4 month old, babies, breast milk, child development, common cold, infant sleep, over stimulation, tummy time
Babby is four months old today!
He had his appointment with the pediatrician on Wednesday, the day he turned 17 weeks old.
Good news – his weight gain this month was fine. He’s now 6 kilograms, and seems to be holding steady just under the 15th percentile. The pediatrician was happy and says that Babby may have been “finding his own size” and will probably maintain this place in the percentiles. That’s fine with me. It was dropping from 85th to 15th that I didn’t like.
For the most part, parenting Babby is easier than it used to be. He no longer stays awake for 8 hour stretches,
He gets bored quickly though, so I have to walk him around the house a lot, showing him a bookshelf and letting him run his hands along the books, then showing him a curtain and letting him finger the curtain, and so on ad nauseum. I trawled Craigslist and am sending Perfect Husband on a pick-up errand to get a Jolly Jumper for ten bucks after work today. I’m not thoroughly convinced that it won’t shatter my baby’s legs, but dangit, I need new ways to amuse this kid.
He does like his tummy time mat if I prop him on a pillow so he can’t flip himself over immediately. He likes to grab the toys I place in front of them with both hands, and then he opens his mouth wiiiiiiiiide like a monster from a Japanese action flick, and brings the toy to his mouth where he bites down on it viciously.
…Unfortunately, it is so exciting that his delighted squeals and aggressive toy-eating quickly devolve into over stimulated screeching. He looks both delighted and angry all at once and I have to come rescue him before his rage gets the upper hand.
Babby’s evening sleeping patterns have fallen apart recently. He has been waking almost hourly some nights. You hear a lot about the “4 month sleep regression”, and I don’t know if this is it, or if the problem is a result of the fact that Babby has been fighting off my cold. He had a fever last week, which is around the time that the sleep fell apart. But then it went away and it seemed fine, except for his waking up screaming every hour all night long. Now he is starting to sniffle and cough, and yet his sleep was BETTER last night.
I have no idea what’s going on.
I mean, he has reflux, AND he is fighting off a cold AND he’s been chewing on his hands and drooling for weeks now, so we think he’s starting to teethe. He could be all kinds of uncomfortable. So how do you know what causes any particular unexpected wake-up?
I’m very, very tired, since I’m getting over this cold myself. Also, the day Babby suddenly started snuffling was the day my sore throat came back with a vengeance.
(As a side note, being unable to succumb to the cold medications and just CRASH is a new form of torture. Being kept up repeatedly in the night when your body wants to sleep and heal itself is decidedly un-fun. Poor Perfect Husband came down with the cold too, but since Babby doesn’t need his father’s boobas to eat, PH had the luxury of collapsing into a ten hour sleep of the dead while I glared malevolently at his recumbent form, consumed by jealousy. He made up for it the next day by contritely taking Babby downstairs and giving him a bottle of pumped milk while I caught a couple more hours’ sleep.)
Anyway, I am getting rid of Babby’s cold once and for all.
…This morning, I put breast milk up his nose.
There are so many times in your mommy-life where you will be nearly dead from flu / cold / headache / whatever, but you will push through because your husband will *somehow* be sicker than you.
This is just the way it is. It’s their Y chromosome.
I always find that if kids miss a few nights’ good sleep because of illness, it takes longer for them to get back into proper sleep than it does for them to shake off the bug. Add to that the regular sleep regression (and those things you can practically set your watch by, they are so reliable) and possible teething and… yeah… I got nothin’. This too shall pass, that’s all I can tell you. (And in the meantime, he’s awfully cute. I’m sure that helps. Even if he does still remind me of a twiddlebug.)
Isaac used to play until he got angry at the toys. One in particular that was attached to his exersaucer used to send him into a red rage every. single. time. – it was just a smiling plastic bee on a sort of spring, but the way it would bounce back when he hit it just pissed him off to an extreme degree. We finally took it off and hid it – all was well after that.
Maybe it’s the men-have-lower-pain-thresholds thing at work? Although my own pain threshold is rock bottom low.
Apparently that’s a myth- it’s always been assumed that men have a lower threshold because of the whole we give birth and they don’t thing. But, supposedly there is no truth to that. I haven’t read up on the literature that states this, but if you get around to it/care enough to find out I’d like to know…
Hmm, they tested it on mythbusters and it came out confirmed – the women showed a higher tolerance to pain.
Gettysburg Mom said:
Wombat Central said:
Hooray for good weight gain! My six-year-old daughter is still in the less than 5th percentile for weight. She’s a string bean. Totally healthy, just built like a pole. Very cute pics–especially that first one. How did you get the photo slide show in there?
I uploaded photos to a gallery and then there was an “insert slideshow” option! Never used it before, but it’s handy!
Ohmygod. You have the cutest babby on the PLANET. Seriously, he makes my ovaries ache. I never comment on any blogs I read, but dude… Babby has the most ridiculously high level of cuteness I’ve ever seen in my life.
Thank you! I made him myself!
Love the slideshow commentary. 🙂
The FUN OVERLOADING… photo made me laugh. A lot. It’s totally a Hyperbole and a Half face he made. Such a clever blogrolling babby!
I swear to you that you will not shatter the legs of Babby with a Jolly Jumper. Alex’s doctor said no jolly jumpers to me. I asked his physiotherapist about it. She said doctors say no to it because people think their baby will walk sooner if they leave them in it 8 hours a day. With sensible usage there is no risk of harm to Babby. I got it from a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist. So there.
Oh and take lots of videos as he tried to launch through the roof with the bouncing.
Glad he’s gaining weight and finding his curve. Less stressful.
Oh and don’t get me started on sucky baby-men who can’t handle a little cold/stomach virus. You get a week of lounging in bed, I got 12 hours…
Is the kitty litter in the background in those photos some sort of product placement?
Hahaha, no, but if the company wanted to donate to me as a thank you, they can feel free!
jolly jumpers ROCK!!! just keep it at a height where only his toes make strong contact with the ground. babies shouldn’t put pressure on flat feet, or something like that.
they help with neck strength, foot-brain coordination, and he gets to puke in a whole new way now:)
He’s already using it to try and “walk” forward and grab the dog.
I’m glad his weight has come up and you’re feeling better about that. Sounds like a Jolly Jumper will be quite entertaining for him. May I also suggest, if the funds are available, looking for a used Jumperoo too? Jonah absolutely LOVED his and I wish I had had one for Liam. Bouncy like a Jolly Jumper, but with built-in toys like an exersaucer, it’s truly the best of both worlds and well worth the money. (Actually, we just sold ours for the same price I bought it for, so it was really like a deposit more than an investment. Definitely worth it!)
The “fun overloading” picture is hilarious, and the rest are adorable. Love the slideshow, and I’m thrilled he’s find his own weight and doing better that way. Sucks about the new sleep pattern thought…