We’ve got a four month old on our hands, and I must say, it has been a very fun and sometimes challenging month. Jonah is so much more alert these days, grabbing for toys, staring endlessly into mirrors, and talking up a storm. It’s still crazy how fast the time is flying by, but I am loving (almost) every second of it (you’ll see why I said almost below).
We went for Jonah’s four month checkup on Friday, and he now weighs 15 pounds, 7.6 ounces, and is 25 inches long. He’s in the 50th percentile for both, but he’s still in the 98th for his big ole noggin. When both your mommy and daddy have big heads, you’re kind of destined to have one, too. Sorry, Jonah!
He’s still wearing 0-3 month and 3 month clothes and is now in size 2 diapers.
Whew, boy. The four month sleep regression is no joke. The sleep this month has been all over the place. Jonah was sleeping in his Rock n’ Play each night until I noticed one evening before bedtime that he could roll onto his side while in it. That scared me, so we decided to put him in his Pack n’ Play but keep him in our room. That was the night before David started back to school, and, so far, it was the worst night of sleep we’ve all gotten. Jonah woke up every two hours, which meant so did we.
We kept at it a few more nights, and then we went to stay with my parents for Labor Day weekend. They were gracious enough to put Jonah in the room with them those two nights so we could actually get some rest (thanks, Mom and Dad!). We came home that Sunday and Jonah fell asleep in his Rock n’ Play. He was out. I decided to just buckle him in so he couldn’t roll and he slept for eleven straight hours. It was magical.
He did great buckled into his Rock n’ Play the next few nights, but we put him in his crib in his own room Friday night (the day he officially turned four months old), and, let’s just say, we’re hoping things get better…
What He’s Been Up To
Jonah finally laughed this month!! It was the milestone David and I were both really looking forward to, and it did not disappoint. It was the sweetest, most adorable sound. I was playing Patty Cake with his little feet and he let out the most precious giggle. My heart melted, reformed, and then melted again. He has also laughed at Gus Gus from Cinderella and a few other times when David or I laugh near him. I love it so much.
We celebrated 100 days with Jonah this month! It’s crazy that he’s been in our lives for that long, but we are so glad he has been!
We also celebrated David’s 28th birthday, and that was a very fun weekend. We went to a Korean restaurant and watched Zootopia (a birthday gift from me since it was the movie we saw on our last date night before Jonah came) when we got home. That Saturday, we had a family lunch with David’s family and then had a surprise The Office birthday party for David with some of our awesome Beeson friends. I think David’s 28th year is going to be a great one.
We had lots of fun cousin time this month when we went to Georgia for the Labor Day weekend. Jolene really seems to be warming up to Jonah, and Jude and Zeke have been smitten from the start. It is so much fun to watch them all together. I so hope they’ll all be close friends!
Jonah also got to spend lots of time with his Mawmaw and Pawpaw while we were in Georgia, and I think it’s safe to say they wore him out! 😉
Jonah got to participate in his very first 5K this month! We walked a 5K to raise awareness for Human Trafficking, and Jonah did great in his stroller. We also turned him forward-facing in his stroller this month so he could actually see the world and not just be in his car seat the whole time. Since he’s getting so much better at sitting up, it seemed like the right time, and he absolutely loves it!
Jonah absolutely loves any sort of object that is overhead (a mobile, a ceiling fan, my hand waving from above). He becomes completely mesmerized and sometimes talks to whatever it is he’s looking at. It’s really, really cute.
We’re still loving bath time, and he gets more curious with each bath. He’ll splash around and it’s just adorable. He makes more of a mess these days, but we don’t mind.
I’ve been trying to establish a better bedtime routine in the evenings (changing him into pajamas from his onesie, reading him a story, etc.). Jonah really seems to love story time, sitting contentedly in my lap as I read to him (this one makes my book nerd heart so full).
Jonah also loves putting everything in his mouth, from his bottle to his toys to his feet. We think he’s possibly “pre-teething” because he doesn’t have any teeth coming through that we can feel, but he drools constantly, tries to put everything in his mouth, and is sometimes fussy even when he’s full and changed.
Like I said about his sleep, Jonah did not seem to be a fan of sleeping in his Pack n’ Play. I think he got used to the snug, secure feeling of being in his Rock n’ Play (how confusing are all the names of these baby items, by the way?) and just didn’t like having so much room to spread out. As we continue working on this transition, I really, really hope this gets better.
He doesn’t love sitting in his car seat if we’re not actually moving, so that can be a bit of a problem. He’s doing better at red lights and stop signs since our commute is so short now, but he gets mad when I initially put him in his car seat when I pick him up from daycare and if I bring him inside the house and leave him in the car seat while I run to use the bathroom or something.
A Parent Update
This month has really challenged us, I’m not going to lie. The lack of sleep has really had us both on edge, but we try to give each other grace and just remember that we are on the same team. That’s a hard one to remember when you’re up in the middle of the night and can’t figure out what’s wrong with the baby and you don’t want to feed him because then he’ll get used to middle-of-the-night feedings but oh my gosh, can we just feed him and make it stop?!
David is much more patient and seems to do better on less sleep than I do, and for that, I am forever amazed and grateful. He is the best dad and husband, and I really don’t say that enough. Jonah and I are so blessed to have such a great role model in our lives.
David and I both also had food poisoning this month, so that made things even more difficult. When you’re both sick but you still have to tend to your baby’s needs, it gets challenging, but we made it.
We know there are a lot of rough times ahead, but we also feel so, so blessed to have Jonah in our lives. I realize this part of the post seems very negative, and that’s because I do want to be honest, but this month has also been so much fun. Hearing Jonah laugh for the first time and knowing that he absolutely recognizes us when we get one of his big gummy smiles makes the sleepless nights worth it. Being first-time parents is hard, for sure, but it is also so rewarding and beautiful.
We have loved these past four months with you, Jonah, and are ready for many, many more (but, seriously, you’ve gotta go to sleep at night). 😉