Dear Baby J, You’re Three Months Old!

My Dear Baby J,

It’s hard to believe that you’re three months old. I know, I know, I’m going to be saying this every day for the rest of your life… get used to it! So much has happened in the three months since you were born. We moved house. We’re learning to become a family of three. You met your little cousins (well… they’re bigger than you, my friend). We’ve booked your first trip to the UK. You’ve nearly outgrown your first size of clothing.

three month update

Oh, how things change.

A friend asked me the other day how I’ve changed since you were born. It was a tough question, because I’ve changed in some ways and not in others. Here’s the thing, despite loving you more than you’ll know, being a parent is tough. In fact, it’s much tougher than I ever imagined. Not that I thought it was going to be picnics and sunshine twenty-four-seven, but I underestimated how much I’d hurt inside when you cry. On the flip side, I also underestimated how much joy I’d feel when you smile at me – not a fart-smile, those real smiles that I was the instigator of. Those are pretty awesome.

Your Dad and I have been talking a lot about how different things are. Now when we wake up in the morning, there’s no such thing as a leisurely coffee to start the day off. Rather, we have to be ‘on’ as soon as we wake, usually to your cry for food. Dragging our feet into the kitchen like zombies, we prepare your bottle and settle down on the couch to help ease the ache in your belly. You’re generally pretty happy after that. And the loud belch that follows – that’s a satisfying sound.

three month update

When you’re not crying (but seriously, dude, you cry a lot!), you’re such an inquisitive kid. Our new home, your forever home, has these colourful patterned fabric panels in the living room. Your Dad isn’t so sure about them, but I like them, and you certainly like them. Between the colourful panels and the large mirror, you keep yourself pretty entertained. That baby in the mirror? He’s a pretty cool kid.

A new development is sucking on your fingers or going whole-hog and shoving your entire fist in your mouth. You’ve decided they are much tastier than a soother, much to my displeasure.

In other news, your Dad and I went on our first proper date since you were born! Dinner and a concert. We stuffed our faces with hibachi steak poutine and followed it with our favourite musician, Frank Turner. By the end of the night I was in agony. You’ve done a number on my back, so standing all night was tough, but it didn’t take away from the music, Funny story, security were checking pockets as we entered. I’m still in maternity jeans, so no pockets! Then, Frank played a classic in which he gets the audience to jump up and down during the chorus. I started jumping, like a trooper, only to feel the elastic belly of the maternity jeans slowly roll down on itself. I had to stop, lest I flash my post-pregnancy belly at all who attended!

three month update

The hibachi steak poutine deserved its own photo!

We’re pretty pumped to take you on vacation to Scotland. Your British grandparents, I think, are also pretty excited to meet you. You’re going to see the island where your Mum and Dad met, go for many walks in the Baby Bjorn through lush green glens, and smell the salty sea air for the first time. It’s going to be fantastic! To be fair, your routine won’t be all that different to what it is now – we go for daily walks as is, but we’ll be somewhere that I love, and that will at least make days more interesting for me.

Baby J, you are much loved. Don’t grow up too quickly…

Mum x

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5 Responses to Dear Baby J, You’re Three Months Old!

  1. Amanda March 27, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

    That face looks like butter wouldn’t melt! I find it hard to believe he cries a lot. Since I’m a mother, I’m gonna take your word for it though 🙂 Man, he’s so adorable! I didn’t realise how much I loved maternity clothes until after Roddy was born. I knew I’d still need them for a while but I was thinking there would never be a time I didn’t want to wear them. I think that’s why I’m currently sitting in yoga pants! To this day I still have a worn out maternity t-shirt I wear to bed. We eventually got our leisurely mornings back when Roddy was 2. Basically when he was old enough to be glued to a cartoon with a Peanut butter sandwich. I was always so sure I’d be anti-screen time but I love dozing in bed so much, I have to admit I gave in to that one.

    • Victoria Smith March 27, 2016 at 6:33 pm #

      Trust me – the kid cries! I’ve just put him down for a nap seeing as the fussy pants has been screeching ALL AFTERNOON! I do look forward to the days when he can quasi-entertain himself, either in the play pen or with some cartoons 🙂 Glad you get the occasional lie in!

  2. Jocelyne March 27, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

    He is adorable Victoria! Really enjoy reading your posts. Best wishes, Jocelyne

    • Victoria Smith March 27, 2016 at 6:32 pm #

      Thanks, Jocelyne! We’ll have to come by your office and take you for coffee one day soon! We’re away in April, but perhaps May?

  3. Lindsay Leef April 3, 2016 at 7:11 am #

    Awwww!!! This is SUCH a beautiful post, and SUCHa great smile!!! Love it, all of it! Our little Taylor fist-sucks too…I have recent realized that he has a cow’s milk protein intolerance so is always soo drooly, spitting up, crying and has terrible gas attacks. I stopped eating and drinking any and all traces of milk and hoping it helps. So far only the gas attacks have lessened in frequency, but the reflux is still put of control. You’re such a great Mom already and this post just melts my heart and hits home on many notes. Hang in there….”they” say it will get better….they say….haha ♡ I’m so glad you’re getting real smiles! We have a very ticklish boy so I live for his giggling moments now.

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