First *a quick apology* for the lack of updates as of late. We are officially Mason-Dixon residents and have been now for almost 3 weeks. I have not written anything, not for lack of desire nor anything to say, but I am still trying to figure out my new life here and how writing fits into all of that. Writing our family story is important to me, so I know it’s something I will continue to work out as I try to balance school life, baby life, toddler life, new state life, and new home life <<sigh, but a happy one>>.
In the midst of all of this, Sibby turned 4 months today.
Four months still sounds “little baby”-ish to me so that makes me happy that not too much of her life has passed in what has felt like an eternal transitory time. But it’s also old enough that is she becoming somewhat predictable yet not rigid and also not exploring yet. Perfect timing for getting adjusted to life here before she takes off.
God was merciful to me when He gave us this thirdborn. She really is a dream baby; only cries when she’s tired or hungry (and it’s pretty easy to figure out which). She is pleasant when awake and can be stretched beyond her hunger or tiredness when distracted.
No new milestones this month save for a random roll-over (belly to back). She attempted a few more times after but scared herself straight. I’M FINE WITH SLOW MILESTONES RIGHT NOW. Wait, scratch that. As of this morning, she rolled over belly to back and then back to belly twice!!
The lack of forward movement has meant the delicious rolls on her arms and legs have stuck around for another month. She does have a pretty steady neck now though, and those rolls can sweat like none other, if not placed on a breathable surface (like an arm, anything polyester, or her carseat).
She still takes a paci but usually doesn’t sleep with it. When she is hungry, she makes a coughy-gaggy sound like my other two did in between cries. We’ve attempted to give her her FIRST bottle this month (I know, I know mommy FAIL. Pumping has been extremely low on my priority list right now!) and she hasn’t quite taken to it (or I should say, all three, as we’ve tried three different versions). Looks like we need more practice! One minor thing she HAS added this month though, is her ability to bring her paci to her mouth using her grasping fingers. Hard work for hand-eye coordination!
The one thing that I’m still trying to figure out for Miss Sib is her nap schedule. It seems her ideal is to take one or two cat naps in the morning and then a long 3-4 hour afternoon nap, followed by perhaps another cat nap before bed. This is great with me except her afternoon nap falls right around the time I pickup MG from school. So frustrating to have to wake her up and then try to settle her back in again after we are literally gone from the house for 40 min, maybe. This has vexed me so much that I’ve been running through countless solutions and one I’ve found recently is to pay a homeschooled neighbor to come sit at the house for me. So far it seems like the best solution.
Still, it seems general consensus for the third babies is that they just have to nap on the fly and are at the mercy of their older siblings’ schedules. Builds character, they say. And I guess where the third children’s easy going nature gets its reputation.
Finally, perhaps her best quality is that my loving, angel third baby sleeps through the night. And when I say sleeps through the night, I mean I lay her down at 8pm and she wakes up at 7am. I would say it’s a fluke, but she’s been doing it now for almost this entire month. (and don’t hate me, fellow moms of newborns, just remember what the rest of my life has looked like this month. We all have our crosses to bear :))
I still often lovingly refer to her as “the baby”and I think I’m convincing myself of it…although last week I did bring up baby names for the first time in a long…(and I got two nods of approval!) Still, I can’t say I’ve ever felt more ready to stabilize and not add any more change in for a long, long, long time.