Baby Update | Charlotte At 3 Months

It’s hard to believe we hit the 3 month mark this week.  Where does the time go?  I can’t believe how much Charlotte has grown and changed already!  Today I am sharing a monthly update on CC, including a growth progress photo collage.  I also talk about what’s going on in my new Mama lifestyle.

CC 3 month update 2016

Just in case you missed my delivery post, here are CC’s birth stats: Born December 28, 2015 // 6 lb 6 oz // 20″

CC’s Current Stats:

❊ Age – Three Months (13 weeks and 1 day to be exact)

❊ Weight & Height – 12 lb 13 oz and 25″ (CC has offically doubled her birth weight! 😀 )

❊ Eat – CC’s third month marked a new chapter in our breastfeeding journey.  I’m happy to report we are finally thrush free for the past couple of weeks.  Since then breastfeeding has felt easy and, dare I say, enjoyable (!).  At last!  CC continues to eat well.  I’m pretty sure she went through her 3 month growth spurt at the end of last week as she fed a lot more frequently than she normally does for a few days but she seems to be settling back into her usual preference of nursing every 2 hours for about 20 minutes or so during the day with a few longer cluster feeds before bed.

❊ Sleep – Night and day sleep have been…well, night and day, really, in terms of experience.  CC sleeps great at night.  She’s been sleeping an average of 7 hours followed by a 1 – 3 hour clip after that most nights.  A friend of mine mentioned her babies both started sleeping through the night when they hit the 12 pound mark and thinking back that’s about when CC started to, as well.  Nothing to complain about there!

Her daytime rest, however, has been a different story.  She started falling into a pattern of 34 minute (to be exact) cat naps soon after she turned 2 months old.  During the morning she goes about an hour and a half between these catnaps.  The afternoons are a total crapshoot.  Sometimes I can’t get her down at all.  She hardly ever naps after 4 PM, so I started slowly moving up her bedtime from what was 10 PM to now 9 and even a bit earlier when I can.  I’m hoping this is just a temporary phase and that she’ll at least pick up consistent afternoon naps, if not extended ones at that, soon.  In the meantime I plan to continue to inch up her bedtime so she’s going down closer to 8 by the end of this month.

❊ Recent Milestones – CC has been sleeping in her room full time for a few weeks now.  I started by putting her down for naps in there at about 8 weeks old and then transitioned her to nighttime sleep in her crib full time by 10 weeks.  She’s also now much more vocal and enjoys “talking” (i.e. cooing) with Mama.  Sometimes she’ll even “sing” while I sing to her, which is too cute.  She grows more alert and aware each day.  She has now discovered her hands and spends a lot of time grasping and gumming on them.  She also is fond of practicing swinging and moving her arms and legs.  I can’t get enough of her sweet baby smiles!

I talked about CC’s silent reflux issues in her last update and I’m happy to report that she seems to be growing out of that, as I hoped she would.  I continue to do as many of the at home remedies as I can, including feeding and sleeping her on a slight incline, keeping her upright for a time after eating, and giving her probiotics daily.  She was prescribed Zantac by her pediatrician which she started at 6 weeks old.  This made a huge difference in her comfort level almost immediately.  I noticed after a few weeks, however, that she didn’t seem to need such a strong medication anymore.

She still has silent reflux, but it’s much less pronounced and continues to improve as she grows and her digestive system matures.  I transitioned her off Zantac and onto a homeopathic remedy called Natrum Phosphoricum 6x at 10 weeks old.  She takes half a tablet dissolved in a bit of breast milk after every other feeding and this keeps the reflux at bay.  If her reflux continues to improve at this rate I hope to wean her off both the Natrum Phos. and sleeping on an incline in the next month or so.  As always, I do my best to observe her carefully and follow her lead for learning her ever changing needs.

** Please note that I am not a medical professional and have chosen courses of action based on advice from qualified experts who know our specific situation.  I strongly suggest consulting with your health practitioner before giving your baby any medicine or homeopathic treatment. **

❊ Special Moments – Greeting Mama with a smile after each sleep and “singing” together after bath time (she particularly likes to croon along to “Part of Your World” from the Little Mermaid).  Meeting her Great Grandma Betty in person for the first time.  Exploring exciting places like Target and Trader Joe’s with Mama.  Daily walks (weather permitting) with Mama and Winnie.

charlotte 3 month update 2016

❊ Mama’s Experience – I feel like I’ve started to fall into a groove over the past month.  It’s been a bit challenging to get a lot of non-baby related things done with the super short naps, hence the lack of posts lately.  I’ve had to prioritize eating, laundry, and cleaning up around my house during these short breaks.   It’s also been tough to get help during her waking hours as she developed a strong Mama preference during the height of her colic, which is now thankfully subsiding.

As important as I think dedicating time to personal interests is, I really haven’t minded not having much, if any, time for those sorts of things lately.  I’m loving being a Mama so much and it feels so right that I am fulfilled in just that for the moment.  I have been able to squeeze in a few baths and moments spent working on my Project Life album here and there, both which bring me great joy.  I’m looking forward to dedicating more time to blogging and getting back into working out as well, even if it means sacrificing a bit of sleep in order to do so.  You’ve got to follow your passions!

Check out this video if you’d like to hear more:

I hope you enjoyed CC’s third monthly update.  Let me know if there are any other points you’d like me to cover in these posts.  As always, I’d love to hear about your experiences if you care to share.
Thank you so much for all of your support and well wishes! ❤️


* This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *


37 thoughts on “Baby Update | Charlotte At 3 Months”

  1. I know as a new mom you receive so much advice but I just wanted to chime in about the day sleep. I found the babywiseblog when my oldest was a baby and it was a lifesaver in getting us on a good nap schedule. I know “babywise” isn’t for everyone and we definitely didn’t adhere to everything but it really did help us in the sleep department. 🙂 She is precious and I have really enjoyed “getting to know you” on YouTube over the last few years.

  2. She is so adorable! I’m thinking maybe a photo/video of you Winnie CC the whole Ross Family that’s what you haven’t posted yet.
    I think you’ve covered everything else Jen! 😊

  3. You’re an awesome mother. I remember those early baby days. We had some challenges too. Thrush is awful and very, very painful. What is the ratio of coconut oil/grapefruit seed extract that you used.
    As a PT I’ve treated torticollis in infants with success. Positioning and massage is an integral part of her treatment. They will give you handouts and exercises to do with her. I’d like to hear about your PT evaluation. Thank you for taking the time to post your blog. Hugs

  4. Hi, Jen – I love reading your blog and really enjoy the baby updates! How has your project life baby book evolved? Any suggestions based on what you’ve learned along the way? I would love to see an update. Also, what does CC lay on for her pictures? I just love it!

    1. TBH I haven’t started the baby book yet although I have all of the supplies ready to go & have kept daily notes on CC so far. I’m working on a weekly spread style album currently that’s about our family & experience from my POV. I still plan on filling out her baby book and hope to start soon. CC lays on a faux sheepskin rug in our bedroom for her photos.

  5. hi Jen

    I highly recommend the book contented baby by Gina Ford. My first child didn’t sleep, to the point I thought I was going crazy. When i was pregnant with my second child a friend recommended this book. It changed my life! I highly recommend it to anybody who asks, or doesn’t for that matter! Thank you for sharing your journey with us. It truly is a privilege.

  6. Yay! for sleeping through the night, makes the day’s a lot easier to deal with if you have had a good nights rest..
    Love the little cheeky grin in Charlotte’s 3 Month photo..too cute 🙂

  7. You’re a wonderful mother, Jen! A friend of mine who is a new mom posted this and I wanted to share it with you. They’re the last lines in a poem by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton, and I think is a beautiful sentiment to keep in mind if you’re ever feeling frustrated about not getting things done around the house:

    The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
    But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
    So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
    I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

    1. Oh my gosh, why did this make me cry. Such a sweet, and so true, little poem. I miss my girls being babies. I just couldn’t enjoy it enough! Enjoy this time in CC’s life, there is nothing else like it! HUGS

  8. Sleep is the biggest thing for me too and my son is 20 months now. At the 4 month sleep regression (and me working full time) I ended up having to sleep with him in my bed – for survival only! Ha! I wish I had stuck out the sleep regressions though because the transition to get him out of our bed is a long road ahead of me. Sounds like you are doing all the right things for sleep! Get her to put herself to sleep – that’s the biggest hurdle for sure!

  9. Jen,
    Love this blog post and your recent video. You and CC are both beautiful. I can just feel the love you have for her. Thanks for sharing your heart with us.

  10. Hi Jen, I love the updates on you and Charlotte. When I was raising my children I had a lady give me the book ” My First 300 Babies, by Gladys W. Hendrick ” She helped hundreds of families with twins & triplets get on schedules with feeding, sleeping etc. I figured if she could put whole families on good schedules she could help me with one little baby. LOL. It was a great book…I bet your mom or mother-in-law heard of her “back in the day”. I hope you have a great weekend.

  11. Glad things are going better for you. CC gets cuter every month. You didn’t mention Winnie in the vlog post. Hope she’s doing well.

  12. CC is precious! How is Don doing? We haven’t seen much of him! I miss the two of you making cute videos together 🙂 Hope he is settling in well with CC.

    1. He’s doing great, thanks for asking! He’s actually been super busy with work this year, which is great because he’s involved in projects he’s really passionate about that bring him joy.

  13. Can you do a meet and greet with CC soon? Would love to see the two of you in person! CC is oh so cute! Keep doing a great job being a great mother for your great kid

  14. Hi Jenn, I wanted to share with you that me & all three of my babies suffered with yeast when they were
    newborns & I went to this “old school” pediatrician at the time & he would use this stuff called Ginga Violet. It was a purple dye liquid & he put it on a long cotton swab & would swab the babies mouth with it & it did stain the mouth but only for a few hours & the thrush/yeast was gone that evening! You can even use it at the other end but it will stain your skin or anything it comes in contact with. I would also use Lotrimin AF, it’s over the counter. Then apply Desitin on top of that, b/c the Lotrimin has like a lotion consistency & it wouldn’t stay on good after they wet their diaper so the Desitin helps keep it on so it can work. I’m telling you by the next day the yeast was gone. Don’t know if u have heard of these things but they worked great on my babies. Just thought I would share that with you. CC is so precious! Hope you guys have a great evening.

  15. Love these updates as I’m expecting any day now. Can you tell me where you got the baby bows? I love how tiny they are. Some are so large for newborn baby heads and yours are just right! 🙂

  16. Hi Jen,
    I wanted to let you know that Ellie and Jared Mecham on YouTube also have a child that was diagnosed with CC’s neck issue, he has had great results from physical therapy and chiropractic care. I hope their videos can be of some help to you!

  17. Hi Jen! Long-time watcher. Congratulations on CC! You briefly mentioned a white noise machine in your video and that you would share about it in another video. Could you share the name of it here? I would appreciate it so much! Thanks in advance!

    1. Sure! It’s this one – we originally used the Sheep Sleep, which was great except it only stayed on for 40 minutes. CC sleeps much better with the continual white noise of this plug-in one.

  18. Jen, she is absolutely precious and so blessed to have such an attentive and adoring mama!! My son is almost 18months old and I enjoy hearing how much you just adore your sweet baby girl! Such a sweet miracle to behold! I feel like I can totally relate. *sigh*

    We also LOVE that dohm sound machine and my husband now enjoys sleeping with one in our room!

    It will be SO FUN to do swimming lessons and get outside for stroller walks with other new moms. So glad that your are seeking out those relationships. That has been amazing for me, we made a friend whose baby is just 11 days younger at a ‘New Mama’ class and it is such a valuable relationship to have. Family and friends can be so wonderful and supportive- but a new mama who is walking your same path is just so encouraging and great! PLUS little Chalrotte will have her first friends!!

    Thanks for sharing. I love watching your videos. Love to all from Minneapolis, MN!

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