Monday, December 19, 2016

Month 3 & 4 month 3 came and went without me updating on my little man and now here I am, forcing myself to stay awake to write his 4 month because I will be kicking myself if I don't have the post to look back, can anyone say, run on sentence...and because he is almost 5 months.
Lets just get right down to it....this boy just does not sleep. 
I guess I just have babies that don't like to rest because Emma was the exact same way. I still have trouble getting her to go to sleep and stay asleep so I'm guessing he will probably be just as difficult. 
I had one night that I saw every. single. hour and that made for a tough day. Usually he is up 4-5 times wanting to nurse, then right back to sleep but at full awake at around 6-6:30. I find the days that he is up more than his normal nights especially hard because I don't have a great supply of milk because I didn't get enough sleep. He is fussier and hungrier because he drank the little that I had all through the night. I actually gave him his first taste of baby food hoping that it would keep him fuller, but that didn't work. food before the doctor gave the OK, second child problems.  So, we have now been working on self soothing. I have to let him cry a little to try to put himself back to sleep. It kills me to hear him struggling but we need to change something because I was totally drained physically and mentally. 
Nursing is still going great when he actually lets me replenish my supply. He is a hungry boy all the time, so taking his mind off eating and focusing on playing helps. 
He hates getting in his car seat. I would too being all tied down like that.
 He hates wearing hats. 
He hates not being held.
He hates getting out of the bath...our house is freezing (more on that topic in another post) 
He loves blowing raspberries on his belly.
Speaking of raspberries....Charlie has a "Angle Kiss" on his thigh. The Dr. says they go away when they are about 7 years old. I love it though. I think of Mikes mom every time I see it. 
I don't see any birthmarks on him though. 
He loves his diaper being changed.
He loves being talked to. 
He loves being smiles at. He smiles right back. 
He loves sucking on a rag during bath time. 
He loves being swaddled during bedtime. 
He loves being held.
I am actually still holing him through his naps. It has been really rough because I could be getting so many other things done during that time but he doesn't care. He wakes up around 6-6:30. Takes his first short nap around 8. Next nap is usually in the stroller if we are on a walk or the Ergo if we are out at 10:30-11. That one is about 45 minutes. The next nap is right around 1:00 pm. That is Emma's nap time so I like them to sleep at the same time. She usually sleep for 2-2 1/2 hours and I try to sleep with him or play on my phone and regret not sleeping. Once Emma is up I try to get her to do something quietly while he naps for another 30 minutes or so. After that long one, he might nap for 15 minutes but his witching hour is 7:00 on the dot! If he is not being swaddled up in his room a 7 then forget about it. Screaming his head off! 
I am excited for his first Christmas. I started shopping a couple days ago which for me is trouble. I buy more through the month and I don't stop till the actual day because I see so many cute thing that I just have to buy. 
So this is about it for now. 
I am hoping that I will be better with my monthly updates for him in the future. I was on top of my game with Emma's and I only feel right if I do the same for him. 
Such a sweet little boy with so much personality already. He is going to be so much fun to watch grow up.

(the above was written in the beginning of December)

We had a doctors appointment last week and he now weighs in at 14lbs 14oz. So much bigger then when Emma was his age. He is still doing really well with everything else. We had a bit of a cold (thanks to his sister) and have been really slow to get over it.
We are heading into teething at full speed. Lots of drool and hand always in mouth. I am trying the Amber necklace again like I did with Emma. Still not really sure if it works but I will try anything.
The swaddling thing I have been a little concerned about. I would love some feedback if anyone has any because I never did it with Emma.
So, I would like to start weaning him out of it but I think he is going to have a hard time by just the few times I haven't put him in it and he cant sleep. I end up putting him in mid-way through the night because I cant keep getting up every 15 minutes. In my mind, I guess the only thing is my suffering and not sleeping in till he is get used to it?.?
Rolling over has been a big successes this month.
I have been giving him more foods to suck on then actual baby food. He really enjoys bananas and pineapple.
This may be TMI, but I never experience so much baby poo coming out of diapers before. I probably change him at least once a day...maybe twice for that reason. There is hardly any in the diaper but a ton on his back and clothes. I don't get it!

So, I am going to leave it at this. I am once again so excited for his first Christmas so I am sure there will be tons to write about soon.

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