4 months

4 months - 1/25/14

Growth
17 pounds, 4 ounces
25 inches (I believe they may have measured him wrong at the doctor and was only 24.5 inches)

Nicknames
booger nugget, little man, buddy, stinker, big boy

Sleep
Our little man is doing great with sleep. He usually sleeps from 8:30 to 7 at night. Throughout the month the times at night continued to get longer until we got to this time. He takes 4 naps 1 to 1.5 hour naps throughout the day. Between his last two feedings he usually doesn't take a nap unless he is really sleepy before we are ready for bath time. And then he will get a catnap. We are planning on changing his to 5 eat, play, sleep cycles so then that will cut his naps down to 3 and hopefully that will help his nighttime sleep. My goal is either 7:30 to 7:30 or 8 to 8. 

Eating
Our little guy has 6 eat, play, sleep cycles throughout the day so he gets 6 feedings. At those feedings he gets about 6 ounces of formula. Most of the time he eats it all but some days he isn't as hungry and doesn't finish all 6. He has started to get really distracted during feedings which is funny sometimes but then frustrating when we can't get him to finish.

Through this last month we have been really working on trying to get his reflux/spit up under control so we tried different formulas but the one that we are going to stick with is Similac for Spit-Up. We are also giving him Prevacid and going to the chiropractor. Apparently, this makes me a trendy mom but I really think it helps. And he loves it! They do exercises and stretches that help with the reflux and should strengthen his body. Moms, I would really seriously think about getting your baby some adjustments... think about how cramped they were in your belly for 9 months. He absolutely loves going!

We are going to the doctor Monday and I have a feeling they are going to talk to us about starting solids. We are working on eating dinner with him at the table so he can get used to watching us eat and maybe get more interested in real food. Not quite sure when we will start solids though.

Clothing/Diapers:
He is in 3-6 month clothing mostly, some 6 month. He is just long in the body so some brands are just too short in that area. We moved him to size 2 diapers and they fit him great. We are still using Pampers both Swaddlers and Swaddlers Sensitive.

Development
Wow has he grown this month. He talks so much and his range has definitely grown. He squeals all the time.  

He also laughs much more often now, which is so fun to hear!

He has started to grab things much easier and is starting to reach for them. 

He loves standing and is pretty close to sitting up with the help of his arms. He has a long way to go before sitting himself up but he loves seeing the world that way. 

Mommy
I love my little boy and each day is much harder than the last when I head to work. I don't know how working moms do it, but I am not meant to be one of those. This past week we had a holiday and then one day school was closed due to the weather and those two days were the best days of the week for me. I loved being at home with him, playing with him, talking to him, cuddling. I got so much done at home and was able to edit more pictures for my photography business. It still is so tiring but not as bad as the days have been when I go to school.

Daddy
Hubby is so good with our little guy. He loves his daddy so much and loves to hear him walk in the door. They are already little buddies and it makes me happy. Little Man already knows daddy is here to play. Daddy loves the weekends when he can spend so much more time with Little Man and he misses him while at work. 

Likes:
going backwards in his "car"

his zebra

talking

patty cake

bath time

sitting in his high chair

Dislikes:
getting clothes put on

Memories:
first night away from mom :(

New Year's Day

Baby Dedication at church

dinner with friends

weekend with the girls

stinky diaper changes!

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