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4 Months

Ben had his 4 month well-baby check up last week Monday. He is still at 25th percentile for weight (14 lbs 3 oz), 50th percentile for head size, and has evened out a little to between 50th and 75th percentile for height (25.5 inches). He is growing great, developing well and the doctor seemed mighty impressed with his progress. He commented that Ben is a very alert little boy since he is always wide eyed and looking around.

At the appointment, Ben got the second round of vaccines that he started at the 2 month visit. One was given orally and then he got one in each leg. The nurse is very quick but I still felt bad watching his little face realize what was happening. He only cried for about 2 minutes though! I thought ahead this time and gave him a small dose of Tylenol before leaving home so I think that helped. He didn’t swell or get red like he did at 2 months. B suggested they accidentally gave Ben the happy shots because he was perfectly happy and content for the rest of the week!

I stumbled across a book called The 90-Minute Baby Sleep Program through a link on Pinterest and that got me thinking about Ben’s nap schedule. No one ever tells you HOW to get your child to nap; you just have to figure it out. My mom always had all of us kids take a morning and an afternoon nap but that clearly wouldn’t work for Ben since he tends to fall asleep every couple of hours. The basic premise of the book is to start the nap routine after the baby has been awake 90 minutes from his last nap. I started timing Ben’s naps last week and, surprise, 90 minutes of awake time between naps works very well for him! He never indicates that he is tired until it is too late and it takes 30+ minutes of walking, rocking, soothing and cuddling before he falls asleep for about a 30 minute nap. I felt like there HAD to be a better way! I’m waiting for the library to have the book ready for me so I can see what other insight I might get from it but we are LOVING regular naps and less than 5 minutes of soothing to get him there.

Ben is still in 3 month clothes for the most part but we have also introduced all of his 3/6 month clothes. The pants are all a bit long but since he doesn’t walk or crawl, long pants are a bit of an non-issue. We are taking a trip to Florida in early March (and maybe a detour to Disney beforehand) so I have to get out his 6 month bin and figure out how many short sleeved onesies we have and how many we need to borrow. Thankfully I have friends who had babies in the summer so they have 3 and 6 month outfits available. We should be able to get away with only buying a pair of shorts or two for a 2 week trip!

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Keep Rolling

Ben has rolled over twice for my mom but never for me! We have tummy time multiple times a day so he has plenty of opportunities but he just doesn’t.

I think deep down, most mothers worry about their babies not reaching developmental milestones at the same time as others the same age. Watching videos of babies rolling over or sitting up who are the same age or younger than Ben being posted to Facebook is just like seeing everyone else’s pregnancy announcements while you are still TTC.

My hope is that if I posted about how he hasn’t rolled over, he’d do it just to spite me!

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It’s Over!

Yesterday was my last day of work! I worked hard to train a replacement for 6 weeks and can be proud of the work I did for the last 4+ years in this position. I am sad that I’m leaving my coworkers but not at all sad to be done working so I can stay home with my boy. We’re going to have so much fun! I can’t wait until the weather warms up so we can spend more time outside.

It’s in the 50s in Michigan today so we took a several mile long walk to the library, lunch, the bakery, and an extra long loop just to enjoy the warmer temps. We decided to buy the Jeep universal stroller frame for when he is still in his infant car seat and we couldn’t be happier with our choice! The wheels turn smoothly, the tires are large enough that Ben isn’t jostled around excessively, the basket underneath is HUGE and, when I bought it, it was very inexpensive.

We also figured out today how we were going to make a spring break trip work this year. B has worked with a campus ministry at our alma mater since we graduated and every year our students go to Fort Myers, Florida to work with local ministries for a week. The trip has gotten so popular in recent years that they had to add an extra van of 12 people and so they’ve also run out of space in the church we stay in. Ben and I had to find some alternative place to stay that isn’t too far and were invited to stay with my Great Aunt S and Uncle H in nearby Cape Coral. Now, where to find warm weather baby clothes for only a week of use!