Month 4 

  
Once again, I’m late getting this up. I slacked in getting him in for his 4 month check up and I wanted to wait to have his new measurements before I posted this! 

Sawyer is 4.5 months old! I can’t believe it! 

He weights 12 lbs 13.5 oz and is 25 inches long!

  
He’s starting to hold his own head for longer stretches, he’s in the beginning stages of rolling over, and talking all the time! 

He’s developing a little slower than other babies his age. We talked to his pediatrician about it at his checkup. She says not to worry about it and that we shouldn’t compare him to other 4 months olds but to other 3 month olds, since he was 5 weeks early. And compared to other 3 month olds, he’s doing just fine! 

He’s discovered his hands, and loves to grab things and is starting to play with toys on his own! He started the beginning stages of teething and is always sticking his hands in his mouth. Nothing has popped through yet, and probably won’t for a while longer, but you can see the little white buds beneath the gums. They made him really cranky for a few weeks but now I think they’ve stalled and aren’t bothering him as much. 

He loves when we lay him down on the floor for playtime! It’s so fun to watch him interact. We’ve been doing a lot more tummy time and exercising his legs and hips. Because he was breech he’s at a higher risk for hip dysplasia. His pediatrician is running lots of ultrasounds and X-rays on his hips as he grows to make sure they’re okay and we do lots of exercises and stretches at home. 

He still sleeps pretty well, although he seems to be going through that dreaded 4 month sleep regression everyone warned me about! He’s always able to be soothed back to sleep easily but he’s waking up more often than normal. We’ve just started to try transitioning him out of the swaddle. It’s not going well so far, any advice is greatly appreciated. 

He’s in 3-6 month clothing and we’re having so much fun with his winter outfits. 

I’ve gotten to the point where newborn babies almost make me sad. My baby is so big now! But we’re having such fun watching him grow and hit new milestones. 

He loves to be worn, play video games with daddy, play on the floor, sit in his mamaroo, and watch Sesame Street. He’s starting to hate his car seat if he’s not actually in the car, and fights sleep for as long as he can! 

I can’t believe it’s November already. I can’t wait for our first holiday season as a family of 3! 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

Month 3

  
My baby is 3 months old. Where has the Summer gone? As fall is upon us, we’re so excited to start some family traditions!The holidays are just around the corner and Kurtis and I are so excited!

I’m in awe of Sawyer’s development. He’s currently sitting in his seat in front of me, watching Mickey Mouse Club. Yes, he actually watches TV, and he loves it! Of course, he has no idea what’s going on but he just loves to look at colors and shapes. As long as we put on a colorful cartoon he’ll stare at it forever.

His neck is getting stronger, he laughs a little bit, and smiles all the time! He loves to talk, which is so fun for us. He’s always going to be a little bit behind in his development, because he was premature, which we constantly have to remind ourselves when we’re bummed he isn’t laughing all the time yet.

No check up during the third month, so I’m not sure how big he is now, but he’s definitely growing. He’s officially in 3-6 month clothes! As it gets colder, we’re having fun putting him in actual outfits rather than just onesies all the time!

He sleeps so well. We usually put him to bed in his own crib (we have a video monitor that is mounted on the wall and can’t move. So if we want to put him to bed early, and monitor him, it needs to be in his own crib!) for a few hours before we go to bed. Once we go to bed we bring him into the bassinet in our room. He’ll usually sleep from 9pm until about 6 or 7 am, then he gets fussy and wants to be picked up. So we’ll bring him in bed with us and try to get some more sleep until about 8 or 9. Sometimes Sawyer falls back asleep, and therefore I get some more sleep, or sometimes we just end up talking and playing in our bed. We love lazy mornings! And don’t worry, when he’s in bed with us we move all the pillows and blankets to the floor. But we really have been blessed with a great sleeper! We have the Baby Wise method to thank, if you’re expecting or you have a newborn, you have to pick up this book. The method works wonders, Sawyer was sleeping 5-7 hour stretches at night when he was only 6 weeks old.

This age is so fun. Kurtis is really loving it now that he can interact with Sawyer more. On the off chance he laughs, it’s at Kurtis. Little Man doesn’t like to laugh for Mama so far (doesn’t he know I birthed him?). But we love being able to watch him learn. When we wave a toy in front of him, go for a walk outside, or put him in front of the TV, it’s so fun to watch his eyes grow wide as he excitedly takes in the world around him. I don’t know if there is anything better as a parent, than watching your child learn something new.

I’m back at work which has been a huge adjustment. Leaving him is incredibly hard. The days are few and far between when I don’t cry leaving him. But it get’s easier every day and my coworkers have made the transition so easy on me. I get a break every 3 hours to pump so Sawyer is still 100% on breastmilk!

He still loves to be swaddled, worn, and nap in his Mamaroo. And he still hates wind, being cold, and lately, being alone. He’s starting to have a little bit of separation anxiety, and gets fussy when he can’t see one of us. We’re starting to get on more of a set schedule with his nap time, and he’s a much happier boy when he stays on schedule. If something happens to disrupt his schedule, then God help us all because he will be screaming all night! This boy needs his naps!

The older he gets the more he plays and interacts and the more fun we all have! I was devastated to lose my squishy newborn but I have to say, I really love this stage.

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