On another note, this month has been a month of firsts, the most gorgeous of them being hearing the sweet sound of my baby girl laughing! Her big sister extracted this scrumptious sound during bath time, one of her favourite times of the day. We find that early evenings are her ‘fussy time’ and if she won’t settle for a quick sleep, we have to hurry our dinner and get her up to the bath as soon as possible. Once in her tummy tub, she starts to smile and coo which is lovely!
|relaxing after bath time|
Isobel is also making lots of new sounds now and has started to talk to herself more. This month she has had another cold but it doesn’t seem to have bothered her as much this time. I’ve noticed she will lie in her moses basket awake and simply chatter herself to sleep, which is lovely. This only works during the day though- at night she is still falling asleep at the breast and some nights we are there for over an hour before she will settle off! Once asleep though, she tends to go from around 8pm to 1 or 2 am, which is great. After that, she will wake every two hours still- and still prefers my bed to her own!
Isobel’s awake periods are a lot more frequent during the day now and we’re really enjoying getting to know her better. She is a very active baby and loves to roll around on her play mat. She hasn’t managed to roll completely over yet but she is almost there! Isobel also loves cuddles and often shouts for you to pick her up. Once in your arms, she will look all around her, holding her head up really well and pushing with her legs for a better view. On your lap, she loves to stand and from lying down, she will stand straight if you pull her hands gently. She also loves to plonk herself down on her bottom from standing and we’re always rewarded with a beautiful smile when she does this. It’s a good job she’s wearing cloth nappies to protect her bottom!
I must make a note here about Isobel’s smile. When you catch her eye and say hello, her whole body lights up with enjoyment. My eldest commented that she looks so happy she could burst, and that’s exactly what it’s like. It’s such an honour to witness pure pleasure in the simplest things life gives us. Every smile- and now chuckle- makes us appreciate this little girl more and more. It’s such a precious time.
Babywearing is still going really well at three months. Isobel loves to be next to me and often the convenience of not having to get the pram out is a huge bonus too. We’ve been going for family walks in the woods and she sleeps contentedly the whole time. I’m looking forward to turning her around so that she can see more of the world, but for now its lovely having her all to myself.
|showing an interest in her toys|
Breastfeeding is also going really well too. By the middle of this month, Isobel was weighing in at 10lb 8oz which means she is still gaining really well. I’ve not been able to take her as often as I did with the others, but I think this is also a sign that I am much more relaxed this time too. I’ve also given up my silly diet and my mood has lifted considerably as a result. Isobel herself continues to be amazingly relaxed and calm, but that’s not to say she doesn’t have her moments!
At three months old, Isobel still charming all who meets her. She always has a smile in return for a little attention and her dimples never fail to make people smile back at her. She’s a very sociable baby and she is starting to show real affection for her brother and sister. As a family, things have calmed down considerably too. Luka is a lot more accepting of the fact that he needs to share us with Isobel and our bedtime routine has been perfected to the point where all the children are settled and sorted most nights by 8pm. I wish I could say the same about the house work but you can’t have everything!
In short, we are all still very much besotted with our little lady.But it has to be said... I would like some more sleep now please!