Raffi 4 month update
…3 weeks later.
Raffi is 4 months old!
The biggest news this month was our big move.
Our new home really feels like a home.
Raffi had a tough time adjusting, and in turn we all had a tough time. In the same week of the move he learned to roll from back to belly and hit 4 months, so there was a lot of change at once. He was up during the night 2-4 times, but thankfully we are down to 1-2 feedings/wakings a night again.
Our current bedtime routine looks like this:
6:45 PM bath, then diaper and jammies, nursing, and bed. If he falls asleep nursing I delicately transfer him to his crib. If he doesn’t I hold him upright, rock for a minute while humming Twinkle, Twinkle and then put him down. I don’t leave until he’s calm, but once he’s calm I’m out. Sometimes he doesn’t cry at all and just babbles until he falls asleep. Other times he cries for about 5-10 minutes. He always sleeps on his belly now, and even if I put him on his back he immediately rolls to his belly. We have no idea how his socks ended up where they are in the crib.
We stopped waking Raffi up from naps, and he stopped sleeping so poorly. We usually get one 30-40 minute nap and one 1-2.5 hour nap a day. not bad! His overnight sleep is usually about 10.5 hours since he wakes up for 1-2 feedings. He is up for the morning around 7:30, and Trig takes him for special dad/Raffi time so I can sleep for a few more minutes.
Our pediatrician gave us tips on starting solids, but we decided to wait until he is more ready, hopefully much closer to 6 months old. I’m not ready and Raffi isn’t quite ready either. He is sitting up right now, but only like a monkey with his hands in front of him. I even got iPhone proof.
I started dieting a few weeks ago, and so far it’s been a big failure. Raffi started nursing every 1-1.5 hours during the day. I added about 300 calories a day back to my diet and he went back to 6-8 feedings a day. It is fascinating to me how it works. I am willing to deal with these few extra lbs a little longer if it means my son doesn’t go hungry.
Raffi suddenly has a lot more control of his hands. He is very grabby, and I can no longer get dinner started with him in the baby carrier. We had a close encounter with a knife and a cucumber, and that was that. He loves sitting in his babysitter balance though to watch me cook. We still use the carrier a lot and make a point to go out in the fresh air every day. Raffi loves being outside and things like trucks, brick buildings, and people are just so fascinating to him. He will smile at the strangest things, and each time he smiles my heart fills up.
Speaking (writing?) of grabby, Raffi found his feetsies! He loves having his pants off and grabbing his feet. He rolls around and smiles nice and big.
We still use the pacifier for naptime and bedtime, but it has disappeared otherwise – except for car rides. If it’s dark out and Raffi isn’t tired, car rides are torture. The ride home from RI last weekend was quite interesting. I ended up moving Raffi’s giraffe to shotgun and sat in the back with R.
I sang him songs and gave him a pacifier and even ended up leaning over his car seat to nurse him while Trig drove. I just hope passerby didn’t notice. Raffi gets a kick out of the giant giraffe and giggles hysterically when the giraffe tickles him.
Mr. Snuggler is growing up every day and now loves to snuggle with us. On days when he wakes up around 5 and is tough to put back down we bring him in bed with us. He would fall back asleep in his crib eventually, but sometimes we just want to snuggle with him. I know I will look back on those memories with such happiness. Raffi sleeps so well that way too. It’s our favorite thing to put him in between us in bed and snuggle him all morning.
Last week we took Raffi out to dinner at a 7:30 PM reservation. He was amazing! He woke up after about 30 minutes and was passed from relative to relative. He loved the atmosphere and wasn’t cranky at all. He ended up getting into his crib at 10 PM that night and slept 8 straight hours. The new space didn’t bother him as much this past visit, and he seemed to remember some of my family. I was very happy about that.
He is such a good boy that he even slept through our entire house closing. He also went down easily for my father in law and his wife one night when Trig and I went out to dinner with friends.
Favorite moment of the month? When he giggled like crazy at Gio the giraffe. We caught it on video and watch it after he goes to sleep at night. We even watched it on our Valentine’s Day date. Yup, we’ve become those people and we love it.
Weight: 13 lbs 5 oz (25th percentile) He’s a peanut!
Height: 25 2/3 in (75-90th percentile)
Sleep: We took 2 steps back when we moved, but I hope things are turning around. Best stretch was 8 hours. The worst night included 5 wakeups.
Cloth diapers worn: 0 (in fact I’m selling them)
Outfit changes per day: 0-1. Poopcidents are very rare now.
Must haves: fleece zip up PJs, Wubbanub, Boppy to practice sitting up, soft cloth book, little washcloths as toys, iPhone to play music, Gio the 4 foot giraffe
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