May 12, 2013
3 months

At three months, Matthew is noticeably heavier, but don't ask me how much he weighs or anything like that because we haven't managed to locate a scale under all the baby spitup. It's the curse of the second child. The lack of milestone observations, I mean...


Matthew does "spit" quite a lot more than Elizabeth ever did. He is also a LOT grabbier. He sucks on everything but especially likes his fist, thumb or Mom's hair. My scalp quite often tingles at the end of the day from all the hair pulling, and no matter how often I disentangle he always seems to have a fistful in his grubby little paw. And grubby is an understatement - for some reason the cracks in his hands are almost always BLACK with some kind of lint by the end of the day. It's really gross.


Matthew's very alert and loves to watch the world around him, especially his big sister. She doesn't like when he watches her getting dressed though! He can roll back to front, but doesn't that often because he'd really rather stand up. He usually sits in the Bumbo while we eat, staring very intensely at our food. Elizabeth constantly lectures him about not being old enough to eat yet. When he turns five months she's planning to feed him mashed bananas and pizza. Matthew can wiggle clear across the bed and is clearly frustrated by his lack of body control - he epecially wants to be able to crawl already. He likes to bat at toys. It's even better if he can eat them...


Naps generally happen four times a day. At 6 or so he wakes up and plays for an hour or so. Then he sleeps for an hour. He naps again mid morning (10:30ish) and midafternoon (3ish). By 6:30 he's ready for his last nap. He always wakes up just as I'm trying to get Elizabeth ready for bed. It's like he has sensors. Brendan thinks he has Mommy sensors too. If I leave the house during a nap, he'll wake within a few minutes. If I'm away too long he allegedly screams "like he's practicing for a career as an opera singer" (as our tenant Jesse puts it). Daddy sends increasingly dire sounding texts about Matthew's wellbeing, but by the time I get home Matthew is always sleeping quietly!


He's a very content and giggly baby. So far, he doesn't seem to mind strangers holding him. I mentioned before that he has three baby signs "milk", "diaper" and "change". We usually use diaper and change together but interestingly he seems to sometimes use "change" and sometimes "diaper". They only happen together when he feels very ignored. "Diaper" always means he's wet, but "change" sometimes gets signed a minute or so before he actually wets himself. Not that we've done much in the way of natural infant hygiene stuff - Mom finds boys more complicated to sit on the toilet! "Change" also seems to mean "I'm done, pick me up" - someone has figured out how to get our attention anyway...

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