I should have posted this quite a few days ago, but on the 13th little Eleanora turned three whole months!
I'll confess, I was kind of waiting for this.
The newborn stage is so tough for me. I feel like I have this little mysterious creature that cries and I have no idea why and I try all of these different things but, really, it's all just a big guessing game. I don't actually have much of a clue with newborns, and that stresses me out a lot. The lack of sleep and the hormones and the toddler probably also contribute.
And at three months into having two kids, things are definitely getting easier. Mike and I are doing much better in certain areas. Going out isn't quite as stressful as it once was, so that is a definite victory. But we still feel like we live in a steady state of chaos most of the time. Evie is still in the throes of the "terrible twos" and so addressing those behavior issues that come up many times throughout the day can be so trying. Especially when Nora needs me simultaneously and ends up crying for much longer than I would usually want her to so that I can deal with her sister.
Mastering my thoughts and emotions has also been a struggle- there is a lot to feel defeated in if I let myself, and honestly, I usually let myself. But I'm really trying and working on opening my eyes to all the blessings and joys God has given me in this specific life I'm living right now. I continually pray that he will show me how to resist acting out of fear and anxiety and discouragement and learn to instead respond out of His power, love and soundness of mind. I think this topic calls for a post of it's own, so I'll probably share more on that later.
As far as actually caring for a new baby, three months is the turning point for us. Nora has finally settled into a small sort of rhythm, which helps so very much.
Sleeping is slowly getting better. I can usually count on her being asleep by 9pm at the latest, and she'll usually stay asleep until 2 or 3am and then wake up again around 6am. Recently I've been able to just stick a paci in her mouth instead of feeding her when she wakes up, and sometimes she'll sleep straight through till 4:30am or even 5am if I'm lucky...6am if I'm really lucky. But the sleeping through the whole night thing is still not consistent just yet.
But just look at this sleepy face...I can't even take it sometimes.
As far as eating goes, she is kind of a snacker, which can be a little frustrating because we don't have a schedule with it yet. But when she's hungry she drinks about four ounces of formula.
And as you can see, she's a spitter upper.
She definitely still has a feisty side, but in truth, she has a very sweet, pleasant disposition. And I'm very thankful for this. She is such a joy to watch and to snuggle. She smiles a lot, makes eye contact and reacts to things we say or do. She still highly dislikes tummy time, but her neck is getting much stronger and she can hold it up easily now...with just a few wobbles here and there. She is also becoming more vocal-gurgling and squealing and just making short little outbursts of excitement, usually accompanied by a leg or arm jerk.
We haven't weighed her in a while, but I would guess that she's about 12 pounds, most of the weight being located in those adorable chunky cheeks, of course.
She loves being held, swinging in her Rock-a-roo (sometimes), watching her sister, getting her diaper changed, being wrapped in her blanket, sucking on her paci and hands, and taking stroller rides.
Here's to another month, sweet little Nora! We love you!