12 Weeks with Luke
We've been a family of four (I count Chevy, of course) for 12 weeks already! Part of me feels like Luke has been part of our lives forever, but although the days can be long, the weeks seem to fly by. While I miss my sleepy, cuddly newborn, it's been so fun to watch him develop and become more observant and aware of his surroundings. Here's what's happening with Luke these days.
Luke has always been a good nighttime sleeper for his age (knock on wood!). Between 6-8 weeks, more often than not, he started sleeping 5-6 hour stretches. By 8-10 weeks, it was up to 7-8 hours, even 9 hours occasionally. Now, at 12 weeks, he's consistently slept from between 7-8 pm until about 5:30 am most nights. Then, after a feed, he'll go back to sleep for another 1-2 hours. I'm crossing my fingers his solid nighttime sleeping habits continue.
Daytime naps are another story! Around 8 weeks, we started a flexible daytime routine where I try to put him down for a nap every 1-2 hours, but for the most part he'll only take short 10-20 minute cat naps. His favourite napping position is on my chest and he typically wakes as soon as I put him down. Nonetheless, we're continuing to work on crib naps! Let's hope it sticks soon.
It's true what they say about the fourth trimester (that is, the 12 weeks after your baby is born) being the hardest. Your baby is still adjusting to life outside the womb and is easily overstimulated. Plus, new parents are still learning to read baby's cues. Many babies become considerably less fussy after the 12 week mark, and this couldn't have been more true for us. Starting at 2 weeks old, Luke became a pretty fussy baby. He wasn't colicky, as he never cried for hours on end. However, while he had happy moments and good days, he certainly fussed and cried A LOT, which made for long days. Some days, he didn't even want to be put down.
Fortunately, things improved somewhat around 11 weeks, and even more so at 12 weeks. He definitely still fusses, and we still have days that are worse than others, but thankfully he's a much happier baby!
Rolling Over: At 8 weeks, he rolled from stomach to back twice, but has yet do it consistently. However, now at 12 weeks, each time I put him on his belly he tries to roll over and is getting so close. I think we'll have a roller any day now.
Laughing: He's been smiling for a while, but he gave his first proper laugh on October 13th, at nearly 9 weeks. He's also been cooing for several weeks, and it gets more animated with each passing week, which makes my heart swell.
Alertness: At 11 weeks, we noticed a marked difference in his alertness. He started turning to face us when he heard our voices, as well as following lights and sounds with his eyes. He is entranced by lights of all sorts, and loves being face to face with people - in this position, you're sure to get a laugh. Until 11 weeks, he hated the car, crying as soon as he got in, but we installed this mirror and it's been a game changer due to his light obsession.
Luke is growing happier and more observant by the day. While I'm nostalgic for his newborn days already, motherhood continues to get more fun. I love to watch him grow, and I can't wait to see what the next 12 weeks have in store.