Sunday, July 1, 2012

3 Months and a Plea for Accountability

Note: I wrote this the day after Will's 3 Month Birthday, which was the 24th, but, due to the fires, I was distracted the rest of the week.  :)

Yesterday morning I sang "Happy Birthday" to Will to celebrate his 3 Month Birthday.  He smiled, laughed, clapped, and of course, I couldn't get it on camera.  The second he saw the little "picture about to be taken" focus light, he was wide-eyed and startled looking.  Still cute.

Development: I have no idea how much Will weighs or how long he is at this point.  I suppose I could try to weigh him and get out the tape measure, but I'm lazy.  He's bigger than he was before, that's what I know.  I'll tell you what the official result is at his 4 month check-up.  Let's just say that he fills in his car seat and your arm gets tired after holding him more than before.

He's able to hold his head up quite a bit without bobbing all over the place, and he's rolled over twice.  The first time, my friend Brooke and I were sitting and chatting while he had some tummy time and then both were like, "wait, did that just happen?!"  Actually, since I started this post, Will has proven that he officially has learned to roll over from his tummy to his back.  Put him down for tummy time, and within a minute, he'll roll over.  We've started having him sit propped up more, too, to take in a new world view.

He's alert a lot more of the time, and definitely taking in the world.  He's very verbal - he tells us about everything and I can't wait to hear more. 

Personality: Will's moods can change in the flash of an instant.  One minute, a piercing temper-tantrum throwing scream.  The next?  He's all smiles.  Really, he's wonderful.  I do think that, once he's old enough to get it, we quite possibly will be working on learning that having a fit is not the way to get something you need.

He's learning to contentedly spend time independently - in his crib, on his mat on the floor, in his swing, but he also really enjoys his "people time," too.  He really loves being held upright and checking things out.

Sleep:  Night time sleeping is going pretty well!  He's going to bed between 8 and 9 most nights, and usually wakes up between 1 and 3 to eat.  Lots of times he wakes up again between 4 and 5, depending on how early he woke up before, but if I bring him to cuddle in bed for a little while (don't judge), he goes right back to sleep until about 7. 

Nap time is the thing that's hard.  He really only will sleep for about 30 - 45 minutes max, no matter how sleepy he really is.  I'm hoping that he'll figure out the longer nap, soon.  He's certainly being awake for longer, so I think he needs to nap longer, too.  He just gets himself so tuckered out!  But he also hates falling asleep for naps - he's already not wanting to miss things.

Eating: No changes here.  Still eating every 2 to 3 hours during the day.  We do a mixture of breast-feeding and pumped bottle-feeding, with maybe a bottle of formula a day, too, depending.  He has a healthy appetite, for sure.

Likes/Dislikes:  Ceiling fans.  He loves ceiling fans.   Today he laid on the floor at my parents' house and just laughed and smiled as he watched the fan go round and round.  He likes his little ducky blanket, as you can clearly see here.  This little video makes me laugh and laugh and laugh.

He sincerely dislikes falling asleep for naps, as I mentioned, but there isn't much else he truly seems to dislike, aside from situational things.  He's really pretty good natured, except for when he isn't. :)

Baths are something that he sort of likes, like maybe.  He's pretty squirmy, and we might be moving to be a bigger baby bath soon, because he's filling up the little one pretty quickly.  The thing he doesn't like about baths is the cold air when he gets out, even though the house has been 80 degrees for the last week.  However, we've found that swaddled into this fun Lil' Husker towel, given to us by some friends, he doesn't mind it quite so much.

Milestones: I've pretty much already given these away!  He's taught himself to roll over, so that's huge.  I'm quite grateful he hasn't learned the back-to-tummy roll yet, though.  And he's a laugher, which to me is a milestone.  We've also narrowed daycare down to two places, and are leaning towards one, which may not be a milestone for him, but certainly is for me.

Mommy Update: Mommy is quite unhappy with her figure these days.  I'm going to just be totally honest and show you the two pictures that make me cringe.  And I mean C.R.I.N.G.E.   I don't want to be hung up on body image stuff, but the reality is, I don't feel good about myself, and if that doesn't change, going back to work is going to be really hard.  I need to feel healthy and feel like things are improving, so it's time to get my act together. 

And I'm asking you to help hold me accountable. 

There are a few things I really need to do to start to feel healthier and better about myself:

One: Develop a better eating schedule that I can take into the school year.  

I often don't eat breakfast, so my metabolism doesn't get going as it should.  And during school, sometimes I barely eat lunch, too.  As a result, I eat a ton in the afternoon and evening.  Recently I found out that this is how Sumo wrestlers gain weight.  Obviously that diet has clearly got to go.   I also tend to eat compulsively when doing "sitting" activities - grading papers, watching T.V., reading a book.  That needs to stop, too, unless I'm snacking on green beans!

Two: Eat better and in the right amounts.

I'm a salt and starch addict.  Give me cheese and crackers, nachos, bread and butter, and I'll be a happy girl.  Until I look at those pictures again, and realize I am starching my way into misery.  I'm mostly cutting out those types of things and loading up on the lean meats and fruits and veggies.  I'm limiting the sugar in my coffee and not drinking soda at all (except for when we go out for pizza).  I want to snack on things like grapes and almonds, but not look down and realize I've eaten the whole back of almonds in one sitting. 

Three: Exercise.

No matter how hot it is, or how much Will wants to be held, I know I can find 30 minutes to do a workout video, get on the treadmill, or go for a walk.  It's just about me getting off my lazy rear end and stopping making excuses.

That's the theme here - no more excuses.  It's time to just do it, because I need to feel good about me.  Will you help me?  Seriously, I would love to hear from you now and again asking me how I'm doing, and holding me accountable to posting periodically on my journey to better health.

Speaking of which, I'm going to go cut up the pineapple and watermelon sitting in my fridge so I can snack on those tomorrow.


  1. He is so cute! I love baby laughs and that video is adorable. He's doing well to roll over already.

    Yay for you deciding to eat healthier and to exercise. I know it's not easy. I'm struggling now, but it is doable. Keep those fruits and veggies cut up and ready to snack on. I find if I have to take a lot of prep time with it when I'm hungry I'll end up eating something not good for me. I'll email you every now and then to see how you're doing.

  2. Hey Girl, thanks for the update -- loved the video! I wanted to quickly mention two things that have helped me in the past month in the health arena. 1) (full of 10 min fitness videos you can do at home, articles, and calorie counter if you need it) 2) when snacking on nuts, count out a serving and put them in zip lock bags, take one to work or use as your afternoon snack or whatever, that will help you from eating the entire bag (I've tested this!) -- Keep it up!

    1. Thanks, Em! I will have to check it out. I definitely will do the snack bags once school starts again... At home they never work for me, as I just go get another one, lol. Some self-control, huh? :)

  3. Post-pregnancy is such an awkward time... you know you have earned the right to be carrying some extra rolls, but you're so ready to be back to the "normal you" that felt healthy and attractive. I remember after Ellie died thinking "now that I don't have a baby with me, people won't know I have an excuse to be fat!" It's a long road, but even getting yourself in a habit of excercising will make you feel so much better mentally, even if nothing melts off right away. Having healthy things handy to munch on is a biggie.... I'm a spur of the moment, grab what's convenient girl, and it gets me in trouble when there are Cheetos and muffins in the pantry. I have been doing workouts with Be warned the girl doing them is a clad and boasting new boobies, but aside from that, they are really short and really effective workouts that are easy to modify for your comfort level. I am very pleased with the weight I've lost and the tightness of my belly, just from a few months of it. Don't be discouraged, you are beautiful on the inside and out, and everyone around you knows it :)

    1. You and I are cut from the same cloth, at least about the Cheetos. :) simply not allowed in my pantry as apparently I have no self-control. I will definitely have to check out those workouts. :) thanks! (and much love, I am still praying for you guys)

  4. First: give yourself a break! It took me a full year after each boy was born to get back to "normal."I also seemed to hang onto weight while nursing & the last 10-15 didn't come off until I stopped. Yes, start diet & exercise, but remember you are beautiful!

    Second: a 30 or 45 minute nap is great at his age! Naps get longer with age. It wasn't until my boys were at a steady 2 nap/day that they went over the hour mark. If he's on a 3 hr cycle, 45 min is ok!

    1. You are so encouraging. ;) thanks, Courtney!

  5. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that video! I watched it 3 times, and laughed every time! Handsome is getting SO BIG... Hugs. K


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