Monday, January 22, 2007

3rd month letter



What an amazing three months! We are settling into our roles as parents, and loving Miguel more and more every day. The nursery is finally coming together--just in time, as he is outgrowing the bassinet. We worried that he would resist the transition to the crib, especially because he likes kicking the bassinet to make his beloved lion mobile jiggle. But he greeted his new surroundings with the same wide-eyed, patient curiosity he reserves for all new experiences.

Every day he seems heavier, firmer and more in control of his limbs, which are quite fascinating to him. (We need to phase out the swaddle; his arm will not be contained!) We’ve caught him staring at his outstretched hands with a mixture of awe and trepidation. In the last few days, he’s been wrapping his fingers around a rattle (with help) and holding on tight for minutes at a time—watching closely to see what will happen, perhaps not realizing that he’s the one in charge. He’s also smiling and talking a lot (lahs and heys), especially in the mornings. Sometimes we take turns with our utterances—we love these “conversations.”

He was 11 pounds, 12.5 ounces and 23 inches long at his Dec 28th doctor’s visit; all that gobbling of formula shot him up to the 50th percentile for weight and height. What does it feel like to double in size in 2 months??? For the last few weeks, he’s been eating about 30-32 ounces a day, but we think he’s entering another growth spurt. Yesterday, he was both sleepy and hungry. He snoozed through the entire NFC Championship Bears game, then woke up, slurped down a bottle and cried for more, resulting in his first 7 ounce dinner!