Four months old!! Such an exciting month of developments.
Weight/Length: We had baby D’s four month pediatrician appointment this week and he weighs 15lbs 10 oz and is 26 inches long putting him in the 90th percentile for both height and weight. Looks like he’s taking after his 6’1 daddy!
Sleep: Still pretty good, most of the time, sleeping from about 9pm-8am. Bedtime routine starts around 8pm, usually with a bath but not every night. Then it’s lights down low, jammies, a bottle, a reading or two of Goodnight Moon, sound machine on and within 5 minutes or less, he’s out. Some nights he wakes us up by kicking his feet or yelling out from a dream, but a diaper change or paci is usually all it takes.
Naps are about the same as last month. Morning nap lasts anywhere from 1-2 hours. Then another hour long nap after lunch. And another nap in the evening, but that one is usually the shortest, lasting about a half hour.
Feeding: Surprisingly, I’m still pumping. My goal is 6 months, as long as my supply is there. I wasn’t sure how tough it would be when things picked up at work, but I’m fortunate enough to have an office with a door that locks. Also, that hands-free bra is a lifesaver. It only takes a minute for me to put that puppy on and then I can get right back to work or hop on a conference call if I need to and no one is the wiser.
D is eating between 7 and 8 oz each feeding now, but for most of the month he was eating only 6 oz at each feeding, for a total of 5 feedings a day. We used to only supplement once a week, if that, but now we’re supplementing a couple of ounces every other day. Maybe it will even back out once we start solids, though the pediatrician told us not to hold our breath.
Firsts This Month: No real personal firsts, but a lot of experiential firsts, like his first overnight in a hotel (for my BFF’s wedding rehearsal), his first overnight without us (when my mom came up to watch him so we could go to the wedding & reception), his first time watching fireworks (at the STL Balloon Glow event), his first Oktoberfest, his first dinner at a restaurant for daddy’s birthday (Longhorn Steakhouse), and his first time being babysat by someone other than family when he spent a few hours with our friend Jen and her son last Friday.
Of course, just two days after his official 4 month mark, he rolled over from back to belly – twice! It happened within five minutes after the hubs had left the house. I failed to get video of it, but here’s an “after” shot!
Developments: D’s eye-hand coordination is getting so much better. He’s starting to play with rattles, pull on toys hanging from his activity mat, squeeze Sophie the giraffe, grab his feet, hold his own bottle, and with his wubbanub paci, he can even put it back in his mouth when it falls out.
His latest favorite thing though, is sucking on his toes.
Enjoy the flexibility while you can, little man.
He absolutely LOVES to stand. I have to hold him, of course, but he loves putting all his weight on his legs and trying to straighten his back to a standing position. I tell him what a big boy he is and he smiles so big.
Likes: Eating, bathtime, Goodnight Moon, going places, the bug toy on his playmat, Sophie the Giraffe, music – especially when mommy sings Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, his hands and feet, mommy & daddy – especially if one of us is holding him and the other one is making faces at him, the mirror, being naked, belly kisses, neck kisses on his right side (I guess that side is ticklish?), meeting new people – especially little kids
Dislikes: Same as last time: Being hungry, tired, or bored. Having his clothes changed. Putting on clothes after his bath (REALLY hates that one). Sleeping in a dirty diaper. Being held like a baby (he prefers to be held upright, or looking over the shoulder). Being in his car seat when it’s not moving. Being too hot, being swaddled, or too much tummy time.
What I’m Thankful For: I know I said it last month, but sleeping through the night is still something to be thankful for. Especially when our pediatrician told us that most babies his age are sleeping from about 10pm – 5am, so his 9pm-8am schedule really impressed her. She was also impressed that he puts himself to sleep every night, meaning we place him in his crib still wide awake so that he has to fall asleep on his own.
Also thankful that our current childcare situation seems to be working out. I was so worried that the hubs would hate being home with him all day, especially since it means he’s really only working part-time, but I think he really loves it most days. He’s definitely the best daddy I’ve ever seen.
What I’m Looking Forward To: We start solid foods this weekend and I’m both nervous and excited. Nervous because it means more messes, dirtier diapers, and more work on our part, but excited to see him try and eventually master a new skill.
How Mommy’s Doing: Good, I think. Work was super stressful this past month but it’s calming down now. Only I know it will pick back up when I have to go to Chicago at the end of the month.
I do have a general feeling of always being behind on things though. Not so much at work, but at home. Behind on laundry, house work, dishes, grocery shopping, visiting my grandma, cooking, putting out the fall decorations, mailing things to people, returning items that need to be returned, working out, doctors appointments, hair appointments (haven’t had a haircut in 6 months!), DVR watching, magazine reading, blog reading, blog writing, baby book updates, photo editing, etc. I always tell myself, “This weekend, I’ll get all caught up!” and then the weekend comes and I try to be Super Mom by handling all the feedings/diaper changes/playing with baby so I can give the hubs a break and let him focus on work things. Then, inevitably, we all get cabin fever and want to get out of the house for awhile. So almost nothing on my mental to-do list gets done. Except maybe laundry. I’m pretty good about that on the weekends.
But man oh man do I look forward to my weekends. When I can wake up with the baby and enjoy those morning smiles without being rushed out the door. When I can sip a cup of coffee and watch Ellen while feeding the baby. When I can wear sweat pants and t-shirts and not give a darn about what I look like. (Except when baby and I play with the mirror and I’m almost frightened by my own reflection! Then we step away from the mirror and play something else.) It’s all the little things that each weekend is made of that add up to some pretty big, happy things. So while I know I can’t do it all, I do feel like I’m doing just enough. And I’m okay with that.
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