Baby David: Three Months

Our fun little guy turned three months yesterday. Over the last month, we’ve watched his personality blossom. He never hesitates to let us know how he’s feeling. Here are some facts about David at three months of age:

  • He loves to eat. He easily consumes four 8-ounce bottles each day.
  • If you take away his bottle during a feeding, he makes the funniest, squeaky whimper.
  • He recently discovered his ability to bounce in his bouncer and loves to bounce.
  • He sleeps about 12-13 hours each night. He goes to bed around 7:30 p.m. and wakes up between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.
  • When he was younger, he rarely cried, however, he has now discovered his ability to cry (and whine and scream haha).
  • He loves to stick out his bottom lip and pout when he’s not happy (I find it hilarious and adorable!).
  • He’s still all smiles in the morning when he wakes up.



2017 Holiday Recap

Since we went to Iowa this year for Christmas, John, David, and I had our own Christmas celebration on the Wednesday prior to Christmas. We had a “red and green” dinner with sparkling cider, exchanged Christmas gifts, and then watched a Christmas show.

This is the only picture we took during our family celebration in West Virginia haha.

On December 23rd, we drove 17 hours to Iowa (a drive that normally only takes us 13 hours). We rented an SUV since John had some free rental car days that were going to expire. John’s Uncle David came with us. Baby David was a champ. He didn’t get fussy until about the 15-hour mark. It was a long day, and to make things more interesting, we received a call from our security system company saying our house alarm went off (thankfully, our home was fine).

On Christmas Eve, the extended Longenecker family came over to my in-laws for dinner and a gift exchange. On Christmas Day, we headed over to John’s aunt and uncle’s house for Christmas dinner and an afternoon of games. It was a white Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, which is something I’ve rarely experienced as a Virginian. The beautiful white coating on the ground made it feel extra Christmasy. At the end of Christmas Day, John, baby David, and I drove around looking at Christmas lights.

Annual Christmas Eve family photo (without shoes haha)
A tired baby on Christmas morning.
David’s first Christmas morning!
Opening presents.

On the 27th and 28th, we headed to Nauvoo, Illinois so John’s family could participate in services at the LDS Temple (it’s the closest LDS Temple to their house). While they were in the Temple, baby David and I explored Nauvoo. It was fun to be back where I served as an LDS missionary.

Historic Carthage Jail.

On the 30th, we headed home. The drive back home didn’t take us quite as long as the drive to Iowa, but we did run into some snowy weather. Thankfully we made it home safe and sound.

On New Year’s Eve, we went over to my parents’ house for some delicious food (we’re a foodie family) and we played Telestrations. John, David, and I left before midnight. John and I watched the ball drop in bed on my iPad right before we went to sleep. On New Year’s Day, my parents and brothers, as well as John’s Uncle David, came over. John grilled brats and I made homemade potato chips. My parents thought he was crazy for grilling since it was FREEZING. When I told them I asked him to grill, they thought I was crazy haha. We had fun watching football and playing Hoopla. Sadly, I didn’t really get any pictures of our New Year’s celebrations 😦 I stole this one from my brother’s Instagram…


Here’s to a new year! I hope to do a 2017 year-in-review blog post soon 🙂

Here and Now: January 2018 Edition

Periodically, I want to write “here and now” blog posts and record a little bit about what everyday life is like. This is for my own remembrance so I don’t forget the different phases of life (no matter how mundane).

November was when I first had the desire to do a “here and now” blog post. Even though that was just two months ago, so much has changed since then. In November, my life was full of late nights and late mornings. Truthfully, I often wouldn’t be dressed and ready for the day until about 11 a.m. or noon. I normally went to bed shortly after midnight (which is late for someone who faithfully went to bed between 10 and 10:30 p.m. before having a baby) and got up in the middle of the night to pump and feed the baby. The entire pumping/feeding process would take an hour. Then I’d go back to bed and sleep as long as the baby would let me. While getting up in the middle of the night was hard for me, I relished the slow, quiet time I shared with my baby. This picture captures one of those middle of the night feedings from November.

John has kept very busy with work and church service. Consequently, baby David and I spend lots of time together just the two of us. Normally, 2-3 Sundays a month, David and I attend church alone because John has other church responsibilities that take him to neighboring church congregations. When church is over, we like to put on comfy clothes and snuggle in the basement on Sunday afternoons (like pictured below).

December was when David first started sleeping through the night (hooray!). He went to bed about 9:30/10 p.m. after being bathed. I would wake him up to feed him at about 11:30 p.m. And then he would sleep until about 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. I am so grateful he learned to sleep through the night at such young age. December was still a slow month for us as life still revolved around feeding the baby. I had no idea before having a baby how all-consuming the feeding of a little one can be. It rules my life. In some ways it’s nice though because it forces me to live life at a slower pace. In December, I was able to get some projects done around the house, like organizing our master bedroom closet (a task that before having a baby would have only taken one day, however, it took me a whole week.)

Now that we’re in January, we’re trying to adjust David to an earlier bedtime. He now goes to bed around 7:30 p.m. This allows John and me to have some time together after baby David goes to bed and John is done working. We’re only one week into this new schedule. There’s a book I’m using to help me train the baby to sleep for 12 hours at night. The goal is to have him sleep from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. He did this successfully once last week. During the other nights, he woke up between 2 and 4 a.m. When that happened, I fed him only 2 ounces to hold him over until 7:30 a.m. This normally took about 10 minutes, and he went right back to sleep. However, I had trouble falling back asleep. I’m considering adding a small feeding at 10 p.m. to help him sleep through the night again.

David generally eats 6-7 ounces at each feeding. He eats 4 times a day (about every 4 hours). The sleep training has been a bit challenging because we’ve had to adjust napping schedules. He used to take an evening nap, which is part of why we put him to bed so late. We’re trying to eliminate the evening nap so he’ll go to bed earlier. Every day last week he fell asleep in his jumper while I was doing the dishes.

Right now we’re also focused on transitioning David into his crib from his bassinet. His bassinet has a slight incline, so lying flat on his back in the crib has been an adjustment. In the beginning of last week, he’d cry when I put him into his crib. But throughout the week, he’s acclimated to the feeling of the crib. The night he slept 12 hours straight was in his crib, so that made me very happy and made me feel like we’re making positive progress.

I love being a mom and I love spending time with baby David 🙂 He grows so much each and every week. I can’t believe how much he has changed since he was born, which was less than three months ago. He is a bright shining light in my life.