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March 23, 2017

Kian | Four Months Old

Wait, four months old already? HOW?! Also, this picture is an incredibly accurate representation of this child’s personality. He’s quite the dramatic ham.

Statistics

  • Weight – 15.4 lbs
  • Length – 25.75 inches
  • Clothing Size – 3-6 Months (Depends on Brand)

Nicknames

  • Squirt
  • Fussy Budgie/Bussy
  • Fuss Bucket

Sleeping

  • 12-16 hours per day (depending on if he naps)
  • Has no consistent nap schedule, despite the best efforts
  • Consistently goes down at 7:30 pm, wakes between 3-4 for a feed, and then sleeps until 7-8 am
  • Takes 15-60 minutes to fall asleep at night
  • Sleeps in his Dock-A-Tot in his crib in his nursery

Eating

  • Breastmilk via a bottle
  • 5 – 6.5 ounces per feeding (5-6 feedings per day)
  • 24-30 ounces per day
  • Consistently eats within an hour of 3 am, 7 am, 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, and a final meal at 7:30 pm

Health

  • Had his third round of vaccinations
  • Super healthy, no small or major illnesses
  • Had at least one “major” growth spurt

Loves

  • Being undressed and naked (he giggles when you take his clothes/diaper off)
  • Playing on his floor gym/toy by Fisher Price (seriously the best investment)
  • Bath time (3x per week, at least once with his Otteroo)
  • Grabbing things on you like your hair, your shirt, his burp cloth
  • Being “thrown” up in the air
  • Kicking his legs while laying down, or in the MamaRoo, or in the bath
  • Being held in a standing position, and then doing baby squats

Dislikes

  • Depending on his mood he hates laying down (will arch his back) and wants to be standing
  • His pacifier  (he is really not big on the binky and doesn’t like to keep it in his mouth, which is ok)
  • Tummy Time (always and forever)

Milestones

  • Consistently sleeps 7-8 hours straight each night
  • Sleeps in his crib in his nursery every night
  • Traveled out of the country for the first time (Cabo, Mexico)
  • Flew on a plane for the first time
  • Took his first boat ride
  • Has started reaching and grasping for things/toys
  • Outgrew his bassinet, and original baby bath tub

Dear Kian –

Well, here you are, already four months old. Woah. This last month was a pretty big one for you. So much happened it is hard to know where to begin. The day you turned three months old we hopped on a plane and headed to Cabo for the wedding of two close friends. It was your very first plane ride, and though we were a bit nervous, you did pretty well on the way there (returning home was another story)! Your  Gramma and Granpa Olmstead met us down there and you got to spend a few days visiting with them. I know they were excited to see you since they hadn’t seen you since you were born. While in Cabo you also got to go on your very first boat ride! You were a champ the entire time, and everyone thought you were so cute. Thanks to bringing your Dock-A-Tot with us you slept very well, which was fantastic. Packing for you was an adventure, but we didn’t forget anything and had more than what we needed, so I consider that a win.

A couple days after we returned home you had your next round of vaccinations. For the next few days you were EXTREMELY unhappy. You ran a fever for the first 24 hours, and then you were just straight up unpleasant. You vacillated between being mildly grumpy and screaming your head off for hours straight instead of going to sleep. I imagine your little body was being pummeled by the vaccines and you couldn’t get comfortable. This went on for almost a week and we were actually worried something more was wrong. Perhaps you were also having a growth spurt at the same time and it just all combined to be rough for you. It was so hard seeing you so unhappy and not being able to make you happy. Eventually that all passed and since then you have been a pretty pleasant little guy. You didn’t “talk” as much this last month, until the last few days when you opened back up and spend a lot of time babbling away. You clearly have lots of things to say.

After we returned from Cabo we finally moved you out of our room during the night and into your nursery and crib. Thanks to your Dock-A-Tot the transition was extremely smooth and you slept over eight hours that first night. Once you are finally asleep (which can take 15 minutes to an hour) you are such a champion sleeper. We really lucked out here. I am not sure what we would have done if you had been a poor sleeper. I suppose we would have adapted. We have established a little nighttime routine in hopes of keeping some consistency. You’re still a bit young for sleep training, but we figure there is no harm in starting early when it comes to establishing good habits.

While you still hate tummy time your legs are continuing to get strong and stronger. You definitely prefer being in a standing position over sitting or laying down. It’s awesome to see this, though I know once you finally start walking we are going to regret everything. You have also started to reach for and grab things a lot more. Sometimes it’s your toys on your floor gym, sometimes it’s our hair (ouch). I definitely have to watch what jewelry I wear around you because pretty soon you will be trying to pull my earrings out or choke me with my necklace. And now I know why so many mothers wear their hair short or pulled up in a bun. You are a very curious little guy, and your curiosity only seems to grow as you realize how much world there is out there. Your head is constantly on a swivel looking at and discovering new things. I can’t wait to start showing you more of the world and see how you interact and learn.

It is so fun to watch your personality develop. Based on what we have seen so far I suspect you will be very opinionated and have a flair for the dramatic, be very emotionally and facially expressive (I mean look at your picture for this month), have a deep curiosity for the world, and constantly be on the move discovering new things and places. I know we should live in the moment, but I have to admit and I am looking forward to when you start to talk, walk, and interact with us a bit more deeply. It’s going to be a lot of work, but it will be so much fun. In the meantime, we will cherish you as you are now. Even when you are wailing at the top of your lungs for the third hour straight, we love you very, very much and are lucky you are ours. You might grow up and change, but that will never change.

Love,
Mommy