My sweet little baby turned four months old last week. His newborn days are long over, and this little guy shows us more personality and smiles with every passing day.
The biggest change from last month to this month? He wants to stand and JUMP all.the.time!
We didn’t even buy this jumperoo for Cullen until he was somewhere around 4.5 months, but we started it with Graham about a month earlier – he just seemed ready to go! He loves being upright and jumping on my lap all day long with his wobbly little legs. And I’m thrilled that he loves the jumperoo, because it’s nice to have another safe spot to put him down.
When he’s not bouncing and jumping, he loves his playmat. He is particularly fond of his hanging monkey toy, and he’s able to grab things purposefully now and bring them to his mouth.
The mouth is a popular spot these days. Toys, fingers, and anything else he can grab ends up there. I am afraid for how I will manage all of the little choke-able things that big brother plays with once he starts crawling around. No rush on that one, you hear me?
He’s still not a huge fan of being on the tummy, but he’s much stronger and can do a lot more there now. He reaches out toward toys and grabs for them and rocks back and forth like he’s swimming through the air. It only lasts a few minutes before he is grumpy though. I blame that giant, heavy head.
Another new development this month? Rolling over! He loves to roll from back to front, but then gets angry once he’s there. This has made for some very interesting and long nights. He is still swaddled for now, but rolling over has made that more challenging. Attempts to remove the swaddle have been an epic failure. He wants to roll over, but he doesn’t actually want to sleep on his belly, and he still startles very easily. One night at a time…
Speaking of sleep, I’d say it is…okay. Not great, and not terrible. We’ve hit a bit of a sleep regression, which I remember Cullen going through around this age too. What used to be one consistent wake-up each night is now several more. He typically goes to bed around 7pm and then wakes up for the first time around 1am. He eats and we go back to sleep until 4ish, and then after that he tends to wake up every 60 minutes from there on out.
He is up for the day between 6 and 7am, and despite feeling very groggy and tired, I still look forward to that giant smile I’m greeted with every morning – no matter how early it is. He always, always wakes up happy.
Naps are another story. Big brother did the same thing, so I’m not sure why I expected anything different, but I am struggling with this kid’s refusal to sleep during the day. He typically takes four naps a day, but they are each 25-30 minutes at most. This is just enough time to get Cullen whatever he needs, fix myself a snack or drink, read one email and consider responding, and then BOOM – nap time is oveeerrrr. What’s up with that, G?
He is almost always happy and smiling when he’s awake, but he also demands constant attention. He watches my every move and if I leave the room for even a minute, he cries. So he’s glued to me pretty much all the time right now (other than being with Casey, obviously), which makes it hard to do anything other than kiss his cheeks and exhaust myself trying to make him laugh. It’s a tough job, I tell ya.
Despite spending all day (and night!) with me, I am definitely his least favorite. He is 100% obsessed with Casey, and literally lights up when he walks into the room. Any grumpy evening can be saved by dad’s arrival home from work. It is so precious and fun to watch.
But no one can compete with big brother. It is actually pretty amazing how much Cullen can influence Graham already. While Cullen bounces around the playroom or kitchen, Graham is watching his every move. If Cullen shrieks or makes a funny noise, Graham cracks up with baby giggles. Of course when mom repeats the joke…crickets.
And now that Graham is reacting to things like sound, sight, and touch – Cullen is so much more interested and responsive to him. He likes to help me change his diapers, he tickles him gently, and he helps shake toys in front of him to keep him happy. Perhaps the cutest development is that any time Graham starts to fuss or cry, Cullen immediately jumps up and announces, “Graham crying! I go check on him!” Heart exploding.
I feel like things are starting to get a bit easier as Graham gets stronger and sturdier, and we continue to (sort of) fall into a more predictable routine. I’m trying really hard to be mindful to watch cues and think about what schedule will work best for both boys, but so far that has been my toughest juggling act.
Breastfeeding continues to go well, despite getting another horrific round of mastitis a few weeks ago. This was the worst time I’ve had it by far, and ended with me having to get an ultrasound to rule out an abscess (which thankfully, it wasn’t!). I am trying to pay attention to how much he is feeding on each side, and am adding in a bit of extra pumping if it doesn’t seem like he’s emptying enough milk. Hopefully that was the last of it!
He is a precious peach, and I could (and do!) stare at him all day. With each passing day it gets a teensy bit easier, and I fall a whole lot more in love.
Four Month Rundown:
- Weight: 14lbs 15oz
- Height: 26 inches (long and lean!)
- Swing: Still using it, but most naps are in the crib now.
- Boppy Lounger Pillow: Packed it up weeks ago after he started rolling over!
- Stroller: Tried him directly in the seat last week – he looked so little! Still seems a little too small for it – giving it a few more weeks.
- Car Seat: Absolutely hates. Every car ride is pure torture.
- Diapers: Almost all cloth, other than disposables overnight.
- Traveling: None. Nice to just hang here at home!
- Teeth: Zero, but infinite amounts of drool.