Three months

My third monthly letter to our little garçon:


Dear bébé,

This was quite a busy month: grandma and grandaddy visited, you started English “classes,” and you spent your first day with the nanny. All three went pretty well!

You would look at grandma with a confused look on your face, like you almost recognized her. We could see the wheels turning in your head “This person kind of looks like momma, but something is different . . .” You would always burp extra loud for grandaddy. We all visited Luxembourg and Metz and Verdun together, and we even drove through Germany. You’ve already been to more countries in 3 months than momma had seen by the time she was 20!

You’re the youngest in your English for babies “class,” but it’s not so much about learning as it is about socializing and showing you that other kids and parents like English. Besides, even though you’re little now, in a few months you’ll be scooting around with the rest of them! And you’ll be less tired in the mornings as you get bigger, so you won’t be quite as overwhelmed as you were the last time.

You behaved yourself during the six hours you spent with mamie, and you were pretty much the same with the nanny. Some smiles, some tears, but mostly interested in all the new stuff. She looks after three other kids and while the noise was apparently a little hard to get used to, you still slept and ate like a champ.

Speaking of sleep, your nights have become really regular. You go down around 7, daddy still gives you a bottle while you’re sleeping around 10, and you’ll be up between 2 and 4 to eat again (it depends on when you fell asleep; you usually wake up after 8 hours). Then back to bed until 6 or 7. We’ve started to wake you at 6:30 to try and get you used to the rhythm we’ll have to follow when momma goes back to work in 10 days. And a new wind down routine seems to be working extremely well to help you learn to fall asleep on your own and nap better during the day. Sometimes you still only sleep a half hour, but every day is a little bit better. You sleep around 13 hours a day, which is less than “average” but you’re growing and smiling like you should, so we figure averages come from babies like you plus babies who sleep 17 hours a day.

You can hold your head up quite well, and are holding onto things better with your hands, though you’re not quite reaching for things yet. You also still occasionally grab momma’s hair . . . with your feet! You “sing” a lot, especially to your gros nounours. And you were especially chatty after your days with mamie and the nanny, so we assume you were telling us about all the new things you saw and did. Seeing momma and daddy in the morning or after naps usually brings a smile, and you even seem to recognize mamie sometimes. Making silly noises with our mouths makes you laugh. Your favorite game lately is chatting with the cute baby in the mirror.

Your 3 month clothes all fit, and we’ve started bringing out a few of the 3-6 month pieces. We go to the doctor’s next week to weigh you, but based on our scale, you’ve probably gained at least 700 grams. You’re getting too heavy to carry around in the carseat, and momma’s biceps are starting to rival daddy’s in size and strength! You’re losing your hair a bit in a circle around the middle of your head, which looks pretty funny. At least it means you’re turning your head regularly in both directions. Your eyes are still blue, but a darker gray-blue now.

This next month will be full of changes, with momma going back to work and daddy being at home more to take care of you. We’re hoping to keep giving you breast milk, but also don’t want to put to much pressure on momma, so we’ll see how it goes. You eat about every three hours during the day, and this month you might start going even longer between feeds, but we’ll let you show us what you need to be happy. And you certainly are turning out to be a pretty happy baby, who makes everyone around you happy too.

Bisous & kisses,

Your momma

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