Monday, August 04, 2014

4 Months

Another great month with Jack, exhausting at the start of it but ending as our best yet!

16 lbs 1.2 oz (75th percentile)
26" (75th percentile)
(This makes him only 1/2 lb smaller than his 7 month old cousin Miles.)
  • moved to his crib in his own room
  • woke up twice a night for almost 3 weeks. I was exhausted. In the past week he's gone to sleeping 12 hours straight pretty consistently. Occasionally he'll wake around 5 or 6 to nurse and will go back down for a few more hours. 
  • usually naps for about 2 hours in the morning, and 3.5-4 hr naps in the afternoon now that he's in his crib. I usually have to wake him in the afternoons so that he will go to bed at a decent hour.
  • will sometimes fuss for a couple minutes before falling asleep (as opposed to Eleanor, who could scream for an hour if we let her). I can also just lay him down awake and shut the door and he'll drift off on his own. I'm not taking this for granted. 
  • loves to stand on our laps - he's so strong!!
  • coos and smiles while he's nursing, take frequent breaks to just tell me stories
  • is in 3-6 month clothes mostly. His 3 month pjs are snug, and some weeks I feel like I'm tossing clothes to the too-small bin on a daily basis.
  • adores his sisters. Every night at dinner he lays in his little rocker bed next to Avery and stare and smile at her. It's precious. 
  • still refuses the bottle, but we haven't tried very hard to make him take one. I really love nursing, but I'd also really love to go on a date.
  • my hair has been falling out in handfuls. Because of this, my hair is always in a ponytail.
  • eats every 3-4 hours during the day, and a little more frequently right before bedtime
  • loves taking a bath.
  • likes to be worn and will settle down into a catnap every single time. 
  • dressed like a cow for free Chick-fil-a...he was very popular with the employees
  • met his great-aunt Jen and great-uncle Dave this month, as well as my cousins, all visiting from Iowa.
  • rolled onto his side
  • found his thumb and I frequently find him sucking on it to calm himself or fall asleep
  • enjoys tummy time for longer periods of time
  • scoots scoots scoots when he's laying on a blanket or in his crib. For the past week he has done a 180 in bed, facing a different wall than when I put him to sleep.
  • often gets a foot caught between the crib bars
  • heard a song he liked when we were picking up some new baby toys for him, so that toy came home with us since it elicited a smile from him.
  • still starts naps and bedtime in a swaddle but we always find him completely undone. Tonight he went down with one arm free, so we'll see how that works before fully taking the swaddle away.
  • is the happiest, most smiley baby ever. People always comment on this, and it's such a treat to see him enjoying everything around him.