Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Audrey, You're 3 months old!

Umm, wow!  Where has the time gone?  Audrey turned three months old yesterday!  She'll be a teenager before we know it!

At three months old, our little ladybug has turned a corner.  She is truly a happy baby.  There was a time I was afraid I wouldn't be able to say that!  Once she adapted to a good routine and started getting better sleep, she really started to shine.  She loves loves loves to "talk", and she has a smile as big as her little face.  Now you can pretty much bet that if she's fussing, it's time for a nap.  Unlike her brother, Audrey cannot nap anytime, anywhere.  She would like to be in her room, swaddled, with the lights out and white noise on, thank you very much.  That's a bit of a problem, considering how on-the-go we are with Keegan's appointments, but we're making it work.  The Lord knew I needed to learn to be a bit more flexible.  Guess He just thought I needed to learn it the hard way! 

For a few weeks, it seemed Audrey was on a hunger strike.  She would down 4 ounces overnight, but during the day, it was sometimes all we could do to get her to take an ounce or two.  Then a growth spurt hit, and look out!  The girl went from nothing to 5 ounces at a time overnight.  One morning she even took 6, but that turned out to be a little ambitious.  I measured her to be a little over 22 inches and close to 11.5 pounds.  Keegan was 23.5in and only 11lbs 7oz at his four month appointment!  She is growing like a little flower (who wants to compare their daughter to a weed?).  Ha!  During that growth spurt, she was only sleeping in two to three hour stretches, but things are starting to get better now.  Gray and I learned to swaddle from the cardiovascular ICU experts, but Miss A can break out of our best swaddles.  But she can't sleep well without one, which makes me dread having to break her of them.  We'll take what we can get for now.

Keegan had his first full day (9am to 2pm) of school today.  For Audrey, this means a day of one-on-one time with Mama.  I'm so glad for that opportunity.  Until now, I wasn't sure I would ever get to giver her the type of individual attention that Keegan had from us as a baby.  Today, we took the time to sing a few songs, read a book, and do a few "airplane" rides on Mama's legs.  It was a nice break from laundry, dishes, and phone calls to the hospital.  This is such a precious time in her life, and I'd hate to miss a second of it.

Happy 1/4 of a birthday, Miss A!  We love you so much, little ladybug.  You make us so happy, and we can't imagine our life without you anymore!

And now, a video of our little talkative girl to put a smile on your face!

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