KB: 3 Months

by tinysneakers

3 months old baby

I’d planned for the babe’s 12 week update to be the last weekly post, but that was 2 1/2 weeks ago and it’s still not up. So monthly it is.

12 weeks old baby

The bug’s 3rd month has been quite the rollercoaster ride. We started the month with screaming. Lots and lots of screaming. The little guy was still in pain and nothing we seemed to do would fix it. He’d gotten a little relief from the reflux meds, but it still wasn’t enough.

Finally, around week 10, we got somewhere. Apparently I had an oversupply of milk. It sounds like a good thing, but it’s quite the opposite. A super condensed overview: there are {sort of} 2 kinds of breastmilk- foremilk and hindmilk. Most of what comes out first is foremilk. It’s thin and watery and packed full of lactose {milk sugar}. It’s affectionately known as “skim milk”. The “cream” is the good stuff: the fatty milk that comes mostly at the end of a feeding, filled with the goods that help the most with brain growth and development. An oversupply meant the little guy was getting almost all foremilk. He’d fill up and be done eating before he got to the good stuff. That meant his stomach was full of sugar; it didn’t satisfy him for long and it made him uncomfortable.

oversupply & reflux breastmilk

When I finally got my supply regulated it was like a switch had been flipped. We saw smiles and rolls and wide open eyes.

baby in tie onesie

While that was wonderful, it came with an interesting change of events: even.less.sleep. What we thought was poor sleep turned into horrible sleep. We’re talking as little as 20 minute stints all night long. Sometimes we get to 1-2 hours and we cheer. Sad. Needless to say, we’re really tired around here. Grateful for a happy babe during the day, but we still have a ways to go at night.

We thought we were getting somewhere with sleep by the end of month three: the little guy slept from 8:30 to 3. I was up all night staring at the monitor and creeping into his room convinced he’d stopped breathing. He hadn’t.

smiling baby

For exactly 2 days we thought we’d hit that elusive 3 month mark…the one where everyone says things get better. Then we went on our first road trip and simultaneously got struck with a family cold. Our little snuffleupagus has spent the last 2 weeks with a runny nose and congestion. Luckily there’s no fever and it’s been a pretty mild cold {more like seasonal allergies, but apparently a baby can’t get those yet?} Needless to say, sleep is once again down the drain.

baby playing with link toys

Despite the lack of quality night sleep, our little peanut is growing like a weed and changing so much so fast! He’s not really a little peanut at all anymore. Around 12 weeks he was a whopping 12 pounds 8 ounces. Weight officially doubled before 3 months.

1 week old baby12 weeks

He’s just starting to realize he has hands. Well one hand anyway. He can hit his hanging toys, although we’re not sure yet whether it’s intentional or an accident. The best part is he’s started cooing and squeaking and “talking” to himself.

baby finds hands

We all thought we’d have things more under control by now but it mostly just feels like we’re going backwards. Three months of severe sleep deprivation has a way of building up. Winking smile So for now we’re just taking things one day at a time, crossing our fingers for a couple hours of sleep and focusing on the smiles and laughs we’re getting during the day.

1-month 3 months

I have a bajillion million more things to say but no time to say them these days. Eventually. Winking smile

Previous updates:

1 Month

2 Months

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Marci April 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm

How did you figure out the oversupply issue? And what do you do about it? Like pump only, or did your body just figure it out. That’s interesting about too much sugar messing with his stomach. How frustrating. We are a few weeks behind you so I’m curious to look ahead!

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tinysneakers April 20, 2012 at 10:19 am

I read about it and it sounded exactly like what we were experiencing so I talked to a lactation consultant. To fix it I did block feeding, feeding 2-3 times on one side before switching. Pumping makes it worse because it’s telling your body to make more milk!

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RunEatRepeat April 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I’m cranky and unsatisfied with too much sugar too. Tell your baby I feel his pain 🙂

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tinysneakers April 20, 2012 at 10:22 am

Same here! I don’t blame him for being so cranky 😉

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Theresa @actveeggplant April 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I *have* to ask…where did you get the sheet/blanket with the bikes on it?? Too cute!

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tinysneakers April 20, 2012 at 10:24 am
Hotpotatokate April 19, 2012 at 11:35 pm

It’s like our boys are month-apart twins. Seriously. We have totally traded tummy issues for sleep issues. One day we will both have all the issues sorted! For a day.

I love the way he has his hands in roughly the same place in both photos. Too cute!

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tinysneakers April 20, 2012 at 10:31 am

I know, crazy how similar they are! Hopefully we’re getting all this stuff out of the way early, and they’ll be awesome happy sleepers as toddlers 😉

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Kelly April 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Love his tie onesie!!

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lauren @ sassy molassy April 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm

He is adorable. Hang in there!

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Julie May 2, 2012 at 10:13 am

Rent Baby Wise from the library! You’ll love it 🙂

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