Sunday, October 24, 2010

Maya is 3 months old

Just a quick update. Today Maya officially turned 3 months old. Since my last post a week ago, Maya has managed to roll from back to tummy in her crib, but only once (and I missed it). Also, for the last 3 months I've just been taking snapshots of her however she happens to be. Today we decided to go ahead and and try to take some nice posed photo portraits of her. We set up some blankets from when Christina was a baby and attempted to somewhat recreate photos of her when she was 3 months old. We didn't get quite the same poses we were trying for (Maya started getting cranky before too long...we should have started photographing earlier in the morning), but we got some good ones.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The first 3 months

Maya is almost 3 months old now (1 week from today). She's been doing really good. She's been gaining about a pound every 2 weeks and is up to 11 lbs, 11 oz in weight and 24.5 inches long. For her age, that puts her at about the 50th percentile for weight and the 95th percentile for length (meaning her weight is average but she's taller than 95% of babies her age).

Ever since we brought her home from the hospital she has been a really great sleeper. Every single night we would only have to get up one time between 3-4am. She would sleep in bed with us in the snuggle nest (a co-sleeper that makes it safe for a baby to sleep with the parents). However, around 1.5 months she started figuring out how to scoot her body down and out of it and then wiggle over (see the photos below). One morning I even woke up and found her snuggled up to me with her head on my shoulder and an arm across my chest. Obviously it wasn't safe for her to continue sleeping in there, so she started sleeping in her crib at night from then on. The day before she turned 2 months old she slept through the entire night (8 hours total) for the first time. Every night since then she's slept through the entire night. One night she even slept 11 hours in a row.

At about a 1.5 month old she started being able to hold onto her rattle if you wedged it into her clenched fist. She'd continue holding it and shaking it around for a little while. At a little over 2 months she started getting good at swinging her arms and hitting the toys on her gym and bouncy chair. At 2.5 months old, she picked up the rattle on her own for the first time (though we haven't been able to repeat it yet), and in the last couple days she's been grabbing onto and holding one of the rings on her gym.

She was able to hold her head up pretty good when she was only 2-3 weeks old. By 2 months old, she was able to lift and turn her head pretty good when lying on her tummy. At 2.5 months she started being able to scoot forward on her tummy (she went about 1 foot). When lying on her back, she's been able to scoot out of her sleep positioner since around 2 months (just shortly after she started sleeping in her crib). Once free, she can start spinning herself around. Sometimes we'll check on her and she'll be fine, then 30 minutes later she'll be laying in her crib sideways or even the opposite direction.

It was hard to tell when she first smiled. Like any other baby, she always made lots of faces and some of them would look like smiles by coincidence. However, at 1.5 months old we definitely started to notice repeated smiling, where we could do some particular action 4-5 times in a row and she'd make a smile every time. Laughing was the same situation...always hard to tell a genuine laugh from all the various baby noises she made. At 2.5 months we able to get a very definite, repeated laughter from her.

For several weeks now, she's been very close to rolling over but never quite made it. Three days ago she finally managed to roll from her tummy to her back (but I wasn't home them, so I didn't get to see it until today). She hasn't yet quite made it rolling from her back to her tummy, though. She's almost there, but her hand seems to keep getting in the way.

Maya loves to be held (in fact, she very often demands it), and she loves looking around. For the last few weeks we've started putting her in the stroller directly instead of in the car seat (which then snaps into the stroller). This way she can sit up and see around a lot better during stroller rides. She loves this. She used to fall asleep within 1-5 minutes of being in the stroller, but now she's so busy looking around at things, she often doesn't end up falling asleep for more than 20 minutes. Car rides is another thing she loves. It always puts her to sleep, though she sometimes wakes up as soon as you stop. One day she was particularly cranky, but when I drove to pick Christina up from the dentist, Maya went to sleep. However, as soon as I stopped in the parking lot, she started crying again within a minute, so I had to drive around the block over and over again until Christina got out just to keep Maya happy.

Below are a few more batches of photos from the first 3 months. In addition, I thought I'd try something new and post some videos of her from over the past 3 months. This way those of you who don't get to see her often (or at all) can catch up on what you've missed and get to see a little more of her personality than you see in photos.

She likes to arch her back like a baby pole vaulter

Maya's always happy after bath time

Escaping from her snuggle nest

Holding her rattle for the first time

More Photos Available
More photos are available in these 2 galleries:

Here are some videos of her first 3 months

Maya with hiccups (1 day old)

Maya crying (1 day old)

Maya's goat cry (3.5 weeks old)

Maya's tummy time (1 month old)

Maya holding her rattle (1.5 months old)

Maya making faces(1.5 months old)

Maya smiling and cooing(2 months old)

Maya trying to walk(2 months old)

Maya laughing(2.5 months old)

Maya rolling over (2.5 months old)