samuel hayes – 4 months old
Height/Length: 27.8″ long, putting him above the 99th percentile
Weight: 16 pounds, 5 ounces, putting him in the 66th percentile
Diapers: Size 3 Luvs are working great!
Clothes: We’ve said goodbye to his 6-month cotton sleepers, but the 6-month fleece ones still fit. 6-month onesies are getting snug in length and 6-month pants are starting to get tight in the booty. For Christmas our boy got lots of clothes, mostly 9 month stuff! And some 6-12 and 9-12 month onesies.
Eating: I’ve noticed a little bit of a change in Sammy’s eating habits. He no longer needs to eat all the time. He is taking as many ounces as you put in his bottle, most of the time. He does know how to stop if he is finished and doesn’t want more. While I’m at work, he still has 2 bottles, one every 3 to 4 hours, or just whenever he is hungry. We don’t hold him to a schedule. You wouldn’t want that if you were hungry, would you?
Of course, when is with me he nurses. From time to time he eats on both sides, but most of the time he eats on one side and is just hungry sooner than he would have been if he ate on both sides. He does get easily distracted while nursing, so nursing in a loud room is absolutely not an option. He’ll pop his head up (we call it gopher-ing) to check out what is going on.
Sleeping: He goes down around 9-10 p.m., sometimes earlier, and wakes up between 2 and 4 a.m. to eat. He usually sleeps until 6:15 a.m. when momma has to get ready for work. On the weekends he will eat again and fall back to sleep.
We have started using a Bedtime Mozart lullaby app and sometimes it sends him into a trance almost immediately! It’s helpful for the nights when he is so tired and fighting sleep. It doesn’t happen that often, thank goodness! He likes music in general.
Loves: His daddy! Over the past month, he has become OBSESSED with Jeremy. If Jeremy is in the room, Sammy wants to be able to see him. He smiles great big when daddy comes home and especially when he picks him up. Melts my heart!
Another new love is faces and hands. While he is nursing, he loves to touch my face. He grabs my lips, sticks his hand in my mouth, rubs in cheeks and chin. It’s so funny! Sometimes when he is nursing he will stroke my hand or just hold my hand. If I sit in the backseat with him when we go places, he loves to play with my fingers.
He has become interested in toys and has started using both hands to grab what he wants. We have noticed him using his thumb and index finger to pinch and try to pick up things… like the screenprinting on a t-shirt. It is amazing how he learns something new everything.
Standing! Let this boy put his weight on his two feet and he is so happy. He is so proud of himself too and look around to make sure everyone is noticing his trick!
Doesn’t like: Getting out of the bath or being overly tired. Truthfully, there isn’t a whole lot he absolutely doesn’t like.
Teething update: There was one day that I thought I saw a little bottom tooth making an appearance. He had a little bit of an elevated temp (99.2) and I decided to take off his long-sleeved onesie to see if he would cool off, and he did. I have not seen that little white spot again. He does chew on his hand quite a bit, but never seems bothered by anything in his mouth. Sometimes he is interested in teething toys, but not all the time.
Sounds: So much grunting and cooing. And, a squeal here and there! No sign of “mama” yet. 😉
Movement: My little rollie-pollie! Just after he hit the 3-month mark, he surprised me by rolling from back to stomach while I was making dinner and letting him entertain himself in the living room on the rug. For the next couple of weeks, he only rolled over when I set him down and stepped away. Now, it’s rare to have him stay on his back! He rolls both ways and will use his legs to push off of anything nearby. I have a feeling this guy will be mobile before most babies are. Eeek!
He likes to sit up, although he can’t do it on his own yet. He needs lots of support. He doesn’t like to lean back when I prop him up in my knees like he used to. He leans forward. I’ve also seen him try to sit up when he’s laying on his back! Strong boy!
Personality: Oh, he’s so funny and so easy-going! He has the best laugh and laughs at the strangest things. He likes it when I fake cough and jump. His tummy and neck are ticklish. Love it!
He certainly knows his mom and dad and both of his grandmas. He loves being snuggled and played with. He is super patient and is happy 90% of the time. He is very observant and is easily entertained by watching what is going on in a busy room. Such a sweet, sweet boy!
Fun things we did this month: Sammy’s first Christmas! He had a visit from his great-uncle Rob, who came all the way from Ohio to see our little guy. He met Santa, braved the crowds and did some Christmas shopping, all while being the happiest baby in the world.
Here are more photos of our sweet guy…
I’m trying to show off how great he does pushing up… not all the laundry on the couch.
I love my boy. He is the best.