappointed if that had happened two years ago or honestly, if Genevieve were my first baby. But it was pretty much par for the course these past few months. We had a wonderful little group, and a friend came through at the very last minute to take photos and videos for us. So we had lots of nice shots and footage to share with everyone who couldn’t be there.
The past month Genevieve moved up to size one diapers. I never thought that I’d be so excited about that transition. The newborn diapers just don’t hold very much. She can finally get through a six or seven hour stretch at night without getting wet in a size one diaper. She’s still wearing all of her newborn and 0-3 month clothing. As we have plenty of tiny pajamas and she still loves to be swaddled so much of the day, I haven’t gotten out any of the 3 month and 3-6 month clothing for her yet.
Genevieve has been holding steady eating four ounces every three hours during the day. Sometimes I’ll push it to four hours if she’s sleeping really well. Genevieve has her last bottle for the day sometime between ten p.m. and midnight. Then she’ll eat one bottle during the night and get her first bottle in the morning around seven or eight a.m. As she keeps sleeping better, she keeps doing better with extending the night feedings. We’re still using the pre-mixed formula bottles at night and on the go. Genevieve continues to do better using the Avent bottles during the day.
Genevieve’s sleep continues to improve as well. She still had a few rough nights this past month where she woke up a lot. But she hasn’t been screaming at night, just has trouble settling sometimes. The rest of the time she’s done really well. She settles pretty well when I first put her down for the night and almost always settles well when I put her back down after middle of the night feedings, too. As I mentioned above, she is still eating during the night. But it goes about as well as can be expected at this point. Given how far Genevieve has come with her sleeping in the past few months, I’m calling it a major win.
The past couple of weeks Genevieve has also started sleeping better during the day. She’s at the point where she can finally get in a rhythm of sleeping one longer stretch in the morning and one longer stretch in the afternoon. I do my best to make sure that she gets these longer stretches each day.
You can find all of my baby/toddler updates for all three kids as well as general family updates and other family-related posts in the family section of the blog.