Thursday, June 14, 2012

Max Turns 4 Months Old

Stats- We went to the doctor last week due to a rash on Max's neck (everything's fine) and he got weighed. He was 13 lbs 5 oz at 25% still. He goes back next week for regular 4 month check-up so i'll update with more stats.
Personality- He still loves to smile, coo and talk to us. He is very alert and loves to look at everything. Although he is still a very fussy boy and screams/cries a lot. He has to be stimulated by playing with toys, or always moving. He is never content just hanging out. His happy times are starting to out number the screaming times, but he has his days.
Eating- He is still breastfeeding every 3 hours (sometimes sooner). If he is still hungry after I feed him I either use back up milk I pumped or a little formula to give him more. We are using the Baby Whisperer book to try to extend his feedings to every 4 hours and to try to make sure he is getting enough. I am estimating that he is only eating around 4-5 oz when he eats so we'd like to get him to eat more at a sitting since he is still not sleeping through the night.
Ready to eat!
While we were at the pediatricians last week she gave us the go ahead to start rice cereal. He is liking it although not mastering the technique yet. He makes little noises and opens his mouth to get more. Half of it ends up on his bib, but we're getting there. It's good practice for the months ahead when we start some baby foods at 6 months.
Sleeping- He goes down to bed around 8-8:30pm and is up at 10:45pm for a dream feed then he wakes up usually once per night around 2:30am. He wakes up around 6am for the day. We recently started the routine where we're trying to get him to sleep until 7am to start the day. He naps in his swing for the majority of the time, but I sometimes rotate to the crib depending if we've been playing upstairs.  We also just started unswaddling him. It's been a little rough of me going in a few extra times at night, but he is loving his fingers. He has almost mastered the thumb sucking (still sticks the other fingers close to his eyes), but he is soothing himself pretty well. It seems as if we're starting all this new stuff, but we realized that he should be moving towards a 4 hour feeding schedule and we're far from it so we need to adjust some other items in the routine. He is a pretty good napper napping 4 times a day between 45mins-an hour and a half. He has been waking up crying sometimes around the 45min mark and sometimes will go back down.
Development- He has definitely found his feet. He grabs them and pulls them to his face and has tried to eat them a few times. He loves his fingers and has to have something in his mouth at all times. He needs a bib constantly. No teeth coming in yet, but when I was a baby I had one around 4.5 months. 
He also has been eating some teether toys and he bites down on them so hard. Sophie is a great pal of his still, too. He isn't minding the tummy time as much anymore and sometimes can roll over. He tries to sit up and do crunches if we lay him down on his back. 
When you are sitting on the couch holding him, he has to be standing and looking around. He is getting to be such a big boy.
He also is a roly poly. He rolls from side to side and almost flips to his stomach. When he sleeps in the crib and fusses around a bit, he has turned all around in the crib and faces a whole new direction. 
-He can still fit in 3 month clothes, but most comfortably in 3-6 month clothes.
-He is in Size 2 Pamper Swaddler diapers
-His eyes are still blue
-He still loves his bath and we give him one most every night still just because he is happy and loves it so much.

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Grandma and Grandpa W said...

So beautiful... History in the making. He is growing so fast. What Great photo's. We love him.

Chris said...

He is just too cute. Miss the little guy!

leah said...

such a cutie!! Sounds like he's doing great and getting to be such a big boy. I can't believe how tall he is in that standing picture!!

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