I can’t believe Aiden will be 3 months old in just over a week and the fourth trimester will be over! So much has changed in the short time (that feels like forever) that we have had him.
When we brought Aiden home we kept hearing that the first two weeks would be the hardest, then it would get better after four, then six and finally after 3-months. As each of those milestones passed I kept waiting for it to “get better” but honestly it was tough. The fourth trimester is no joke!
Looking back now I can see that little things did get better after each milestone, but living in those moments it was hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel sometimes. Now that Aiden is almost 3 months things are finally starting to click. He has a great routine. He stays up longer between feedings and interacts with us, he smiles and coos, he sleeps through the night in his crib, and he is getting much better at naps.
In the last week we have been able to put him down in the DockATot either in the Zipadee Zip or sometimes even without a swaddle and he falls asleep on his own. I have heard a lot of people say it’s best to put your baby down drowsy, but I didn’t think Aiden would get to that point.
I firmly believe the fourth trimester is a real thing and that, although there are many challenges ahead (hello four month sleep regression and teething), the hardest part is over! It’s amazing how difficult things can seem when you are going through them but then when you take a step back and look things don’t seem so bad. Hindsight is 20/20 I guess!
Did you experience the fourth trimester? How long did it take for things to click for your little one?