- He lifted his head at 3 months, 2 weeks, and just a short time later rolled over for the first time by himself. Since then he can roll onto his side fairly regularly but hasn't gotten back onto his belly by himself since then. His legs still fly up in the back when he tries to raise his head, he hasn't learned to use his arms to push up yet. :)
- Right after he turned 3 months he started grasping things like blankets, clothing and anything soft that would be near his hands. Then he got accurate enough that he could reach out and grab onto his toys and hang on. Now he enjoys playing with little baby toys that he can hold, with bright colors, textures, and crinkly sounds.
- He's still Mr. Chucklehead with all his smiles, coos, gurgles and superfun personality. He is such a joy to have around to lighten up the rest of us grumpies. :)
- With the coming of four months, I did some revamping of his sleeping situation. His bedtime kept naturally creeping up to the early bedtime typical of an infant his age, so I pulled the trigger and got him on a more structured bedtime which now has a goal of having him asleep no later than 8:00pm (although most days it's even earlier). Which means I have to start settling him down shortly after 6:30 or 7, it takes a while. The first few nights of this were awful, but after a few days he got back into his lovely pattern of only waking up 1-2 times. I'm trying to get him to sleep 12 hours a night, but I have only been able to manage 10½ or 11 (but he did do it a couple of times!!). Maybe I'll get there, maybe not. I could never do it with Drew either.
- Also at four months, it's time to lose the sleeping crutches like swings. I know it's never a good idea to get a kid dependent on motion to sleep, but let's face it, in the early months it just works so you go with it. Especially if a baby is taking 4-5 hour daily naps in the swing, why mess with it?? LOL. But as it turned out I didn't have to initiate the process of losing the swing, he did it on his own. He just one day started hating it, and trying to buck his way out of it no matter how much I tried to encourage him to stay in it. So now he naps in his crib and never looked back. Fine with me!
- He's got some serious lopsidedness with his neck muscles. He always holds his head up severely to the left, and I'm afraid he's going to develop unevenly. He CAN turn it head the other way, he just hardly ever does it. He also has a very flat head in the back. I don't remember Drew's being that flat. The doctor we saw today was a bit concerned about his head and called it "wicked flat" but wants us to try to get it fixed ourselves because the helmets aren't covered by insurance and cost $2000!! So we have orders to do lots of bumbo sitting, more tummy time and find ways to get him to turn his head the right way in the crib
- He's wearing 9M clothing now (!!!) but still stayed in size 2-3 diapers since last month, thank goodness.
- I totally forgot, but apparently now he's old enough for rice cereal! OMG. I am in no hurry to start that stuff just yet if he's still satisfied with milk. With Drew I started it as soon as we could just because he always seemed like he was starving, but Parker's not as much of a piggie so I think we can wait a little longer.
- I was messing around on our health insurance website and tallied up all the claims from our hospital stay when Parker was born. The total for him and me both was billed at $14,532. LOL!! I laughed about the epidural which was billed at $1200, they should have only charged 50% since it only worked on 50% of my body. I guess there are no exchanges, no refunds. That doctor also had no bedside manner whatsoever. I wanted Dr. Potter back!! Thankfully our out-of-pocket cost was only $150 for the whole shebang.
- Growth stats:
Length: 26 inches - 85%tile
Weight: 15 lbs, 9 oz - 70%tile
Head: 42¨½ cm - 50%tile
I'm still losing hair by the fistfuls and I now sport the bald spots on the sides of my head. LOL. Wish this would end soon, not so much for the look of it but the mess that it causes. I have to keep it in a ponytail all day, every day or else I leave a carpet of hair behind everywhere I go. Gross.
Also I haven't lost any more weight since last month but that's okay. It seems to come off in spurts so I'll wait for the next one. All my weight lifting has been tucking things back where they're supposed to go so clothes are fitting better a little at a time. GOD I love not being pregnant, and being able to do my weights. I missed that. But muscle memory is a beautiful thing, it doesn't take long to get back in the groove and get your strength back.