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Lucas: 3 Months

by Courtney on November 12, 2013

Seeing as though Lucas turned 3 months old about 2 weeks ago, I’m a little behind schedule here BUT…we are officially out of the “newborn” stage and Lucas is now an infant. Holy moly!

Lucas 3 Months

With each and every passing day, our little guy develops more and more of a personality, and while I feel like this is going to become a pattern of me saying this, his third month has definitely been the best one yet.

One thing that we’re quickly discovering over here is that Lucas has quite a strong personality. When he’s happy, he is all giggles and smiles. But when he’s not? Boy, does he let you know it. There’s not much middle ground with him, and sometimes, the high pitched screeches and screams he has the ability to produce just amaze me. And make me want to invest in some ear plugs. Yikes.

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The third month also involved a bit of adjusting since I went back to work. Of course, just when it seemed like we were getting a decent schedule going at home we had to change all that, but thankfully, the transition has gone fairly smooth. Lucas keeps his regular eat-play-sleep routine everyday, but the times of these events can vary from day to day depending on a number of factors (what time he wakes up, how long his naps are, etc.).

So what about eat, play, and sleep?

Eat

Well, in terms of eating, Lucas is still doing great. He’s still getting breastmilk exclusively and easily transitions from bottle to breast. Typically, I’ll nurse him in the morning before work, send him off to daycare with (3) 4-5ish ounce bottles, and then he’ll nurse again 2-3 more times in the evening, depending on if he used all three bottles during the day. I pump 2-3 times per day at work and just send whatever I pumped from the previous day with him. We’ve got a pretty good routine down with this and I’ve been feeling really good about it.

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We’re still working on chunking up those long legs of his. Winking smile

Play

It really is such a cool thing to be able to watch your baby practically grow and develop right before your eyes. I seriously could sit for hours and just stare at him while he seemingly analyzes every little thing around him.

During this past month, Lucas most definitely discovered his feet, and while he had already been interested in his hands before, they definitely became much more of a hot commodity for him.

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Changing his diapers started to become quite the task…it’s not always easy to get all up in there when he’s practically curled like a ball with his feet *this close* to his mouth!

Lucas continues to love his piano mat and spends some time on it almost daily. He’s also getting a whole lot better at tummy time and can occasionally give us up to 10-15 minutes at a pop.

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We’ve gotten the occasional role, both from tummy to back and from back to tummy, but he doesn’t do either of them consistently yet. He also began to really start reaching and grabbing for things this month. He isn’t always able to keep his grasp on everything (except for mommy’s hair, of course) but he’s getting better at it by the day.

And that smile? Ohhh, that smile.

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And as much as I hate to admit it, we actually get his biggest smiles when he’s with his daddy. I don’t know what it is, but as soon as he sees daddy is around, Lucas is immediately all smiles and just seems so excited. It’s freakin’ adorable.

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Sleep

All things considered, sleep hasn’t been too bad. Lucas is not yet sleeping through the night, but typically won’t wake up more than once. We did have a few days where he was giving us 1am and 5am wake up calls, but that was short lived (and I’m assuming could have been a 3-month growth spurt).

We’ll usually start our bedtime routine around 7:30pm, which includes a bath (or a “tubby” as we call it) or sponge bath, diaper change and jammies on, a quick fly around the room from dad, feeding, read a story, quick “talk” about our day, then bed. By the time all is said and done, it’s usually about 8pm by the time he’s asleep. Admittedly, I’ve gotten into the habit of rocking him practically to sleep, which I know is not necessarily the “right” thing to do. But you know what? Whatever. I don’t mind sitting and rocking with him, and I look forward to those few minutes every day (he’s usually asleep within about 5-10 minutes). During the night, he’ll usually wake up to eat anywhere between 2:30-4:00am, and then he’ll wake up anywhere between 6:30-7am (although we usually need to wake him up…he’d probably go later if he could).

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One thing we’re trying to work on doing is transitioning him out of his Rock ‘n’ Play to his crib (he’s still in his own room though). We’ve got him in the crib for pretty much all of his naps, which is also where he sleeps while at daycare, but I’m having a bit of trouble making that transition at night. Some days I stress more about it than others, but I know we’ll get there eventually.

And What About Mommy?

The beginning of this month was probably the toughest transition I’ve ever had to make with going back to work. I was a complete wreck and cried every day for weeks leading up to my return. Once I got back to work, I started feeling a bit better about having to leave Lucas (even though I think the guilt will always be there in some way), but then came the overwhelming feelings of “oh my god, how am I ever going to do it all?”

The fact is, I can’t do it all. And I’m okay with that. Certain things have to take more of a back seat (workouts being one of them right now), but I will say, however, that I am so incredibly lucky to have Jay by my side, who has been amazing at helping out around the house. He’ll help with cleaning, he helps make meals, and he’ll even take care of washing/sterilizing bottles and pump parts while I’m putting Lucas to bed at night. He has helped my sanity in so, so many ways, and I am incredibly blessed to have him.

Being a mom is the most difficult, yet most rewarding job I’ve ever experienced, and as with any sort of job, it comes with its highs and lows. Sure, there are tough days…and there’s been times where I’ve wished to be able to crawl into my bed and just hibernate for a good 24 hours. But then, there are the good days; the days when my cheeks legitimately hurt just from smiling so much with Lucas, and that’s when those bad days become a distant memory.

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Being a mom is most definitely something I was meant to do…and I’m just so incredibly grateful to be the mom of this wonderful little baby boy.

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We love you little man, and can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for us next month!

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1 Kristen @ notsodomesticated November 12, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Great post, Courtney!! He is so darn adorable. I can’t believe he’s more than 3 months now. Time is flying by. My little one will be 7 months on Saturday! Crazy!
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2 georgiannahulsopple November 12, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Totally enjoyed reading this,it sounds like your doing a great job.enjoy your baby boy.

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3 Lauren November 12, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Soooo cute!! Gosh I miss that age! I just wanted to tell ya, don’t stress about the rock n play to crib transition. Our now 1 year old was in the rock n play until he was SIX months. Yes six! I stressed about that horribly because I thought he was never going to sleep in his crib and we finally tented his crib just slighlty on one end and made it work. Did it cause many sleepless nights? Yes it did, but I can tell you he now loves his crib and will stand in front of it when he’s tired. So there is hope :)

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4 Pat November 12, 2013 at 9:30 pm

I can’t even tell you how many miles I put on my rocker! Rocking a baby is the BEST! Not just for baby, but for Mom as well… : )

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5 Courtney @ Our Latte Love November 12, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Aww, Lucas is so cute:) Isn’t the constant playing with the feet stage the cutest?
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6 Ruthie November 12, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Lucas is such a smiley boy!!! And look at how he’s holding himself up during tummy time… We need to work on that :-/

Our boys seem to be on similar schedules and we were just starting the transition out of the rock and play when Ford got a nasty cold and he’s still battling it!! We just got Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit to try out hopefully soon! And yes it looks like a space suit. Would love if you shared tips for the transition when you guys do it!!

You’re doing a great job! You working mamas get a huge applause from me, I get so overwhelmed with what I have going on and I really admire you. I hear it gets easier and I am sure Lucas will grow to have sooo much fun at daycare:)

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7 Sara @ LovingOnTheRun November 12, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Love this post! It is so amazing to see how much your little man has grown and changed! I am so glad that you are honest in your posts – it looks like you are doing an amazing job as a mom and I can’t wait to take on the most rewarding job one day!
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8 Kelly @ Femme Fitale November 12, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Happy 3 months to a very handsome boy! He looks so much like you, Courtney!

You are right… we can’t do it all. It’s kind of a difficult thing to accept, but at the end of the day, the things that get done are always the important ones.
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9 Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections November 13, 2013 at 6:18 am

How amazing to watch a little life – that you created – grow into a little boy and then a man! It just must be amazing. You sound like you’re doing a great job, Courtney!
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10 Presley @ Run Pretty November 13, 2013 at 6:27 am

Maddux slept with us IN OUR BED until he was 6 months old. So, if you think about that, you’re doing awesome. haha We were really bad at figuring sleep out.
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11 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake November 13, 2013 at 6:41 am

Loved reading this! He is absolutely adorable!
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12 Mallory November 13, 2013 at 7:55 am

You are doing so awesome. I’m also so glad to hear that you’re successfully balancing work and that Jay is taking on responsibilities at home. I just read Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In,” (which I STRONGLY suggest all women read) andsh presents so much evidence that when men take on more “traditionally female” roles at home, and when women stay devoted to their career post-baby, a marriage is significantly more likely to be stronger. You guys are very inspiring!

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13 Mallory November 13, 2013 at 7:57 am

P.S. Lucas is SUCH a mix of you and Jay

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14 Courtney November 13, 2013 at 8:10 am

Lucas is such a doll!! I think my favorite part of your updates is that you don’t sugarcoat everything, you keep it real. Some bloggers want you to think that life with a newborn is all rainbows and unicorns and that just isn’t reality. Thank you for always being honest!! Keep up the great work too, you & Jay seem like a great team!

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15 Tara | Treble in the Kitchen November 13, 2013 at 8:10 am

absolutely adorable!
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16 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles November 13, 2013 at 8:14 am

oh my goodness, his little smile. Adorable! Happy to hear that mama and baby are doing well!
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17 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries November 13, 2013 at 11:13 am

I love every bit of this post! So glad things are going well. So crazy he’s already three months old! I thought time was flying before Hunter came along… Having a baby takes it to a whole new level. Lucas is just precious. :)
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18 Jessica November 13, 2013 at 11:45 am

Courtney:
Such wonderful photos. Lucas is so very precious. I’m glad to hear you all are adjusting so well to the new routines. Your handling things beautifully and I’m not surprised a bit!
Take Care of those two great guys!

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19 Sara November 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I love this post. As a mom of a 10 week old I love hearing what other moms are doing & feeling — makes me feel semi-normal :) Lucas is so cute. You take such fantastic pictures.

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20 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health November 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm

I love reading these updates on Lucas. We are planning on starting a family in the next few years and it is a little scary to think what it will mean for my current routine so I like to see what the day to day is like. Especially since you breastfeed exclusively. I’ve hear formula takes longer to digest so they sleep better at night but I would prefer to breast feed as long as I can.

It’s awesome to hear that you and Jay are tackling parenting as a team. I can imagine it’s hard on both of you at times but knowing that you’re in it together makes it that much sweeter. :)
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21 Kelly November 13, 2013 at 9:52 pm

It is amazing to see how much they change like every day! Just from your pictures you can see such a difference!! It sounds like you are doing an awesome job keeping a really consistent schedule and working so well together at being such wonderful parents! He is a lucky little guy!!
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22 Andrea @ The Fit Scoop November 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm

What a cute little man! It’s great to read your honest updates. Also, he totally looks like you!
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23 Nala November 21, 2013 at 9:36 am

Aww – I can’t believe Lucas is 3 months already! I can just remember a few months ago when he was just “baby tooth”. He has certainly grown and seems to have an interesting character from the pictures I’ve seen. That’s soo cute that Lucas smiles bigger when he sees his dad!

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