This month was a bit of a challenge…he was still his cute smiley self, but nighttime sleep became a bit of a battle. It was more like a series of short naps all night long. Which was frustrating because he was sleeping so good the previous month and we got spoiled.
For naps I put Dylan down on his side or tummy to sleep and he really likes it and sleeps better. But at night since I couldn’t keep an eye on him while I was sleeping, I was still putting him down on his back, because of my fear of SIDS. He got used to sleeping on his side/tummy for naps and came to prefer it, at the end of this month, he started waking up at night frustrated because he couldn’t roll over onto his tummy yet. So I bit the bullet and started putting him to sleep on his tummy at night, and he slept great, for a little while…then he started waking up again…
He wasn’t waking up to eat or play, but because he is so strong and is now on his tummy, he really began discovering his mobility. He was scooting, squirming and wiggling his way around his crib at night and gets himself wedged into a corner and can’t get himself out. So I have to go in his room and readjust him and move him back to the other end of his crib which buys me a little time (and sleep) before he gets himself stuck again. I remember this phase with Jacob and I can’t wait until he truly masters rolling around by himself so this phase will be over, and we start getting some sleep again. Since he is so big, sometimes I think I forget that he is really just a few months old and feel like he should be acting older. When I get frustrated about his nighttime sleep habits, I often find myself reminding myself that “he is only 4 months old!”
During his awake time he is still our happy little boy. He is really starting to discover what his hands can do and reaches for things. He started sticking his tongue out all the time and continues to grow like a weed. By the end of this month he grew out of his 6 month clothes and into 9 month clothes!
He had his 4 month check up and his pediatrician was very pleased with his progress. He weighs 18 lbs 2 oz (97th percentile), he’s 27 inches long (89th percentile) and his head circumference is 16.5 inches (52nd percentile). Overall his pediatrician said he is indeed a big, strong, healthy boy and he is proportioned well with his height and weight. He got his shots and didn’t flinch with the first one and then cried for about 10 seconds with the second one.
Here are this month’s weekly photos
Week 14 – so my idea of taking pictures in the morning before daddy leaves for work to get the smiley baby look backfired on me this week, he was tired and just wanted to go back to sleep (hence my previous mention of our lack of sleep).
Week 15 – then he was back smiling with his tongue sticking out