Saturday, January 18, 2014

Monthly Updates: Month Four

Barrett,
How is it that you are already four months old? I feel like we were just bringing you home from the hospital and trying to get adjusted to having an extra family member. Now here I am, barely able to remember life four months ago. You are an amazing little boy, simply amazing.  Your smile is contagious and able to light up any room. You are one of the best gifts that God could have given us! I can't help but pull out my phone and show off pictures when someone asks about you....you are the cutest little guy! I'm so excited that we're on this journey with such a precious little boy.
We love you to the moon and back!
XO
Mommy


Here are some special highlights for your FOURTH month:

Weight: 16 pounds 5 ounces (89%)
Height: 24.5 inches (51%)
Clothing Size: You are wearing 3-6 month clothes and 6 month sleepers. Most brands run true to size but some are way off. You wore a 0-3 month onesie from Baby Gap this week and it fit you fine but you wear 6 month sleepers from Carters and they fit you fine too.
Diapers: Size 2 Target diapers are still fitting you great!
Feeding: You still LOVE to eat but you aren't so demanding now that you are a little bit older. We can occupy you for a little bit until your milk gets warm. We started supplementing with formula because I'm not making enough milk for you. You are eating a 7 ounce (5 oz. breast milk with 2 oz. formula) bottle when you wake up (usually around 4:30am) and then you eat 6 ounce (4 oz. breast milk with 2 oz. formula) bottles every 3-3.5 hours. You eat a 7 ounce (5 oz. breast milk with 2 oz. formula) bottle before bed (usually around 7pm) and you're good until the morning. You've also boycotted nursing. We try but we end up both getting frustrated so we don't force the issue. As long as you are getting breast milk, then that's all that matters.
Hair/Eyes: You still have the prettiest blue eyes and your hair seems to be getting lighter. Your hair is light brown but the new hair coming in looks really blond.
Sleep: You are going to sleep around 7:00p and you wake up around 4:30a for a bottle and then you sleep in until 7a. I know I shouldn't go in at 4:30a to get you but since you immediately go back down, I don't mind. I'm so happy that we did sleep training with you!!  
Naps still aren't your favorite thing. You usually nap around 9:30-10:00 and then again around 1:00-1:30 and 4:00-4:30 but here lately you've been skipping the morning nap and taking an extra long afternoon nap.

Highlights:
--Went to church for the first time in December 22,2013
--You belly laugh when we tickle your neck
--Peek-a-boo is now entertaining and slightly funny
--You hold onto rattles, blocks and other fun toys
--Your hands are your favorite things...four fingers on your left hand are ALWAYS in your mouth 
--Bath time is full of splashing and kicking
--You are starting to enjoy some time on the floor, especially when your big sister entertains you
--You are aware of your surroundings and you can find the TV anytime it's on
--You love music and you usually listen to classical music during nap time
--You will now roll up on your side when you are on your back
--Your favorite toy is a plastic hollowed out, grid like ball that you can easily hold on to and throw across the room.
--You rolled over from your back to your belly on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Your arms weren't cooperating with you (they were stuck by your side instead of up by your head) and you got pretty frustrated.
--You enjoyed your first walk of 2014 on January 12th. Sitting up and looking around made the walk so much more enjoyable for you (and Mommy).
--You startle more easily, especially when Daddy and Amelia wrestle.
--Taking a picture in the same position each month is getting a little more difficult. You kept trying to straighten your legs to stand up...silly boy.



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