This past week our Olivia turned three months old!
At Olivia’s two-month appointment, she weighed 11 lbs 4.5 ounces (31st percentile), measured 23 inches in length (52nd percentile), and had a head circumference of 15.35 inches (55th percentile). She also received her first round of post-hospital vaccinations at this appointment. We’ll go again at the four-month mark.
The biggest highlight of this past month is that Olivia has been giving social smiles all the time. Tommy definitely gave social smiles, and even occasional little chuckles (which Olivia doesn’t do yet), by three months old. But it wasn’t such an all at once transition the way it’s been with her. Olivia is so tuned in to the way people talk to her and responds positively when you tell her she did a good job finishing her bottle, working on tummy time, etc. She focuses so intently on whoever is talking to her. Olivia also already finds a lot of things funny. Once she’s able to laugh out loud at Tommy’s antics, it will be all over. I don’t think he’ll want to do anything else.
Right around the three-month mark, Olivia was just starting to grab onto objects a little more intentionally. She enjoys her lovey animal blankets, activity gym, and the toy bar for her bouncy chair. I also finally put up the mirror on her seat in the car, so we can see each other. She’s old enough now to enjoy that. Olivia tests out her voice all the time and loves just talking to all of us throughout the day.
Olivia can’t sit up on her own yet. But she’s all about seeing what’s going on at all times. When she’s fully awake and someone is holding her, most of the time, she prefers to be sitting up in their lap. After the first month or so, she’s almost always been fully awake during Tommy’s music class. She wants to be out of her car seat and involved with whatever we’re doing. She also loves to be held during church when she’s awake, so she can see better, which is about half the time right now.
Olivia is holding steady at eating four ounces at a time every three hours. At most, I feed her once during the night, usually around four or five a.m. It’s rare she’s eating every two hours during the day anymore. When she gets a long nap during the day (which just varies, depending on what we’re doing on any given day), sometimes she’ll go even four hours between bottles.
Sleep continues to get better with Olivia, slowly but surely. I’m trying not to focus on the fact that Tommy was sleeping through the night by three months old and celebrate her milestones. She still doesn’t make it through the whole night without wanting to be held at least once. But she often makes it until three or four a.m. until she needs that (as opposed to anywhere from midnight to two a.m.) And she’s going down so much more easily now after I pick her up. If she does eat in the middle of the night, all she wants to do is eat and get back to sleep. Sometimes the three to six a.m. stretch is still rough. But it’s so much less frequent. So I am often getting back to sleep more quickly, which is helping a lot.
Olivia crashes for the night sometime between eight and ten p.m. She’s up for the day around 7:30 or 8:30 a.m. Tommy goes to bed later than her because he’s a total night owl. They wake up around the same time. It remains tough to put Olivia down for a nap somewhere that she isn’t too far away from me and won’t have Tommy waking her up. Olivia loves to sleep in the car and on walks in the stroller, so I maximize those opportunities whenever possible. If she hasn’t gotten a longer stretch by the time Tommy goes down for a nap in the afternoon, I do my best to get one in then. I’m continuing to use this late afternoon time pretty much solely for laundry, dishes, and starting dinner.
Olivia is still wearing newborn pajamas and some newborn pants. She loves to be swaddled at night, so she enjoys a snugger fit for her pajamas. Otherwise, she’s wearing 0-3 or 3-month clothing and some 3-6 month onesies and dresses. She’s been wearing size one diapers the past month and a half. I absolutely love that Olivia can wear more of my favorite Tommy onesies from this age as the weather gets warmer.
You can find all of my Olivia updates as well as my Tommy baby/toddler updates, general family updates, and other family-related posts in the family section of the blog.