I should have learned by now never to promise a post on a certain day. I said that I would give you this update yesterday, but then Luke started a growth spurt. When baby isn’t napping well and wants to be fed every 2 or 2 1/2 hours instead of 3, even with the best intentions, blog posts don’t get written. Especially if mama wants to get dinner made, run, clean, and do all the other day-to-day responsibilities that rest on my shoulders.
No complaints, here, though. I am really loving life in all of its craziness right now. At 3 months, Luke is one happy, smiley baby.
Maybe this will help with the flat spot on the back of his head that is the result of spending so much time on his back. He can’t reach out and grab toys yet, but he’ll hold onto one if I put it in his hand. Speaking of hands…
If he isn’t staring at his hands, he’s putting them in his mouth. Most of his awake time is spent with a focus on those hands.
As you can see, Luke is doing great. I can’t imagine where the growth is taking place in this spurt because he’s already so big! According to our scale he’s around 16 pounds; the clothes you see in these pictures are all 9 months, except for the green pants. He’s a tall, solid boy.
Breastfeeding is going well, but we are still trying to figure out exactly what is causing his irregular stools. I had been off of dairy for 4 weeks when I saw a little streak of blood in his diaper. I called the doctor and she told me the next step was to eliminate soy along with the dairy. It turns out many babies with milk protein sensitivities are also sensitive to soy protein.
After a week of eliminating soy, I didn’t notice any improvement and saw blood streaks in his diapers a few more times. His spitting up was also getting worse, as well, with a few instances of huge projectile vomits that seemed like his entire meal had come up.
Then, I realized that both my prenatal vitamins and my fish oil supplements have soy in them! Once I cut them out, things seemed to improve some. His stools are still mucus-y, but I haven’t seen any blood streaks in over a week. I’m hoping they will continue to improve.
Okay, I’m sure you’ve heard enough about baby poo now. As much as I’d love to talk about Luke all day long, I guess I’ll give you a little update on how I’m doing.
I’ll save the details on my 10K training for another post, but I will say that consistently exercising has been great for me. I think it’s helped with my overall mood–it’s such a stress-reliever. Fitting it in everyday can be a challenge, but I’m making it a priority so it gets done. Sometimes that means I don’t have as much time to prepare dinner, and naps just don’t happen for me anymore, but it’s worth it to me to have the time for fitness.
In the last month I’ve lost 2-3 pounds, which has helped me feel better about my progress towards getting my body back into pre-pregnancy shape. The one area that is the biggest challenge, however, is my midsection. I am trying to remind myself to be patient, but I sure would like that pooch to go away!
We had an 80+ degree day yesterday, so I wanted to wear a tank top for my run. I cringed when I put it on and looked at myself in the mirror. I tried to stretch it out with my knees, but to no avail. It clung to my stomach, revealing the aftermath of giving birth to my darling son. I couldn’t fathom running in a hot t-shirt, so I just kept it on and figured no one would be looking at my stomach when I was running anyway.
Here I am after my run. Looks like one of my pregnancy shots, right? I think my belly was smaller at 13 weeks pregnant! Patience, patience, patience. That’s the word of the day.
Life with a 3 month old and a 3 year old is busy, but I’m discovering that I can be super efficient and get just as much done, if not more, than before Luke was born. It’s like the busier I am, the more I get done because I don’t have time to sit around or procrastinate.
That’s good because I have a huge list of spring cleaning tasks I want to complete. But now, I have to go, because guess who wants to eat again? Let’s hope this growth spurt only lasts another day or two.