Age: 9 weeks
Weight: 10lb. 10oz.
Favorites: Smiling, cooing, giraffe pacifier, swinging, sleeping
The first three months of a baby’s life are basically one giant growth spurt. Somehow through the sleep deprivation and hormone fog you start to feel like you are gradually emerging from the ashes like a Phoenix having been nearly destroyed by exhaustion. And your baby too starts changing in fun new ways. They sleep a little longer at night and chunk up a bit filling in those delicious little thigh rolls. Before long you can kinda tell they that they are starting to recognize you for other reason’s than as just their food supply.
They start forming clear likes and dislikes. Huck likes to sit up, otherwise he’s likely to cover himself and every surface around him in spit up. He hates waiting for a bottle of pumped milk to warm up. He has his momma’s temper and he gets hangry very fast. His favorite place to sleep is on his parents’ chest. Not going to lie, that’s also my favorite place for him to sleep too.
There are so many milestones that are reached in the first year. It can be stressful for a parent to keep up with them all. Each kid is different though and works at their own pace. I tell my friend’s with potty-training toddlers that no one ever goes to college in diapers. At Huck’s two month check up his pediatrician went through all of the normal well child questions, asking about habits, etc. when he noted that Huck wasn’t smiling yet on purpose. It wasn’t alarming, but the way he questioned it caught me off guard, like maybe I should have been more concerned about it as a possible sign of a potentially alarming condition. We love Huck just the way he is. I didn’t rush back home and check WebMD but it definitely stuck out in my mind.
A few days later as we were sitting on the bed and I had just finished giving Huck his morning bottle he smiled back at me. And then he did it again. And again. And again. And again. And then he laughed. His laugh is infectious. And that smile is going to break quite a few hearts, I think. He smiles all the time now.
It’s the best.
Being a mom really is the best.