Miss Olivia is already turning three months old and it’s this period where she’s growing the most. She continues to be an eating champ and gaining weight, we’re all sleeping through the night, and I unexpectedly experienced the untimely return of a monthly friend. This month Olivia got to experience camping (actually…glamping) for the first time – which brought her on her first road trip to the Austin area – and is beginning to giggle, which is the most euphoric sound ever. Now that she’s a little older and family members and friends are getting vaccinated we’re finally able to visit more with others, which is something we’ve missed out on for a while.
Here’s what else our Little Miss was up to this month…
Olivia at 3 months
According to VeryWell Family, it is typical to see these milestones by three months old. Here’s what we’re observing in Olivia:
- smiles spontaneously and is beginning to giggle!
- sleeping through the night and on a more regular (and predictable) routine
- sucking on her fingers constantly – drool everywhere!
- holding her head up when sitting upright and sitting on her own with support
- beginning to bear weight on her legs and “standing”
- her vision is improving and seeing further away
Ever since she was born, Livie had some serious spit-up issues. It seemed no matter the amount of milk she’d drink almost immediately after she’d spit-up. I was told that it could be due to overeating or that the ring of muscle between the esophagus and the stomach — the lower esophageal sphincter – isn’t fully developed. Reflux like this can be very common since newborns are on their backs and have liquid diets.
I am happy to report that she’s spitting up less, although it still is a regular occurrence. Sometimes her burps or hiccups can cause spitting up, laying on her belly too long, or just simply from breathing. We aren’t concerned and neither is her pediatrician because she’s putting on weight no problem.
- she absolutely LOVES being upright. Whether you’re holding her in a sitting position or she’s sitting on her own in her swing or high chair…she wants to see it all!
- she also loves to be held – facing outwards. Don’t think about putting her down for too long otherwise she’ll fuss until you pick her back up!
- her favorite movie at the moment is Soul. She loves the high contrast scenes of the dark with light blues when they’re in the “great before.”
- she continues to love to suck on her fingers and explore with her mouth. She’s a drooling machine so we’ve had to utilize her bibs to help save her clothes and under her neck with the rolls can get “drool rash”
- she loves interaction of any kind. We’ve noticed that she’s always been so observant and now that she can see more and farther she demands you to interact with her. She becomes fussy when she sits too long and not getting attention.
- …and as always, she’s in love with her Dada. There’s definitely something to be said about daughters and their dads. She can’t get enough of the snuggles and attention from Philip!
- She’s completely enamored with Greyson – she loves watching him and just the other day he got her to giggle!
- she hates laying flat on her back
- she’s becoming bored these days. We got her an activity bar that can clip onto her swing, stroller…etc. She enjoys it for a period then she’s ready for the next thing…
- we’ve tried to do tummy time the traditional way (i.e. on her belly) but with her regurgitation it just doesn’t seem comfortable for her – she hates it. Our pediatrician gave us approval that another way she can practice tummy time is by holding her upright and she works at holding her head up on her own.
The return of my period
Dum, dum, dum…
Something I was NOT anticipating this soon after delivery was what appears to be the return of my period. I noticed bleeding about mid-month and it was heavy at first but lightened up like a typical period. I was a little nervous when it started simply because I didn’t get my period back with Greyson until after I was done breastfeeding. Apparently it’s fairly common for women to experience their periods again and can be as early as 12 weeks – even if your exclusively breastfeeding like I am.
This has to do with a few factors:
- Olivia is sleeping through the night, which means she isn’t nursing around the clock anymore. Prolactin is the hormone that tells my body to create breastmilk and suppresses ovulation. However, we all should know that just because you don’t ovulate doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t have a period.
- During my period my breastmilk supply can experience a dip and the taste is less sweet. However, Olivia never seemed to mind.
Thankfully it didn’t seem any different than my pre-pregnancy flow. Because I wanted to err on the side of caution, I continued to use maxi pads and only tampons at night during my heaviest time. Within 5 days or so it lightened up then stopped. I’m curious to see if this is something that will recur every month…
Also, I received a low hormone birth control from my routine 6 week checkup but I have personally decided to wait to take them. I don’t want anything to stand in the way of me breastfeeding and although there’s little proven affect of birth control on breastmilk, I still want to steer clear for the time being. It’s just my personal choice and we’re practicing safe sex in the meantime.
All in all she’s had yet another amazing month of growth – here’s to Olivia at three months!