Three months ago at this time, Pearl was about 5 hours old and weighed about half as much as she does. I'm not quite sure if I was sleeping at this point, but I sure did need it. I got less than 10 hours of sleep in three days, I think. Visitors at the hospital took pictures, but I cannot remember being in them.
What follows are random things that I remember from the past three months.
It was drizzly on the way home from the hospital. We played Vivaldi's Four Seasons on the way home, and I told Pearl that it's never too early for homeschooling. Harmony had to steady her head the whole way home because her neck was so floppy.
I don't really remember much from when we got home. But I do remember going into the closet to take a nap, because I don't sleep well when it's light, and it's pretty dark in the closet.
She was in premie clothes for a while, and most of our cloth diapers were way too big for her. I don't quite remember when we transitioned to cloth diapers full time.
Watch out for nystatin! We suspect it's what caused her a couple weeks of colic-y behavior.
She used to hate being naked, but now she loves getting diaper changes. She hates having a shirt pulled off over her head though.
One of her favorite activities used to be staring at the wall, but now she LOVES ceiling fans, on or off. She will stare at them, smile at them, and sometimes even talk to them. Good old ceiling fan friend.
She didn't get her first bath until between one or two weeks, I think. Currently she averages about two baths a week. Some people bathe their babies every night. Personally, I think it's unnecessary (except for when it IS necessary, like barf or whatever), but what do you think?
I tell people that aside from being Asian, she doesn't look very much like me at all. They laugh as if I were telling a joke, but actually I am being quite serious. Perhaps she will come to look more like me in the future, but comparing to when I was her age, we don't look a thing alike (again, aside from being Korean). I guess we all do look alike then :p I told Harmony that next time I saw a full white baby, that I would pull aside a completely unrelated adult and say "wow you look SO much alike!" My parents think that she looks just like Harmony.
If you are ever planning to take pictures in similar settings to track your baby's growth, make sure not to use a shirt as the comparison item, because it's a big hassle to change a baby's clothes in order to take progress pictures. Instead, use something like a hat or a stuffed animal, so you can prep easily and take the picture and be done. We were/are using a little GT shirt, but have been quite bad about actually taking pictures to mark her progress.
She looks full Korean, but she has such big beautiful eyes. Korean women spend lots of money on surgery in order to attempt to have eyes like her's. Her hair has been getting gradually more brown, which Korean women also imitate by putting all sorts of chemicals in their hair.
She has the muscle condition torticollis, which explains why she favors her left side much more than her right. Fortunately, it's a very mild case and will be easy to correct, since she is so young. The physical therapist congratulated Harmony at the first appointment, since she could very well have been the only mother who has not brought her baby in one of those bucket carseats. She also mentioned that we were already unknowingly doing a lot of the right things, such as not laying her on her back, carrying her over the shoulder, carrying her facing outward, carrying her in the crook of an arm, etc.
Her 100 day celebration will be on September 11th. No dressing up in hanbok yet, but there will still be traditional foods and some traditional decorations, and many pictures to be taken.
She will be going to her first pit barbecue on Monday. At church, of course ;)
If there's anything else you'd like to know about Pearl, feel free to ask in the comments.