“At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship.”
~ Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Three Months!

Today, Avery is 3 months old.  Wow.  Just. Wow.
From then to now: Birth on left - 3 months on right
And yes, she still sleeps in my room.  LOL.  We experimented with the crib this week, and it was an utter disaster.  She'll fall asleep - and then her arms will move and startle her awake.  In her inclined Rocker sleeper (see Review here), she is nicely cradled on each side and doesn't wake.  I mentioned to hubby that we could move the rocker to her nursery until she's ready to lay in the crib - and he just looked at me with a "Why" look.

So what have I learned in 3 months?

  • I am NOT a horrible mother for giving Avery formula despite how some moms make me feel about it.  I breastfed for 2.5 months and through 2.5 mastitis infections and through a low milk supply.  She has been living just fine on formula.
  • I am NOT a horrible mother for putting disposable diapers on Avery.  She's made it to 3 months old without dying from her diapers.  She's only had 2 diaper rashes, both cleared up within a couple days.
  • Sleep is PRICELESS.  I used to think I couldn't function without 8 hours of sleep....now I hope for 6!
  • For some reason the phrases "naked baby" and "stinky poop" are the funniest phrases ever....and fake sneezes.
And yes, I used Naked Baby to get a smile here.
  • Nothing heals like Avery smiles.
  • Nothing stinks like Avery's 3-day poop diapers.  (and no - I don't wait 3 days to change a poopy diaper)
Did I mention I heart Pampers - it all stayed INSIDE the diaper - despite appearances.
  • These toys are the BEST toys ever when dealing with a non-mobile child who wants to be entertained:
Eric Carle Toys, and one Lamaze toy
  • It is hard to find time to read books, exercise, insert favorite thing to do here, when you have a young child.
My pile of "to read" books keeps growing...and this doesn't even include the Kindle.
  • You can have a lot of long conversations about poop...without even batting an eye.
  • Adult conversation is WONDERFUL!!!!!!!  (Where's Duane when I need him?  LOL)
  • You can never have too many spit-up cloths, outfits or bibs.  Carter's may start reserving me a parking space.
  • Bob Evans is suddenly a great place to go out to dinner....it's loud.  :)
  • What works for one mom and one baby...may not work for me and vice versa.  And, that's okay.
  • Races, etc. require negotiations with the spouse.
  • And many, many other things that would take a novel to list.
I want to be NAKED BABY!


  1. Mandy! I have said it and I will say it again - she is BEAUTIFUL and so big!

    I enjoyed reading your list. I remember my mother talking about feeding us formula (she had too, obviously) and how many other mother's commented on how horrible that was. As you know, Avery will be just fine - a bright, beautiful, loving girl! :) She's got you guys for parents, after all!

    I love Avery updates. Happy 3 months!

  2. I miss you guys! I can't wait for our daughters (!!!) to be best friends! Give little bug a big hug for me (and we'll have a chat with her about keeping clothes on. I was so the kid that pulled my skirts over my head in church multiple times).

  3. She is so cute and I am glad I got a chance to meet her today even if she was asleep! Maybe you could get a few of those books on audio and you could listen to them while you exercise.......oh heck, who am I kidding? 9 times out of 10 my head can't concentrate while I exercise!

  4. do NOT let judgey mothers get to you. Some people just suck, I adopted a motto early on "you F up your kid and let me F up mine". There is no rules, or perfect, just your best. The choices you make are yours, therefore the best. Suck it mean Moms!!! what you do with your breasts and her poop are YOUR choice. FYI-I BF for 6 months against Pedi's recommendations. I was miserable, I encourage anyone to stop (and supplement) when they need to. Happy Mommy = Happy Baby. Period.


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