This is definitely my favorite phase so far! Violet is smiling, laughing and interacting with us, and really starting to show her adorable personality.
Violet is 14 pounds and 24.5 inches long. She’s in the 50th percentile in weight and height. She’s barely still in 0-3 month clothes but is wearing 3-6 month PJs (I think the footies are what makes her outgrow those first!). She wears size 2 diapers and is almost outgrowing 3-6 month shoes.
Violet was exclusively breast milk this month. My supply has kept up great while back at work and pumping (it’s actually getting better and better). I’ve gotten in a good routine, but I do hate pumping. I’m so grateful that her daycare is at my work and I’m able to go nurse at lunch most days.
She’s still sleeping great, keeping to her schedule of going to bed at 8 p.m. and waking up around 6:30 a.m. with one nighttime feeding. She did get her first cold this month and had a few restless nights from that.
Milestones and Development
- Rolls from tummy to back
- Holds toys
- Playing with her toys
- School, especially all the toys and friends
- Getting snot sucked out of her nose
Products we loved this month
- Freshly Picked Moccasins – I’m planning to have a pair of these for her in every size as she continues to grow. They’re the softest and cutest I’ve found, and she can’t kick them off!
- Little Tikes Piano (and other musical toys)
- Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump – Violet often only eats one side before she falls backs asleep in the middle of the night, so I bought this to quietly and quickly pump the other side in our room. It’s also come in really handy when I’m out and about!
What I wish I knew before this month…
This month was the light at the end of the tunnel I’ve been looking for! We’re officially out of the newborn phase and I am admittedly ok with that. I love having a smiling, laughing, talking, playing and interacting baby! Seriously, she is so much fun at this point that it was worth all the early month struggles. I couldn’t love her more!
What’s happening with mom…
So it turns out that being a full-time working, exclusively breastfeeding, nighttime graduate student mom is no joke! Being a mom on any level is a lot of work, but with a busy work schedule, keeping up with breastfeeding and weekly classes plus homework each week, it’s safe to say I’m overwhelmed and feeling exhausted. I feel mostly like I’m doing a lot and not doing any of it very well (blogging included!), but I do feel like I’m getting into more of a routine and hoping I can allocate more time to my to-do lists and to doing things that I enjoy soon.