Carter James, you are four months old! You have gotten so much bigger this month - both physically and developmentally! I almost cried when I had to put away the 3 month size clothes because I can’t believe you have gotten so big. You have pretty much mastered taking your binky out of your mouth and putting it back in all by yourself. You only have difficulty after you lose your grip on it and can’t get it back in your mouth at the correct angle. Whenever you are awake you love to sit up and be entertained with toys, books or talking to us. You love playing with all of your toys and love being able to aim at what you want and be able to grab it. You like sitting up on the couch and in your boppy with just a bit of support from Mama or Daddy. You are really enjoying your new Baby Einstein Activity Jumper and you think the musical part of the toy is really cool. You will listen to the songs and watch the different shapes light up and you have the most serious look on your face when you do it. It’s like you are studying it as best as you can. You started liking being in the Ergo carrier when we go out which is a lot easier to carry you in because your increasing weight is better distributed on Mama and Daddy. You are becoming a drool machine so we know it is just a matter of time before you get your first tooth. We love you so much and are enjoying each stage of your development. It is so fun to watch you see, learn and grow! We love you, Bug!
Weight: 16 pounds
Length: 25 and 3/4 inches
Clothes size: You are wearing size 3-6 month or size 6 month clothes. Yikes! You are growing so fast!
Diaper size: We just opened the box of size 3 today
Sleep: At night you go to bed between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. and then it’s a free-for-all. You wake up every 2-4 hours in no consistent pattern, which makes Mama very tired. You are taking some good naps at daycare, so it seems that you just want to spend more time with us when you are home - even if that means waking up throughout the night. Hopefully you will get used to our new routine in a couple more weeks so we can all get some much needed rest.
Eating: You have become a much more efficient eater and eat for 8-15 minutes on each side and often like to stop eating to talk me or to check out what is going on around you. You usually have 3-4 3oz bottles of expressed milk during the day now that Mama has gone back to work and we still breastfeed any time Mama is not working. We are still not having any issues with going back and forth between the breast and bottle.
Likes: Eating, sucking on your binky, taking baths and splashing, playing on your play mat and aiming for and hitting the dangling toys, looking at lights and ceiling fans, going to public places and taking in all of your surroundings and playing in your Baby Einstein Activity Jumper (which you LOVE!). Favorite songs right now are Going to the Zoo, Wheels on the Bus, Patty Cake, Jesus Loves Me, You are My Sunshine and the special song Grammy made up for you.
Dislikes: Being hungry, being bored and being overly hot.
Milestones this month: Rolling to your sides (and still from your tummy to your back), sitting up with help, finding and playing with your toes, getting your binky in your mouth by yourself, moving from sleeping in the rock n’ play to sleeping in the pack n’ play, ever-improving motor skills, “talking” more and more and starting daycare.
Memorable moments: First day of daycare, having Aunt Erin babysit you during the day, celebrated Independence Day and saw fireworks for the first time and going to a friend babysitter for the first time.