Wednesday, April 15, 2009

An Ode to the Third Month

I loved Jackson's third month. It was an oasis after two months of being more tired than I ever dreamed and having my life change dramatically. Annabeth is now in her third month and I'm finding it just as dreamy. Here's why:

1) So many smiles!

2) She's getting close to doubling her birth weight and she is oh so snuggly.

3) With eight hours of sleep and my hormones evening out, I feel like myself again.

4) I've gotten used to her patterns and I generally know how to soothe her when she fusses.

5) One little round tummy, two squishy cheeks, and the disappearance of newborn chicken legs.

6) She squeaked out a tiny laugh on Monday night. I had her propped up on my legs and we were playing our first game of peekaboo. A few minutes later, I told her I was shielding her from seeing her father cut his toenails in order to protect her innocence. That's when she did her second little laugh.

Oh, third month, how I love you!

53 comments:

Katie said...

Oh, it sounds like so much fun. I have two more weeks to go before our third month starts. I'm enjoying a lot of those same cute little baby blessings. :)

hinesight said...

When my children were at home, I used to say that the wonderfulness of the third month kept you going until the kid was 25. It is amazing. Enjoy!

Kelly said...

The third month IS good! and those laughs and smiles make everything else in life so much better!!!

Holly said...

Can it really be three months??

I love that you shielded her from toenail clipping. Hee hee!

Kiki@Seagulls in the Parking Lot said...

That is so sweet!

bethany said...

I love it when they first start to smile!! It's like seeing the beginnings of their personalities!! :)

Alana said...

you give me hope that i too will one day sleep for 8 hours straight! =)

The Johnsons said...

Our first is now five months old. No one decided to warn me about "the hormones" until I was two weeks from delivery weeping at all kind of random times. It was glorious. And then her time clock switched to asleep at day and awake at night. A friend brought us dinner one night and told us our little bundle of joy was "hazing" us - and would until about 3 months old. And then it was like a light switch. Three months was a new day. It was wonderful before, but wonderful because even more at three months. :)

Lisa said...

There is something truly magical about that third month. I wonder why that is? Here's hoping that the fourth and all beyond far exceed your expectations (and bring you even more uninterrupted sleep!)

Blessings!

Becca said...

Ditto here! My boys are so delightful in their third month and their Mama is much more of a delightful person too! :)

Lindsee said...

Number six made me laugh out loud, too. So funny! Also, WOO HOO for starting to feel like yourself again. (As if I know what post-partumm feels like anyway! Just imagining it's not the best feeling in the world!) Have a great night!

Jan said...

Good for you! No telling what visions of discarded toenails might do to her psyche.

Really.

Jan

Erica said...

Precious! I loved the 3rd and 4th months greatly!

Kodi said...

She is precious. I love reading your posts. :)

Karen said...

We are in our 3rd month as well with my daughter, Blakely. Has your daughter started rolling over yet? Mine seems to be content with staying in one place.

Sheryl said...

Such a blessing!

Moose Mama said...

It just gets better and better!

I'm with you on the toenail and other indelicate manly behaviors. You're a good mom, Amanda!

Melana

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

ooooo.....here comes that baby crave again....eewwww....

Whew.
It's gone.

That was a close one.

CAROL LIVIN FOR GOD said...

HI AMANDA HARD TO BELIEVE OUR LITTLE SIESTA IS 3 MONTHS OLD IT HAS BEEN TO LONG SINCE I HAVE HELD A BABY OF COURSE I AM SINGLE BUT I USE TO BE A NANNY YEARS AGO AND TOOK CARE OF THE BABIES FOR 13YRS AND IT IS SO NEAT TO SNUGGLE UP WITH THEM AND HEAR THEM LAUGH OUT LOUD. WELL ENJOY YOUR FAMILY AND LOVE ON THAT BABY FOR US SEISTA'S THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING WITH US SEISTA AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR WHOLE FAMILY BEING SO REAL I FEEL SO MUCH APART OF YOUR FAMILY.
BIG HUGS AND LOTS OF LOVE FROM ALBUQUERQUE NM CAROL

anonymous said...

just a question- do you nurse on a schedule or on demand? any tips? sounds like you are doing wonderful if your baby has doubled in weight at 3 mos! i nursed my daughter but feel like i did a lot of things wrong. i was so "by the clock" to a fault, i think.
thanks! i love your blog!

Jen said...

Quick question from one mom to a new mom...how often do u feed annabeth?Whats her bedtime if you don't mind me asking?

Rachel McPhillips said...

I love the third month too! Our Claire is in her third month and it is so awesome to see their little personalities coming out. I love the smiles and her blowing bubbles! So adorable!

Marc and Charity said...

Yeah for giggles and squeaks! I love my own kittle chubby 2 month old. (well, almost 2 month old!)

Heather said...

Oh, I really miss that age, squeeze her tight, it goes by too fast, as I know you know with Jackson. Crack me up about the toenails!! I am with ya on that!

Tara said...

Happy Times! I think smiles and giggles have everything to do with it:)

PS. I giggled at why Annabeth laughed...

fuzzytop said...

very sweet post Amanda!

Adrienne

Maggie said...

So fun! My little guy is starting to smile now. It just melts my heart. Can't wait to hear that first laugh!

Kelli said...

The third month was so much fun! I LOVE that their little personalities are really starting to come out and that as a mom you can finally enjoy it not sleep deprived and hormonally imbalanced!! :)

Colored With Memories said...

doesn't feeling just "normal" feel so stinkin' good!?!

and amen to chicken legs going bye-bye! they are so cute, but pudgy ones even more so!

Lauren Kelly said...

How precious, Amanda!!!! You're such a good mommy :)

Kristi said...

There is just nothing sweeter than precious babies :). I am glad you are getting some sleep!

melanie said...

oh how fun that first giggle is! hope to see you this weekend!

ocean mommy said...

I love those first giggles! So precious...all you siestas with baby girls are making me want another baby!!! Sigh....

Rachel said...

3rd month's rock!

Lauren said...

The first laugh is just the best!!

Fran said...

LOVE IT when they start to plump up some!!! :)

CandyandLadybugs said...

I loved the 3rd month too. They are so much fun! My sister's baby is almost 3 months old, as seen in the first post for this blog. :) That is my sister, Katie.

What are these new born chicken legs you're talking about? LOL! My girls were both born chubby. Their fat rolls had fat rolls. :)

petrii said...

Amanda,
Three months old is the cutest!!! Our little G-babe is 8 months, and yes that is pretty cute too. Oh babies ~~ love 'em.

Have a Blessed evening,
Dawn

Kristen said...

There just isn't anything better or more contagious than a baby's laughter! I can't believe Annabeth is already 3 months old!

Michele Helms said...

I looked at my 5th child tonight...he is about to be 7 and I told him to just stop growing so fast! I love all the stages so very much...they all bring their challenges and their joys but it just goes by so fast. Although there are some says that feel like years :)

Bev Brandon said...

My teen just dropped his lengthy cut nails on my dining room table for observation and I gasped---what is it about boys? So glad you're feeling back again to normal...that's so very good. Yeah God!

I have a scary procedure in the a.m. and would so appreciate your prayers! Will be alone for this one. So need prayer!

Amanda May said...

You are SUCH a sweet Mommy...your babies are BLESSED!!!!

Executive Momma said...

I have a 3 month old as well and I agree it is the best stage yet! :) Enjoy your precious Annabeth!

AKat said...

I am going to enjoy every moment up to then, but thanks for the encouragement of the light at the end of the tunnel! (So tired!!!) Annabeth is a cutie pie in her dress up pictures; I'm waiting for Neil's umbilical stump to come off and then let him try out his outfits! So much fun! :)

Kelly @ Love Well said...

So true.

Three months marks the end of newborn and the beginning of baby.

Ronda said...

I am at the end of my twins' second month, and I so agree!!!! It is a wonderful reprieve after the first two months, which are also wonderful but very tiring! So glad you are enjoying your baby girl!

Amanda said...

I agree. The third month is when Camden stopped crying, and I started sleeping. I could actually go out in public and not end up in another room nursing a crying baby for the majority of the time... where I would cry too because I was so desperate for social interaction. With this baby I don't fear labor... I fear the first two months with a newborn. Congrats for surviving what seems like the LONGEST two months ever! :-)

Bobbie said...

Love those first smiles...it's means those deep tummy laughs aren't far away. There's nothing more contagious! I love being in public and hear a baby/child laughing from the bottom of their heart, it makes me smile from the bottom of this Grandma Bobbie's heart! The curled up toes and dimpled elbows are another fav!

Lauren Kelly said...

P.S.
Amanda, I think you might need to change your profile picture, girl. You have a new member in the family now :)

katiegfromtennessee said...

This Ode makes me smile, Little Momma:) Yay! Balanced hormones and sleep!! Praise the Lord for this stage:):)

katiegfromtennessee

Gayle @ thewestiecrew said...

3 months IS such a sweet age!

Those little gurgly laughs are absolutely straight from Heaven, I swear.

Sunni at The Flying Mum said...

She is adorable! I, too, am loving the third month. Clara actually gave us her first laugh tonight at a pizza place!

Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife said...

The toenail thing is priceless. :)