Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Liam: 4 Months


Oh sweet boy, you are three months old! Can you believe that you've been out in the world for a quarter of a year! You are getting so big and thriving so well.  You spent a lot of time with family this past month (thanks holidays!) and you survived it like a (almost always) smiling champ! 

Weight & Height:
You had your four month check up today, and clocked in at 26 in long and 14 lbs 1.5oz.  Growing steady, but I think you've held a similar weight between this month and last, but gained an inch.  You're still so slim and long.  You've gained a couple small rolls on your arms and legs-- but nothing to really notice.

You started eating 5oz this month per feeding.  At night you only get one 4 oz bottle.  You're still eating every three hours during the day, and I'm so glad you're taking in a little bit more food each day.  You're a growing boy, and we need to keep you gaining steady weight.  You still get one bottle a day that is a mix of breast milk and formula, but I think those days are coming to an end quickly.

Sleeping (naps):
Oh, the days of napping…. Toward the middle of this month you decided you don't like napping. I think it was around the onset of the early stages of leap 4.  You maybe take one long nap each day (usually in the afternoon/evening), and one or two shorter cat naps (20-40 minutes).  

Sleeping (at night): 
You're still sleeping well at night.  You're working on new skills and they tend to wake you up.  You go down ideally between 7 and 8pm each night, but quite a few nights this month you refused to go down, and ended up staying up with mommy and daddy until your final bottle at 10pm.  Once your'e down though, you tend to stay asleep until between 3 and 5 am and wake for your "over night" bottle.  You always quickly go back to sleep and have continued to be an efficient night time eater.  

You are so long my sweet boy.  We still have a few 3M pieces that still fit, but you are definitely wearing a majority of 3-6M/6M clothing.  Its been so fun to pull out the next set of clothing and start dressing you in new outfits. We packed away most of your 3M, but since we still have a few pieces that fit- I can't bring myself to pack the box away until your (hopefully) brother comes along in the future.  

Oh my little social butterfly… You continue to enjoy being around people.  You still don't care who is talking to you, or playing with you, as long as SOMEONE is doing so.  You love being held when we are out and you are awake so you can see all the sights and people.  You've started a new annoyance- you don't like being left alone or left in your seat when we are eating dinner.  You want to be sitting at the table with us- I can not wait until you are sitting up on your own and are able to sit in a high chair at the table with us (and not in mommy's lap).

Bath time. Bath time. Bath time.  You love to kick your legs and splash.
You love your play mat and sneaking in some TV watching while you're laying in the living room.  
You love waking up- it seems strange but you are the happiest, bubbly little boy first thing in the morning.  When I am able to come in a get you, you give me the biggest smiles and squeals of delight.

Same as usual-- being ignored, tummy time, going to sleep, the time when we are getting you redressed after bath time.

New This Month:
ROLLING OVER!  You ended month 4 by rolling over! We are so proud of you buggy! Not long now, and you'll be doing it all the time to get places.
Reaching- You're really starting to reach for your toes and pacifiers.
Mommy went back to work and daddy started staying home to take care of you.  

Mommy finally went back to work in the middle of this month, it was so hard to go back and leave you at home. But at the same time, it was easier than I imagined it would be… (Thanks to daddy.)  Because daddy is staying home with you for now, it has made the transition back to work a little easier.  I am still struggling to find balance in all things, and get back into the swing of things at work, but I'm getting there one day at a time. Coming home at the end of the day, and Friday afternoons have never seemed like a better thing than they do now.  I rush home to feed you your late afternoon bottle and cuddle you for your afternoon nap.  You always greet me with the biggest smile and desire to be hugged- it has really been a great treat each day.

We love you so much Gummy Bear.  We want to give you the world, and then more.  Keep growing and exploring.

Love indefinitely,

PS- I will be back to add pictures later.