Evelyn: 3 Months Old.

Age 3 months

Weight about 15 pounds

Length maybe 26″? We’re guessing here. Her next appointment is at 4 months.

Clothing size 3-6 mos, but some of it is quickly becoming snug!

Hair still wispy & growing longer.

Teeth none yet, nor any teething.

Sleeping still a bit unpredictable. We put her to bed between 8:00 and 9:00, and she’ll wake up by 5:30 … sometimes at 2:30, or 3:30, or 4:30 …. whatever strikes her fancy. She sleeps in her crib in her room (since she was about 2-3 weeks old) & we keep the video monitor on my nightstand. She has also started falling asleep while playing, which is the cutest thing.

Eating loves to eat. She went through a phase of not liking the bottle again, which was our fault – we didn’t practice enough. Thankfully, she quickly got used to it again and takes about 4-5 ounces at each feeding with the bottle. Since my return to work, she takes 3 bottles while I’m gone, and I pump 3-4x during the day.

Movement She is starting to really move all over the place! She can now reliably turn from her back to tummy (only by turning to her left). She attempts this immediately almost every time you lay her on her back. She will swing her legs up perpendicular to her torso, swing them to her left, and gain enough momentum to roll. She gets pretty ticked, however, when her left arm gets stuck between her body and the ground and prevents her from rolling over completely. Because she started doing this, we would leave her left arm out of her swaddle to prevent her from rolling completely while swaddled (dangerous). Then, toward the end of her third month, we stopped swaddling her at night (she had already quit swaddles for naps). Now she just sleeps in a Sleep Sack, which is a nice way to keep her warm like a blanket, without the danger of it covering her face. When she wakes up at night, it’s not unusual to find her turned completely 180 degrees from where we laid her down. All of her attempts at rolling make her move all over the place!

In addition to rolling, she also loves to swipe at her toys & grab our hands. When she gets startled, her eyes, arms & legs go wide.

Milestones Holds up her head without support. Rolls from back to side & also back to tummy. Very strong neck & back while on her tummy. Sqeals, sqeaks, coos … she lets her voice wander where it may. She has discovered how to move her mouth & lips to make different sounds. Smiles at the drop of a hat. Grips & reliably holds onto toys. Sleeping without being swaddled. Mommy & Daddy’s first real date night. Mommy’s first days back at work. Putting the majority of her weight on her legs when we stand her up. She laughed for the first time while she was in the bathtub – she was giggling uncontrollably! She has only laughed a couple of times since.

Favorite toys/activities Still loves the rainforest play mat & her Baby Einstein “ipod.” Likes to look at & chat with her stuffed lion. Likes her soft book with black & white shapes, including a monkey’s face. Enjoys staring at the little chick that hangs from her car seat handle (“Shake n Bake” … per Michael).

Likes Sleeping on her side. Having her diaper changed (gets very chatty). Likes to look out at everything (either held over your shoulder or facing out). Bathtime … eyes get wide, lots of smiles, talks very loud. Falling asleep on her play mat during tummy time. Being sung to (always … any song … no matter how well you sing). When she’s fussing, we try: putting her on our shoulder & patting her back, holding her so she’s facing us & talking or singing to her, giving her the pacifier (especially if she’s tired).

Dislikes Being interrupted while eating to be burped. Getting overtired. Doesn’t particularly like to be held in the cradle position.

Words & sounds See milestones. Loves having conversations with you, especially first thing in the morning, at bedtime, on the changing table, or in the bath (so… always?).

What we love How interactive she’s becoming! We love how she’s experimenting with her voice & trying so hard to do new things. We also love how easy she seems right now (knock on wood). She’s pretty easy to figure out.

What we don’t love Not quite sleeping through the night … having a tendency to wake up around 4:00/4:30 am which is an awkward time – not enough time for me to go back to bed before work!

What we’re looking forward to next month More rolling … maybe from tummy to back? More “talking”! Her talking is probably my favorite thing. 

(Jul 22, 2012)

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iphone download, July 6-12

July 6 – at the 2nd street market with mommy & a friend

Jul 7

Jul 8 – Ready for church.

Bathtime with Daddy

Our first real date night since Evelyn … out to a delicious new restaurant (Roost). Their peach sorbet was amazing.

Jul 9 – Last day of maternity leave. Soaking up snuggles.

Getting ready for naptime.

Another try in the swing – she seemed to like it that time.

Jul 10 – After-work nap with Mommy (didn’t Michael do well on her outfit?).

Jul 11 – Day home with Mommy … starting off with some early morning rolling.

… and then a late morning nap.

Jul 12 -Hanging out with Crazy Uncle Chris.

Rolling over in her crib, and getting mad because her arm is stuck.

Trying a swaddle with only one arm in to keep her from rolling over onto her face while swaddled.

american girl

Here is the one picture we took of Evelyn’s very patriotic and adorable Fourth of July outfit.

… we didn’t do it justice.

Really, it was Evie that helped complete Michael’s outfit.

… and his badminton game.

 

blueberry cobbler

{failing to get a good picture … I struggle with the lighting in our kitchen}

We had leftover blueberries & sugar cookie dough from the fruit pizza, so I googled for a cobbler recipe to use both. I found 1 recipe that called for sugar cookie dough, but didn’t call for apple pie filling (which we didn’t have) … this recipe is based off of that! I only had 2 cups of berries (instead of 4), so I scaled everything down. It was delicious straight out of the oven, served with french vanilla ice cream.

Simple Blueberry Cobbler (adapted from this recipe)

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh blueberries

1/4 cup sugar

2 tbsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp cornstarch

2 tbsp butter

1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury sugar cookie dough

cooking spray

vanilla ice cream

Directions:

Spray bread loaf pan (or one close to that size) with cooking spray. Pour in the berries.  Sprinkle the sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and cornstarch on top of berries and mix lightly with a spoon to coat the berries.  Dot the top of the berries with pieces of the butter.

With your hands, grab a golf ball-sized portion of dough and press into a pancake. Place dough on top of berries and repeat. There is no need to cover the berries completely so you don’t have to be neat about this.

Bake in a 375-degree oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.

fruit pizza

I’ve seen these made at other BBQs and it is always so delicious. It’s really easy to put together & fun to decorate, too! Bonus: you feel like you’re eating something really healthy, but really … it’s just a frosted sugar cookie with bonus fruit on top 🙂

Fruit Pizza (adapted from this recipe)

  • 1 (18 ounce) package refrigerated sugar cookie dough … the Pillsbury brand is 16.5 ounces. So, I bought 2 packages, used a whole one plus a little bit of the second. Now I have to make something else with the leftover dough. Bummer.
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • some vanilla extract
  • some powdered sugar
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • kiwi
  • … or banana, peaches, grapes … I thought starfruit would be festive, but I couldn’t find any at the grocery.
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest [I didn’t have an orange, so I left this out]
 Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Slice cookie dough and arrange on greased pizza pan, overlapping edges. Press dough flat into pan. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, soften cream cheese, then fold in the whipped topping. Here, I added some vanilla extract & some powdered sugar. I couldn’t tell you how much. A little bit? A sprinkling? Try a tiny bit and taste test. I got the idea for adding these 2 ingredients by reading the comments on the original recipe.
  3. Spread over cooled crust. You can chill for a while at this point, or continue by arranging the fruit.
  4. Begin with strawberries, sliced in half. Arrange in a circle around the outside edge. Continue with fruit of your choice, working towards the middle. If bananas are used, dip them in lemon juice so they don’t darken. Then make a sauce to spoon over fruit.
  5. In a saucepan, combine sugar, salt, corn starch, orange juice, lemon juice and water. Cook and stir over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and cook for 1 or 2 minutes, until thickened. Remove from heat, and add grated orange rind (again, I omitted). Allow to cool, but not set up. Spoon over fruit. Chill for two hours (I chilled for 0 hours … I procrastinated and we were late to the party. It was fine), then cut into wedges and serve.

{I learned how to peel a kiwi for the first time by watching this}