3-Month-Third Week (15Weeks old)
How your baby’s growing
Your baby’s starting to draw conclusions about the world around him. He’s looking at everything with curiosity, even his own reflection. Prop an unbreakable mirror next to him or sit him in front of your mirror when you’re getting ready. Your baby won’t realise that it’s actually his image in the mirror (this usually begins to happen well into the second year), but that doesn’t matter. He’ll love to stare at his – or anyone else’s – reflection, and he may show his delight by an all-out gum grin.
You may also find that your baby now enjoys being gently pulled to a sitting position after he’s been lying on his back. As the weeks go by, you may find that your baby “asks” to be pulled up so that every time you put your hands out to him, he grabs them. He can’t sit up yet but he’s thinking about it! A baby of this age changes so fast. Don’t forget to keep your memories safe in a photograph album. Find out more fascinating facts about your three-month-old’s development
How your life’s changing
Having a new baby brings changes in your relationships with everyone – and that includes your friends. Sometimes old friends who have no children are as delighted by your baby as you are, and things can continue as they once did. But others may not be as excited about your new phase of life. Some may be envious, others bored, and some others may simply have no interest in children.
You can’t blame your friends entirely. You’re changing, too. Interests you once shared with certain people – partying, nightclubbing, shopping for shoes till you drop – may no longer fit in with your new lifestyle.
It helps to try to strike a balance between your old way of being together and your new situation. Your friend can’t expect you to abandon all thoughts of your baby, and you can’t expect her to want to talk only about motherhood. Look for common ground in your activities and time together. Sometimes, go out to lunch, just the two of you, and other times invite her to your house to visit you and the baby, for example.
The short of it, though, is to expect a certain amount of change in your friendships. You may drift apart from some pals, but at the same time your baby will bring you into the orbit of new friends. Through playgroups, mum support networks, and chance encounters, you and your spouse will meet other new parents with whom you have a lot in common.
Parent tip: Keep a feverish baby comfortable
“Dress your feverish baby in lightweight cotton clothes for comfort, and give him a cool teether to suck on. When babies are unwell, their eyes are sometimes more sensitive to light, so indirect light can be soothing, also.” — Reetika