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UPDATE: month 3

Three month baby update | gracefulmommy.com

Three month baby update | gracefulmommy.comHeight/Weight

 We didn’t take Gracie to the doctor this month- so I’m not sure! She’s definitely growing though!

Routine

Gracie loves having a routine! She gets kind of out of sorts without one. But I’m not the type of person to be on a strict schedule.. so we are more go with the flow. We definitely do the same things each day and certain things come after certain activities. If you have read my post on the 90-minute baby sleep program, you know that Gracie loves this routine! She naps, then eats, then we play, then, 90 minutes from the time she last woke up,  she goes down for another nap!

Three month baby update | gracefulmommy.com

Sleeping

Gracie is a great sleeper! She takes naps throughout the day- usually 4. And goes to sleep for the night pretty easily. She has been sleeping longer stretches at night (WOO!!). Usually 6-8 hours. We’ve even gotten a 9 hour stretch! Go Gracie go!

Three month baby update | gracefulmommy.com

Eating/Feeding

Still exclusively breastfeeding and still loving it! Gracie eats every 2 hours- except at night like I mentioned. I’m still fascinated by the fact that my body alone can provide life for Gracie. It is too cool.

Three month baby update | gracefulmommy.com

Sizes 

Gracie is wearing size 0-3 month and size 3 month clothes! I officially put away all of the newborn clothes! AW SAD! It’s crazy how fast she is growing.

Milestones

Gracie is smiling a ton! She has done a few really great laughs. Like belly laughs! Those are the best. She finally loves bath time. PHEW. She loves being outside. She likes being on her tummy more. She loves to do baby talk. And sleep! She loves to sleep.

Three month baby update | gracefulmommy.com

How I feel

Hmm… different story over here. Up until this point, I have been doing great! But, I had still been bleeding since birth and apparently that is not normal. I had to get a few tests and ultrasounds done. It turns out there was still some stuff leftover from birth (EW) that had to be removed. So, a couple of weeks ago, I went in for surgery to get it removed. Crazy! A couple days after, I was very tired and weak. But I started to feel better! I finally feel completely normal! YAY! Cause that was NO FUN.

Happy three months Gracie!

Three month baby update | gracefulmommy.com

REVIEW: the 90-minute baby sleep program

The sleep book you need | www.gracefulmommy.com

90-minute baby sleep program: The sleep book you need | www.gracefulmommy.com

What is the 90 Minute Baby Sleep Program? 

This book offers a kinder, gentler, all-natural method to get your baby to sleep! It is written by Dr. Polly Moore and it helps babies nap longer and more often to allow your baby to get the sleep he or she needs!

What is different? 

This book is different from a lot of the baby sleep books I’ve read. Basically, you put your baby down for a nap every 90 minutes. So when they wake up- set the timer- and 90 minutes later put them down for another nap. In the book Dr. Moore talks about the N.A.P.S. plan! Note the time of your baby’s last waking, Add 90 minutes, Play, Soothe your sleepy baby. It’s very simple and works great!

The Good?

At first when I read it, I thought it was crazy to put Gracie down for a nap 90 minutes after she wakes up. That didn’t seem like long enough awake time. However, the first week I tried it, I instantly knew it was perfect for us. Once I started writing down the times Gracie would wake up, I noticed that she really did display tired signs 90 minutes later. It honestly is like clock work! I love having a schedule that is not rigid. This sleep program allows you to have a general schedule. Gracie follows the NAPS plan but does not necessarily follow a certain time schedule. Somedays her naps are short, but we still play after every nap. It allows Gracie to know what comes next in the day.

After starting this program with Gracie, I have found that she sleeps longer, better, and goes to sleep happier. If you find that sweet 90 minute spot, it is actually easier to put her to sleep. She doesn’t get overtired and always feels well rested when she wakes up!

90-minute baby sleep program: The sleep book you need | www.gracefulmommy.com

The Bad? 

Dr. Moore recommends that you are home for your baby’s naps. This can be a challenge because if I am putting Gracie down for a nap every 90 minutes, that only gives me an hour and a half to run an errand. However, I have noticed that it is much easier to put Gracie down for a nap at home. She falls asleep way faster and without a fight. If we are out, it does take longer for her to fall asleep and she does not stay asleep for long.

Best for?

Babies ages two weeks through one year :D. I think it especially works great for the first three months. Once babies are 4+ months, they tend to skip one of their sleep cycles. Meaning instead of putting baby down every 90 minutes, they may go 3 hours in between naps.

This book is perfect if your baby is a catnapper. Dr. Moore gives lots of tips for babies that seem to have a hard time staying asleep. It’s also great if you want a gentle way to encourage sleep. Dr. Moore doesn’t really believe in “cry it out”. Although she does have a little section in the book on it.

Where? 

I bought mine on amazon! I’m sure you can get it at any bookstore. I do not think there is an ibooks version of it.

Overall?

I love this book! I’ve read about four baby sleep books, and this one is by far my favorite! Gracie follows this program to a T. It has made our life easier and naps smoother.

My vote?

Must have!