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Infant Care (up to 18 months old) Message Board

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Ethan is just about to hit 3 months. I can't believe it. At least once a week I have to tell him his birth story and point out how he used to fit in my tummy. lol I just got some pictures back from right before he was born... man, was I a house. He's doing really well. Thank goodness the moodiness he went through has gone away. He's generally in a good mood most of the day. He has a little crabby stretch from about 3-5 before he has a good nap, but most of the day he's happy. After his 5 p.m. nap he's usually downright giddy until bedtime. He still goes to bed by 9 sharp. That has it's pros and cons. It's nice since he puts himself to sleep no matter what, you just have to lie him in the crib awake and he's out. What's kind of bad is that we would like to get him to sleep a little later so he sleeps past 6 in the a.m. but keeping him awake is impossible. I've even tried letting him sleep for and hour or so and waking him, but he goes right back to sleep. Oh well, 6 isn't too bad. Up until last week he's been sleeping through the night but he just started waking up at least once during the night. We are seriously hoping this is a phase and he'll go back to sleeping all night.

He really loves to talk. Like me his dad says! At night he'll sit on your lap and talk to you till you are done talking to him. He'll say something, and as long as you keep answering, he keeps talking. When he's excited, he really lets it rip. He hoots, hollers and flips around like a fish out of water. He's got an excited little squeal that gets going when he's really worked up. He sometimes hits his toys around but I've yet to determine whether it's an accident or whether he's actually aiming for them. He misses us at night you can tell. As soon as you get him out of bed he gives you the biggest smiles he can do. As far as strangers go, he is starting to get a little more leary and often just stares at them for the longest time before he decides whether to smile or cry at them.

We broke a rule the last couple days. Ethan is already eating 40+ ounces of formula a day so we gave him a little cereal before bed. The first night I made it really runny just to see how his body reacted to it, and last night I made it a little thicker. He only had less than a teaspoon with about 3-4 teaspoons of formula. I'll be watching his BM's today to make sure it doesn't plug him up. One thing is for sure though, he loved it. We fed him with a spoon to see if he could swallow it. No problems with that, he barely spit any out at all and he was so excited about the whole deal. He squealed, talked and flailed his arms and legs around the whole time. It looked like he was going to flip out of the chair. I won't give him any other foods for a while but unless he has trouble digesting the cereal, it looks like we'll continue to give him a little.

I posted a little while ago about not wanting to put blankets in the crib anymore and I think I'm definitely going to get them out of there soon. He's given up on the paci in favour of his hands and more recently his blankets. Trouble is, I keep catching them wrapped around his face. That makes me nervous. I'm going to keep my eye out for a baby bag, or just dress him warmer at night.

Since it's Christmas right away we're booked to go to a bunch of big family parties. Ethan isn't used to that many people so his reaction could be interesting. Wish us luck! lol Hopefully he doesn't get too upset.

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