I think I say it every month, but this is my favorite stage so far! Fun new milestones include LOTS of smiles, learning to laugh (though it’s a rare occurrence still), grabbing and putting everything in the mouth, squealing and much more “talking.” He’s even saying something that sounds like “mama” and though he obviously doesn’t know what he’s saying yet, I’m still claiming it as calling for me, ha!
Whenever either John and I walk into the room, Grant gives a big smile. He’s routinely doing this for others too and is just so sweet.
He still loves the changing table, his activity mat, and the bath.
A new addition to play time are rings that we hang down from his bouncer, which he enjoys pulling on. We also transitioned out of the sleep sack and into pajamas, which he had no issues adjusting too. Though this mama couldn’t help but think he was looking way to grown up already!
Asparagus Bunny and Mr. Turtle are favorites, evidenced by the pictures below.
One of my favorite stories from this month was Grant’s first real, “hearty” laugh. He still loves music and “dancing,” so one evening John and I had the Baby Einstein Pandora station on and the song “In the Jungle, the Lion Sleeps Tonight” came on. John started doing funny faces and noises, and Grant laughed over and over at his Daddy’s silly antics! Playing peek-a-boo, tickling his tummy, and kissing his feet always make him smile and give a “silent laugh” with mouth wide open — sometimes he’ll let out a little squeal or giggle too.
This past month, Grant also got his first cold. It was hard seeing him so stuffed up and with a runny nose, but it thankfully wasn’t as bad as I thought – and it didn’t seem to affect him too much aside from being sleepier than normal. I relied on the Little Remedies Saline Spray multiple times a day. He was NOT a fan of the “snot sucker.”
Grant has stuck to the same schedule from the previous two months, continuing to sleep 12 hours a night (woohoo!). He’ll sometimes wake up around 5 or 6am and “talk” to himself for a bit before falling back asleep until around 7:15am. Within the past couple of weeks, he started not eating much during at least one feeding a day and started only cat-napping for the afternoon nap. Then on the day of his 4 month birthday, he must have read the baby book about the new 4-month schedule because he put himself on it all by himself. He’s now in the process of transitioning to eating every 4 hours instead of 3 and taking 2 long naps per day. We’ve only been on this new schedule for a few days, so we’ll see how it goes but so far, so good!
As of now, this schedule looks like:
7:15-ish am Wake-up and Feed: More recently, Grant has been waking up around 7am and playing by himself for 15 minutes. When we go in to get him, he bursts into a huge smile – such a perfect start to the day!
If he is still sleepy after eating, we’ll read stories, but if he has lots of energy, we’ll play on the activity mat.
8:30am Nap: Sometimes he’ll nap for 2 hours, and other times he’ll hang out in the bouncer after his nap while I try to do some work.
11am Eating and then playtime
12:30pm Nap: In general he’ll sleep for 2+ hours, and I’ll wake him up after about 2 1/2 hours.
3pm Eating and then playtime… he hasn’t been having regular cat naps in the late afternoon/early evenings, so I try to go on a walk with him during this time. He loves being outside!
5pm-ish pm We’ve been giving a snack bottle of 2 oz to get him through until dinner since he hasn’t been wanting to nap and has lots of extra energy.
6:45pm Bath time
7pm Dinner and in bed/asleep by 7:30pm
…which then allows John and me to have dinner once he’s asleep!
We don’t go to the doctor for another week, but according to our very “official” measurements of John stepping on the scale then picking up Grant, we’re estimating that Grant is 14.8 pounds! Measuring his length was rather difficult since he kicks his legs into the air so much right now… we’re guessing 25 inches?? I’ll include an actual update in my next blog post after our appointment!
And some final pictures from the month…