|Some chill weekend snuggles with mommy and daddy!|
|Andromeda's first Valentine's Day!|
In the middle of February Andi was sleeping through the night most nights and on the weekends we'd pull our well rested baby into bed with our well rested selves and talk and play with her for a little bit before we started our day. That was a blissful time that no longer exists, but more on that later. Andromeda also got to celebrate her first Valentine's Day with this cute little outfit from Grandma Weeds.
|Passed out in daddy's arms as she boards her first airplane!|
|Andi's first pool day with the gang!|
In the middle of February we flew out to Florida to meet up with my best friend K from college and her family. She had her second kiddo just 2 weeks before Andromeda was born and so we figured we'd take advantage of the fact that we were both on maternity leave. S had a week with 2 days off work already and so he took off the additional 3 days and joined us. Andromeda was a pretty good flier. She fed during landing and takeoff to minimize ear popping, but refused to sleep during the actual duration of the flight like I'd hoped - she was just far too interested in looking around. As a result she was little wired when we landed, but we got it all worked out.
|My favorite picture of her right now - that smile!|
|Some play mat time with her new buddy R, who is such an adorable and chill little chunker!|
|A walk on the beach with the crew|
We really enjoyed our week in Florida. We stayed with my parents and they gave us our first baby-free afternoon to go out as a couple, which was nice. We spent plenty of time going for walks including the local bird sanctuary, hanging out at the pool (Andi wasn't really a fan of the water, we think it's because the pool was cold since she seems to digs bathtime. We'll try again when she's older), going for a walk on the beach, getting ice cream, and playing board games with the adults once the kids were in bed. Andromeda was still a sleeping champ at this point, so it was a really restful break.
|Sleeping on the plane ride home|
We had a crazy early morning flight back to Houston, which actually wound up working really well for us. Andromeda fed during landing and takeoff again and spent the entire flight snoozing in my arms. People on the plane were shocked to learn that they had been sitting next to a baby when we got up to disembark from the plane because she had been so quiet! However, something changed once we got back to Houston that put an end to our excellent sleeper. We're not sure if it was the travel, the change in time, or just a growth spurt or developmental change, but once we got home Andi proceeded to wake up multiple times per night every night and now takes super crappy naps during the day. So I spent the next 2 weeks trying to get her on a schedule as best I could since she would be starting daycare in March. We never really got back to a stellar sleep schedule. We did some sleep training for nights to get her to fall asleep easier and that worked extremely well. But sleep training did NOT take for nap time. So we just try to get as much nap time in during the day as we can and enjoy the happy play time in between.
|Future space geek alert!|
|Testing out the bouncy chair that we finally got around to assembling. She's a bit too small for it still...|
|Fascinated with the froggy on her play mat|
|She naps for longer if she is held, so I'm enjoying it while I can|
In terms of motor and vocal skill development, Andromeda is doing really well! She is a regular chatter box and makes noises all the time to anyone who will listen. And she loves practicing talking, she is always smiley and happy while she coos away! She is also figuring out her hands and feet. She can now intentionally grab things and moves her arms and hands much more smoothly. Of course she would love to put everything into her mouth! She has also been studying her feet and likes to push herself into an (assisted) standing position and then lower herself back down. She will use her feet and legs to scoot herself around on her playmat too and has started engaging in some initial side to side rocking motions that are a precursor to rolling.
|Andi loves to grab her clothing. If it doesn't snap in place, then she will likely be baring her tummy for most of the day...|
|Trying to fit the rattle in her mouth...|
|Holding two toys at once! Little girl can multi-task!|
On the week of her 3 month birthday, Andromeda attended her first days of daycare. We started with a half day on Tuesday. I had planned to go home and take a nap after dropping her off, but was a bit more emotional than I expected and wound up spending the next 2 hours crying instead. Logically I knew she'd be ok, but it was harder than I realized to leave her there. On her second half day on Wednesday I did better and by Thursday, her first full day, she and I seemed to have gotten used to it. She still doesn't take stellar naps at the daycare, but she seems to be happy there as she always gives the caretaker a huge smile when I drop her off in the mornings. While she was in daycare I took the opportunity to get some stuff done that was easier sans baby, like finally going to the eye doctor, getting taxes done, and getting a new battery for my phone. Not fun stuff, but it was nice to be a bit more efficient while running my errands.
|Making a funny face while studying the toys on her car seat.|
|Coming back to pick up a snoozy baby after her first half day at daycare.|
Since she hasn't been napping very well, I've taken to holding her on the couch after we get home from daycare as she sleeps better in mine or S's arms, just to make sure that she gets at least one good nap in. It is definitely spoiling her a bit, but I figure I should enjoy the baby snuggles now while I can. And that is it for month 3!