Sweet Ellie-Belle, your precious newborn days are quickly fleeting and you are now three months old! Our days are often filled with the busyness that your big sisters bring, but we are never too busy to get down on the floor with you and watch you learn to play, or snuggle up with you on the couch, or just watch your face light up with joy when you lock eyes with us. Here are some of the ways you are growing and changing this month.
~ You are a great sleeper! We usually put you down to bed between 9 and 10pm and you always give us at least a good 5-6 hour (and sometimes even 7-8 hour!) stretch before you need to eat again!
~ It is very easy to get smiles out of you! You will give a big smile to just about anyone who gets right up close to talk to you. You also really like ceiling fans and smile really big when you see one.
~ You really enjoy playing on your playmat now. You have learned how to bat at the toys as well as grab onto them. sometimes you hold on so tightly that you bring the whole mat with you when I pick you up.
~ You are getting pretty chubby these days =) That's probably because you nurse at least every two hours during the day. You weigh somewhere right around 13 pounds. You are wearing all 6-month clothes now.
~ The jury's still out on what color your eyes are going to be, as well as who you look most like. Right now your eyes are still blue, but they are a very dark blue. I think that you are a very good combination of both your big sisters in your pretty facial features.
~ You had a minor little medical procedure done last week (a tongue-tie clipping) and you were very brave! It was pretty traumatic for about three minutes, but you nursed right away and everything was all better!
~ You are now officially a thumb-sucker. I can't lie, it's pretty cute. Maybe I'll be changing my tune when you're headed to kindergarten and still sucking your thumb, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it =)
~ You still love to be carried around in Mommy's sling. We took you to the zoo for the first time last week and you stayed in it the whole time. Anna Kate and Caroline made the observation that you're kind of like a little kangaroo joey!
~ Speaking of the sling, you go with Mommy each week to the preschool to teach Spanish and you stay in your sling the whole time. Usually you sleep for the whole hour, but sometimes you are content to just look around and listen to the children sing their songs.
~ You have now gone to the church nursery a handful of times (especially during Easter week while Mommy was pretty busy). You've done really well each time, but I still like to keep you with me mostly.
~ You are starting to really love your daddy. I have had a number of evening commitments this month and you do really well with Daddy. He's always able to rock and cuddle you to sleep (as long as I'm not gone more than a maximum of 2.5 hours, at which point you become STARVING).
~ You do really well with tummy time for short periods of time. You hold your head and chest up very high off the ground and I know that you're going to start flipping over any day!
~ Your big sisters just can't get enough of you. They were clamoring to get their picture taken with you today, so I had to humor them =)
Baby Eleanor, you are just the sweetest. You are our "bright, shining one" and you light up our lives. We love you and look forward to what your fourth month will bring.
Mommy and Daddy
And now for some comparison pics...
Anna Kate - 3 months old
Caroline - 3 months old
Eleanor - 3 months old