ShuGar Baby Monthly Update: Month Three

Camden 3 Months

Mommy’s Corner is a weekly series exploring our journey in becoming parents, our love for our ShuGar baby, and general topics related to mommyhood.

Hi friends! Things have been so busy these days. I went back to work last week and I am trying to find my newer “normal” from what has been already a “new” normal as a first time mommy.  I’d like to share more in a future post about my experience as a working mom. For the time being, allow me to gush over my three-month chubby boy.

Camden likes to…

hear us say, “I love you.” It has to be the cutest thing ever when Mr. ShuGar and I playfully say these three words. Camdie’s face lights up and we get a huge toothless grin. My world just melts. I never thought life could be this sweet with a smile.

Camden has started to babble lots. Sometimes it sounds like he’s saying “Ma” or “Ow.” To die for! He also grabs onto things now (with a little help from mommy and daddy). When I’m breastfeeding him, he holds onto my blouse for dear life.

Camden has started to…

suck his hands pretty ferociously. In fact, it looks like he is going to swallow his entire fist! He just sucks and sucks away for periods at a time. It’s as if his hands are his new BFFs. Have you ever thought about sucking your fingers? Mine don’t taste good at all, but maybe Camden’s do.

Just this morning Camdie tried to lift his head up with his stronger neck muscles. He still is struggling, but he’s almost there. You can do it, Camdie!!!

Camden has learned to…

make peace with his changing table. He used to abhor it, but now gives me smiles when he is on it. He’s also begun to follow along when we read a story. He looks at the pictures and seems really intrigued by our voices. He’s also learned to listen to our voices from afar. He gets so excited when he hears me coming from the other room. Best feeling ever!

Camden doesn’t enjoy…

the cradle position anymore. He used to love being rocked in that way, but now grunts and stretches in disgust. Oh well! He’s also stopped liking the stroller and car ride so much these days. Sucks for us because that was always our reprieve. Looks like we will have to hold him these days. He can tolerate the movement for short periods of time, but he’ll begin to wail when he’s had enough.

Camden’s snack of choice is…

my milk. Still. Unfortunately and fortunately, I am back at work and cannot pump so he’s drinking formula when I am gone. It hasn’t been so bad, but I can tell he looks forward to me feeding him at night. He gets so excited and looks more content than after a formula feeding.

I sometimes wonder what his favorite foods will be. Will he love pasta like his mommy or be a chocolate lover like his daddy?

Camden makes us laugh when he…

smiles at us! Ah! I just die when I see him give us this huge smile. He’s so funny when he’s about to smile. He stares very intently at us as if he is analyzing our face then bursts out with his toothless grin. Life doesn’t get better than that.

Camden has cried when…

it’s time for nap time. Boy, he has a love/hate relationship with his naps. He fights them and kicks and screams, but then sleeps peacefully. We’ve started him on a sleep schedule and it seems to be working, but it is a daily struggle. The second we put him down, he starts crying and protesting. I am not a believer in the Cry It Out method, as we believe in showing him love instead. So far, he has begun to get used to napping, but he still cries a bit.

Camden’s personality has been…

spicy, tender, dramatic, hilarious, sweet, and all around delicious. He’s such an expressive baby. He grunts when he doesn’t like a certain position. He has the biggest smiles for us. We are still waiting for that laugh to come out. I will be the happiest mommy on the planet when it does! Camdie loves to stare and observe these days. I like to think of him as a thinker, like his daddy.

Camden looks like…

uuummmm….me! Those eyes are 100% mine. I do see parts of Mr. ShuGar with his lips and his height. Our pediatrician told us that he is taller than 75% of babies his age and is in the 5 percentile for his weight. Looks like he will be tall and skinny like his daddy.

Camden has grown…

lots and lots. He’s my chubby little boy. I just want to eat his chunky thighs up! He is going through a growth spurt at the moment so he has grown tremendously (and is sleeping more…during the day!). I now see that his hands have also changed. His fingers are elongated and they can grab things more easily because of that.

Camden makes Mr. ShuGar and I feel…

let’s be honest: blessed and exhausted. And that I think is what parenthood is like in the first year (or maybe forever). It’s the most incredible gift to have a baby. He gives us such joy in the little things. He inspires us to appreciate life and look at it from a different point of view. At the same time, there hasn’t been one night in three months when we have not woken up at some time during the night to feed him. Sometimes it’s 3:00 a.m. or on better days it’s 5:00 a.m. and the worst days it’s 12:00 a.m. (hello yesterday!), but we take it all in stride. I know this is just a phase and I have to remind myself continually that this sleep deprivation is only temporary. But you know what? No matter what time we wake up, we are filled with love for this chubby boy. We still can’t believe he chose us to be his mommy and daddy. We love you, Camdelicious!

What milestone did you most look forward to your little one achieving? Did/Do you cherish any “firsts”? Have your parents told you any stories of any of your “first” achievements?

 Photo credit: Peter Shushtari