Whoa Nelly…I can’t believe it has taken me so long to write this post, and yet here we are. In writing this, Reagan is almost 4 months old and time is flying by. I’m absolutely astonished at what she is capable of doing and she is surprising us and making us smile more than ever.
Month Three was a huge turning point because Reagan finally seemed to be enjoying the world around her. Suddenly she had found her voice and and those little arms and legs of hers were always active and pumping. I finally felt like we were able to introduce more activities, and in particular some FUN toys that she was actually able to enjoy. During play time she is ALWAYS happy and smiling and I can really see the wheels turning in her little brain as she tries to learn and figure out what things are and do. SOOOOO MUCH FUN!!!!
Our Month Three Favorites consist mostly of some fun toys and a few basics that we literally couldn’t live without. Developmentally, we are all about the colors and tactile toys at the moment. I love putting different toys and objects in front of her to see how she responds. My two favorites are the high contrast Art Cards and the cutest Alphabet Puzzle. She will stare at the animal cards forever and we touch the letters and say them out loud. I know she can’t comprehend the meaning of the letters etc. but we are setting the stage for all the learning that is to come. Plus she just loves it when we talk to her in general.
Bumbo Floor Seat and Bumbo Play Tray: Reagan was extremely weary of this in the beginning. She really didn’t like being in it at all and would start screaming as soon as we put her in it. I decided to ease her into using it. That seems to be her learning MO. She takes awhile to warm up to things but once she is comfortable with something she is super happy and won’t stop smiling. So really, I probably pulled the trigger a little early on the Bumbo Seat and she wasn’t quite ready for it at the three month stage, but now we use it daily and she loves it. The Bumbo Tray is an awesome addition because I can put toys directly on it and front of her at her level. She is able to play and practice fine motor skills like hand eye coordination. This particular seat seems to bring with it some controversy regarding whether or not it is hard on baby’s hips. I have received personal accounts of why some Moms don’t use this product and why some Moms absolutely love it. I think it comes down to what you feel is best for your child and for us, we weighed the cons but still felt like the Bumbo was a good fit for Reagan. We are extremely happy with it.
Gerber Cloth Diapers (also known as the World’s Best Burp Rag): These are the best non-traditional burp rags. The hubby thought I was crazy when I first brought these home and then around 2 weeks into having a newborn at home he realized how invaluable they really are. SO MUCH BABY SPIT-UP AND PUKE!!! By themselves they really are not very cute. So I decided to jazz mine up a bit with some fun gender neutral fabric to match our nursery. Tutorial coming soon. These are littered all over our house and we could still use about a dozen more. They are going to be my GO TO new baby gift and the best part of my day is when I pull 5 or 6 fresh ones out of the dryer.
Vulli Toy Blocks: I got these for Reagan for Easter this year. Read about it HERE. She was about 3 weeks old at the time but I knew we were going to love playing with them. Well…she is finally enjoying them and they are the perfect soft small toy blocks to use with the Bumbo Play Tray above. She can throw them without being destructive and the raised designs on each side are perfect for small hands and for developing her tactile senses. These too are littered all around our home and are the perfect compliment to Sophie the Giraffe playtime.
Janod Alphabet Puzzle: This puzzle set just might be one of the cutest things i’ve ever seen. I am in LOVE with the bright colors and the natural safe wood. The pieces are large enough that they cannot be swallowed and they are just the right size for little fingers and hands to grab onto. We play a game where we sing the Alphabet all the way through R, and we say “R is for REAGAN,” and then keep going to the end. Next we give her each letter and say all the words we can think of that start with that particular letter. Its actually a lot harder to randomly think up words than you might think. And then we finish by signing the Alphabet song all the way through again. She just loves our little game and is usually ready for a nap by the time we are finished. Bonus for Mommy. Our latest addition is that we try and do Tummy Time as we play the whole game to continue building up core and neck strength.
She is such a HAPPY little peanut!!! Those chubby cheeks give me all the heart eyes in the world!
Woombie Big Baby Swaddle: The Hubby was not a fan of this contraption when we initially got it. Now i’m convinced this might be the key to getting Reagan to sleep through the night. We started off by doing good old regular swaddles. Which worked great for the first few months. Now little Miss is getting so coordinated that she can wiggle free within a few minutes and her feet in particular are poking out the bottom of her swaddle. She gets herself so wrapped up that we were worried she might suffocate herself. WTF!!!!! Not on this Mommy’s watch. By zipping her up in the Woombie she can’t break free and wake herself up AND we don’t worry about her getting blankets wrapped around her little self. Huge sigh of relief as a parent.
Mother’s Milk Tea: Ugh…the dreaded BreastMilk struggle continues friends. About a month ago my milk supply suddenly dropped out of nowhere. My pumping schedule was the same, my diet was still the same, and there was just no reason that I should suddenly stop making milk. I decided to increase my pumping schedule and give this Mother’s Milk Tea a try. I know a lot of Moms who swear by this stuff and so I have added it to my nightly routine in addition to pumping and drinking more water than humanly possible.
WeeGallery Art Cards: I bought these when Reagan was around two months old and we have been using them consistently for weeks now! It has been so much fun to see her progression of understanding and mental development take place before my eyes. We love the Garden collection because we have squirrels and birds right outside in our backyard. And of course the Pet collection because of our the little zoo that we’ve got going on. I also got her the Woodland collection and the Jungle collection.
Overall I would definitely say Month Three has been a complete success. It can be emotionally hard at times to see your newborn become a full fledged “BABY” before your eyes, but seeing how happy and excited they are to learn and just be a part of your world totally makes up for the emotional mommy moments.
While I got a little behind in the blogging department, i’m ready to get caught up and so excited to be bringing some totally new stuff to the blog starting in August. Watch for some Reagan updates, cool new features, and an exciting announcement coming soon.