Saturday, August 02, 2008

Cameron Elizabeth: 3 months old.

My dearest baby Cameron,

They say the first three months of having a newborn in the house are the hardest, and while I don't entirely disagree, I also have to say that they are magical. Sure, there is the crazy schedule and lack of sleep, time to eat, and basic fuzzy brain, but getting to see you grow and change before our eyes has been awesome. So awesome that I now understand why people keep having babies, and why everyone who meets you wants to stop and "oo" and "ah" over you.
This past month your personality has started to come out. I think you will be one sassy lady. I saw a psychic when I was six months pregnant with you, and she said you would be sassy, so it must be true. ;-) You like to squawk at me until I get ready to feed you, and they you look over at your dad as if to say, "see, I told you I could get her to take her boob out". Then you don't even eat! You just lay there and smile at me like I'm the funniest person in the world.
Your smile could light the world, and each morning when you wake up, you give me a dreamy look that makes me think you are pretty happy with your lot in life. And who could blame you really? I mean, boob pretty much on demand, you sleep in nice queen size bed with your mom (and sometimes dad too, though he prefers the cool basement guest room). You have enough clothes that you haven't even worn them all yet, and you have a lineup of people who want to give you kisses and cuddles.
The past few nights you have slept seven hours in a row for me, and that, little lady, is wonderful (keep it up!). You do like to stay up pretty late - your last feeding is usually around midnight or a bit later. The other night, just after you fell asleep, I looked down at you and you laughed in your sleep. I imagine you were having the field of boobies dream? Whatever it was, it was very sweet and I was very lucky to catch it. Something that I do want to bring up, is that you are a bit of a bed hog. I'm not sure how you manage it, but every night you start out in the middle of the bed, and by the end of the night, you have wiggled yourself so close to me, that I end up at the edge of the bed almost falling off, while you are laying diagonally, with one arm over your head (just like your dad sleeps). I swear, between the two of you, I'm lucky I don't end up bent like a pretzel at the foot of the bed.
Cameron, you seem to have a lot to say, and you are ever watchful. You seem to know the moment I enter the room (is that your boob-dar?), and you love to look at your dad (he can be very distracting when I am trying to get you to eat). You are also very chatty, which cracks us up. Sometimes your expression is so serious, we think you must be telling extraordinary tales, so we say "oh really?! That is amazing, tell us more!".

Yesterday I got out the bumbo chair for you to try out. You seemed to like it, though I didn't keep you in there for too long as I don't want your neck to get tired holding up your head. I sat you on the table and we had our morning talk about our plans for the day while I drank my coffee. I think you liked the new perspective of the world sitting up in your bumbo chair gave you. We also went for a play date with Maya and her little sister Hannah last week. They really liked holding you and playing with your toes. I'm not sure what you thought, but you were fairly agreeable with the whole situation and behaved quite well, so I'm pretty sure we'll be invited back next week.

I'm not sure how big you are now, we'll know for sure at your checkup on Wednesday. You are still wearing your 3 - 6 month clothes and wearing size 2 diapers, and you seem to be growing into your feet. Your face is filling out beautifully and I think you must be storing nuts in those cheeks of yours.

What else is there to say? You like to play with your woozit toy and your baseball bear. Sometimes I look over and I see the toys swinging and your arms and legs in the air as your bat the toys around, your eyes open wide in amazement. Your mobile and swing are also good at keeping you entertained, though not for too long. You still prefer to be held, and you and your big brother Max sometimes have staring contests. He still doesn't like it when you cry (if you carry on for too long, he starts crying too). You seem to be crying a bit less now that you are getting older, so we are all relieved about that (not that you were ever a super cryer).
Cameron, you are a wonderful baby, and your dad and I are enjoying having a baby in the house again. You light up our days and your dad can't wait to get home from work to see you and your brother every day. This coming month we'll get out the jolly jumper and exosaucer (more toys!) and see what you think of those. We also have a mom-daughter road trip planned to go visit your Aunt Jenny - a busy month for sure!


Edited to add: At your 3 month checkup, you weighed in at 12 pounds even, and measured 25.25 inches long. Your head cirmcumference was 16.5 inches.

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