Monday, August 26, 2013

Adam Jonathan: 5 Months

Just like I felt like it happened with Evelyn, I feel like someone has put time on fast forward. Something about 4/5 months and everything just seems to happen so fast. My itty bitty (relatively) baby is gone and before I know it you'll be crawling, walking, running, talking, graduating high school and I'll be left here wondering what happened.

I'm clinging desperately to these fleeting moments particularly now that our days seem to be more sunshine than storms! I'll say it again, Adam, you've been a tough kid! There are usually at least a couple of times during the day when I just don't know what you want or how to soothe you. But it truly does make your smiles and laughs all the more special.

Yes, we get some good laughs out of you occasionally and you are so ticklish!

I think I can officially say that you don't completely despise your carseat anymore (hallelujah!) and I can usually count on you taking a little nap while you are in the car.

{Riding home from our vacation in Branson}

You are so close to sitting without help and are scooting/rolling everywhere. You almost always roll yourself onto your tummy if I lay you on your back and while you are able to roll onto your back again, it's not as easy and you don't do it as often. I can't count on laying you down and knowing you'll stay put anymore.

You easily can grab at toys and get them to your mouth and we've even put you in the bathtub with Evelyn where you love to splash and play.

Your sleep still leaves something to be desired. I can't count on you getting up twice overnight and you usually seem to want to wake for the day at 5 or 6 am. Let me tell you something mister, this family doesn't do 5 or 6 am. I'm giving you the memo officially. We need to work on that. Fortunately, while you'll seem to be ready to get up and play at this time, I can often coax you back to sleep for another hour or two if I sleep in the chair with you. It's not ideal, but it works for now. I've said it before, I really don't mind getting up in the middle of the night, but you often don't want to go back to sleep in your bed and that's tough. This too shall pass, right?
{Sleep lines from your nap!}

You had your first real illness - Hand, Foot, and Mouth (aka the disease straight from hell) - and you were a little trooper. You didn't really spike a fever like Evelyn did, but you got the sores and your eating and sleeping were terrible for about a week. It was rough on both of us, buddy. I don't think either of us slept longer than a 2 hour stretch for  the whole week. Thankfully, you're healthy again!

You are SO NOSY! You love to watch Evelyn and the dogs and nursing you can be challenging because you seem to be so worried you'll miss something. I can usually count on a good nursing session if I go into your room and close the door with your noise fan on, but Evelyn doesn't care for that idea. So, it ends up being a daily battle. However, you do still nurse frequently (every 2-3 hours).

I'm so excited for what's to come, Adam.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Adam Jonathan: 4 Months

**Better late than never! I've had it written for a month and I just stink at getting the pictures into it...**

FOUR months buddy! If I remember correctly, this is when everything started moving super fast with Evelyn. It was like she was a baby that didn't do much but hang around and smile, to sitting up, rolling over, eating food, laughing, walking, running, going to college in a span of 2 minutes.

Don't go too fast though, okay? This past month has been fun and stressful. Let's get the stats out of the way first though. At your four month appointment you were 27 inches long (100%) and 16 lbs 12 oz (73%). Still a big boy! You currently fit nicely into 9 month clothes and don't show any signs of stopping.

You are still a bit on the fussy side, but your demeanor seems to be improving every week. You still love to be held and to look around. You also love to be outside, which is good because so does Evelyn!

Your sleep is definitely improving (although my day in the life post shows otherwise!) and you seem to be falling into a bit of a routine. You go to be sometime around 8 and usually wake sometime between midnight and 2 am. Then you'll be up again around 5 or 6 and if I'm lucky I'll get you back to bed for a little longer. Last week you had a day you slept until 8:30! You'll then take a morning nap about 1-2 hours after waking up and a nice afternoon nap. You usually seem to need a little catnap in the evening but it's harder to come by. We had to stop swaddling you last week because you started to consistently roll over. The first night or two were a little rough, but once you figured out that you can roll over onto your tummy and sleep you did great! Putting you to be has been much easier since doing that!

You've started to tripod a bit. I'm thinking you might sit up early like Evelyn did. You also found your feet! Evelyn never played with her feet, so this is a silly, exciting thing for me!

I love to watch you grow and change, but it's happening so much faster this time around. It's hard to believe you're closer to six months than farther away. Don't grow too fast on me, okay?