My son just had his 4 month check up last week. He is now 18 1/2 lbs and 27 1/2 inches long, that puts him in the 97% for weight and the 99% for height! He is one big baby! It makes me so proud and feel so good about the job I am doing breastfeeding him.
Things Are Getting Easier
About a week ago the baby finally decided the car is not such a bad place to be. For the longest time he would scream and cry and fuss anytime I tried to drive him anywhere. He would be happy in his carrier, happy when I snapped him in the car seat base in the car, happy as long as he could see me but as soon and I closed the car door he would be crying by the time I got into the drivers seat. Until one magical day last week when we took a little trip to the grocery store and I didn't hear a peep! I thought it was a fluke at first but he has been great in the car since! Hope he keeps it up!
Around 12 weeks or so he decided to go through a sleep regression or something and we are still dealing with that now at 18 weeks. He just does not sleep well, even worse than when he was a tiny newborn. He is up every couple hours most nights and often has hard time sleeping unless I'm holding him. So he has been spending more time than I would like in the bed with us. But I'm willing to do whatever it takes to make sure we all sleep the best we can. At least he is not really fussy at night, just wakes often and has a hard time calming himself back to sleep. Or maybe he just needs the feedings for all that growing he is doing!
Learning New Tricks
Baby babble is one of the cutest and funniest thing ever! In the last week or two we have started to hear some consonant sounds in that babble instead of the ususal ooohhh's and ahhhh's. Now we are starting to hears some G and K sounds. Baby babble is an important developmental progression just like rolling over, crawling etc and it's so fun to see it happen.
He is starting to think he is really big stuff now that he has figured out how to lock his knees and hips and stand up straight, with support of course. You can just hold his little hands and pull him up and he stands really well. He thinks it's so great!
It's so fun to watch him figure out his hands. Just this last weekend he was holding his rattle and chewing on it. He had it on one side that was more smooth and he put it in his mouth and decided nope, I like the rubbery side better in my mouth and switched it around! He has also started really grabbing at my face and hair and glasses on purpose now. He loves to pull on my lip and snatch my glasses off my face to put directly in his mouth of course.