Gryff’s been meeting milestones and we didn’t even know! Here’s the article we found: Milestone Chart: 1 to 6 months
He can already roll from his tummy to his back, and has been doing so for a while now. We just thought he was trying to get out of tummy time, but it turns out it’s a thing he’s supposed to be learning. Good job, Gryff! He’s also good at reaching for and grabbing things, putting his hands together, looking at sounds (especially my voice), recognizing voices and faces, all sorts of stuff. He does super cute mini pushups, blows bubbles, can bear weight on his legs (he’s been doing that for a long time, actually), and loves to yell at books. I read to him a lot, so whenever he sees a page full of words, his reaction is to start making loud sounds at it, like daddy does. It’s really cute.
We’ve also found a great use for the SnuggleMe cushion that we bought. He hated it when we tried to get him to sleep in it and we hadn’t really messed with it since, but it makes for a fantastic portable baby station. We took him to a friend’s house on Saturday and set him in that thing on the couch to sleep. It keeps him from rolling, and it’s cushy and comfy so it’s great for sleeping. So much easier than trying to bring a pack and play or something, and way more comfy for him than sleeping in his carrier. He really likes it now, so it’s definitely becoming a “take everywhere” kind of tool. It’s so nice to have somewhere safe to put him down so he can sleep while we play games or hang out with friends or whatever.
Also, we weighed him on his 3 Months b-day and he came in at 15 lbs, 9.4 oz (7.1kg). His head measured at 42cm. Here are his charts:
So he’s still pretty well on track in the 80-85th percentile for weight. He’s very nearly doubled his birth weight at 3 months, which sounds pretty fast, but he’s staying right on his curve so I don’t think it’s anything too crazy. He’s just a chunk of boy!
His head circumference looks like it’s in the 85th-90th percentile still, which is on trend with the measurement from a month ago. I really wish we had a better way of tracking his height at home. I might have to set something up.
We also had a visit from my wife’s mom and brother, which was awesome! They went with us to weigh him, and we all went shopping together, and he got his first portraits taken since the hospital. They turned out so well! Here are a couple of my favorites:
I love this one, because this is Gryff’s standard happy face. His mouth is wide open and he scrunches up his nose a little. I love it.
This is another cute expression he does sometimes that we call “side eye”. He was such a trooper for all these pictures. He’s such a happy, tolerant little baby!
So that was really great! We’ll definitely be taking him back at 6, 9 and 12 months. He grows so quickly, and it’s so cool to have a record of it with good lighting and angles and all that. Jenna’s mom was super sweet and bought us some prints in a beautiful frame so we can start building our “wall o’ family photos” in the house. I never thought I’d want one, but with how great all of his pictures are, I really like the idea of having them displayed.
Jeez, it’s been a while since I updated, there’s so much more! We went to our very first movie with him, too. The new Spiderman flick. AMC Theatres has something called “Bring Your Baby Matinees” once a month and it was so fun! Everyone in there has a baby or a toddler (or both) and they leave the lights on and the sound lower. People are talking to their babies, babies are crying, toddlers are running around, it’s total chaos. But since everyone’s involved, nobody minds. It’s a great way to get to see a new movie and have some time away from home without anyone getting mad. Or at least, without anyone having a good reason to get mad. There was one guy in the theatre who did not have a baby, and was apparently not aware that this was a special showing, because he was pretty upset about the crying and all. Kept muttering curses under his breath, asking other patrons to be quiet, etc. Eventually, one of the moms told him what was going on and he left in a huff with another curse. The theatre was great about it though, and apologized and gave us all free passes to come back. We’ll absolutely be going again. It was just really fun, and I like to support companies for doing innovative things like having a special showing for people with babies.
Trying to remember anything else that’s happened. Not too much, honestly. Mostly he’s just growing and smiling and yelling and doing all baby things. One new thing we’ve been doing is a game called “Rocket Ship” where I hold him on my lap and count down, then push him up really quickly. He absolutely adores it. At first I started him pretty slow, but he’s got great neck strength and head control at this point so I’ve been speeding him up and he just has a ball with it. His little laugh is maybe the most adorable thing I’ve ever heard in my life. I think baby giggles are why people have kids, even if they don’t know it when they get started.
I’ll try to get some more pictures and videos up for you guys, too. We’re still trying to take a bunch, but they tend to gather on cameras and cell phones for a while before we peel them off. We’ll do it, though, because sharing pictures of your kids is the number one thing new parents can do to annoy their friends and family. Thanks for reading!