I think this last month has been my favorite. He has really gone from helpless baby to full blown infant who wants to do so many things by himself. Watching him grow and change every day has been amazing. Every milestone he hits is bittersweet because I'm so excited for him to reach them and so sad that he's growing up so fast.
Weight: 16 lbs
Length: 27 inches
Clothes: We closed out Miller's 4th month still is 3-6 month clothes and size 2 diapers. Most of his pj's and one pieces are too short now for his long arms and legs but he can still squeeze his skinny self into the 3-6 month onesies. I just pulled out and washed all his 6-9 month and 6-12 month clothes because I'm ready for new outfits.
Health: I'm happy to say this month was great for health! No colds, sniffles, etc and his spitting up has drastically improved. I'm not sure if that is because of maturing digestive system or the reduction of dairy in my diet- I still eat it but I've cut down a lot. Either way I'll take it!
Diet: We are currently 90/10 breastmilk to formula. The one formula bottle a day has been a huge help and has brought my supply back up so much. I also think adding the formula helped decrease my stress which also helped my supply. Just about 2 weeks to make it to my goal of 6 months!
Sleep: Was awesome this month! Due to the spitting up we kept him in the Rock n Play and didn't try to force the crib. He goes to bed at 7pm, wakes up to eat sometime between 3-4am and then is back to sleep until 7am. He takes two naps a day the first one at 9am for 1.5-2 hrs and the second one at 2pm for 2-2.5hrs. He likes to "talk" himself to sleep for about 10-15 mintues before he falls asleep and we let him sleep with a lovie. I think the mistake we made when he was sleeping so poorly was trying to force the crib on him when he was having such bad spit up issues. Now that we have the sleeping down and spitting up under control we are going to work on the transition to the crib.
This is my concentration face
Likes: Eating, playing on his playmat, the bumbo seat, taking a bath and splashing in the water, taking walks in the stroller, his lovies that he has to be holding or have on his face when he's sleeping, grabbing onto Layla's fur, grabbing on to his car seat toys, grabbing Mommy's hair and necklaces, grabbing onto anything Mommy or Daddy are holding- such as cups, iphones, pens, etc., loves pulling at the placemat and grabbing wine glass stems or forks, rolling over and over and over, putting everything he gets his hands on into his mouth!
Dislikes: Pacifiers and being hungry
Crying: The beginning of teething caused a lot of tears at the end of the month but they were short lived. In general he is such a happy guy and really only cries when he's very hungry or overly tired, otherwise he never stops smiling.
- Rolling over and over and over. He loves to roll himself right off his playmat and try to reach the coffee table. That has since been pushed out of his way after we watched him try to gnaw on it a few times after reaching it
- Pulling toys closer to himself and passing them from hand to hand
- Turning his head toward noises especially Mommy, Daddy, dog barking, and the TV
- Turning himself around and around in his exersaucer and jumperoo
- Talks all the time and loves to hear himself scream which causes him to laugh and laugh
- Holds onto his bottle with both hands
- 1st Halloween!!
- Beginning of teething
Non stop rolling
Social/Visitors: This was such a busy month for Miller! We attended two first birthday parties and it was so fun to watch him interacting and concentrating on the other babies in the room. He definitely has FOMO (fear of missing out) and wants to be in the middle of the action! He is also a total ham for the camera and flirt around people- he absolutely loves people and just smiles non stop when anyone talks to him or someone new holds him. He also got to meet Baby Brendan one of my good friend's son's who is 4 months younger than him- I can't wait until they're bigger and can be buddies!
Postpartum: I have lost all the baby weight I gained plus 2lbs which means since January 2013 I managed to put on 40lbs and lose 42lbs which is so crazy. The human body really is amazing. I'm back in all of my old clothes but again not everything fits the same. I'm not sure how that happens but it does. Since the weather has gotten sooo cold my exercising has come to halt but I'm planning to join the gym by our house and start using it to help tone back up. I think a lot of my weight loss has been muscle mass from lack of exercise.