Monday, February 1, 2016

Asher: four months old

Growth/development: Our big boy weighs 16 pounds, 2 ounces!! (That's exactly a pound bigger than Charlotte was at four months!!) He's about 27 inches long and that puts him in the 95th percentile for height (of course!). He wears six month clothing, but the pajamas in that size are already getting too short. His diapers are size 2, but I think he'll be ready for size 3 soon. 

This was a big month for Asher's development. He has started "talking," making cooing noises and screaming/squealing. He is very interactive, and loves to have someone smiling at him and making faces. He will happily engage anyone who's willing to play. He can roll over from his tummy to his back- he doesn't do it often, but I have found him playing in his crib, kicking his feet up and looking at his hands. Speaking of his hands, this month Asher became good friends with them :) He can wave them around, grab them, put them in his mouth, and use them to hold toys for a few seconds at a time.

Schedule/sleep: Asher sleeps about 12.5 hours at night, usually waking twice to nurse. He sleeps for 6-8 hours straight after being put to bed, and then after the first wake up, he sleeps in stretches of 3-4 hours. He takes three naps; the first two are almost always 1-2 hours. The third nap of the day is often too short, which means he is tired and fussy during dinner. This month he's gone to bed before 7 pm most nights, simply because his last nap ended too early for him to be able to stay awake until seven. We're still figuring out how to make that happen less frequently; seven is an ideal bedtime, but any earlier makes Joel's transition to home and the dinner hour a bit stressful.

As long as he isn't hungry or overtired, Asher almost always puts himself to sleep (on his tummy) in his travel crib. He doesn't need to be nursed or rocked to sleep, thanks to a little bit of sleep training we did early in January. He usually wakes up content and happy, cooing to himself or his stuffed monkey as he looks around his room.

Asher likes: his hands! He also likes: Charlotte, talking to his dad, nursing, going for stroller rides, being worn facing outward in the ring sling, playing on his tummy, and looking around curiously.

Asher doesn't like: when we try to get him to drink breast milk from a bottle, riding in the car seat when he's tired, playing alone for too long.

Baby boy, we love you so much. We are so proud of the way you are growing and we love to see you smile. 

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