Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Jack: Four Month Update

Jack is officially four months old and every day is he looking less and less like a baby and more like a little boy... I'm trying to soak up every moment so I don't miss a thing!

It just so happens that this past Sunday was the one year mark from when I found out I was pregnant with Jack, and it is so crazy to think how much has changed in just a year - I wouldn't trade it for anything!


Age

Jack turned four months old on Saturday, February 25th.


Weight

According to his 4 month well-visit (which was yesterday), Jack weighs 18lbs and is 26 inches long. He is in the 90th percentile for weight and 75th percentile for length - he's a big, healthy kiddo!

Jack is currently wearing size 3 diapers. Supposedly the size 3 Pampers Swaddlers are good until 33lbs, but I just don't think there is anyway that Jack will last that long in them. Size 3 is a pretty good fit right now, and with much more growing, I think he will need to move on to another size... the boy has a pretty big belly!!


Nursing

Jack eats 6 times per day (on average), and as he is growing bigger it is becoming more and more difficult to nurse him. He is quite long and squirmy and loves to kick off the side of the chair and look around the room at windows and watch whatever else is going on (light fixtures, ceiling fans... very interesting things, I know!). Basically, unless he is super hungry and focused on eating, he gets a bit distracted!

I recently made a tally, and I have about 800oz of milk frozen in the freezer... that's over six gallons of breast milk, people! I don't know whether it is strange to have so much or something to be proud of, but either way, one thing is for sure: we need another freezer.


Sleep

Jack is now sleeping in his crib in his room for both night sleep and naps. I know you're not "technically" supposed to transition babies to their own room this early (according to the AAP, at least), but Jack had been consistently sleeping through the night for about a month and a half, and it was getting to the point where John and I were accidentally waking Jack up in the middle of the night (using the restroom, getting a drink of water, etc.). I didn't want Jack to get used to waking up in the middle of the night (and then needing to eat - and then getting used to metabolizing at that point), so I wanted to preserve his night time sleep by moving him sooner.

It got to the point where we were so scared to wake Jack up in the middle of the night that we would just lay in bed uncomfortable to avoid waking him up, ha! So... basically, it was time for him to move to his own room - both he and we are now sleeping much better because of it. However, I was quite surprised at how much I missed him when he was moved to his own room and not in his bassinet right next to me. I basically stared at the monitor all night for the first 3 nights that he was in his own room! It got to the point where I was so stinkin' tired from not sleeping for 3 nights straight that I just crashed and was all like "well, God, I guess you got this one!" ha.

With the transition of moving Jack to his crib, we also removed his swaddle. He is consistently rolling to his side (in fact, he is much happier sleeping on his side) and can occasionally make his way to his belly... so it was time to get rid of the swaddle. I was most concerned about his sleep transition having no swaddle (he now uses a sleep sack), but it really wasn't a huge deal - the transition of everything (his own room, from bassinet to crib, and removing swaddle) took about 3 days for him to start sleeping "normally" again.

I was pretty concerned about Jack hitting the 4 month sleep regression, but I think we have made our way through it already (fingers crossed). There was one night where he woke up every 3 hours on the dot, and I thought I was going to die the next day. All day I researched sleep training methods and had totally amped myself up to be prepared to let him cry it out a bit, but when night time rolled around, he slept like an angel (and of course, I slept terribly because I was so mentally prepared for a tough night!).

We have also moved Jack's bedtime from 8:30PM to 7:30PM... it's funny because he doesn't wake up any earlier in the morning despite going to bed an hour earlier. He sleeps until anywhere from 6AM-7:15AM, and I really can't complain one bit! If he wakes up closer to 6AM, I will feed him and lay him back down and he will sleep until 9AM (at which point we "start" our day), but if he wakes up closer to 7AM, then I feed him and we start our eat-play-sleep cycle at that point.


Clothes

Jack is currently wearing 6-9 month clothes... how is my 4 month old wearing 6-9 month clothes?!

I recently put away another bin of his clothes that no longer fit him, and the whole process was a little bit sad for my momma heart. I hope that they get used again for another little boy, but what if they don't? I love my little boy so much, and I hope that he isn't the only one I'll ever have... there's no way to know, so I'm soaking up every moment I can!


Likes

Jack loves baths - he splashes and kicks in the water and it is probably the cutest thing ever! Just don't make the water too hot... he does not like that! ;)

He also loves laying on his changing table and talking up a storm to us. For some reason he is always super chatty when he is on his changing table. He also loves sitting up (if he is laying down he will strain his neck to try and sit up) and his bouncy seat. He doesn't really "jump" in it yet, but he will push off of the ground hard to fling himself back... he thinks it's pretty funny and exciting when he does that!


Dislikes

If there is one thing that Jack hates more than the straps of his car seat being tightened, it is being strapped in his car seat when the car is not moving... seriously - that boy has some lungs on him.

It used to really annoy me when people would slow down long before reaching a red light so that they could keep cruising until it turned green, and it wasn't until now that I started considering the possibility that they too have a baby who screams at red lights! John will even stop the car with enough room in front of him to inch up when Jack starts to scream... anything we can do to save our ears!


John

John is Jack's absolute favorite person - seriously, that little boy loves his daddy so much. All John has to do is smile at Jack and Jack will just laugh, laugh, laugh. Whenever John leaves the room that Jack is in, Jack will follow with his eyes and watch John leave... it is way sweet to watch.

And as much as Jack loves John, John loves Jack even more. John and I were recently going through bins of our old clothes to give things we don't wear to Goodwill, and there was an old L.L.Bean backpack that I had my freshman year of high school. I put it in the "to donate" pile and John quickly removed it and said he wanted to save it for Jack... wait, you want to save a backpack for our 4 month old son?! I couldn't decide if I thought it was the absolute sweetest thing ever that John was thinking about wanting Jack to have this backpack (several years from now, mind you), or if it was totally insane to hold on to something for so long. Needless to say, despite the heart meltingly sweet idea (which I will forever remember), we donated it... because hey, Jack will probably want to pick out his own backpack when he is old enough anyway. :)

Also, I joined a ladies Bible study at my church that meets on Thursday nights which means that John has to put Jack to bed those evenings. At first I was a little concerned on whether or not this would work since Jack would be getting a bottle instead of nursing, but much to my delight, it has been going absolutely perfect. Jack has no issue hanging out and having John put him to bed. It is a little bit amazing knowing that this is possible because it doesn't make him dependent on me to be put to bed.

John and I also enjoyed several date nights this past month... since Jack is on a pretty good bed time schedule/routine, it makes it pretty easy for other people to lay him down for the night. Sometimes he gets so tired when 7:15PM rolls around that he doesn't even want to eat and just wants to go right to bed!


Favorite moments

My favorite moments this past month have most definitely involved Jack realizing that he can make all sorts of fun noises. He realized that he can squeal, make high-pitched screams, and is starting to baby babble more - it is just about the cutest thing I've ever seen (and heard!).

We've also been taking Jack to the church nursery on Sundays, and I really enjoy dropping him off and going to get him after the service and finding out that he has been perfectly happy and content. He loves it because the ladies in the nursery let him sleep on them... when he has to sleep in his lonely crib at home. ;) I can't wait until he gets older and starts coming home from Sunday school with fun crafts and Bible verses to read throughout the week!

Jack and I also had fun sending out baby Valentines. Jack certainly doesn't seem to mind baby crafts... which warms his momma's DIY lovin' heart!


Looking forward to

I am so looking forward to getting to see more and more of Jack's sweet personality. I love that we are getting to know him more and more. John and I have several theories on what his personality will be like when he grows up, and it's fun to speculate... but only time will tell! 

11 comments :

  1. This is the post I've been waiting for! I've been wondering about the four month sleep regression would go for you guys! Thanks for sharing! I feel a whole lot better, even if it doesn't come and go as smoothly as yours did. By the way, I found myself laughing out loud so many times reading this-the coasting to stop lights!

    ReplyDelete
  2. So much cuteness and chub girl!! I can't believe how big he's already gotten and his personality totally is showing in these pictures! Soak up all of these fun moments, I'm also sure you're his favorite too since you feed and change him ;)!

    ReplyDelete
  3. He is absolutely the cutest baby! I love the relationship John and Jack already have, and what a sweet idea for the Valentines.

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

    ReplyDelete
  4. This is just the sweetest!! Jack sounds like the perfect baby! I love seeing the instatories of him - so adorable!

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a fabulous month! And I don't think there's truly a right time to move a baby to his/her own room. It's what works for you! I love that you have such an awesome freezer stash! Woohoo!

    ReplyDelete
  6. He is just the cutest thing!!! So glad to hear the sleep transition went smoothly. I'm glad you did what was right for you guys...the AAP is great of course, but no two children are alike! :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. I kind of think the AAP recommendations are crazy! I think you guys were totally right to move Jack into his own room :)

    Also, I'm still swaddling Ada because I'm nervous about how she'll react to not being swaddled! But she keeps busting her double swaddle (swaddleme thingamajig and swaddled blanket), so maybe I should just bite the bullet? Haha it's so hard to want to make sleep changes when I feel like, "oh, well once she actually starts sleeping well always, then I'll think about breaking the swaddling habit." Because at this point I'm not sure she'll ever sleep well always :'(

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is too adorable. I love that you're documenting so many details - you're right! You don't want to miss a thing. His cheeks are PRECIOUS! :) I love how much you and John love that sweet boy!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Girl I'm about to text you some BF questions!! You are a pro by now!!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Ahhhh... I loveeee happy Jack!! He's so so so cute!!!

    ReplyDelete
  11. OMG, this is seriously so sweet! He is absolutely adorable! I would love to snuggle those little cheeks! xx, I'm Fixin' To

    ReplyDelete

Back to Top