Monday, April 16, 2012

4 Months

Brady, you are four months old today.  And here is what you've been up too...

- You weigh 14.5lbs
- You wear a size 2 diaper
- You wear mostly 3-6m clothes, some 6m depending on the brand
- You are still nursing about every 4 hours, sometimes you go 5 hours
- You take 2 naps a day, normally one long one (2-4hrs) and then one short one (1-2hrs)
- You now nap & now sleep at night in your crib (mommy hasn't accepted the fact that you are probably officially out of your moses basket - I loved having you sleep next to me for the first 3 and 1/2 months of your life!)
- You are still on Zantac and we recently upped your dosage.  You take 0.8mL in the morning & in the evening and it has done wonders for you!  God bless zantac & Dr. Baber!
- You still aren't a huge fan of the carseat & I'd like to think you are getting better but I can't really say that's the case.
- You recently found your feet.  As in you reached for them & put those sweet, little toes in your mouth.  You did it while sitting with daddy and he thought it was so funny!  I got it on video.
- You still do fairly well in your exersaucer and jump-a-roo.  You also love your play mat and can scoot yourself around almost 360 degrees.  Those things have been lifesavers while trying to get dressed, cooking dinner, & just needing some free hands time during the day.
- You can now really support yourself really well while on your tummy.  You just hold your head up and look all around.
- You can grab things and pull them towards your mouth and put them in your mouth.
- You still enjoy the Mobywrap but not like you did, which makes me sooo sad!  I'm hoping it was just because you were done being out & about that day...

Everyday gets more and more fun with you!  Your little personality is starting to show & we absolutely love it.  You recently (about 2 weeks ago) found your voice and the babbling started.  Palm Sunday (April 1st), we were in church and after everyone stopped signing you continued to just carry on, daddy had to eventually take you out.

You have started to notice and focus in on things.  You love anything with a bright, colorful pattern.  If someone has a busy print on their shirt, you will just look and study it for a good while.
You can be very serious!  If you don't know someone or aren't real familiar with them, you normally won't smile for them instead you will just look at them with this intent stare.

You make the funniest faces.  You have also started smiling and "talking" more and more.  And just being plain CUTE!
You are still a morning person.  I love the mornings with you.  You always smile, coo, & look at the light coming in through the blinds.

You have started to notice the dogs more, especially Coco since she is pretty much always by your side.
In the last week, you have started sucking your thumb!  Mommy is not a fan of this & tries to put other things in your mouth instead.  You don't do it all the time but I find you doing it when you are getting sleepy, hungry, or when you are fussy (like after bathtime).  I'm hoping this isn't a habit that is going to stick around...

You are a drool monster.  I think your two front teeth are really trying to come in.  You always love to be biting on something or someone. 
Since you were about a month old, you have consistently wake up at midnight, 4am, and 6am for feedings but just last week, probably last Monday or Tuesday, you finally decided you would start sleeping somewhat through the night.  A typically nighttime routine for you is a bath, one last feeding, daddy reads you a book, and then either you fall asleep while nursing or daddy will rock you to sleep.  You normally go down between 9:30 and 10 and sleep until 4am.  You nurse then go right back to sleep.  You then sleep from 4:30ish until 8am.  We attempted to "sleep train" you shortly after you turned 3 months, it was short-lived because mommy & daddy did NOT like the cry-out method.  Thankfully, you have decided on your own that you would start sleeping through the night.

I think it's fair to say that you love your mommy!  I can walk into a room & talk and you will whip your head around to find me.  When I am getting dressed you will follow me from one side of the room to the other, almost never taking your eyes off me.  I can admit that I absolutely love it & my heart just melts when I talk to you & just to light up!!!  But you are also pretty smitten over your daddy.  You love to sit with him in the recliner and you also love to sing with him.  Daddy created a playlist for you on the iPod & daily he takes you into your room and y'all listen to music together while he sings to you.  Daddy also loves to dress you.  Saturday mornings are y'alls mornings together.  He gets you dressed, takes you to the taco place, all the waitresses hold you & gawk over you, y'all normally stop by the donut shop to get mommy donuts, & then back home.

This past Saturday, you attended your first wedding reception.  We danced one song together has a family! :)  I believe it was a George Strait song at that.  You weren't so sure what to think of all the people.


Brady Allen - you are the light of our lives!  We can not possibly imagine life without you.  You have brought so much joy into this world.  I pray daily that you will grow up knowing Jesus and that you have a heart for him.  I also pray that you will be a kind, loving, and giving person.  You are so very special to us and we hope we can give you a life that is filled with so much love.  The days go by so quickly and I don't want to miss a moment.  I can't think of a better job in this world than being your mom!  We love you more and more with each passing day...

"The LORD your God is with you,
   the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
   in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
   but will rejoice over you with singing.” 
Zephaniah 3:17

*updated now with pictures of him in his crib

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