Bo turned 3 months old this past Saturday.
3 months is a bit of a milestone in my mind because in general babies start to come out of that helpless, floppy, need you all the time newborn stage and begin to show signs that they will be able to make it in this big loud world after all.
So far, Bo is meeting his milestones (Praise God). Bo recognizes our voices, is batting at toys, turns when he hears sounds and follows with his eyes. Bo has the sweetest smile that lights up his whole face. He has rolled from tummy to back once (but at least we know he can) and reaches for something to hold on to when he is tired (typically my hair just like older brother). Bo has not had any seizures since being taken off of the Phenobarbital in January. This is certainly a blessing.He is going to Occupational Therapy once a week in an effort to catch any delays he may have early. We also work with him at home with head and neck control as well as tummy time.
Bo is beginning to develop a routine to his day. He generally goes to sleep between 8:30-9:00 pm each evening. He wakes around 4:30-5 am to eat then goes back to sleep until around 7:30 am. Bo likes a pacifier (unlike JB who is a thumb-sucker) during the day but does not use it to sleep at night. He typically loses the pacifier after he falls asleep then wakes up mad because it is no longer where he thinks it should be.
Bo is exclusively breast fed. He generally eats every 2.5-3 hours during the day. He typically spends about 10 minutes eating per side with longer stretches at 7:30 am, 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm. He does take a bottle a couple of times a week when we go to church or if I am out with John Brooks and Ben has to feed him. Bo has a pretty sensitive digestive system. He swallows air pretty easily which makes him have gas which hurts him. He also has reflux at times so I have to keep him upright for at least 30 minutes after he eats. We also have to burp him really well. Bo still has the dairy sensitivity so I limit my intake. Bo now weighs 11 pounds 7 oz. He weighed 6 pounds 10 oz. at birth so he has almost doubled his birth-weight in 3 months!
Bo sleeps very well at night (knock on wood). He generally takes 3-4 short naps (30-45 minutes) during the day at home. Bo will sleep longer if we are in the car or if I wear him in the Ergo. Bo has not learned how to soothe himself yet. So he will just cry and cry until he is so worked up that he is sweating and panting. I am hoping that he will stretch out his home naps and learn to soothe himself in the near future.
Bo is starting to coo and find his voice. He loves for us to repeat his sounds back to him. Speaking of loves, Bo also LOVES his big brother John Brooks. I had no idea how quickly their bond would form and it is a big highlight for me to see how much they care for each other already. John Brooks has done well adjusting to a new baby. He has definitely had some issues with jealousy, specifically not having as much attention from Ben and me but he has never (thankfully) taken it out on Bo. We are working to give John Brooks blocks of undivided attention.
Bo loves to be held and snuggled. He does not like to nap in his crib and has a difficult time relaxing to take a nap which means a lot of snuggling with Mama. This makes getting chores done difficult but I'm trying to savor the moment because I know before long he won't want to snuggle or rock any more.
I cannot successfully articulate how blessed I feel and how grateful I am that Bo is healthy, happy and adjusting to life on the outside.