11.13.2009

The Jane: Three Months Old

Time is flying - I just barely posted Jane's 2 month photo shoot, and not much else in between. That would be because my life is mostly about Jane. She's got my number.

Other than baby doodling, we've also been homeschooling. It's like a trial run for next year, which is a good thing, I guess. The boys are doing well and the school has (or at least the boys' teachers have) done a remarkable job setting up a distance learning program online so they don't fall behind in their progress and don't have to go to school for three extra weeks in the summer. The only part I'm not liking is the scanning of the work they do at home to send in to their teachers. My attention span is lacking or something.

Calvin and Henry miss their friends. I am getting a feel, though, for how they will function for homeschool and what things I need to do so they get social and physical stimulation in. It hasn't been as rough as I thought, so I won't complain too much about swine flu nonsense, which is the reason we are basically locked up at home, but I think we will all be glad when we can get out and have the routine of going to school again.

But without further ado, the reason for this post: Janekins.


She is a magnificent night sleeper - usually from 9 p.m. until 4 a.m. and last night from 9 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. (and right back to sleep after feeding, which is why I am blogging right now...) We can't seem to get a daytime routine of naps and feeding and playing going, but the nighttime rest helps a lot to compensate for the snuggling, holding, rocking, soothing that goes on for most of the day.



Jane startles easily. And by startle, I mean that her face registers complete panic and she holds her breath and then wails until she feels secure again. That's been fun with all the boys home all day. Everything about them is loud and sudden. Jane doesn't like it much.

I do love how she looks at me...



She has started finding her fingers and thumb to soothe herself. It is pretty adorable. She puts her whole hand on her forehead and slides it down her face until her thumb slips into her mouth. She sucks for a second until she accidentally pokes her own eye with her still extended fingers. Then starts the process over again. We'll have to work on it a bit.



In general, she spends a good amount of time trying to figure out her arms. She was literally born with her hand on top of her head, and she still puts it there a lot. Lately she's been pausing to look at her arm as it makes its way up and she studies her hands a lot. It's funny how interested she is in it - it seems to be a longer phase of doing this kind of thing than the boys had. The whole time we were trying to take pictures, she had one or the other of her hands in front of her face...






She is starting to have longer times of playing or looking around without crying and that is nice. We're also getting a lot more smiles out of her. Her personality is showing more and more...



She continues to be a champion breastfeeder and is definitely not missing out on any of the good cream...



She seems to be getting so big, but she is really still such a tiny little thing.



Her babyhood seems to be lasting a lot longer than my other babies. That is a good thing, because sometimes I can hardly remember when they were tiny and that makes me sad. The baby years are the hardest for me so far, but they really are so fleeting, and then gone forever.



And although I feel like I'm seeing and appreciating a lot more of her baby-ness, three months has definitely flown.

10 comments:

madsonblueeyes said...

3 months! Wow, time flies doesn't it.
Sorry you guys are stuck inside I can imagine the fun of it all =}

Theresa said...

Such expressive eyes! She is absolutely adorable. Thanks for the update.

Z. Marie said...

Oh, so cute! And I'm jealous of the sleep. Owen's 5 months old and hasn't slept that long a single night.

Mrs Lemon said...

So I'm curious - do you have the same outfit in several sizes, or does she just still fit in the pink tutu play outfit? Because that is so cute! I can't wait to put rufflies and stuff on Sprite!

Real said...

You know, it seems like not very long ago you were posting about baby Charlie...

Nobody said...

Oh I just ate this post up! Every single picture is so dang cute. The picture of her with her hand on her face made me laugh out loud and all the kids come running. I love the way she looks at you to. So tender.
Everything about them is loud and sudden. That sounds like it should be in some kind of nursery rhyme describing kids. It's more real than what is actually out there.

Seeing pictures of her, and her thighs, makes my heart ache. I need to hold her. Or just have my own baby. Yeah, I'll do that...

Christine said...

What a great job you are doing of posting your daughter's growing...you will treasure these for years for sure. We had some friends take our blog of our son's adoption from Ukraine and put it all into a HUGE 3 ring binder for us (Printing out every picture!) as a gift. What a treasure that is for us! :)

Bunsy said...

I love reading your thoughts. I'm silently taking notes. Just gotta remember that it won't last forever and to enjoy it while I can. I worry and worry about not sleeping and the baby isn't even here yet!

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Oh my goodness, she is just utterly adorable!! And I love the staring-at-the-fist phase -- loved it in my boys, and got much joy seeing Jane observe her hand. Too cute!

Thanks for sharing!

Morning Glory said...

She's absolutely adorable!!!