Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Jonah: 4 Month Update

One-third of a year old as of this past Saturday!  And I found out a year ago on August 25 that I was pregnant with him. Definitely amazing how much can change in a year!

don't let his smiles fool you!

Height and Weight: At his 4 month appointment he weighed 13 lbs 4 oz and was 24 inches long.  Both of his percentiles went down from his 2 month appointment, but the pediatrician figures we could have caught him at the tail end of a growth spurt at that point.  We can start giving him baby cereal, and then veggies and fruits now so hopefully that will help pack on some more weight!

Sleep: Let's not even talk about how horrible it is.  He's so sporadic with his waking up, but usually he's up around 4 times.  In the early morning hours, he'll often wake up every 2 hours, and sometimes wants to stay up and cry if I don't nurse him to sleep.  It's definitely been rough.  I was talking to some other moms at church who have new babies, and it sounds like all their babies (younger than Jonah) are sleeping better.

On Friday night we put him in his crib for the first time, and he actually only woke up twice.  We're not sure if it's just because he cried his little heart out while grandma watched the kids Friday evening, and his bedtime got pushed back. But it would be great if it could be become more permanent.

Naps are still iffy, but he usually takes one about 2 hours after he wakes up for the morning, and then potentially one in the afternoon.  But if we do anything in the morning, he'll take shorter naps, and then it's hit or miss the rest of the day.

Eating: I still just feed him on demand, with no consistent schedule that he follows.  Probably at least half of the middle of the night wake-ups, he just sucks a little until he falls back asleep, but doesn't really eat.  The pediatrician says we can start to let him fuss for a little because he is capable of sleeping through the night! But at least he's definitely gaining weight and filling out more and more!

Diapers/Clothing: Still fits his 3 month onsies pretty easily, but rompers and footie pajamas are too small. He's definitely moved up to the 3-6 month sized pajamas.  He's in size 1 diapers, but I'm hoping to just finish up the box we have and then move him into size 2s!

Social/Milestones:  When he's in a good mood (still rare, but seems to be happening more over the last week), he gives plenty of smiles.  He loves interacting and having people smile at him.  He also watches Noelle when she's doing a lot of moving around, which seems to keep him happy for longer.  He's starting grasping things and bringing them to his mouth, as well as just sticking his fingers in his mouth all the time! He also rolled over from back to front on the 19th.  He was in a mood, where nothing we did was comforting him, so we put him on his playmat and let him scream, and he rolled himself right over.  And then did it again after we put him back on his back.  Then on the 22nd, I was giving him some tummy time on our bed while I ran around doing crazy things to keep him distracted and he rolled to his back.  He did it a couple of times and I was able to catch it on video.

Likes: Some days it seems like he doesn't like anything, when nothing will console him.  But in general, he's still doing great in the bath, could probably be nursed all day long, and likes observing his sister moving around.

Dislikes: A bottle.  We tried with my milk while on vacation, and then at home with hypo-allergenic formula the pediatrician wanted us to try, and no good.  We even bought a bottle where you can change out four different types of nipples and he refused all of them.  Even when I was gone for five hours and he was clearly hungry, he wouldn't take one.

Fun things we did: We went on vacation to Tennessee- Jonah got to experience his first long roadtrip at just over 3 months old.  I was dreading the trip so much, convinced that he would be in meltdown mode the whole time.  But thankfully he did well overall!  Definitely very proud of him!  The rest of the month was fairly quiet.  Two of my college best friends visited and got to meet Jonah for the first time, which was really fun.  We also celebrated August birthdays with my family for Luke, Heather, and Becky.

Some pictures from the last month:

 Jonah in his sister's rash guard

 eating breakfast with mommy

 playing on his playmat

 jammie time with Noelle

a smile and whales for days

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