Oh my sweet boy, your 3rd month of life, like the previous two was full of fun and growth and further learning all the sweet things you bring to our lives!
As the weather grew hot outside, Will and I tried as long as we could to maintain our mornings on the patio, but as we entered into May, it wasn't easy for us to stand the heat. I am such wimp when it
comes to the AZ summer and now that I had a tiny little boy attached to me, the sweat was
unbearable. Plus just the thought of my baby feeling the hot sun on his precious skin was too hard for me to endure, so we began to hibernate.
Jonah and Nathan turned 4 years old on 4/21 and we got to celebrate them with a superhero party! Nicole had gifted Will with a little Superman Onesie and I was so stoked to get to have him wear it for the party! I love that Will is only a few years younger than these little boys! Along with celebrating them at the birthday party, Aaron and I also took the boys out for a day date to spend time with them. We took them to donuts for breakfast and then to the mall for a chance to pick out a gift and play in the epic play land at Scottsdale Fashion Square. We got to the play land and I got Will out of his carseat to cuddle, only to be surprised by poop all over my hands! He had blown out his diaper without me knowing it and it was now oozed all up his back nearly to his hairline. I yelled for Aaron to help. It was definitely an all hands on deck type of diaper change! We got him cleaned up (thank GOD there was a bathroom next to the play land) and also that the boys were quite content to keep themselves occupied while we cleaned and changed Will. He was hungry after all the pooping and so I found a corner to nurse him while Aaron chased the boys around and while Will was eating, he nearly blew out another diaper! I had to stop him mid feed to make sure that I caught the diaper in time. This was a notable story because it was his only time having a public blowout and what a doozy it was. We quickly realized we needed to up his diaper size if we were going to contain all he created!
Will's personality began to blossom more and more as he grew. He developed preferences and patterns and opinions. We had a routine established for our day, for the most part with Will waking up in the morning and being able to stay awake about 1.5-2 hours at a time before taking a nap. The pattern continued throughout the day, until bedtime. However around 3 months Will fell into a sleep regression. Our once perfect sleeper started waking up more and more. This sleep struggle was compounded by the switch to his crib from the glorious rock n play and the fact that he started being able to roll over and therefore wasn't able to be swaddled any more, which as our sleep secret weapon. With all these changes, gone were the days of sleeping uninterrupted and we had a normal baby again who woke up every 3 hours. I have to admit, while I told myself I would get use to the sleeping through the night set up we had, I of course did get use to it and loathed having to get up and down all night. We quickly learned that Will wanted only momma in the middle of the night and while Aaron tried to help when he could, it was no
To make up for the lack of sleep, Aaron started waking up with Will in the early morning and let me sleep an extra hour. Best daddy!
We had another notable introduction this month when Will finally met his Great Grandma Thompson! Mamaw's health is quickly fading, so I was excited for him to meet her. What a sweet meeting it was. Watching them gaze at each other was so cool. The oldest family member in our Thompson clan holding the tiny newest member of the family. Gosh I love this woman so much and so thankful that my little boy gets to know her.
Next up, we celebrated Laurie's birthday! Her actual birthday is March 29th, but she was sick on her birthday and then life was busy, so we finally decided to celebrate her a month later. I would like to say I remember what we got her for her birthday, but no gift will ever compare to cuddles from her grandson, so she was a happy camper no matter what. Will is truly the life and focus of every party from here on out.
|Aunt Ashley and little Wills|
When Will was nearly 3 months old, I celebrated my first Mother's Day. Oh how I had longed to be able to be celebrated on this day. I know I was a new mom, but I felt like a little bit of a super hero in these first 3 months and I was so excited to get to be celebrated as a mom! I told Aaron exactly how I wanted to spend the day - laying out by a pool relaxing with my boys! Aaron also gave me a lovely necklace with a branch and tiny bird charm hanging from it with a "W" on it. I can add charms to the necklace as I have more kids in the future. He also gave me a frame with the first picture of just Will and I in the hospital room. It was glorious.
One of my favorite things that my church does is that we do baby dedications on mother's day! I was dedicated at Open Door Fellowship 32 years before and many of the same people who prayed with my parents over me, were also there for this Mother's Day dedication of my son. Such a surreal moment to know what a beautiful, strong, and dynamic community Will has surrounding him. I thought of the people who would one day be is Sunday School teachers and camp counselors and high school leaders. I thought of the people who we hadn't met yet, who would mold and shape Will's life in the years and decades to come. It was a powerful moment to commit to this community my desire to raise Will knowing God's love for him and to say that I need all of their help to instill that truth in Will's life.
Then after church, Aaron and I headed to the Biltmore Resort for an afternoon by the pool! It is hot, but we found perfect spots in the shade and Will loved just hanging out and with daddy and I in the water! I absolutely love Will's swim hat. We joke that he looks like the Gorton's Fisherman.
I was so emotional all day basking in the reality that everything I had hoped and prayed for from the time I was a little girl was finally all a reality. I have an amazing husband who I love and adore and makes me feel so beautiful and honored and I am finally a mom! I kept staring at Will's face all day and wanted to celebrate him. Because this day was as much about him as it was for me. It was as much about Aaron as it was for me. Aaron allows me to be the mom I want to be. I get to stay home and snuggle and care for and play and cherish my baby all day long. He works so hard for our family so that the dreams and plans we have for Will get to become a reality. And my sweet baby boy made me a mom! He is the reason I am living my deepest hearts desire! I wrote his post below on Mother's Day and it pretty much captures all the beauty of being a mom in these first 3 months.