Friday, August 16, 2013

Stella - 3 Months

Weight: 13lbs, 10 oz

Clothes: Anywhere from 3 to 6 months tops / 6 to 9 months pants/shorts skirts
Diapers: Size 2 - Huggies fit me best right now, but soon enough I'll be in size 3!  Mommy just has to use all of Size 2 before she'll put me in size 3!  Frugal McDougal!

Eating: This child is sooooooooooooooooo much different than Lottie.  Lottie ate like a little bird and getting her to gain weight was always such a victory when it came to weighing in.  Stella on the other hand is already eating anywhere from 25 to 27 ounces a day.  A typical day when she's going to daycare is:

6:15 a.m.: 5 oz
9:30 a.m.: 5 oz
12:30 a.m.: 5 oz
3:30 p.m.: 5 oz
5: 20 p.m.: 4 oz
7:30 p.m.: 3 oz

I don't know what it is but the kid goes on a full on feeding frenzy from the time I pick her up to the time she goes to sleep.

On another note, the kid also has MAJOR reflux.  I've mentioned it to the doctor and they've said that as long as she is a happy spitter, we are okay.  We are on our third brand of formula though.  It stinks trying to find just the right brand for her and what works for her little tummy.  Hopefully what we are doing now will work.  We went from Simulac (Sam's brand) to Good Start Probiotic (expensive) to Enfamil Gentle Ease (Sam's brand).  If the last doesn't work, we are going to go broke I guess!  :)  Oh well, at the end of the day the cost is not the most important.  Making sure she's happy and well adjusted is what matters. 

Sleep: The child has been an angel!  Knock on wood right this very second! She usually goes down around 8:00 p.m. at night.  She then sleeps until 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 a.m.  AMAZING!  As a parent, you can't complain about that.  I know once the teeth start coming in, it will all go downhill from here. 

Crying:  She is still on a crying fit from about 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. every night.  Again, the doctor said that this period is usually because she is over stimulated and just doesn't know when to give in.  I don't mind it too much because usually Steve is home between 6:00 and 6:30 so he helps out when he gets home. BUT, I will say that when Lottie starts whining, crying and throwing fits at the same time, it makes me want to pull my hair out.  If someone was standing outside my home while the two are going nuts, it would seriously prompt someone to call 911.  They would definitely think I was trying to murder them both.  Ha!  Times like these call for a glass of wine!  :)

Milestones: This past month she is smiling and cooing like crazy!  She is also doing great at holding her head up whether it be in the Bumbo or her bouncy swing that hangs in the doorway.  This past month also marked her being at daycare full time and her first non-well visit to the doctor.  Daycare is going well.  They call her Princess Stella.  They all keep telling me that they think she will one day fall in love and marry Prince George!  Ha.  No really, they have told me what a chilled out baby she is and what a pleasure it is to have her.  On a side note, they all also tell me that when Steve drops them off every morning, they all talk in an English accent after he leaves.  They just can't help themselves!  Hysterical.  On a not so funny note, poor little Stella developed a raspy chest infection.  I took her to the doctor after a couple of days of congestion in her chest.  She never had a fever, but you could tell she didn't feel well.  I wanted to nip whatever it was she had in the bud before my biggest fear struck (ear infection).  Lord knows, we went through multiple ear infections with Lottie and it was awful!  They swabbed her nose and called me the next day.  Thankfully it wasn't croup (which is going around town) or RSV.  They prescribed antibiotics and it did the trick.  She is back to herself again.  There is absolutely nothing worse than having a sick child.  I get so upset to the point of tears and guilt like it is my fault.  Ever since becoming a parent, I feel such responsibility and if my kids aren't right, then I'm not right.  My heart just aches anytime they aren't feeling themselves. 

Stella still HATES tummy time.  What is it with tummy time???  Lottie was the same.  They both hate it.  Stella is pretty lazy about it.  I feel like Lottie started rolling from back to front around this age but Stella is showing no signs of doing that anytime soon!  She somehow manages to get from one side of the crib to the other at night (scooting, I'm guessing) but again, no signs of rolling over yet.  I'm good with it though because the first time you see them on their belly in the morning is when panic sets in a bit.  Are they breathing is the first thing that comes to mind. 

Sibling Love: The jealousy has set in again.  OMG, one minute Lottie is loving on Stella and the next minute she's telling me to put Stella down.  Stella is pretty easy going (minus the feeding frenzy between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.) so I think Lottie not being able to do puzzles with me or read after daycare like we used to is really getting to her.  I try so hard to show Lottie that once Stella eats and we get her a bath and down for the night, her and I can play, do crafts or whatever her little heart desires.  I just don't think she's able to comprehend all of that quite yet.  Toddlers are all about "right now" and not later.  So instead of "understanding" so to speak, she whines, cries and gives me major attitude which in turn throws us all off.  I feel for Lottie but I also feel for Stella.  I can't tell you what a game changer it is going from one child to two!  The needs between an infant and a toddler differ so much. 

But, enough of that, Lottie is still sweet natured and constantly kissing and aggravating Stella like a big sister should.  She's constantly in Stella's face going, "do do do do do".  Any sort of baby talk I give to Stella, Lottie copies!  Another really funny thing is when Stella stretches out or kicks her arms and legs around and happens to hit Lottie.  Lottie immediately comes running like a little tattle tale toddler telling me that Stella kicked/hit her.  It makes me laugh so hard.  I've witnessed these encounters several times and it is the most ridiculous thing. 

Likes: Being held, EATING, riding in the car, going on walks with mommy, taking a bath, putting her warm jammies on at the end of the day, swinging, Bumbo time and playing with sissy when she's not poking or prodding her.  She is also starting to love her paci, mobile and the new chandelier hanging in the living room. 

Dislikes: Being hungry, Lottie poking her in the face and pulling on her, sleeping or laying flat on her back, tummy time and when Lottie whines, cries or fusses in front of her.  It sets her off. 

BARF!  Outfit change!

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