Jacob at (almost) three months: a day in the life

4:30 AM

Mommy comes in to give me a bottle. I’m happy to see her and give her a big smile. I might have slept longer but my doctor says it’s important for me not to go too long without eating. I’m totally okay with that and suck down my bottle like it’s my job (which it is). After I eat Mommy puts me back in my crib and I drift off to sleep.

7:00 AM

Mommy’s back! Woo hoo! Time to get my diaper changed and eat again. I love the new warm cloth wipes with coconut oil Mommy is using. My tooshie is the softest one on the block. I’m super excited that it’s morning and so I take forever to eat my bottle because I’m looking around and talking.

7:45 AM

Playtime in the play gym! Mommy is attaching the weird mysterious things to her milk pillows. Not sure what that’s about but I don’t care because PLAY GYM and COLORS and MUSIC! This is the best thing ever!

8:05 AM


8:08 AM

Now I am super happy snuggled up on Mommy’s chest in the carrier. What are you doing Mommy? Mixing my formula for the day? Can I watch?

9:30 AM

How long have I been asleep? I would like to look at my awesome bug toy now. Also, read to me.

10:30 AM

I’m tired again. Time for a quick nap.

11:00 AM

Um, excuse me, Mommy, I’m a bit hungry.

11:02 AM


11:06 AM

Nom nom, this is delicious. I am going to suck it down like I didn’t eat just a couple hours ago. After I’m done eating I’m going to laugh for the first time, and you are going to try everything you can think of to get me to laugh again. Nanny nanny poo poo. I don’t laugh on demand, silly.

12:00 PM

Not the carseat again! Where did you go Mommy? I’m not sure I like this. Oh, wait, there’s the carseat cover with the bees again. I love bees.

12:40 PM

How long have I been asleep? Also, how did you get me into the Baby K’Tan without waking me up?

12:45 PM

I love going shopping with you, Mommy. And because I love you, I feel the need to warn you that Daddy is going to make fun of you for buying the 3-pack of 48oz containers of ketchup. He doesn’t understand that buying in bulk and using coupons is pretty much a prerequisite for qualifying as a stay-at-home mom.

2:30 PM

I keep going to sleep somewhere and waking up somewhere else. How did I get in my crib? I’m like a tiny drunk person.

3:00 PM

Mommy is holding the pink square in front of my face again. She keeps talking to people who live inside of it. This is very confusing but I still enjoy blowing bubbles and watching Mommy smile at me.

3:30 PM

Time for second lunch, or first dinner, depending on how you look at it.

4:00 PM

If you keep singing me songs from Mary Poppins my first word is going to be supercalafragalisticexpialadocious.

4:30 PM

Mommy has me sleeping in my crib now instead of the bassinet. That’s fine by me as long as she keeps singing me to sleep. Amazing Grace is my favorite lullabye.

6:30 PM

Daddy’s home! I must tell him all about my day. The best parts were the eating, the playtime, the snuggles, and the naps. Oh, wait, that was my whole day.

6:35 PM

Oh, look at the time! It’s that time of day when I’m obligated by baby law to fuss and generally be grumpy. For the next 30 minutes, I will demand to be alternately entertained and snuggled depending on my whim at any given moment. 

7:05 PM

Mommy, I’m hungry again.

7:30 PM

Mommy, I’m tired again.

10:00 PM

Oh, hi Mommy. Is it time to eat again? Yay!

10:30 PM

I don’t think I actually fully woke up, so I’m just going to go ahead and go back to sleep. Goodnight world!

My Two Cents: Sleep Gear in the Fourth Trimester

Like many new mothers, I can’t remember the last time I got a full night’s sleep (which I define as 8+ hours). It was probably sometime in my second trimester. That being said, I certainly don’t have it too bad. Since Jacob was about six weeks old I have gotten about six hours a night, give or take. I think, as my pediatrician puts it, “I have a sleeper.” For me, this is a mixed blessing. As one of the symptoms of hyperammonemia is lethargy, I still get anxious when Jacob is sleeping, and sometimes I feel the need to poke him and make sure he’s responsive. This goes directly against the Craft Household Rule #1, which is “Don’t disturb a happy baby.” But still, sometimes I just need to harass him a little bit to be sure he’s okay.

Anyway, I have been blessed with a great sleeper, but even great sleepers need to be set up for success. So, behold, my list of Sleep Stuff That May Save Your Sanity:

1. The Arms Reach Mini Co-Sleeper.  I bought this on recommendation from a friend. I like it because it slides right up next to my bed, essentially extending it to create a safe sleeping space for baby within (wait for it) arms reach. I also bought a soft organic mattress pad from Baby Turtledove on Etsy. In the first weeks Jacob wanted to be closer to me, so I did snuggle him in bed with me until he fell asleep, at which point I would move him to the co-sleeper. (I would occasionally fall asleep snuggling him between me and the co-sleeper, which scared me despite the fact that I have never once rolled onto my stomach while sleeping and am thus confident I wouldn’t smother him. But still.) Anyway, now he goes down by himself without any fuss. And I sleep better because I can simply reach out and soothe him during the night as necessary.

2. The Miracle Blanket and the Zipadee Zip. My mom sent me the miracle blanket when Jacob was born, and he used it for the first six weeks or so. If you use the miracle blanket, you have to get past the feeling that you’re putting your baby in a straightjacket. They don’t mind, really. Actually, I would say that he really liked it and found it comforting. However, I never swaddled him for naps, and I noticed around six weeks he started sleeping with his arms out – cactus arms, we call it in yoga class. So I thought he might be ready for a little more freedom and ordered a Zipadee Zip. The picture below of Jacob in his “zippy” is from his first nap. It looks a bit too big for him, but he has since grown into it. Regardless, he napped so well in it that I decided to try it at night. And just like that, I seem to have hit upon the magic formula (at least for now): footie pajamas, zipadee zip, muslin swaddle blanket on his lower half, standard-issue hospital beanie (also pictured but for some reason not on his head), and “soothie” pacifier (the only one he’ll sort of keep in his mouth for 5 minutes until he falls asleep).

3. The Sleeping Environment. Since I have yet to put Jacob down to sleep in his crib, his sleep environment is our bedroom. We sleep with a tower fan on for white noise and to circulate air. We also use this diffuser with lavender essential oil to create a calm environment for bedtime. Now I turn it on for Jacob before every nap as well. It seems to help him drift off more quickly.

Other places that Jacob enjoys sleeping include: in my arms after a particularly satisfying bottle, in the Baby K’Tan, in the car seat*, and on his Papaw’s chest. Peculiarly, he almost never falls asleep in his swing.

*Jacob only likes the car seat when the car is moving. When he is asleep in the car seat, I will go to great lengths to avoid red lights. I have been known to make an unnecessary right turn at a red light and drive around the block a few times just to avoid waking him. Jacob sleeps well in his car seat but holy cow does he get upset if he wakes up and can’t see me.

My Two Cents: Body after Baby

I have a kind of Jekyll-and-Hyde attitude about my body after baby. I have moments of “I am an earth-mother-goddess-birth-warrior! Behold my battle scars!” These thoughts are often followed immediately by a silent vow to wear my maternity leggings every day as penance until I can put on my old clothes again. In my efforts to find a less extreme place in between these perspectives, I have found a few things that help.

1. Buying a few clothes that fit me where I am right now. Because I grew a baby in my body and then pushed all 8 lbs 1 oz of him out of it. I totally deserve to burn donate my maternity clothes and put on something new.

2. Eating a variety of veggies. Enter the Mason Jar Salad. I have tried this one and this one and this one. They’re all fantastic.

3. Babywbabywearing Publixearing. It’s nature’s best progressive weight system. (Yet another reason to love my Baby K’Tan.) At some point I might try some lunges with him strapped to me, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Here we are on our first trip to the grocery store. Grocery shopping with a 12ish pound weight strapped to your torso is definitely exercise, right?

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4. My husband, who tells me I look beautiful on a regular basis. He has been known to do this when there is spit-up on my shirt and I can’t remember the last time I showered.

pregnant belly5. Looking at this picture of my belly at 41 weeks, and remembering that it took nine months to get there. It will probably take at least that to get back.

My Two Cents: Babywearing

A 1986 study found that 6-week-old infants carried at least 3 hours a day cried and fussed 43% less than their less-frequently-held counterparts. Anecdotally, I have found that to be true for Jacob. In fact, he’s snuggled up in his carrier sleeping away as I write this post.

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Jacob in the Baby K’Tan

I have been wearing Jacob 4-5 hours a day for the last month or so, which clearly makes me an expert. Here is my two cents on babywearing.

I tried the Moby Wrap (takes too long to get on when Jacob wants in), this mei tai (too big for him right now, but I will go back to it when he’s bigger), and this sling (the most expensive option and I was in a world of hurt in the first five minutes). Finally, I discovered the Baby K’Tan, which was billed to me as the “Moby for Idiots.” (Sorry, Baby K’Tan – you are so much more than that.) It has all the awesomeness of a Moby Wrap, but it takes me only 2 minutes to get Jacob in it. Once in, he instantly goes to sleep. Unless it’s his witching hour, in which case all bets are off. The rest of the time, though, it’s like magic.

After the end of the Fourth Trimester (yes, it’s a thing), I’m going to have to start putting him down for at least one nap a day. For right now, though, I have a well-rested, happy little boy snuggled up against me. What’s not to love?

For more information on babywearing, check out Babywearing International or visit your local independent baby boutique, like my favorite: Growing Up in St. Petersburg.