His fourth month has been full of new experiences. There is never a dull moment around here, that's for sure.
I spoke too soon when I said he was satisfied with milk and didn't need anything else right then. Just to prove me wrong, within a couple of weeks he was acting insane with hunger. I started him on rice cereal, and he seemed to like it for the first couple of days, but then for a good week or two he realized it tasted like ass and wanted nothing to do with it. He'd take one bite, gag with horror, and then clamp up his mouth and that was the end of that (not that I blame him). Not another bite would pass his lips.
So then I tried some sweet potatoes, and at first he didn't like that either, but within a couple of days he was eating it faster than I could shovel it in. Since then he is DEVOURING all kinds of veggies like squash, peas, green beans and sweet potatoes. He eats ENTIRE jars and containers, and is still looking for more. Then I offer him some fruit afterwards and he really is not into fruits yet. He'll eat apples and pears but not with such great enthusiasm. I don't think he's my child! We do not eat vegetables around here, who is he kidding? LOL.
At the beginning of his fourth month I started him in the exersaucer and he surprised us by playing with all the toys and staying in it for increasing periods of time. Now he can play in it for 30 minutes sometimes, and he tugs on the little guys that play music, and spins the little thing with beads in it, and turns the pages on the book. It's amazing how he just gets right in there and starts messing with all the toys.
He totally lost those marathon naps that he was doing, and spent much of his fourth month doing 3 VERY brief 30 minute naps per day. It's not good for him, and not good for mom, either! I'm hoping this is just a phase like everything else is. But the good news is that he's sleeping 12 hours per night...... generally from 7pm-7am. The downside is that he usually wakes up 3 times a night to eat, so I'm still not getting a lot of sleep but I guess this is working for us right now. I don't rush right in there when he wakes up to see if he'll go back to sleep, but he never does and starts screaming, so I end up having to go in there no matter what. Hoping to have some nap improvements to report next month....
As a 5 month gift we brought the Jumperoo up from the basement and put him in it, and he loves it! I started bouncing him up and down and he was giggling right away. Didn't take him but a couple of minutes and soon he was using his own legs to bounce.
Overall his social development is increasing a bit, and he always wants to be talked to and played with. He's really into being entertained. If he can't get a person to entertain him then he's really loving his mobile in his crib, or the tv, or toys dangling from his play gym. Half the time he's too busy looking at everything around him to even eat so it's best to feed him in a really dark and boring room.