My oh my, Marshall! You are three months old!

I’m sure some day I will look back at the photos of you from today and be amazed at how tiny you were. But today, compared to just a month ago, you look so big! Your tummy and cheeks and legs and arms seem to fill out more and more every day. You don’t seem to be making as big of leaps in height, though. Hopefully that’s not a sign that you inherited your momma’s short stature.

This month with you has been nothing short of amazing. You are definitely becoming a little explorer. You love to crane your neck in all sorts of directions when I’m wearing you around stores and walks around the neighborhood. And you are holding your head up so well on your own that we’ve even started pushing you around in a front-facing, upright stroller so you can see the world better. Some nights you’ve even been able to sit in your high chair with us at the table while we eat dinner.

You are also becoming much more playful. You haven’t quite mastered grabbing or holding your toys, but you swat at them like it’s your job. Your favorite toys right now are your pinwheel, your singing snail (which if your very first battery-operated toy), your  rattling o-ball, and the car that hangs on your bouncy chair. You grin at that car every time you see it.

Of course, the biggest grins you save for your parents, which makes us happier than we even thought possible. We have spent a lot of time this month keeping you entertained with silly faces, noises, and songs. Most days I feel pretty loony by the time your dad gets home from work, but it’s worth it to see your eyes light up and a smile stretch across your face. I can’t wait to hear your giggles. I think they’re getting very close to making their way out. For now, we’re enjoying your coos, squeaks, squeals, and tiny raspberries.

The biggest change we’ve seen in you this past month happened in just the past week or so. You have never been a big napper, but recently we felt like the lack of daytime sleep was making you crankier and making it harder for you to fall asleep at night. So we’ve been doing some major work on your sleep. We’re establishing new routines, most of your sleep happens in your crib now, and you are getting more used to falling asleep on your own instead of being rocked or nursed to sleep. I am happy to say that your nighttime sleep has improved dramatically. In fact, last night you slept for 10 hours straight! You are still struggling with sleeping longer than 45 minutes at a time during the day, but we’re making progress.

We love you bunches, and we can’t wait to see what the next month brings!

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