This month I went back to work so my time spent with Miss Remy has decreased exponentially. I’m trying to be intentional with my time with her during the work week and weekends, but it has still been a difficult transition for me. I doubt she even notices I’m gone but sub-consciously I think she knows which breaks my heart. My father-in-law is in town for the month of October so that we can save on daycare costs, at least until November. He’s been a huge help and I’m sure Remy has loved spending time with her grandpa!
Routine: With my shift back to work there is still a pretty stable routine in Remy’s day. I feed her right before I get ready for work (approximately 5am) and then put her back to bed. She typically wakes up right before Kevin leaves for work (around 8:30am) and then grandpa feeds her from the stored breast milk we have for her. I really want to get her on a timed schedule where she is eating every 3 hours. Right now we play it by ear, feeding her every 2-3 hours.
We will all have to get used to a whole new routine once my father-in-law leaves and we put Remy in daycare come November. Thankfully both Kevin and I really like the daycare facility. It is conveniently located across the street from our house and I like the fact that there are only 3 other children in her age group. They offered us the opportunity for a free day in which we drop her off for a half day or full day free of charge. I took advantage of this while I was still on maternity leave for a day of errands and when I picked her up she seemed happy and rested. I’m really hoping the new transition isn’t difficult for her to adjust to but I guess we’ll see.
Napping/Sleeping: She is still consistently napping through the day (morning, early and/or late afternoon, and evening). I am only really concerned that she gets a sufficent afternoon nap in because that is the nap that regulates restfulness, at least that’s what I’ve read. If she doesn’t sleep well during the day most likely she will have a restless night, we’ve grown to realize. I am grateful that she is a good sleeper though. The days where she doesn’t nap well are few and far between; Kevin is pretty great at getting her to fall asleep which is a godsend.
Remy has slept through the night a couple of times! I’ve put her to bed at 8 and she doesn’t wake up until 5am, the perfect time for her feeding before I have to get up and ready for work. I really hope she keeps that up, at least until she starts teething which I’ve heard is a nightmare. She is still sleeping in her bassinet in our bedroom but we’ve discussed when we should transition her to her crib. I hope that goes as smoothly as the bassinet was.
Eating: She is still exclusively on breast milk, with a few feedings of Similac formula sprinkled in there if we’ve run out of our stored supply of breast milk. However I bring a good supply of milk home from pumping at work, so there is usually stock for her when I’m not home. She takes about 4-6 ounces per feeding, which the doctor says is normal for her age but there are times when she easily downs 8 ounces without blinking. It’s safe to say she has a healthy appetite.
Growth: There was no checkup this month so I won’t have any solid stats for her in regards to height and weight. I measured her myself and got 24inches but that could be off an inch or two.
She is finally fitting in to her 3M wardrobe which had me a little concerned but I’ve learned to not judge her size to the clothes she wears. She is still using size 1 diapers but I could see her bumping up to size 2 real soon.
- Remy loves to talk your ear off! She’ll sit there and make her baby sounds and if you ask her questions she’ll go on and on. It’s so cute! Kevin and I always wonder what she’s trying to tell us and often find ourselves making up her dialog.
- If you talk to her in funny voices she’ll smile from ear to ear, especially if you sing the Baby song from Dirty Dancing😉
- Remy enjoys sucking on her hands; it’s probably her favorite thing to do. If you place her in the playpen she’ll entertain herself with a hand in her mouth and be perfectly content.
- I try and read Doctor Seuss’s ABC everyday. So far it’s her favorite book. I’m pretty sure she likes the crazy pictures and the bright colors.
- She enjoys watching the television screen. I’m sure it has something to do with the flashing colors and the constant movement. If she’s fussy you can easily calm her down by facing her towards the TV. I should probably be concerned about this, lol!
- Remy is still an avid people watcher like her mom! She does her best people watching on Sundays when we’re at church. She likes the constant hustle and bustle of everyone going to their seats and likes the singing and music.
Overall month three has been pretty chill and low key. Remy is generally a happy baby and such a joy to be around. She can entertain me for hours on end and I’m certainly missing all the quality time we got to spend during my maternity leave. Now that we have completed the ‘forth trimester’ I’m curious to see the developmental changes Remy will experience down the road. I’m also anxious for this next month where we’ll all be adjusting to a new daily routine, as well as transitioning her to sleeping in the crib. Until next month!